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BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 9/16/17

Throughout the entire month of ‘Sabb’tember I will be serving up songs from significant releases by Black Sabbath, Ozzy, Dio, Black Label Society and others off the Sabbath Family Tree!

No More Tears is the sixth studio album by Ozzy Osbourne. It was released on 17 September 1991. The album features blazing performances by guitarist Zakk Wylde and four songs co-written by the late Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister. It spawned four hit singles including “Mama, I’m Coming Home”, and contains the Grammy-winning track “I Don’t Want to Change the World”. It is also one of Ozzy’s two best-selling albums, along with Blizzard of Ozz, having been certified quadruple platinum by the the RIAA. [Recording Industry Association of America] This album helped revitalize Ozzy’s struggling career! During the beginning of the songwriting process, he was drinking heavily and then, partway through after 24 years of heavy drinking, he decided to get sober with the help of a therapist. He succeeded in his efforts, but seeing the world through clear eyes for the first time in decades was frightening for Ozz and he felt very insecure through much of the creative process. Even if he was unsure about the album at the time, fans around the world embraced it and shortly after its release the title track climbed the charts, and soon the album was a smash!

“Desire” is the fourth song on No More Tears and is one of four songs that were co-written with the late great Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead for the album. Lemmy re-recorded the track with Richie Kotzen, Tony Franklin and Vinnie Colaiuta for 2000’s Bat Head Soup: A Tribute to Ozzy record.

“No More Tears” is the fifth song on the 1991 Ozzy Osbourne album No More Tears. With a running time of 7:24, it is the longest solo song that Ozzy has ever recorded for a studio album. It was later redone by guitarist Zakk Wylde as a bonus track on the second reissue of the Black Label Society album Sonic Brew as well as on its own promotional E.P. called the No More Tears Sampler. A shorter edited version of this song was released to some radio stations, and can be heard on the 1997 compilation album The Ozzman Cometh. The full-length version appears on The Essential Ozzy Osbourne. Ozzy considers this song to be “a gift from God”, as stated in the Prince of Darkness liner notes. Now although Mike Inez (Alice In Chains) performs in the album’s videos and promotional tours, long-time Ozzy bassist Bob Daisley plays on the entire album. Inez is credited though as a writer for the title track; since the intro bass riff was composed by him. However he did not perform on the actual recording.

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