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Tribute
Tribute
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Released March 19, 1987
Lenght 70:28
Label Epic

Tribute is a live album by Ozzy Osbourne. It was released on March 19, 1987, five years after the death of guitarist Randy Rhoads. It was reissued on August 22, 1995 and again remastered and reissued in 2002 with producer Bruce Dickinson (not to be confused with Iron Maiden's singer, Bruce Dickinson[citation needed]) as the reissue executive producer. It peaked at number 6 on the Billboard 200.[1]

The album was released in memory of Rhoads, guitarist for Osbourne's band between 1980 and 1982. It showcases Rhoads' guitar work onstage. Particularly notable is the song "Suicide Solution", which features an unaccompanied guitar solo by Rhoads. The album also includes outtakes of the classical-influenced acoustic guitar piece, "Dee", a song Rhoads wrote for his mother Delores, and which was originally included on the debut album Blizzard of Ozz. These outtakes include Rhoads talking. Also the last bars of "Dee" can be heard in the outro and ending of "Goodbye To Romance".

The songs from "I Don't Know" through to "Paranoid" are recorded live in Cleveland, Ohio on May 11, 1981. Rhoads' guitar solo spot in "Suicide Solution" is taken from the show in Montreal, Quebec on July 28, 1981. "Goodbye to Romance" and "No Bone Movies" are rumoured to be taken from the very first Blizzard tour, possibly from Southampton on September 2, 1980. These two tracks feature Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake.

The album was originally intended to be released in 1982 but, due to Randy Rhoads' death, the album was shelved. Instead, another live album, Speak of the Devil (which featured an entire set of Black Sabbath songs, and future Night Ranger guitarist Brad Gillis replacing Rhoads) was issued later that same year.

The recording of "Crazy Train" that appears on this album was also released as the album's single on February 10, 1987, along with a music video.

Regarding the European vinyl-release, although a 2LP set, the sleeve was single, rather than the more traditional gatefold. However, it did come with a photo-montage poster.

"I Don't Know" off this release was originally released un-overdubbed on the "Over The Mountain" single.

Track Listing

All songs written by Ozzy Osbourne, Randy Rhoads and Bob Daisley, except where noted.

  1. "I Don't Know" - 5:40
    • Originally from Blizzard of Ozz
  2. "Crazy Train" - 5:19
    • Originally from Blizzard of Ozz
  3. "Believer" - 5:08
    • Originally from Diary of a Madman
  4. "Mr. Crowley" - 5:37
    • Originally from Blizzard of Ozz
  5. "Flying High Again" (Osbourne, Rhoads, Daisley, Lee Kerslake) - 4:17
    • Originally from Diary of a Madman
  6. "Revelation (Mother Earth)" - 5:58
    • Originally from Blizzard of Ozz
  7. "Steal Away (The Night)" [with Drum Solo] - 8:04
    • Originally from Blizzard of Ozz
  8. "Suicide Solution" [with Guitar Solo] -7:46
    • Originally from Blizzard of Ozz
  9. "Iron Man" (Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward) - 2:50
    • Originally from Paranoid
  10. "Children of the Grave" (Osbourne, Iommi, Butler, Ward) - 5:57
    • Originally from Master of Reality
  11. "Paranoid" (Osbourne, Iommi, Butler, Ward) - 2:59
    • Originally from Paranoid
  12. "Goodbye to Romance" - 5:33
    • Originally from Blizzard of Ozz
  13. "No Bone Movies" (Osbourne, Rhoads, Daisley, Kerslake) - 4:02
    • Originally from Blizzard of Ozz
  14. "Dee" [Randy Rhoads studio out-takes] (Rhoads) - 4:22
    • Originally from Blizzard of Ozz

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