'Over The Mountain' - Ozzy Osbourne


Writers: Ozzy Osbourne, Randy Rhoads, Bob Daisley, and Lee Kerslake

Producers: Max Norman, Ozzy Osbourne, and Randy Rhoads

Recorded: Early summer 1981 at Ridge Farm Studios

Released: Fall 1981

Players: Ozzy Osbourne—vocals
Randy Rhoads--guitar
Bob Daisley--bass
Lee Kerslake--drums
Album: Diary Of A Madman (Jet, 1981)

Ozzy Osbourne left Black Sabbath in late 1979 and quickly formed a solo band with former Quiet Riot guitarist Randy Rhoads, ex-Rainbow bassist Bob Daisley, and Uriah Heep drummer Lee Kerslake.

The lead-off track from his second album, Diary Of A Madman, "Over The Mountain" became a quick radio and fan favorite even though it never charted as a single.

Osbourne says that Rhoads was "the biggest instigator" of "Over The Mountain": "We were both living in an apartment in Shepherd's Bush in London at the time. While the rest of the band was out getting drunk and stoned everyday, Randy decided to stay back at the apartment and play his black Gibson. When I came back he had the riff for 'Over The Mountain'."

Osbourne also acknowledges some similarities to his former band's anthem "Black Sabbath," but he notes that Rhoads "never heard the song, which I always found kind of spooky."

Diary Of A Madman, which took its title from legendary author and experimentalist Alistair Crowley's autobiography, reached Number 16 on the Billboard 200 and Number 14 on the U.K. chart. It was also Osbourne's second consecutive solo album to be certified platinum.