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Back in my days as a late teen metal head looking for inspiration, I was something of a collector of oddities, one of them being this now rather obscure single. 1997 was the absolute pits here in the States (and most likely also in the UK) and when looking at the cover of this release, one would give a cynical chuckle at the image of Ozzy trying to hitchhike to hell, knowing full well that something was wrong with metal at that particular time if this was what it was supposed to be.
Despite being a leftover track from one of Ozzy’s worst albums, “Back on Earth” is quite a fun song and is lyrically among one of the more intelligent things he has ever concocted. The guitar solo is short and simple; much as was the case with Iommi solos such as “Tomorrow’s Dream” or “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath”, but it gets the point across. The keyboards have an interesting interplay with the rest of the instrumentation, all of which help to hide the fact that Ozzy is slightly off key. Essentially if you took the best parts of “I just want you”, which also appears on here unfortunately, and changed the lyrics so that they don’t grate on your nerves you’d have a good picture of it.
The other good song on here is a song off the famed “Beavis and Butthead” movie soundtrack. Again, despite it essentially being a song bolstering a film featuring 2 caricatures of the idiocy of the 90s Groove and Drone Metal fan, it is a decent song that will please fans of earlier Ozzy material. If you’ve never heard the song and happen to see a copy of that “Beavis and Butthead Do America” promo featuring this song as a single and it costs less than $3, it would be worth picking up.
Obviously this single is not something that you can find anywhere so collectors of rarities will likely want to track this down. 2/3 of this album is a cut above anything Ozzy had put out since the beginning of the 1990s and they are not easy to find unless you have no qualms about file sharing.