Prince of Darkness

Prince of Darkness

4.5 4
by Ozzy Osbourne
The most extensive Ozzy collection ever, the career-spanning four-disc box set Prince of Darkness comprises 50 tracks, 15 of them previously unreleased -- 10 are newly recorded cover versions of some of Ozzy's favorite tunes. The box features deluxe packaging, including a 60-page, full-color booklet with rare photos, memorabilia, liner notes, and track-by-track


The most extensive Ozzy collection ever, the career-spanning four-disc box set Prince of Darkness comprises 50 tracks, 15 of them previously unreleased -- 10 are newly recorded cover versions of some of Ozzy's favorite tunes. The box features deluxe packaging, including a 60-page, full-color booklet with rare photos, memorabilia, liner notes, and track-by-track notes.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
It's surprising that with all of the media attention aimed at Ozzy Osbourne, the self-crowned "Prince of Darkness," since his debut as the perpetually numb rock star dad on The Osbournes, it took so long for his incredibly savvy marketing-machine/wife to put out a proper box set. Here you have an artist who fronted one of the world's most influential and coveted heavy metal bands and put out a string of excellent solo albums and singles, then went on television and became the world's most gawked-at wreck on the pop culture highway since Michael Jackson turned white and hijacked Diana Ross' nose. The four-disc set aims to satisfy fans of both Osbourne personas. Discs one and two storm through the singer's '80s and '90s solo heydays with an emphasis on previously unreleased live recordings ("Goodbye to Romance"), B-sides ("Spiders"), as well as classics like "Flying High Again" and "Crazy Train." Disc three is a compilation of bizarre collaborations with everyone from Kim Basinger ("Shake Your Head [Let's Go to Bed]") to Miss Piggy ("Born to Be Wild") to Dweezil Zappa ("Staying Alive") that culminates in an oddly affecting ballad ("I Ain't No Nice Guy") with Motörhead mouthpiece Lemmy Kilmister. Disc four features newly recorded covers, some that work (King Crimson's "21st Century Schizoid Man" and Mountain's "Mississippi Queen" were tailor-made for Osbourne's wily vocal style) and some that don't ("For What It's Worth" and "All the Young Dudes," the latter featuring a very manic Ian Hunter guest vocal that sounds more like an old man stuck in his bathroom than it does a rowdy call to arms). Osbourne states in the beginning of the impressive 40-page booklet that he "wasn't terribly happy about the prospect of repackaging and reissuing another compilation of the same songs you can get on another one of my albums," and the care that's been put into heeding his sentiments is apparent throughout, but one has to wonder whether or not it's fair to the man himself.
Rolling Stone - David Fricke
1/2 [A] delightfully motley four-CD anthology.

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Disc 1

  1. I Don't Know
  2. Mr. Crowley
  3. Crazy Train
  4. Goodbye to Romance
  5. Suicide Solution
  6. Over the Mountain
  7. Flying High Again
  8. You Can't Kill Rock and Roll
  9. Diary of a Madman
  10. Bark at the Moon
  11. Spiders
  12. Rock 'N' Roll Rebel
  13. You're No Different

Disc 2

  1. Ultimare Sin
  2. Never Know Why
  3. Thank God for the Bomb
  4. Crazy Babies
  5. Breakin' All the Rules
  6. I Don't Want to Change the World
  7. Mama, I'm Coming Home
  8. Desire
  9. No More Tears
  10. Won't Be Coming Home (S.I.N.)
  11. Perry Mason
  12. See You on the Other Side
  13. Walk on Water
  14. Gets Me Through
  15. Bang Bang (You're Dead)
  16. Dreamer

Disc 3

  1. Iron Man
  2. N.I.B.
  3. Purple Haze
  4. Pictures of Matchstick Men
  5. Shake Your Head (Let's Go to Bed)
  6. Born to Be Wild
  7. Nowhere to Run (Vapor Trail)
  8. Psycho Man
  9. For Heaven's Sake 2000
  10. I Ain't No Nice Guy
  11. Therapy
  12. Stayin' Alive
  13. Dog, The Bounty Hunter

Disc 4

  1. 21st Century Schizoid Man
  2. Mississippi Queen
  3. All the Young Dudes
  4. In My Life
  5. Fire
  6. For What It's Worth
  7. Sympathy for the Devil
  8. Working Class Hero
  9. Good Times
  10. Changes

