Κυριακή, 17 Σεπτεμβρίου 2017

Ozzy Osbourne - No More Tears

On this day (September 17th of 1991) "No More Tears", Ozzy Osbourne's sixth studio album was released.

With a recording line-up of Ozzy, Zakk Wylde (guitars), Bob Daisley (bass), Randy Castillo (drums) and John Sinclair (keyboards), "No More Tears" is one of Ozzy's favorite albums and it also marks a new era free of heavy alcohol and drugs use. While the 80s had been a turmoil for Ozzy, there are no weird myths or drama behind this album.


Song writting and recording sessions were very easy for this one. It was produced by Duane Baron and John Purdell, Ozzy was sober and Zakk Wylde came up with some great ideas. Daisley had some lyrics but finally they weren't used and at this point Lemmy (Motorhead) came up with lyrics and ideas for some songs. Ten songs were recorded for the album and while Ozzy was auditioning the tracks, Mike Inez came up with a random bass line (Daisley recorded the album but he wasn't part of the band). Ozzy's magic ear heard that line and they built one more song around it. This one was "No More Tears"... so they entered studio again, recorded one more song, the album got a title and the world got another classic hit.

The following tour was named "No More Tours" and it was supposed to be the last huge Ozzy tour according to the management but Ozzy himself had serious doubts about it later. Even during the tour he was mentioning to the audience that he won't stop. And he didn't.


At this time, Ozzy's fame surpassed by far Black Sabbath and he is established as the most successful solo artist in metal music. It will take few more years for Sabbath to be recognized by all (especially with their influence in the 90s and other genres besides metal, like grunge and stoner) even if their impact in metal music was already undeniable. In the early 90s, three albums by Metallica ("Black Album"), Ozzy ("No More Tears") and Queensryche ("Empire") were by far the most successful heavy metal releases in United States and these specific albums gain multi-platinum status with millions of sales, keeping some of the highest positions even until today. Keep in mind that bands like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest don't have any album reaching these sales in the States.


"No More Tears" stood the test of time. Even if upon its release wasn't received very well by few Ozz die-hards in Europe. This album gave to Ozzy's career a new big burst and introduced him to a new generation of fans (mainly in the United States). However, the angel wings on the cover is also a change from the past... Ozzy is no more the "prince of darkness" and even if there is a strong metal edge on "No More Tears", the 80s sound starts to fade over the next years.


Track list:  1. Mr. Tinkertrain, 2. I Don't Want To Change The World, 3. Mama, I'm Coming Home, 4. Desire, 5. No More Tears, 6. S.I.N., 7. Hellraiser, 8. Time After Time, 9. Zombie Stomp, 10. A.V.H., 11. Road To Nowhere



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