Under Cover

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Under Cover
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Studio album by
Released1 November 2005
Recorded2003–05
Studio
Genre
Length57:10
LabelEpic
ProducerMark Hudson
Ozzy Osbourne chronology
Down to Earth
(2001)
Under Cover
(2005)
Black Rain
(2007)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyB−[2]

Under Cover is the ninth studio album by heavy metal vocalist Ozzy Osbourne. The album consists entirely of cover songs, with an emphasis on hard rock from the 1960s and 1970s. This is Osbourne's first and only album to feature cover songs from various artists, although in 1982, Osbourne had released the live album Speak of the Devil featuring renditions of songs from his time with Black Sabbath. All but 4 songs were originally released in the box set Prince of Darkness, released earlier the same year. The additional songs on this album which are not featured in Prince of Darkness are "Rocky Mountain Way", "Sunshine of Your Love", "Woman" and "Go Now".[3] Whilst he cites The Beatles as his favourite band, his favourite song of all time is Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale". He had wished to cover this song but was advised against it since it had recently been covered by a "close musical associate" [4] (then-former guitarist Zakk Wylde covered the song with his band Black Label Society on their 2004 album Hangover Music Vol. VI).

Under Cover is the only Osbourne album to feature the work of Alice in Chains' guitarist Jerry Cantrell[5] or bassist Chris Wyse.[6]

The album is also available in DualDisc format. This version contains the bonus track "Changes" (originally by Black Sabbath), performed by Osbourne and his daughter Kelly Osbourne. The DVD side contains all the songs in enhanced stereo, a documentary entitled Dinner with Ozzy and Friends, and a video for the song "In My Life".

"Mississippi Queen" was released as a promo single and peaked at number 10 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks.[7]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Original artistLength
1."Rocky Mountain Way"Rocke Grace, Kenny Passarelli, Joe Vitale, Joe WalshJoe Walsh4:32
2."In My Life"Lennon–McCartneyThe Beatles3:30
3."Mississippi Queen"Corky Laing, Felix Pappalardi, David Rea, Leslie WestMountain4:11
4."Go Now"Larry Banks, Milton BennettBessie Banks3:42
5."Woman"John LennonJohn Lennon3:45
6."21st Century Schizoid Man"Robert Fripp, Michael Giles, Greg Lake, Ian McDonald, Peter SinfieldKing Crimson3:53
7."All the Young Dudes"David BowieMott the Hoople4:34
8."For What It's Worth"Stephen StillsBuffalo Springfield3:20
9."Good Times"Vic Briggs, Eric Burdon, Barry Jenkins, Danny McCulloch, John WeiderThe Animals3:45
10."Sunshine of Your Love"Pete Brown, Jack Bruce, Eric ClaptonCream5:10
11."Fire"Arthur Brown, Vincent Crane, Mike Finesilver, Peter KerArthur Brown4:08
12."Working Class Hero"John LennonJohn Lennon3:22
13."Sympathy for the Devil"Mick Jagger, Keith RichardsThe Rolling Stones7:11
14."Changes" (bonus track, with Kelly Osbourne)Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill WardBlack Sabbath4:07

Personnel[edit]

Guest musicians
Additional musicians
Production
  • Produced by Mark Hudson
  • Arrangements by Steve Dudas
  • Engineered and mixed by Bruce Sugar
  • Additional engineering – Kevin Churko and David Frangioni
  • Assistant engineers – Jimmy Hoyson, Ghian Wright, Peter Doris, Charlie Paakkari, Jason Agel, Geoff Rice, Andy Brohard, Devin Workman, Alex Scannell
  • Mastered by George Marino
  • A&R – Kaz Utsunomiya
  • Art direction – David Coleman
  • Cover photo – Kevin Westenberg
  • Tray photo – Dennis Keeley
  • Back cover photo – Myriam Santos-Kayda
  • Interior photos – Myriam Santos-Kayda, Sam Taylor Wood, Bil Zelman

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "Ozzy Osbourne - Under Cover review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  2. ^ Sinclair, Tom (31 October 2005). "Under Cover". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Billboard album chart history-Ozzy Osbourne". Retrieved 17 February 2009.
  4. ^ Prince's Trust trading Ltd. (2009). Inspired* by music. London: Shoehorn Arts & Culture Books. pp. 116-119. ISBN 978-190714901-6.
  5. ^ "Former ALICE IN CHAINS Guitarist Laying Down Tracks For New OZZY OSBOURNE Album". Blabbermouth. 16 August 2004. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Ozzy Osbourne Goes 'Under Cover'". Mitch Schneider Organization. 5 October 2005. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Ozzy Osbourne Mainstream Rock Songs". Billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved 4 December 2015. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  8. ^ "Ozzy Osbourne – Under Cover (Album)". Swedishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  9. ^ a b c "Ozzy Osbourne Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 October 2015.
  10. ^ "Ozzy Osbourne – Under Cover". Hitparade.ch (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  11. ^ "Under Cover Billboard Albums". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  12. ^ "The Irish Charts: search for Kelly and Ozzy Osbourne". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  13. ^ "Single – Ozzy & Kelly Osbourne, Changes". Charts.de (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  14. ^ "Ozzy & Kelly Osbourne – Changes (Song)". Norwegiancharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 8 November 2015.
  15. ^ "Ozzy & Kelly Osbourne – Changes (Song)". Swedishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  16. ^ "Ozzy & Kelly Osbourne – Changes". Austriancharts.at (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 8 December 2015.