...from the '80-'81 timeframe - Blizzard of Ozz & Diary of a Madman. For this post, please try to focus on just how talented are the musicians behind the Prince of Darkness. Randy Rhoads died in a plane crash in 1982, and might just be #1 on my list of "musicians tragically killed in their prime". He was already doing stuff that many guitarists would be known for 5-10 years later. It would've been amazing to see..
Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake were a great rhythm section, but not only that, they helped write this stuff just like every band member does. Bob was also the lyricist for the band, which most people do not realize. Neither of these two were given their royalties nor the fame & fortune that they should have all these years.
Mr. Crowley (Blizzard)
It's kind-of a shame that Don Airey (on keyboards) just had to join in with Randy on that solo. As the original recording shows, he's perfectly capable of doing it all by himself. But one of these three had to be a live video, and this one was my choice.
Why must they fade that out? C'mon, lemme hear all of it! This is without question my favorite "unknown" Ozzy songs.
Diary of a Madman (Diary)
Speechless. "Diary of a Madman" is simply a masterpiece, except it's pretty much guaranteed that most everyone already knows just how incredible it is. A brilliant piece of music. Quoting Bob Daisley in his interview, after they had this song written without him, Ozzy walked into the studio and began listening to what they had laid out for this song, and then said, "who do you think I am, Frank Zappa?"