Ozzy Osbourne Celebrates 30th Anniversary of "No More Tears"
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy-winning singer and songwriter OZZY OSBOURNE is celebrating the 30th anniversary of his quadruple-platinum album "No More Tears."
His sixth studio solo album will be celebrated with an expanded digital audio album due out September 17 via Sony. Two special editions--a 2LP black vinyl version and a special yellow and red 2LP vinyl version with a specially created booklet (exclusively at www.towerrecords.com)--will be released simultaneously. Pre-order the album here.
In its release, NO MORE TEARS yielded four top ten singles on the Billboard Rock Tracks chart, "Mama, I'm Coming Home" (#2), "Road To Nowhere" (#3), "Time After Time" (#6) and the title track (#10). In addition, the album’s "I Don't Want to Change the World" earned OZZY his first Grammy for a live version of the track that was featured on his 1993 LIVE AND LOUD album. The Grammy-winning track was one of the album’s four songs co-written with OZZY’s longtime friend and colleague Lemmy Kilmister; the others include "Mama, I'm Coming Home,” "Desire,” and "Hellraiser.” The album has remained an OZZY classic, earning a spot (#22) on Loudwire’s "Top 90 Hard Rock + Metal Albums of the '90s" with Ultimate Classic Rock including No More Tears on their list "Top 100 '90s Rock Albums."
“I have a lot of great memories of making the album,” OZZY says. “We worked hard on the record with John Purdell and Duane Baron, who became extra two members of the band. Before we went into the studio, we discussed what we were going to do--everything was planned. It's so nice when you get a producer who's more like a part of the band than them saying, ’nah, you do it this way.’ Because we write them and when you write the songs, you have a mental picture of how you think you want it to sound. Sometimes you’re surprised for the better, but other times you're disappointed, but John and Duane did an extraordinary job on the album. It was really, really well done. Every song was worked on for a long time and we spent extra time trying to get things right. But there was also lots of goofing around and we had a good time making it. And Zakk’s playing on it is spectacular.”
Zakk Wylde adds, “On the first record, ‘It was like I can't believe I'm here. I had definitely crawled into the fire and kept thinking. ‘You gotta produce. You got to come up with some cool stuff.’ On NO MORE TEARS, I guess I was more relaxed. With OZZY, whenever we're playing riffs, he would be like ‘keep playing that riff.’ Pretty much every time he just gets up there and starts singing what comes to him naturally, he knocks it out of the park all the time. I mean, there's very, very few times where he's actually said, ‘No, let me come back to that. I don't like what I'm singing. I'll come up with something better.’ Whatever you're hearing on the record is pretty much first thing he started singing that naturally came out of him, that he started hearing in his head. Which is amazing. My love for him and admiration for him has just gotten even stronger and bigger over the years. It’s bigger than the music. It’s always a good time whenever we're together, it's always like it's a laugh fest, and then making the records is beyond hilarious as well.”
You can check out more info on the NO MORE TEARS 30th Anniversary below!
The NO MORE TEARS’ expanded digital audio album tracklisting is as follows:
I Don’t Want to Change the World
Mama, I’m Coming Home
No More Tears
Won't Be Coming Home (S.I.N)
Time After Time
Road to Nowhere
Don’t Blame Me*
Party With the Animals*
I Don't Want To Change The World (demo)**
Mama, I'm Coming Home (demo)**
Time After Time (demo)**
Won't Be Coming Home (S.I.N) (demo)**
Mrs J. (demo)**
I Don't Want to Change the World (live)†
Road to Nowhere (live)†
No More Tears (live)†
Mama, I'm Coming Home (live)††
* bonus tracks currently on the digital album at DSP’s
** demos from the 1991 promo CD The No More Tears Demo Sessions (also the Prince of Darkness box set), not currently at DSP’s
† live audio from Memoirs of a Madman DVD, San Diego 1992, not currently at DSP’s
†† live audio from Memoirs of a Madman DVD, MTV 1992, not currently at DSP’sYou can check out info on OZZY OSBOURNE in the links below:
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