“Here’s an example of a style where the musical backdrop is very dark and classical. Take that and couple it with Randy Rhoads, a total guitar hero, and you’ve got something amazing.
“With Randy, the guitar is the song. In his hands, the electric guitar was a vital compositional force. It’s different from Yes and Marillion, where the guitar was used as an orchestral instrument. Randy's playing was pretty much everything – one guitar as the main musical and sonic instrument.
“The classical influence in the chord progressions, the diminished and minor-sounding stuff – tell me you don’t hear that in Dream Theater all the time. And there’s real storytelling here. A very important record.”