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Cover photography by Joseph Cultice
|Studio album by Ozzy Osbourne|
|Released||22 May 2007|
|Studio||The Music Machine, Beverly Hills, California|
|Producer||Ozzy Osbourne & Kevin Churko|
|Ozzy Osbourne chronology|
Original cardboard slipcase released in the USA
|Singles from Black Rain|
Black Rain is the tenth studio album by British heavy metal vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, released 22 May 2007 on Epic Records.It is also the last album to feature Zakk Wylde and Mike Bordin, and the first to feature bassist Rob Nicholson. Black Rain debuted at No. 3 on the US Billboard 200, selling about 152,000 copies in its first week; making it Osbourne's highest debut to date. As of 29 September 2007, the album had sold 406,053 copies in the US, and had been certified Gold.
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John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne, also known as The Prince of Darkness, is an English vocalist, songwriter, actor and reality television star who rose to prominence during the 1970s as the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. He was fired from the band in 1979 due to alcohol and drug problems, but went on to have a successful solo career, releasing eleven studio albums, the first seven of which were all awarded multi-platinum certifications in the United States. Osbourne has since reunited with Black Sabbath on several occasions. He rejoined the band in 1997 and recorded the group’s final studio album 13 (2013) before they embarked on a farewell tour which culminated in a final performance in their home city Birmingham, England in February 2017. His longevity and success have earned him the informal title of "Godfather of Heavy Metal".
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The album was released in several different versions. The original US version was released in a thin, brown digipak with the crowned skull Ozzy Osbourne logo (pictured lower right), and for the rest of the world, it was released in a standard jewel case featuring cover art of Osbourne with 'Black Rain' falling. This cover included a booklet complete with lyrics and album credits. The US version did not include a booklet, lyrics, or album credits. The Japanese release was the same as the other releases outside of the US, except for the fact that it included two bonus tracks, "I Can't Save You," and "Nightmare". The iTunes release of the album included the aforementioned "Nightmare", plus an exclusive bonus track, (only for those who preordered through iTunes) "Love to Hate". It also included a printable pdf file of the booklet, complete with lyrics and album credits. This same booklet was later made available as a free pdf download from Osbourne's website on 1 June. The song "I Don't Wanna Stop" was also featured as the theme song for WWE Judgment Day 2007.
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In the US, limited edition copies of the album were sold with special codes inside of the packets, which could be used to redeem a pair of OzzFest 2007 tickets. OzzFest 2007 was nicknamed "Freefest" because all tickets were free.
The album was reissued in the US on 14 August in a new jewel-case package containing the full booklet with lyrics and new colour cover art and photos, also containing CD extra bonus content featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the "Black Rain" photo shoot.
A "tour edition" version of the album was released on 20 November 2007. This release includes an extra CD with 3 recently recorded live tracks and 3 studio tracks originally available on international releases and/or digital versions.
Black Rain received mixed reviews. Rolling Stone referred to the album as "highly skippable"and Sputnikmusic called it "quite embarrassing". AllMusic was somewhat less harsh in its assessment, giving the album 3.5 out of 5 stars while noting that "Nothing on Black Rain could really qualify as an Osbourne classic."
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|1.||"Not Going Away"||Ozzy Osbourne, Zakk Wylde, Kevin Churko||4:32|
|2.||"I Don't Wanna Stop"||Osbourne, Wylde, Churko||3:59|
|3.||"Black Rain"||Osbourne, Wylde, Churko||4:42|
|4.||"Lay Your World on Me"||Osbourne, Wylde, Churko||4:16|
|5.||"The Almighty Dollar"||Osbourne, Churko||6:57|
|6.||"11 Silver"||Osbourne, Wylde, Churko||3:42|
|7.||"Civilize the Universe"||Osbourne, Wylde, Churko||4:43|
|8.||"Here for You"||Osbourne, Wylde, Churko||4:37|
|9.||"Countdown's Begun"||Osbourne, Wylde, Churko||4:53|
|10.||"Trap Door"||Osbourne, Churko||4:03|
|'Tour Edition' disc 2|
|1.||"I Don't Wanna Stop" (live)||3:44|
|2.||"Not Going Away" (live)||4:36|
|3.||"Here for You" (live)||4:50|
|4.||"Nightmare" (originally a Japanese and iTunes bonus track)||Osbourne, Wylde, Churko||4:40|
|5.||"I Can't Save You" (originally a Japanese bonus track)||Osbourne, Wylde, Churko||3:32|
|6.||"Love to Hate" (originally an iTunes pre-order bonus track)||Osbourne, Wylde, Churko||3:57|
|USA||RIAA||2007||Gold (+ 500,000)|
|Canada||CRIA||2007||Platinum (+ 100,000)|
Tribute is a live album by heavy metal vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, featuring his work with hard rock guitarist Randy Rhoads, in whose honor the album was released. The album was released on 19 March 1987, five years after the death of Rhoads, then it was reissued on 22 August 1995, and again remastered and reissued in 2002. It peaked at number 6 on the US Billboard 200 chart.
