Classic: Ozzy Osbourne, No More Tears, 1991
Can´t believe this has been available since 1991. Remember it like yesterday! Opening with Mr. Tinkertrain, with a four on the floor chorus aimed at getting a live crowd into gear and a middle section where the orchestrations of John Sinclair are put to good use before Zakk Wylde fires away like we all know he can. And where I Don´t Want To Change The World is vintage Ozzy. Where we hear Zakk´s lighter (somewhat country) side shine through in Mama I´m Coming Home, something he would do more in Pride & Glory and Black Label Society.
Desire is again a vintage Ozzy song and warm us up really good to No More Tears. Which in essence is worth the price for this disc alone. Opening with a simple yet effective bass line, we are sucked into the mystery by the keyboards. And then Zakk is displaying some slide work before Ozzy wails his biting lyric at us. The supporting guitar riffs rule and the whole is a blistering 7 plus minutes of all that makes hard rock so damn beautiful. The middle section here is even more grandiose and is only topped by another exhilarating Wylde guitar solo. And this is only track 5 of all eleven on offer!
So by now you will have understood the ingredients for this classic album. Pounding drums and bass, keyboards, a wailing singer and a stunning six stringer. And yes, I am completely aware of other guitar greats that have supported Osbourne over the years. He always finds a great one…