Mr. Crowley (4:56)

Cover of Blizzard of Ozz

From Blizzard of Ozz and 39 other releases

“Mr. Crowley” is a 1980 heavy metal song performed by Ozzy Osbourne, released on the album Blizzard of Ozz, Osbourne’s first solo effort following his firing from Black Sabbath. It peaked at #46 on the UK charts. Musicians playing on the song are guitarist Randy Rhoads, bass guitarist Bob Daisley, and drummer Lee Kerslake. Don Airey plays the song’s distinctive funeral organ introduction.

This song and “Crazy Train” were released as singles.

The guitar solos in “Mr. Crowley” is ranked number 28 on Guitar World Magazine’s poll of the “100 greatest guitar solos”.

The song was inspired by books about Aleister Crowley which Ozzy Osbourne had read and a deck of tarot cards that were found in the studio.

The song’s lyrical content arguably indicates that the lyricist had little familiarity with Aleister Crowley or his philosophies. While the lyrics ask “did you talk with the dead?”, Crowley, who was called the “wickedest man alive”, himself did believe in reincarnation, but was an atheist who believed in neither God nor Satan. Despite this, another lyric states that Crowley “waited on Satan’s call”.

Contrary to popular opinion, Ozzy pronounces Mr. Crowley correctly (‘kroʊli’).

Noted covers include Moonspell (Darkness and Hope, 2001) and Cradle of Filth (Nymphetamine Special Edition, 2005). Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens, (with Yngwie Malmsteen on guitar), Joe Lynn Turner, George Lynch and The Cardigans have also recorded covers of the song.

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Mr. Crowley, what went on in your head
(Oh) Mr. Crowley, did you talk to the dead
Your lifestyle to me seemed so tragic
With the thrill of it all

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  • jimbo_francis

    This is truely a one of a kind song. Truely epic.

    17 Apr 7:57pm Reply
  • WineOfSabbath

    MR CROWLEY

    16 Apr 9:55pm Reply
  • Path2Nowhere

    DAT SOLO!!!

    3 Apr 10:18am Reply
  • ChaCro1313

    Is it true the reason Ozzy always dumps water all over himself is to hide his incontinance?

    15 Feb 11:18pm Reply
  • jeremias_rage

    bestsoloever

    3 Feb 12:25am Reply
  • Serge_Grant

    amazing intro

    28 Dec 2014 Reply
  • frehley1974

    One of the Best of Ozzy !

    21 Dec 2014 Reply
  • YasminMusicLove

    Kaffikjelen hipsters like you are so sad. Who gives a fuck if it's mainstream ? Mainstream music isn't bad.

    8 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Kaffikjelen

    Hate it when I don't listen to excellent songs merely because they're kinda mainstream. :(

    31 Oct 2014 Reply
  • VasilySavush

    Соляк тут космический просто

    21 Oct 2014 Reply
  • muerto14

    Best metal solo of all time.

    11 Oct 2014 Reply
  • vinman76

    I went to see this tour... EXCELLENT SHOW!!

    12 Sep 2014 Reply
  • sls

    i think aleistair was straight trippin, but randy rhoads is a mufuggin legend any way you cut, incant, or hex it.

    7 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Kapruch

    Classic

    1 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Miss_Melena

    Привет, мальчики. (с) Sorry, can't holding back from saying it ;)

    27 Aug 2014 Reply
  • ghismmbb

    ok pour le solo de guitare

    27 Aug 2014 Reply
  • SofiaWinchester

    "hello, boys." [4]

    26 Jul 2014 Reply
  • YoQueSe666

    Rhoads exploded into the heavy metal universe after giving Ozzy Osbourne’s music a new lease on life. And while “Crazy Train” off Blizzard of Ozz features one of the genre’s most iconic riffs, it’s actually that album’s second single that captures Rhoads’ guitar skills best. “Mr. Crowley” contains not one, not two, but three standout guitar moments; but the masterpiece’s climax is the outro solo -- watchmojo

    26 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Joohnwinchester

    "hello, boys." [3]

    23 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Metal_Hearth

    Impresionante Randy Rhoads

    12 Jul 2014 Reply
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