After leaving Black Sabbath, the Birmingham heavy metal pioneers that Ozzy Osbourne led throughout the 70s, the singer risked becoming another of rock’s early substance-abuse casualties. Yet Ozzy’s debut solo album was an unexpectedly storming return. Entering the UK Top 10, it was recorded with late guitar legend Randy Rhoads and featured the classic single Crazy Train. Blizzard Of Ozz’s cover artwork perfectly introduced the revitalised Osbourne: the crucifix he wields is a nod to his former band’s occultist leanings, though the pantomime cape and wild-eyed stare are outrageously cartoonish, puncturing any Devil-worshipping image he may once have cultivated. A knowingly placed cat seemed to suggest that Ozzy was just a big kitten after all!