|Down to Earth|
|Studio album by|
|Released||16 October 2001|
|Recorded||April 2000 - August 2001|
|Studio||Henson Recording Studios, Los Angeles, California|
|Ozzy Osbourne chronology|
|Singles from Down to Earth|
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."
Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.
John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne, also known as The Prince of Darkness, was 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".
The Official Albums Chart is a list of albums ranked by physical and digital sales and audio streaming in the United Kingdom. It was published for the first time on 22 July 1956 and is compiled every week by the Official Charts Company (OCC) on Fridays. It is broadcast on BBC Radio 1 and published in Music Week magazine, and on the OCC website.
Down to Earth spawned just two singles, although both reached the top ten of the US Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and reached number 18 on the UK Singles Chart. The album was certified Platinum and has sold over 1.6 million copies worldwide.[ citation needed ]
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Excluding his contributions to re-recordings of Ozzy's earlier material, Down to Earth is the only Osbourne studio album to feature bassist Robert Trujillo, who left to join Metallica in 2003. It was the first Osbourne album to feature drummer Mike Bordin, previously of Faith No More, though he had played live with Osbourne since 1996. Though he plays on the album, guitarist Zakk Wylde did not contribute as a songwriter for the first time since joining Osbourne's band in 1988, because many of the songs were written before Wylde rejoined the band. Osbourne's previous guitarist Joe Holmes was involved in the writing and Osbourne chose to use outside songwriters such as producer Tim Palmer and Aerosmith collaborator Marti Frederiksen.
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Michael Andrew "Mike" Bordin is an American musician, best known as the drummer for rock band Faith No More. He has amicably been known as "Puffy", "Puffster" or "The Puff", in reference to the afro hair style he wore in the early 1980s. The nicknames were coined by Faith No More guitarist Jim Martin, and they stuck around even after he grew out his hair and tied it in dreadlocks, a trademark look he has worn for most of his career.
"Working with Tim on this album reminded me of [late guitarist] Randy [Rhoads]," Ozzy remarked of Palmer. "If it hadn't been for him, there wouldn't have been an album… He has incredible patience, just like Randy."
Randall William Rhoads was an American heavy metal guitarist who played with Quiet Riot and Ozzy Osbourne. A devoted student of classical guitar, Rhoads combined his classical music influences with his own heavy metal style. He died in a plane accident while on tour with Osbourne in Florida in 1982. Despite his short career, Rhoads, who was a major influence on neoclassical metal, is cited as an influence by many guitarists. Rhoads is included in several "Greatest Guitarist" lists.
|1.||"Gets Me Through"||Ozzy Osbourne, Tim Palmer||5:04|
|2.||"Facing Hell"||Osbourne, Palmer, Scott Humphrey, Geoff Nicholls||4:25|
|3.||"Dreamer"||Osbourne, Marti Frederiksen, Mick Jones||4:44|
|4.||"No Easy Way Out"||Osbourne, Palmer||5:06|
|5.||"That I Never Had"||Osbourne, Frederiksen, Joe Holmes, Robert Trujillo||4:23|
|6.||"You Know...(Part 1)"||Osbourne, Palmer||1:06|
|7.||"Junkie"||Osbourne, Frederiksen, Joe Holmes, Trujillo||4:28|
|8.||"Running Out of Time"||Osbourne, Frederiksen, Jones||5:05|
|9.||"Black Illusion"||Osbourne, Palmer, Nicholls, Andy Sturmer||4:21|
|10.||"Alive"||Osbourne, Danny Saber||4:54|
|11.||"Can You Hear Them?"||Osbourne, Frederiksen, Joe Holmes, Trujillo||4:58|
|Japanese edition bonus track|
|12.||"No Place for Angels"||Osbourne, Palmer, Nicholls||3:23|
Jeffrey Phillip Wielandt, better known by his stage name Zakk 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.
Tim Palmer is a Grammy nominated British music producer, audio engineer, guitarist and songwriter of rock and alternative music. He mixed Pearl Jam's debut album Ten (1991) and tracks on U2's comeback album All That You Can't Leave Behind in 2000 Tim has produced Top Ten albums over 4 decades now and has worked with U2, Robert Plant, Ozzy Osbourne the Mission UK, Mighty Lemon Drops, Gene Loves Jezebel, Pearl Jam, David Bowie’s Tin Machine, HIM, Blue October, Jason Mraz, The Polyphonic Spree, The House of Love, Texas, Tarja Turunen, The Cure, Cutting Crew, Porcupine Tree, Faith Hill, Goo Goo Dolls, LIVE, Kandace Springs, Sweet Water, Lang Lang, Switchfoot, Lizz Wright, Billy Childs, Goldfinger, J.D. Souther, Steve Grand, Pitty and Orlando Draven.
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In sound recording and reproduction, audio mixing is the process of combining multitrack recordings into a final mono, stereo or surround sound product. These tracks that are blended together are done so by using various processes such as equalization and compression. Audio mixing techniques and approaches can vary widely, and due to the skill-level or intent of the mixer, can greatly affect the qualities of the sound recording.
|USA||RIAA||2003||Platinum (+ 1,000,000)|
|Canada||CRIA||2002||Platinum (+ 100,000)|
|UK||BPI||2013||Silver (+ 60,000)|
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