Former Ozzy Osbourne Bassist Bob Daisley Reveals Unheard Randy Rhoads Recordings
March 19 marked the 32nd anniversary of the death of Ozzy Osbourne guitar great Randy Rhoads and his onetime bandmate, Bob Daisley, has offered up his own special tribute online. Daisley has posted a Q&A about the seven hours of audio tapes that he recorded during the writing and recording sessions for the ‘Blizzard of Ozz’ and ‘Diary of a Madman’ albums. On top of that, he’s also shared some previously unheard studio snippets from those recordings.
The recordings took place between Dec. 8, 1979 and March 23, 1981 and Daisley has taken these tapes, which he refers to as “The Holy Grail,” and transferred them from analogue tape to digital for safety purposes.
Daisley reveals the interesting process in which the songs were recorded, stating that they didn’t write music in the traditional aspect. He recalls, “Although Randy sight-read music, and I know the rudiments of music and can read charts, we didn’t actually write anything down on paper, we ‘wrote’ and played the songs ‘by ear’, that’s why I taped everything, so that we wouldn’t forget what we’d written/played.”
He adds, “When I was in Rainbow, Ritchie [Blackmore] and I often taped rehearsals for that same reason, some of my Rainbow rehearsal tapes were used as bonus material on the recent re-release of the ‘Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll’ album. With the ‘Blizzard’ writing and rehearsal sessions, I was the only one who taped anything, and I kept them all.”
Daisley also confirmed in his interview that none of the material from the writing sessions with Randy Rhoads ever turned up on any another album. He explained, “We used and recorded everything that was complete at the time. Nothing ended up in part or whole on ‘Bark at the Moon.’ They were all new songs. There were no parts that ended up on any other recordings either.”
Read Daisley’s full interview and check out the studio snippets of ‘Crazy Train’ (which includes a different Randy Rhoads solo), ‘You Looking at Me, Looking At You’ among others at this location.