Best Ozzy Osbourne Guitarists
Randy was a visionary. Of all the guitarists that played with Oz, you can assemble a timeline from the first recorded notes with Oz to the last of the final bootleg before the crash and chart his growth and development, not only technically as a player, but as a fully formed musician. Had he lived he would have certainly outgrown Ozzy. Not as a slam to Oz but Randy's desire to continue to grow and achieve as a musician would have eventually rendered his playing "off brand" for Ozzy. A brand, he single handedly created. Blizzard of Oz musically wasn't an offshoot of Sabbath (Randy despised playing the Sabbath songs). It was the music of Randy, and the Words of Bob Daisley.
Whether Randy Rhoads followed Ronnie James Dio's advice to "Die Young" (on Black Sabbath's epic 'Heaven and Hell' CD) is debatable nonsense. When Ozzy left Black Sabbath to do his solo act, I have no doubts that Randy Rhoads was his best guitarist out of all the great musicians he's performed with (except of course, the one and only Tony Iommi with Black Sabbath).
Randy's guitar playing and his song writing are legendary. He was and still is recognized as one of the best all time.
Randy was the best, he was such a unique musician. To call him a guitarist would be an insult to his real musicianship
Jake is a very close second to Randy. Jake is so damn good and he does not over use the damn pinch harmonics that Zakk Wylde tends to play after every 6 notes. Randy had the spark that put him at number 1 but Jake deserves much more credit than he got
I can only imagine how much more awesome Ozzy would have been had he and his wife not screwed Jake over. But we have two awesome albums to enjoy featuring the greatest of Oz's Axmen!
Randy is a legend, but I just prefer Jake, he's underrated. Great sound, rich tone, fantastic licks, musicality, songwriting, one of a kind, simply unbeatable!
Check out the band Badlands if you like this guy, the bands albums are all very good bluesy hard rock similar to Guns N' Roses's Appetite for Destruction.
Zakk needs to focus a little more on the music and a little less on the pinch harmonics
There is no best Ozzy guitarist. They are all talented but Zakk Wylde is my favorite
No more tears
Not Ozzy's solo band, but still better than Gus G
He played the guitar on Under Cover sadly though his talented was wasted on crap covers