No Rest for the Wicked is the fifth studio album by English heavy metal vocalist Ozzy Osbourne. It was released on September 28, 1988 and was re-issued / remastered on August 22, 1995 and again on June 25, 2002. The album was certified gold in December 1988 and has since gone double platinum. It peaked at number 13 on the Billboard 200. It was the first album to feature guitarist Zakk Wylde, keyboardist John Sinclair and the first to feature bassist Bob Daisley since Bark at the Moon.
No More Tears is the sixth solo studio album by English heavy metal vocalist Ozzy Osbourne. Released on 17 September 1991, the album charted at number 17 on the UK Albums Chart and number seven on the US Billboard 200 albums chart. No More Tears spawned four singles which reached the top ten of the US Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, including the number two "Mama, I'm Coming Home", and the Grammy-winning track "I Don't Want to Change the World". Along with 1980's Blizzard of Ozz it is one of Osbourne's two best-selling solo albums in North America, having been certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA and double platinum by CRIA. It was Osbourne's final album to feature drummer Randy Castillo and longtime bassist and songwriter Bob Daisley.
Zachary Phillip Wylde is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and occasional actor, best known as Ozzy Osbourne's lead guitarist and as the founder of the heavy metal band Black Label Society. His signature bulls-eye design appears on many of his guitars and is widely recognized. He was the lead guitarist and vocalist in Pride & Glory, who released one self-titled album in 1994 before disbanding. As a solo artist he released Book of Shadows and Book of Shadows II.
Live & Loud is a live album recorded by then former Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne, released on 28 June 1993. At the time, it was to be Osbourne's final album following Osbourne's final tour before retiring, aptly titled "No More Tours". The track "Black Sabbath" featured the original line-up of Black Sabbath, the members of which were invited to join Ozzy as guest stars for the Costa Mesa Reunion shows.
The Ozzman Cometh is a compilation album by British heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne released in 1997. It is his third greatest hits collection. Its initial, limited edition 2-CD pressing contained five previously unreleased songs. Versions released in 2002 and later have only one disc, and the song "Shot in the Dark" is replaced by "Miracle Man". This was due to a legal action brought about by the song's co-writer, Phil Soussan, for unpaid royalties.
Ozzmosis is the seventh solo studio album by English heavy metal musician Ozzy Osbourne. Recorded in Paris and New York with producer Michael Beinhorn, it was released on 23 October 1995 by Epic Records. The album reached number 22 on the UK Albums Chart and number four on the US Billboard 200. "Perry Mason", "See You on the Other Side" and "I Just Want You" were released as singles.
Down to Earth is the eighth studio album by British heavy metal vocalist Ozzy Osbourne. Released on 16 October 2001, it reached number 19 on the UK Albums Chart and number four on the US Billboard 200. "The Ozzfest was doing well," Osbourne explained. "I just wanted to be like the Grateful Dead and keep it going by touring, but the record company said they'd like a new Ozzy album."
The Blessed Hellride is the fourth studio album by Black Label Society. It contains a mix of heavy and lighter tunes.
Just Say Ozzy is a live EP by Ozzy Osbourne. It was released on March 17, 1990 and was remastered on August 22, 1995.
"Mama, I'm Coming Home" is the third song on the 1991 album No More Tears by the English heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne. Sharon Osbourne has previously claimed that the song was written by Ozzy in tribute to her; however, the song was actually co-written by Lemmy Kilmister, Zakk Wylde and multi-platinum producer/engineer Tom Fletcher. Lemmy was brought in as a songwriter for the No More Tears album, providing lyrics for the tracks "Mama I'm Coming Home", "Hellraiser", "Desire", and "I Don't Want to Change the World."
"No More Tears" is the fifth song and title track on the 1991 Ozzy Osbourne album of the same name. With a running time of 7:23, it is the longest solo song that Osbourne has ever recorded on a studio album. It reached #5 on U.S. Mainstream Rock Tracks, #71 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #32 on the UK Singles Chart.
Live at Budokan is a CD/DVD combination released by heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne on 25 June 2002. It was recorded at the Nippon Budokan Hall on 15 February 2002 in Tokyo, Japan.
"Not Going Away" is the second single released from Ozzy Osbourne's 2007 album Black Rain. The single peaked at number 14 on Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks. The song is about Ozzy saying that he wants to perform until he is physically unable to continue, and telling all his doubters that he is "Not Going Away".
Pride and Glory was a side project for Black Label Society guitarist Zakk Wylde. This was Wylde's first self-fronted project, before releasing his first solo-album, Book of Shadows, in 1996. After that he formed Black Label Society in 1998, which remains his current band.
The following are albums and appearances by Zakk Wylde, guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne, of Black Label Society, and lead guitarist and vocalist in Pride & Glory. Wylde has released two solo albums; Book of Shadows in 1996 and Book of Shadows II in 2016.
Scream is the eleventh studio album by English heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne, released in the United Kingdom on 14 June 2010 and his most recent solo album as of 2019. The album was recorded at Osbourne's home studio "The Bunker" in Los Angeles, California and produced by himself and Kevin Churko, who had previously worked on Black Rain in 2007. The album was commercially successful, reaching number 4 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and number 12 on the UK Albums Chart.
Memoirs of a Madman is a CD/DVD compilation album by heavy metal vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, released by Epic Records and Legacy Recordings on 14 October 2014. The album is said to be an updated version of the compilation The Ozzman Cometh, now out of print.