Mr. Crowley (4:56)

Cover of Blizzard of Ozz

From Blizzard of Ozz and 38 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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  • vinman76

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

    12 Sep 5:05pm 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 9:50am Reply
  • Kapruch

    Classic

    1 Sep 9:17pm Reply
  • Miss_Melena

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

    27 Aug 2:34pm Reply
  • ghismmbb

    ok pour le solo de guitare

    27 Aug 12:02pm Reply
  • SofiaWinchester

    "hello, boys." [4]

    26 Jul 10:23pm 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 3:34pm Reply
  • Joohnwinchester

    "hello, boys." [3]

    23 Jul 2:24am Reply
  • Kennoth

    "hello, boys." [2]

    20 Jul 1:11am Reply
  • Metal_Hearth

    Impresionante Randy Rhoads

    12 Jul 11:22pm Reply
  • PinokkioSpb

    :)

    16 Jun 11:45am Reply
  • daftrol

    comendo morcegos no momento

    16 May 4:35pm Reply
  • muerto14

    Masterpiece. THE SOLO

    16 May 12:26am Reply
  • baniol22

    BEST. SONG. EVER!

    22 Apr 4:32pm Reply
  • SiftyFix

    "hello, boys."

    31 Mar 3:15am Reply
  • jessthehippie91

    "Fancy a fag and a chat?"

    26 Feb 12:56pm Reply
  • Crab4ik

    шикарное гитарное соло

    29 Jan 10:02am Reply
  • anarchyX

    Nice!

    29 Jan 6:39am Reply
  • Diustav

    Everyone's entitled to their own opinions, I guess. IMO, this song is brilliant on a level of both its composition and lyrics.

    13 Jan 11:08pm Reply
  • Tombo60

    One of his greatest!

    13 Dec 2013 Reply
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