Another compilation tribute to Prince of Darkness, legendary Ozzy, this time played by the most famous Metal artists!
It's safe to say that the most "tributized" gentleman in the realm of Hard Rock/Heavy Metal has been Ozzy Osbourne. Over the years, a continuous stream of releases by other artists covering either Black Sabbath or Ozzy's solo years has hit the racks, and the "2006 edition" was "Flying High Again: The World's Greatest Tribute To Ozzy Osbourne". Whereas most of the other aforementioned Ozzy tributes generally featured newer acts reworking their favorite tracks, "Flying High Again: The World's Greatest Tribute To Ozzy Osbourne" features mostly '80s-era rockers - save for a few exceptions. Interestingly, there are also some "Ozzy alumni" who drop by - guitarist Brad Gillis (who was a short-lived replacement for Randy Rhoads) on a remake of "Over the Mountain", Motörhead's Lemmy tackling "Desire" (a track he co-penned with Ozzy for his 1991 "No More Tears" release), and Lita Ford revisiting her Top Ten hit ballad (originally a duet with Ozzy) "Close My Eyes Forever". Other intriguing renditions include Dee Snider's "Crazy Train", a Jazzy rendition of "Goodbye to Romance" by the Alex Skolnick Trio, and a downright hilarious rendition of "Revelation (Mother Earth)" by Novembers Doom (whose vocals sound like the Cookie Monster eating the mike).
But not all of the participants are Metal veterans, as evidenced by the presence of Children Of Bodom ("Shot in the Dark") and Icarus Witch ("S.A.T.O.", which features George Lynch on guitar).
Starring the biggest Metal legends, from Judas Priest, Kiss, Dream Theater, Motorhead, Rainbow, Yngwie, Whitesnake, Dokken, Twisted Sister, Ratt, Night Ranger, Children Of Bodom & Ozzy's own band alumni!!
Magick Records, 2006 (CLP 1585-2). 12-track 2006 American edition version. Please note: though the disc is new and has never been played, there are light booklet bend that happened during transit.
1. Tim "Ripper" Owens, Yngwie Malmsteen, Bob Kulick, Tim Bogert, Derek Sherinian, Tommy Aldridge - Mr. Crowley 4:58
2. Children Of Bodom - Shot In The Dark 3:40
3. Icarus Witch - S.A.T.O. 4:12
4. Forever Say Die - Bark At The Moon 4:21
5. Lita Ford - Close My Eyes Forever 5:25
6. Lemmy Kilmister, Jeff Pilson, Ritchie Kotzen, Bob Kulick, Tony Franklin, Vinnie Colaiuta - Desire 5:56
7. Dee Snider, Doug Aldrich, Tony Levin, Jason Bonham - Crazy Train 5:16
8. Mark Slaughter, Brad Gillis, Gary Moon, Eric Singer, Paul Taylo - Over The Mountain 4:38
9. Jack Blades, Reb Beach, Jeff Pilson, Bobby Blotzer, Paul Taylor - I Don't Know 5:21
10. Joe Lynn Turner, David Glen Eisley, Steve Lukather, Bob Kulick, Billy Sherwood, Paul Taylor, Jay Schellen - Hellraiser 5:35
11. Novembers Doom - Revelation (Mother Earth ) 6:01
12. Alex Skolnick Trio - Goodbye To Romance 7:15
Total playing time: 62:38