Changes (Black Sabbath song)

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"Changes"
Song by Black Sabbath from the album Vol. 4
Released September, 1972
Recorded 1972
Genre Ballad[1]
Length 4:43
Label Warner Bros.
Writer Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward
Producer Patrick Meehan, Black Sabbath

"Changes" is a song by Black Sabbath. It first appeared on Vol. 4 which was released in 1972.

Overview[edit]

The song's piano melody was composed by guitarist Tony Iommi, who was experimenting with the instrument in the studio.[2] "Changes" is a ballad inspired mainly by Bill Ward's ongoing breakup with his first wife.[2] The lyrics were composed by bassist Geezer Butler,[2] and vocalist Ozzy Osbourne has referred to the song as "heartbreaking". The song was quite different from Black Sabbath's previous songs, given that this one was a "forlornly pretty" ballad, according music critic Barney Hoskyns.[3]

It was believed that the song had never been performed live until 1995, with Tony Martin on vocals.[4] There is, however, a recording of a performance with Ozzy Osbourne in 1973 in New Zealand.[5]

Personnel (original version)[edit]

Other versions[edit]

The song has been covered by numerous artists, including The Cardigans and Overkill. In 1993, Ozzy Osbourne (Black Sabbath's lead vocalist) re-recorded the song himself as a single (taken from the Live & Loud album). The single peaked at number 9 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart,[6] but failed to chart in the UK. The opening track from UNKLE's second album Never, Never, Land featured a prominent sample from the chorus and loops of the mellotron.

Eminem samples this song for his track "Going Through Changes" from his 2010 album Recovery.

Nashville garage rock band JEFF the Brotherhood covered "Changes" on their 2012 album Heavy Days.

"Changes"
Single by Ozzy Osbourne and Kelly Osbourne
from the album Changes
Released September 30, 2003 (U.S.)
Format CD single
Recorded 2002
Length 4:07
Label Sanctuary Records
Kelly Osbourne singles chronology
"Come Dig Me Out"
(2003)
"Changes"
(2003)
"Changes" (re-release)
(2004)

Ozzy and Kelly Osbourne version[edit]

Three decades later, Ozzy recorded yet another version of the song, this time with his daughter, Kelly Osbourne as a duet. The revised lyrics for this version, released in 2003, reflect the moments of their life together. The single reached No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart.[7] It also reached No. 1 on the Kerrang! UK Download Chart.

According to the Ozzy Osbourne official website, the single sold over one million copies.[8]

This version of the song, was named #27 of the "50 Worst Songs of the '00s" in a 2009 Village Voice article.[9]

"Changes (re-release)"
Single by Ozzy Osbourne and Kelly Osbourne
Released March 2004 (U.S.)
Format CD single
Recorded 2002
Label Sanctuary Records
Kelly Osbourne singles chronology
"Changes"
(2003)
"Changes" (re-release)
(2004)
"One Word"
(2005)

Tracks[edit]

  1. "Changes"
  2. "Changes" (Felix Da Housecat Remix)
  3. "Come Dig Me Out" (live)

Charts[edit]

Year Single Chart Peak position
2003 "Changes" (Felix Da Housecat Remix) U.S. Hot Dance Music/Club Play 43
"Changes" Irish Singles Chart 7
UK Singles Chart 1

Sales accomplishments[edit]

BPI certification[10] (United Kingdom)

Date Designation Total sales
January 23, 2004 Silver 200,000
January 23, 2004 Gold 400,000
Preceded by
"Leave Right Now" by Will Young
UK number-one single
December 14, 2003 – December 21, 2003
Succeeded by
"Mad World" by Michael Andrews & Gary Jules

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/song/changes-mt0010753520
  2. ^ a b c Osbourne, Ozzy (2011). I Am Ozzy. Grand Central Publishing. ISBN 978-0446569903. 
  3. ^ Hoskyns, Barney (2009). Into The Void: Ozzy Osbourne And Black Sabbath. Omnibus Press. p. 104. ISBN 9780857121066. 
  4. ^ "Workshop with Tony Martin in Gothenburg". Criticalmass.se. Retrieved 2011-03-29. 
  5. ^ Audio recording of New Zealand gig in 1973
  6. ^ "Billboard single chart history-Ozzy Osbourne". Billboard.com. Retrieved February 16, 2009. 
  7. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 693. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  8. ^ "Ozzy Osbourne Official Website - Biography". Ozzy.com. Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
  9. ^ http://blogs.villagevoice.com/music/2009/12/the_50_worst_so.php
  10. ^ "BPI certified awards". Retrieved February 16, 2009. [dead link]

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