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 Bruce Dickinson as the reissue executive producer. It peaked at number 6 on the Billboard 200.
The album was released in memory of Rhoads, guitarist for Osbourne's band between 1979 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.
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 Bernie Torme who briefly replaced 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.
The classical music played at the beginning of Tribute, Osbourne's concerts is "O Fortuna" from the Carmina Burana opera by Carl Orff.
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" of this release was originally released un-overdubbed on the "Over The Mountain" single.
Its most recent North American reissue was the 2002 remastered CD.
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