Listen To OZZY OSBOURNE's Collaboration With ELTON JOHN, 'Ordinary Man'
Listen To OZZY OSBOURNE’s Collaboration With ELTON JOHN, ‘Ordinary Man’
Ozzy Osbourne has set Friday, February 21 as the release date for his new “Ordinary Man” album. Marking his first new solo music in almost 10 years, the album has been preceded by the release of two singles, the No. 1 rock track “Under The Graveyard”, which was followed by “Straight To Hell” featuring GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Slash. The album’s title track will be available instantly with any pre-order of the album.
“Ordinary Man” will be available as a standard CD, deluxe CD, black vinyl, deluxe gatefold swirl color vinyl, picture disc and digital album. In addition, all physical copies of the album will include a unique code that will allow the purchaser to enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win one of over 300 Ozzy prizes (including an official Ozzy laminate to get into any show on the 2020 “No More Tours 2”, meet-and-greets with Ozzy, a gift certificate to the Ozzy global store and much more).
“It was a lot of fun to do though it’s a lot different from my other albums,” Ozzy says of the album. “We recorded it quickly, which I haven’t done since the first BLACK SABBATH album. This made it a different process, which I actually enjoyed.”
Recorded in Los Angeles, the album features producer Andrew Watt on guitars, Duff McKagan (GUNS N’ ROSES) on bass and Chad Smith (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS) on drums. Beyond the core band, “Ordinary Man” features a who’s-who of Ozzy friends and collaborators including Elton John, Post Malone and Tom Morello.
“It all just came together,” Ozzy explains of the guest stars. “Slash is a dear friend of mine, as is Elton. When I was writing ‘Ordinary Man’, it reminded me of an old Elton song and I said to Sharon, ‘I wonder if he would sing on it?’ We asked, and lo and behold, he agreed and sings and play piano on the song.”
The “Ordinary Man” title track can be streamed below.
Back in 2003, Ozzy’s daughter Kelly revealed that it was Elton John who settled the debate between her and Ozzy on whether to use a choir for their version of “Changes”, which originally appeared on her father’s band’s 1972 album, “Vol. 4”. The song was one of the new tracks that appeared on Kelly’s reissued debut, “Shut Up”, which had been retitled “Changes”.
“It was weird because we both fought so much,” Kelly told MTV at the time. “He wanted the choir on there and I didn’t. When we were out at Elton John’s house, and his was the final decision on whether to put the choir on there.“
This past November, Ozzy released “Under The Graveyard”, his first new solo music in almost 10 years, which garnered more than 2.8 million global streams in its first week. Rolling Stone noted “doom and gloom is what makes an Ozzy song great, and it’s what make this one a keeper,” and NPR wrote, “It sounds like Ozzy and, remarkably, Ozzy’s voice can still tear through your soul.”
“This album was a gift from my higher power — it is proof to me that you should never give up,” Ozzy said.
Recorded in Los Angeles, the album features producer Andrew Watt on guitars, Duff McKagan (GUNS N’ ROSES) on bass and Chad Smith (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS) on drums.
“There is new music and it's great. He's got his friends playing on it. He’s doing a song with Elton [John]. There is so much good stuff.” - @MrsSOsbourne spills on @ozzyosbourne's new music and ‘song with @eltonofficial. pic.twitter.com/GoK725mkhJ— The Talk (@TheTalkCBS) January 6, 2020
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