TMD shares this NEVER BEFORE CIRCULATED alternate studio mix of OZZY’s classic song “Crazy Train”, featuring the blazing guitar work of late shredder Randy Rhoads, who lost his life in a tragic plane crash 35 years ago this month. Randy was only 25 years old.
“Crazy Train” is the song that not only introduced Ozzy Osbourne as a solo artist but also introduced the world to guitar shredder Randy Rhoads. But according to original Ozzy Osbourne Band bassist Bob Daisley, he was the brains behind the tune, not the Prince of Darkness. “The title was mine and 99% of the lyrics were mine,” Daisley boasted. “I think a word or two came from Ozzy.” – Rolling Stone
Now the listener can hear the legendary tune truly as never before!!
Ozzy buff Harry Goza offers this background on the mysterious version of “Crazy Train”:
“I’ve heard this before long time ago, rumor is that this comes from Bob and Lee’s collection and was leaked out around the time Ozzy released the RR box set , Sharon had it pulled from youtube , but there was a few UK fan sites that had it, this is the best version I’ve heard, someone has pulled Randy’s track front and center on the quad sound, that’s why there’s a lot of wash in the reverb.”
Daisley has sued Osbourne several times for his work with the musician throughout the Eighties. In this latest filing, Daisley alleges that while he has been receiving royalty payments, an audit allegedly showed that Osbourne and Blizzard Music were withholding the full amount Daisley was owed under publishing agreements.
One allegation is that that the U.S. wing of Blizzard was secretly skimming money off the amount Daisley was owed. After the audit, Osbourne’s representatives told Daisley’s that Blizzard US was an “independent subpublisher” and thus entitled to separate payments for its services. However, Daisley claim he was never made aware, nor approved, any such agreement that paid Blizzard US more than the 10 percent already going to Blizzard UK.
Furthermore, the suit claims Blizzard was shortchanging Daisley on the royalties he was due for the myriad “commercial exploitations” of the songs he helped write on Osbourne’s first two albums, Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman.
“To learn that Osbourne and Blizzard US had intentionally deprived them of income under the guise of separate companies was to learn that Osbourne had intended to defraud Daisley of his rightful share of income by hiding behind sham corporate entities,” the suit reads. “As a result of Defendants’ collective actions, upon information and belief, Plaintiff has been deliberately deprived by Defendants of more than two million dollars in royalties income owed to him.”
Osbourne vehemently refuted the charges in an e-mail statement to Rolling Stone. “For the past 36 years, Mr. Daisley has been receiving bi-annual royalty statements and checks from Blizzard Music, totaling in the millions of dollars, which have been routinely cashed,” his rep tells Rolling Stone. “Mr. Daisley has audited Blizzard Music accounts over the years using several different auditing firms who found no discrepancies. He has previously filed lawsuits in the UK and the US and has lost on each occasion.”