Ozzmosis

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Ozzmosis
Studio album by Ozzy Osbourne
Released 24 October 1995
Recorded 1995 (1995) at Guillaume Tell Studios, Paris, France; Right Track Recording, New York City, New York; Bearsville Studios, Woodstock, New York; and Electric Lady Studios, New York City, New York
Genre Heavy metal
Length 56:47
Language English
Label Epic
Producer Michael Beinhorn
Ozzy Osbourne chronology
Live & Loud
(1993)
Ozzmosis
(1995)
The Ozzman Cometh
(1997)
Singles from Ozzmosis
  1. "Perry Mason"
    Released: 1995
  2. "See You on the Other Side"
    Released: 1996
  3. "I Just Want You"
    Released: 1996

Ozzmosis is the seventh studio album by British heavy metal vocalist Ozzy Osbourne. Released on 24 October 1995, the album reached number 22 on the UK Albums Chart and number four on the American Billboard 200 albums chart. Ozzmosis was reissued on 25 June 2002 with the addition of the previously unreleased tracks "Whole World's Fallin' Down" and "Aimee", the latter of which was named after Osbourne's eldest daughter with current wife Sharon Osbourne. Ozzmosis was certified 2x Platinum in the United States with sales at over 2,000,000 copies.

Recording and production[edit]

Record producer Michael Wagener, who worked on Osbourne's 1991 sixth studio album No More Tears, was initially chosen by Epic Records to produce Ozzmosis, though was later replaced with Michael Beinhorn.

Some time after the sessions with Wagener, bassist Mike Inez accepted an offer to join Alice In Chains and drummer Randy Castillo departed to be replaced by Deen Castronovo, as Castillo joined the short-lived Red Square Black. Osbourne's former Black Sabbath bandmate Geezer Butler replaced Inez. Keyboard wizzard Rick Wakeman was also brought in as a session musician for the recording of the album, playing mellotron bits on "Perry Mason" & "I just want you".

For the subsequent "Retirement Sucks Tour," however, the band included guitarist Joe Holmes to replace Zakk Wylde, who would be busy working on his solo album, Book of Shadows after recording Ozzmosis.[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly C[2]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5 stars[3]

Reviewing the album for music website allmusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine declared that "Ozzmosis [...] isn't all that different from his previous two records, No More Tears and No Rest for the Wicked, largely due to the still impressive skills of guitarist Zakk Wylde."[1] Despite this praise, Erlewine went on to criticize the "slick, modern-rock conscious production by Michael Beinhorn," identifying "the album's main flaw" as the fact that "on the surface, the music is hard and loud, but it actually sounds smooth and processed."[1] Erlewine concluded his review by noting that "Furthermore, there's a distinct lack of fully formed songs and riffs, which is what really sinks the record. Osbourne can survive bad production — he has for most of his career — but he can't survive without having anything to sing."[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Perry Mason"   Ozzy Osbourne, Zakk Wylde, John Purdell 5:53
2. "I Just Want You"   Osbourne, Jim Vallance 4:56
3. "Ghost Behind My Eyes"   Osbourne, Mark Hudson, Steve Dudas 5:11
4. "Thunder Underground"   Osbourne, Wylde, Geezer Butler 6:29
5. "See You on the Other Side"   Osbourne, Wylde, Lemmy Kilmister 6:10
6. "Tomorrow"   Osbourne, Wylde, Purdell, Duane Baron 6:36
7. "Denial"   Osbourne, Hudson, Dudas 5:12
8. "My Little Man"   Osbourne, Steve Vai 4:52
9. "My Jekyll Doesn't Hide"   Osbourne, Wylde, Butler 6:34
10. "Old L.A. Tonight"   Osbourne, Wylde, Purdell 4:48
Total length:
56:47

2001 Russian bonus tracks[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
11. "Back on Earth"   Taylor Rhodes, Richard Supa 5:00
12. "Walk on Water"   Osbourne, Jim Vallance 4:18
13. "Pictures of Matchstick Men"   Francis Rossi 6:00
14. "No More Tears (Edit)"   Osbourne, Zakk Wylde, Randy Castillo 5:54

2002 reissue bonus tracks[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
11. "Whole World's Fallin' Down"   Osbourne, Tommy Shaw, Jack Blades, Zakk Wylde 5:05
12. "Aimee"   Osbourne, Wylde 4:46

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Eddy, Chuck (24 November 1995). "Ozzmosis Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
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