Ozzy Osbourne + Lemmy Kilmister: Stream “Hellraiser,” a New/Reimagined Duet from Osbourne’s ‘No More Tears’ 30th Set Out 9/17

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This coming Friday, Sept. 17, Ozzy Osbourne will revisit his 1991 solo record No More Tears for an expanded and updated 30th anniversary edition. No More Tears was the sixth solo studio album from Osbourne and was a massive success, one of the legendary singer‘s best-selling albums in North America. Among its hits were “Mama, I’m Coming Home” (No. 2 on the Billboard Rock Tracks chart), “Road to Nowhere” (No. 3), “Time After Time” (No. 6) and the title track (No. 10).

As a preview of the digital edition of the new release, Osbourne on Monday premiered a special version of “Hellraiser,” an updated interpretation that features “the first-ever official version of the song with a mash-up of vocals from OZZY and the song’s co-writer, longtime friend and colleague Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead,” per a news release.

Its ability to serve as a “new” collaboration between Osbourne and the late, great Lemmy is a treat:

“I hope everyone enjoys the song,” said Osbourne of the new track. “This is just a small way to honor my friend Lemmy. Sharon and I talk a lot about how much we miss him.”

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For some history: “Hellraiser” first appeared as a solo Osbourne track on No More Tears, with Kilmister and Motorhead then recording their own version for 1992’s March ör Die.

“Hellraiser” was one of four songs from the No More Tears record co-written by Ozzy and Lemmy, the others being “Mama, I’m Coming Home,” “Desire,” and “I Don’t Want to Change the World.”

Per a news release, some reflections on No More Tears from Ozzy Osbourne and guitarist Zakk Wylde:

“I have a lot of great memories of making the album,” OZZY OSBOURNE says. “We worked hard on the record with John Purdell and Duane Baron, who became extra two members of the band. Before we went into the studio, we discussed what we were going to do–everything was planned. It’s so nice when you get a producer who’s more like a part of the band than them saying, ’nah, you do it this way.’ Because we write them and when you write the songs, you have a mental picture of how you think you want it to sound. Sometimes you’re surprised for the better, but other times you’re disappointed, but John and Duane did an extraordinary job on the album. It was really, really well done. Every song was worked on for a long time and we spent extra time trying to get things right. But there was also lots of goofing around and we had a good time making it. And Zakk’s playing on it is spectacular.”

Zakk Wylde adds, “On the first record, ‘It was like I can’t believe I’m here. I had definitely crawled into the fire and kept thinking. ‘You gotta produce. You got to come up with some cool stuff.’ On NO MORE TEARS, I guess I was more relaxed. With OZZY, whenever we’re playing riffs, he would be like ‘keep playing that riff.’ Pretty much every time he just gets up there and starts singing what comes to him naturally, he knocks it out of the park all the time. I mean, there’s very, very few times where he’s actually said, ‘No, let me come back to that. I don’t like what I’m singing. I’ll come up with something better.’ Whatever you’re hearing on the record is pretty much first thing he started singing that naturally came out of him, that he started hearing in his head. Which is amazing. My love for him and admiration for him has just gotten even stronger and bigger over the years. It’s bigger than the music. It’s always a good time whenever we’re together, it’s always like it’s a laugh fest, and then making the records is beyond hilarious as well.”

The track listing for the expanded digital edition:

Mr. Tinkertrain
I Don’t Want to Change the World
Mama, I’m Coming Home
No More Tears
Won’t Be Coming Home (S.I.N)
Time After Time
Zombie Stomp
Road to Nowhere
Don’t Blame Me*
Party With the Animals*
I Don’t Want To Change The World (demo)**
Mama, I’m Coming Home (demo)**
Desire (demo)**
Time After Time (demo)**
Won’t Be Coming Home (S.I.N) (demo)**
Mrs J. (demo)**
I Don’t Want to Change the World (live)†
Road to Nowhere (live)†
No More Tears (live)†
Desire (live)†
Mama, I’m Coming Home (live)††
* bonus tracks currently on the digital album at DSP’s
** demos from the 1991 promo CD The No More Tears Demo Sessions (also the Prince of Darkness box set), not currently at DSP’s
† live audio from Memoirs of a Madman DVD, San Diego 1992, not currently at DSP’s
†† live audio from Memoirs of a Madman DVD, MTV 1992, not currently at DSP’s

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