Bat Head Soup: A Tribute to Ozzy

Bat Head Soup: A Tribute to Ozzy


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Bat Head Soup: A Tribute to Ozzy

Ozzy Osbourne may well be ripe for mainstream acclaim as a founding father of heavy metal, but thankfully Bat Head Soup: A Tribute to Ozzy is not one of those increasingly common, cute, and "eclectic" tribute albums where bands and artists are seemingly chosen on the basis of how far away they are, musically, from the honoree. Nor is it -- like Legend of a Madman, Ozzified, and Land of the Wizard, the previous Osbourne tributes -- an attempt by record labels to showcase the no-name acts on their roster. This one gives the Ozzy Osbourne songbook the full-bore, hard rock treatment with a lineup that includes members and ex-members of Ratt, Kiss, Night Ranger, Poison, Slaughter, Twisted Sister, and Judas Priest, to name just a few. There are more guitar heroes, virtuoso bassists, hotshot session drummers, and '80s wild-child screamers in this lineup than you could shake a dead pigeon at. Most of the covers are, by and large, faithful to the originals, if a little too heavy on the guitar pyrotechnics, but that comes with the territory on an album that features Paul Gilbert, Reb Beach, Richie Kotzen, Steve Lukather, George Lynch, Doug Aldrich, Dweezil Zappa, Brad Gillis, and Yngwie Malmsteen. On the one hand, the guitar overkill is what keeps the songs from being note-identical copies of the originals; on the other, it is a tiny bit hard to digest after a point if you're not a shred fan. Speaking of shred fans, the entire Racer X lineup is present on "Children of the Grave," the only "band" effort on the album (and one of two Black Sabbath songs on it, along with "Paranoid") apart from the Flys on "Suicide Solution" -- the rest are all by supergroups assembled on the fly specially for the tribute. The only really unusual collaboration is Lisa Loeb and Dweezil Zappa doing "Goodbye to Romance" -- not bad, no matter what it sounds like on paper. And you also get to hear Motörhead's Lemmy singing on "Desire," a song he co-wrote with Osbourne for the No More Tears album back in 1991. It's pretty obvious that all the artists on this album grew up idolizing Osbourne. Often that's transparent in their desire to be impressive, but there are worse faults a tribute album could have.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/22/2000
Label: Cleopatra
UPC: 0741157088922
catalogNumber: 889

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stuart Hamm   Track Performer
Yngwie Malmsteen   Track Performer
Dweezil Zappa   Track Performer
Richie Kotzen   Track Performer
Tim Owens   Track Performer
George Lynch   Track Performer
Vince Neil   Track Performer
Brad Gillis   Track Performer
Lisa Loeb   Track Performer
John Alderete   Track Performer
Tommy Aldridge   Track Performer
Reb Beach   Track Performer
Gregg Bissonette   Track Performer
Jack Blades   Track Performer
Bobby Blotzer   Track Performer
Jason Bonham   Track Performer
Vinnie Colaiuta   Track Performer
David Glen Eisley   Background Vocals
Steve Ferrone   Track Performer
Tony Franklin   Track Performer
Bob Kulick   Guitar
Bruce Kulick   Guitar
Tony Levin   Track Performer
Steve Lukather   Track Performer
Ricky Phillips   Track Performer
Jeff Pilson   Vocals
Mike Porcaro   Track Performer
Jay Schellen   Track Performer
Billy Sherwood   Track Performer
Eric Singer   Track Performer
Dee Snider   Track Performer
Jeff Scott Soto   Track Performer
Paul Taylor   Track Performer
Pat Torpey   Track Performer
Scott Travis   Track Performer
Doug Aldrich   Track Performer
Joe Lynn Turner   Track Performer
Michael Sherwood   Track Performer
Gilbert   Track Performer
Derek Sherinian   Track Performer
Mark Slaughter   Track Performer
Jeff Martin   Track Performer
Lemmy Kilmister   Track Performer
Nick Lucero   Track Performer
James Book   Track Performer
Peter Perdichizzi   Track Performer
Adam Paskowitz   Track Performer
Tommy Bogert   Track Performer
Gary Moon   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Ozzy Osbourne   Composer
Paul Gilbert   Producer
Bruce Bouillet   Producer,Engineer
Geezer Butler   Composer
Randy Castillo   Composer
Bob Daisley   Composer
Tom Fletcher   Engineer
Tony Iommi   Composer
Bob Kulick   Producer
Chuck Wright   Graphic Design
Bill Ward   Composer
Tommy Pons   Paintings
Jamie Lamm   Engineer
Phil Soussan   Composer
Tom Size   Engineer

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