“Randy Rhoads is one of the greatest guitarists ever. I don’t think that anybody has ever meshed classical guitar and metal the way he did. He’s a true pioneer.
“The tunes are classics. You go to a baseball game, a football game or a hockey match, and you’re going to hear the riff to Crazy Train blasting from the PA. The melodies in the guitar solos to Mr. Crowley are so melodic and memorable; you hear them once and you remember them. And then Randy plays beautiful classical guitar on Dee. His sense of composition was already highly developed.
“I have a good story that’s Randy related. I was talking on the phone to Zakk Wylde one day. Zakk was in his car, and at one point he said, ‘Hey, check this out, Dan!’ He pulled over and put the phone to his radio – it was Ozzy’s Over The Mountain. That’s not on this album, but it just goes to show you what a fan Zakk is – what we all are. When Randy’s solo was over, Zakk got back on the phone and said, ‘Now, that didn’t suck, did it?’”