Ozzmosis is the seventh solo studio album by Ozzy. Recorded in Paris and New York with producer Michael Beinhorn, it was released on October 24, 1995 by Epic Records. “Perry Mason”, “See You on the Other Side” and “I Just Want You” were all released as singles. After the release of No More Tears in ’91, Ozzy announced that he would retire from music. However, after a brief hiatus he returned with Ozzmosis, which featured long-time guitarist Zakk Wylde as well as former Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler, Journey drummer Deen Castronovo and YES keyboardist Rick Wakeman. Who knows maybe ol’ Ozzy got bored sitting around and watching all of those the World War II documentaries on the History Channel for hours on end and soon realized that being stuck at home was far less fun than being on the road and playing for adoring audiences. All I know is that fans were glad he was finally back on the case again!
“Perry Mason”, was one of three singles released off of Ozzmosis, Ozzy’s the seventh solo album from October ’95. Once again all guitars on the album were performed by Zakk Wylde, however Steve Vai was originally slated to be the guitarist on the album after writing a number of songs with Ozzy in 1994 (of which only the track “My Little Man” remained). Vai reportedly left the project due to a “falling out” with Ozzy, although this has been disputed by Zakk Wylde who claims they are still friends. (I personally asked Steve about this when I met him 2 years ago on a Monsters of Rock Cruise, and he denied any so-called falling out! And it’s funny because on that same cruise I met Gus G. and he had hinted that Ozzy may eventually work with Zakk again. And well in case you hadn’t heard he is in fact back in Ozzy’s band at least for his current tour. Hopefully they will write and record together again as well.)
“I Just Want You” was the third and final single released off Ozzmosis. So there’s a line in there that people have been speculating about or trying to figure out for years where Ozzy sings, “I think I’ll buy myself some plastic water, I guess I should have married Lennon’s daughter”… of course referring to his musical idol and inspiration John Lennon, who in fact never had a daughter! Seriously, there are blogs with crazy conspiracy theories about this stuff! I think everyone is overthinking it’s meaning and maybe it was just meant metaphorically or he only used it because it rhymed. Who knows? I guess ya gotta ask Ozzy himself so, good luck with that! Yo gotta get past who he actually married first, SHARON!!!
Ozzmosis was one of many Ozzy albums remastered and reissued in 2002. The reissue featured bonus tracks “Whole World’s Fallin’ Down” and “Aimee”, originally released as B-sides to “Perry Mason” and “See You on the Other Side”, respectively. The album has been certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and has sold over 3 million copies.