The Ozzman Cometh

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The Ozzman Cometh
Compilation album by Ozzy Osbourne
Released November 11, 1997
Recorded 1970-1997
Genre Heavy metal[1]
Length 77:00
Label Epic
Producer Roy Thomas Baker
Duane Baron
Michael Beinhorn
Ron Nevison
Max Norman
Keith Olsen
Ozzy Osbourne
John Purdell
Randy Rhoads
Ozzy Osbourne chronology
Ozzmosis
(1995)
The Ozzman Cometh
(1997)
Down to Earth
(2001)
Singles from The Ozzman Cometh
  1. "Back on Earth"
    Released: 1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

The Ozzman Cometh is a compilation album by 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 copies of this compilation have only one disc, and "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.

Note on versions post-2002: The album tracks are from the 2002 remasters, for which Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman were partially re-recorded. The original drum and bass tracks were replaced with recordings by Osbourne's then-current bassist Robert Trujillo and drummer Mike Bordin, as a management response to legal action by original bassist Bob Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake for unpaid royalty fees. Note also the deliberate misspelling of Daisley's and Soussan's names in this CD's sleeve notes: 'Bob Daisy', 'Bill Susan', as well as Rudy Sarzo's - 'Trudy Sarzo.' The tracks from Bark at the Moon are the original recordings, but are later mixes of the songs.

The compilation won a 1997 Metal Edge Readers' Choice Award for Best Hits or Compilation Album.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Black Sabbath" (Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward) - 9:25
    • Previously unreleased Black Sabbath track, recorded for BBC Radio 1, "The John Peel Sessions" program on 4/26/70, featuring extra verse not on debut album Black Sabbath.
  2. "War Pigs" (Osbourne, Iommi, Butler, Ward) - 8:15
    • Previously unreleased Black Sabbath track, early version of "War Pigs" (titled "Walpurgis") with different lyrics, recorded for BBC Radio 1, "The John Peel Sessions" program on 4/26/70. Studio version can be found on Paranoid, 9/18/70 UK, 1/7/71 US.
  3. "Goodbye to Romance" (Osbourne, Randy Rhoads, Bob Daisley) - 5:35
  4. "Crazy Train" (Osbourne, Rhoads, Daisley) - 4:51
    • Originally from Blizzard of Ozz
  5. "Mr. Crowley" (Osbourne, Rhoads, Daisley) - 4:56
    • Originally from Blizzard of Ozz
  6. "Over the Mountain" (Osbourne, Rhoads, Daisley, Lee Kerslake) - 4:32
  7. "Paranoid [Live]" (Osbourne, Iommi, Butler, Ward) - 2:53
  8. "Bark at the Moon" (Osbourne) - 4:17
  9. "Shot in the Dark" (Osbourne, Soussan) - 3:44
  10. "Crazy Babies" (Osbourne, Zakk Wylde, Daisley, Randy Castillo) - 4:14
  11. "No More Tears" (radio edit) (Osbourne, Wylde, Mike Inez, Castillo, John Purdell) - 5:54
  12. "Mama, I'm Coming Home" (Osbourne, Wylde, Lemmy) - 4:11
    • Originally from No More Tears
  13. "I Don't Want to Change the World [Live]" (Osbourne, Wylde, Castillo, Lemmy) - 4:00
  14. "I Just Want You" (Osbourne, Jim Vallance) - 4:57
  15. "Back on Earth" (Richard Supa, Taylor Rhodes) - 5:00
    • Unreleased track from Ozzmosis sessions

On the 2002 re-release track 9, "Shot in the Dark", is replaced with "Miracle Man."[4]

Bonus Disc[edit]

  1. "Fairies Wear Boots" (Osbourne, Iommi, Butler, Ward) - 6:53
    • Previously unreleased Black Sabbath track, recorded for BBC Radio 1, "The John Peel Sessions" program on 4/26/70, before Paranoid album release on 9/18/70 UK, 1/7/71 US.
  2. "Behind the Wall of Sleep" (Osbourne, Iommi, Butler, Ward) - 5:09
    • Previously Unreleased Black Sabbath song, recorded for BBC Radio 1, "The John Peel Sessions" program on 4/26/70. Studio version on Black Sabbath
  3. "Walk on Water" - 4:19
  4. "Pictures of Matchstick Men" - 6:05
  5. 1988 Interview with Osbourne - 17:45

The interview found on this disc is from 1988 where Osbourne is interviewed about his latest album at the time (No Rest For The Wicked) and some other topics about his new guitarist, Zakk Wylde and his past days on Black Sabbath.

The tracks "Black Sabbath", "War Pigs", "Fairies Wear Boots", and "Behind the Wall of Sleep" are taken from a session for the BBC's John Peel Sunday Show dated 4.26.70. "Fairies Wear Boots" and "War Pigs" are early versions of tracks that would finally be recorded on the Paranoid album and thus have different lyrics.

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (America)

Year Chart Position
1997 The Billboard 200 13[5]

Singles - Billboard (America)

Year Single Chart Position
1997 "Back on Earth" Mainstream Rock Tracks 3[6]

Sales accomplishments[edit]

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