06 May 2008

MM Vol 2 - 138 - Ozzy Osbourne


MM Vol 2 #138

Ozzy Osbourne

"See You On The Otherside"

(1995)
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Genre:Hard Rock
art by Zaron3d
You can almost hear Captain Kirk say .... "Death, the Final Frontier, were all men have gone before"....
I could, and still cannot, never understand why scientists and physicians don't study death more "intensely". Is death not the most scientific task one could undertake (sorry, pun) to solve the greatest living (sorry, again) puzzle known to man? Imagine knowing the answer to that! "Yes, your soul and mind go to a higher place" or "No, err, worms are the only thing that occupy your sorry carcass after death". "There is no Jesus coming from the sky" once sang Lennon, guess he knows the answer then? So, I say, forget about landing on fricken' Mars and solve this mystery first huh? Oh, and please, before I bite the bullet. Would mean a lot to this "sorry carcass".
art by Cory1
After Osbourne's supposed retirement, he regrouped with guitarist Steve Vai for a project originally titled "X-Ray." After the initial collaboration, Bob Daisley was brought in to continue writing with the two, and ex-Bad English member Deen Castronovo was chosen as the drummer. The only song from these collaborations to appear on Ozzmosis was "My Little Man." Another song from the collaboration, "Dyin' Day", can be found in instrumental form on Vai's 1996 album, Fire Garden. After recruiting longtime collaborator Zakk Wylde, Osbourne also enlisted bassist Geezer Butler (who had recently left Black Sabbath after a major falling out with Tony Iommi).
While very successful as a heavy metal act through the 1980s, Osbourne sustained commercial success into the 1990s, starting with 1991's No More Tears, which enjoyed much radio and MTV exposure. It also initiated a practice of bringing in outside composers to help pen Osbourne's solo material, instead of relying solely upon his recording ensemble to write and arrange the music. The album was mixed by veteran rock producer Michael Wagener, who also mixed the Live and Loud album which followed in 1993. It went platinum several times over, and ranked at number 10 on that year's Billboard rock charts. At this point Osbourne expressed his fatigue with the process of touring, and proclaimed his "retirement tour", Comically called "No More Tours", A pun on his No More Tears album. Which was to be short-lived. Osbourne's entire CD catalogue was remastered and reissued in 1995. Also that year, he released Ozzmosis and went on stage again, dubbing his concert performances "The Retirement Sucks Tour". A greatest hits package, The Ozzman Cometh was issued in 1997. ~ [Source:Wikipedia]
For more Ozzy visit the Defintive 1000 Songs #516 & #744
For related Ozzy visit the Definitive 1000 Songs #826 & #979
For John Lennon visit the Definitive 1000 Songs #639
For Steve Vai visit the Definitive 1000 Songs #896
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