Blizzard of Ozz is simply one of the best hard rock albums ever. If you are a metal fan, this is as good as it gets. Every song is a beautiful entity within itself, yet all of them flow together seamlessly. My favorite songs are “I Don’t Know,” “Suicide Solution,” “Mr. Crowley,” and “Revelation (Mother Earth),” although all 8 songs are amazing (one of the tracks isn’t really a song; “Dee” is kind of an acoustic intro to the next track). And of course, this record houses the timeless classic “Crazy Train,” which is still incredible, despite its ubiquity.It certainly was for the better when Ozzy Osbourne left (or was kicked out of?) Black Sabbath in 1979. The last few years of the band had been shaky, and they put out a couple of mediocre albums. After the departure, Ozzy made this magnificent album, and Black Sabbath made the mind-blowing “Heaven and Hell” with ex-Rainbow singer Ronnie James Dio. So instead of one old, tired band making shabby material, we had two seperate artists making some of the best metal ever created. Ozzy collaborates wonderfully with guitarist Randy Rhodes, who is hands-down one of the best guitar players ever. His playing was as revolutionary as Van Halen was 2 years before him. He took Van Halen’s speed and combined it with amazing neo-classical techniques. The instrumental sections of the songs carry you away into another universe, and the vocal parts are deliciously catchy and hummable. Despite Ozzy’s extreme selling-out in recent years, Blizzard of Ozz is one of the things that reminds us of the terrific musician he once was.