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ozzy Osbourne   Primary Artist,Vocals
Ian Hunter   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Dweezil Zappa   Guitar,Soloist
Don Airey   Keyboards
Tommy Aldridge   Drums
Nuno Bettencourt   Guitar,Soloist
Joe Bonamassa   Musician
Mike Bordin   Percussion,Drums,Gong
Geezer Butler   Bass
Jerry Cantrell   Guitar
Randy Castillo   Drums
Jim Cox   Musician
Bob Daisley   Bass,Background Vocals
Warren DeMartini   Guitar,Soloist
Steve Dudas   Musician
Mark Hudson   Musician
Jake E. Lee   Guitar,Background Vocals
Steve Lukather   Guitar,Soloist
Jim Mastro   Musician
Tim Pierce   Guitar,Soloist
Randy Rhoads   Guitar
Rudy Sarzo   Bass
Bruce Sugar   Musician
Jim Vallance   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards
Leslie West   Guitar,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Zakk Wylde   Guitar,Soloist
Robert Trujillo   Bass
Joe Holmes   Guitar
Mike Inez   Bass
John Sinclair   Keyboards
Chris Wyse   Bass
Robert Randolph   Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Kelly Osbourne   Vocals
Michael Railo   Keyboards
Sarah Hudson   Musician
Madison Derek   Musician
Molly Foote   Musician
Phil Soussan   Bass
Bogie Bowles   Musician

Technical Credits

David Bowie   Composer
Mick Jagger   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Ozzy Osbourne   Composer,Liner Notes
Primus   Producer
Steve Stills   Composer
Dweezil Zappa   Arranger,Producer
Robert Kraft   Producer
Mars Bonfire   Composer
Robin Gibb   Composer
Greg Lake   Composer
Barry Gibb   Composer
Duane Baron   Producer
John Boylan   Producer
Geezer Butler   Composer
Randy Castillo   Composer
David Daoud Coleman   Art Direction
Bob Daisley   Composer,Producer
Terry Date   Producer
Mark Dodson   Producer
Steve Dudas   Arranger
Bruce Fairbairn   Producer
Tom Fletcher   Engineer
Marti Frederiksen   Composer
Robert Fripp   Composer
Maurice Gibb   Composer
Jimi Hendrix   Composer
Jimmy Hoyson   Engineer
Mark Hudson   Producer
Tony Iommi   Composer
Lee Kerslake   Composer,Producer
Jake E. Lee   Composer
Bob Marlette   Producer
Ian McDonald   Composer
Mike Muir   Composer,Producer
Max Norman   Producer
Keith Olsen   Producer
Charles Paakkari   Engineer
Tim Palmer   Producer
Thom Panunzio   Producer
John Purdell   Composer,Producer
Randy Rhoads   Composer,Producer
Keith Richards   Composer
Francis Rossi   Composer
R. Rubin   Composer
Rick Rubin   Producer
Peter Sinfield   Composer
Peter Solley   Producer
Bruce Sugar   Engineer
Jack Tann   Producer
Chris Tsangarides   Producer
George Tutko   Engineer
Jim Vallance   Composer,Producer
Michael Wagener   Producer
David Weiss   Composer
Toby Wright   Producer
Zakk Wylde   Composer
Robert Trujillo   Composer,Producer
Bill Ward   Composer
Crystal Method   Producer
Wes Golding   Composer
Mike Inez   Composer
Alex Scannell   Engineer
Don St. Was   Producer
E. Turner   Composer
J.K. Hunter   Composer
B.J. Ward   Composer
M. Giles   Composer
David Frangioni   Engineer
John Sinclair   Composer
Lemmy Kilmister   Composer
D. Hill   Composer
Peter Doris   Engineer
Kevin Churko   Engineer
Sharon Osbourne   Producer
Ghian Wright   Engineer
Geoffrey Rice   Engineer
S.A. Humphrey   Composer
Andy Brohard   Engineer
T. Palmer   Composer
Jason Agel   Engineer
David Sickinson   Producer
Devin Workman   Engineer
John Eaton   Producer

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Prince of Darkness 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
However, I do want to point out a few things: Where is "Shot in the Dark"? That song kicks ass! "Bark at the moon" is a good one too! By the way, was Ozzy aware that Alice Cooper did a song called "Prince of Darkness"? Just curious.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the box set every die hard fan should get.The cover songs he did were incredible.The odddities and hits were also a treasure.Get it!Praise Ozzy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago