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February 9, 2005

Few artists have impacted the world of entertainment like OZZY OSBOURNE. He is one of rock music’s most enduring figures who in the last few years has also become one of television’s best loved personalities via the wildly successful hit MTV show “The Osbournes” (the highest rated original program in MTV’s 24-year history). He also scored his first #1 U.K. single in December 2003 (“Changes,” with daughter Kelly), is currently writing Broadway play based on the life of “Rasputin. and has a film based on his life story in the works, Ozzy’s popularity, creativity and reach is immeasurable. This is once again brilliantly underlined with the March 2005 release of his box set, fittingly titled PRINCE OF DARKNESS. This four-CD, 49-song set chronicling OZZY’s biggest hits and most memorable collaborations–with a separate disc featuring 10 newly recorded versions of his favorite songs by other artists–is a testament to the iconic rocker’s 25-year solo career.


Four-CD, 52-song set chronicles OZZY’s biggest hits and most memorable collaborations while including a separate disc with 10 newly recorded versions of his favorite songs by other artists, including: the Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy For The Devil,” Mountain’s “Mississippi Queen” and Mott The Hoople’s David Bowie-penned “All The Young Dudes.”

Packaged in a weathered, collectable gothic book with new hallowed images of OZZY taken by famed British photographer/artist Sam Taylor Wood. It will be packaged with a 60-page booklet with a career overview and rare OZZY photos.

The first two PRINCE OF DARKNESS discs will encompass re-mastered versions of the Grammy Award-winning artist’s most popular solo smashes, with “Crazy Train,” “Mr. Crowley,” “Diary Of A Madman,” “Crazy Babies” and “No More Tears.” In addition, the discs will resurrect epic live performances (“Bark At The Moon,” “Flying High Again,” “Suicide Solution”) and rare demos (“Mama, I’m Coming Home,” “I Don’t Want To Change The World,” “See You On The Other Side”).

Titled Oddities and Duets, the third disc is comprised of some of OZZY’s most unusual collaborations, such as “For Heaven’s Sake” with the Wu-Tang Clan, “Born To Be Wild” with Miss Piggy, “Nowhere To Run (Vapor Trail)” with the Crystal Method, DMX, and ‘Ol Dirty Bastard and the Bee Gees classic “Stayin’ Alive” with Dweezil Zappa.

For the set’s special fourth disc Under Covers, OZZY went into the studio recently to record covers of the songs he covets most, including: “In My Life” (the Beatles), “21st Century Schizoid Man” (King Crimson), and “For What It’s Worth” (Buffalo Springfield). Keeping with his tradition of working with only the finest rock guitarists, OZZY was joined by Jerry Cantrell, Robert Randolph and Leslie West.

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