Ozzy Osbourne

Goodbye to Romance

Composed by Bob Daisley / Ozzy Osbourne / Randy Rhoads

Song Review by

Released at a time that true ballads were rare in heavy metal and hard rock, ”Goodbye to Romance" still stands as one of the genre’s best and is among Ozzy Osbourne’s finest, most emotional, performances. Deeply influential on the music that would follow it, you can hears echoes of Osborne’s vocals in the better ballads of such bands as Guns N’ Roses, though it’s Randy Rhoades' stunning instrumental counterpart that has perhaps had the most substantial influence. It’s also interesting that Osbourne plays it straight with the lyrics. This is a song that could easily be covered without any hint of its metal origins, and has been done so, particularly in the amusing Bud E. Love 1950s style vocal pop version (which is considerably better than the esoteric version by Linus of Hollywood.)

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Blizzard of Ozz 1980 Epic / Legacy 5:33
Tribute 1987 BMG / Sony Music
Live & Loud [Video] 1992 Sony Music Distribution 5:41
Live & Loud 1993 Epic 6:13
The Ozzman Cometh: Greatest Hits 2002 Epic / Sony Music Distribution 5:35
The Essential Ozzy Osbourne 2003 Sbme Special Mkts. 5:32
Prince of Darkness 2005 Sony Music Distribution
It's a Boy Girl Thing 2006
Original Soundtrack
Best of Ozz 2007 Sony Music Distribution 5:35
No Image 2012 Columbia
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