Well IMO NOTHING compares to Diary of a Madman and Blizzard is only a tiny bit behind. Randy Rhoads was just a part of that. A bunch of stuff just fell together on those 2 albums. I have been listening to Diary very heavily lately in the car. Just the whole production etc.
Lee Kerslake and Bob Daisley were a magic combination.
So I love Randy Rhoads also, no doubt. But I dont really rate him above Jake E Lee. Randy had that really special classical vibe going and I think he had his head together pretty good.
Jake was a little faster than Randy. You can see though that Jake is moody and that doesnt play well with Ozzys weirdo personality. You can see even in the few Badlands interviews etc that Jake is pretty reclusive whereas Ray Gillen was outgoing
I think Ozzys head wasnt in such a good place after Randy died. Then Ozzy and Sharon screwed over Lee Kerslake and Bob Daisley and then screwed over Jake (all over writing credits etc) even though Jake didnt quit. So obviously there was plenty of negative vibes in the whole camp whereas with Randy you could hear a lot of positive vibe and hunger in the music.
Its funny because Jake sounded totally different in Badlands vs Ozzy. He said that Ozzy more or less always forced him to play more flashy and that they never let him get the tone he wanted etc. Jake said that the Badlands sound was what he liked etc
Until recently I hadnt listened to Diary or Blizzard for quite a while but ive been on a heavy Diary trip since ordering some Cds for the car lol.
I always liked Bark at the Moon better than Ultimate Sin though lol.
Ozzy is really a turd when you come down to it. Essentially Randy was going to quit anyway. The whole band was never pitched to Randy and other others as a solo Ozzy project. It was supposed to be a BAND called “Blizzard of Oz” but of course Sharon got her hand in it as well as all of a sudden its morphing into an Ozzy solo thing.
the epitome of low life scumbaggery is when Ozzy/Sharon actually went back and took off Lee Kerslake and Bob Daisleys parts off of Diary and Blizzard and rerecorded them with Robert Trujillo and some drummer (I forget who)
It sucked SO bad that fan outcry finally forced Ozzy to put the original parts back on. That is the epitome of douchebaggery when u sabotage your own legacy and fans because you dont want to give credit or pay people their due.
Jakes only real downside is the same as John Sykes. They are so freaking reclusive. John Sykes is one of the greatest talents ever and hasnt put out a new album in 17 years! He came out with high class demo teasers off his “new album” TWO YEARS AGO but it still hasnt been released lol