Randy Rhoads playing on the first two Ozzy Osbourne albums, Blizzard Of Oz and Diary Of A Madman, would have secured his legend even if Rhoads hadn’t died so tragically young. And now, producer Max Norman has revealed just how far the young guitar maestro would go in the studio. Super-fans may already know this, but many won’t: Randy Rhoads triple-tracked his solos on both albums. Not the rhythm riffs. The solos.

In an interview with DJ Eddie Trunk (via Ultimate Guitar), Max Norman remembers of Blizzard Of Oz and Diary Of A Madman:

“When Randy did his actual solos – once we've got one – and we did a few punches maybe or he would get one all the way through – then he'd say, 'OK, let's double it!' I would be like, 'Are you sure about that? Some of these solos are pretty complex.'

"'Yeah, I got it, I got it!' So we would double it, and I'm already trying to think what I'm gonna tell Ozzy. [imitates Ozzy's voice*] ‘We ain't got the f***ing tracks!’

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“So anyway, we doubled it, and then Randy goes, ‘OK, let's triple it!’ And I’m like, Oh man, I’m gonna get into a lot of trouble...

“It's like doubling a vocal – it's always better if the guy just doubles the vocal. We had the same thing with Ozzy, everything that Ozzy did was doubled. All his lead vocals were doubled. All of Randy’s solos were tripled, on both records.”

Just one listen to any of those solos will tell you, that’s pretty amazing.