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Wasn't this on the box set?! - 80%

sixxswine, November 12th, 2005

Ozzy Osbourne-Under Cover
By: Ruben Mosqueda

The self-proclaimed prince of darkness returns with Under Cover an all covers record. If you’re thinking that this disc was part of the box set he issued a number of months back, you’re right! Well sort of, in typical Sharon Osbourne fashion, they have dug up four tracks that didn’t make the disc on the box set! Imagine that? And just in time for the holidays? Well, like her or not, she’s a great business woman.
There are a total of 13 tracks on Under Cover, while it’s odd hearing Ozzy take a stab at songs like; “Woman,” “Go Now,” “Good Times,” they sound like they could have been lifted from the Ozzmosis sessions, but they were actually recorded specifically for the box set. Guitarist Jerry Cantrell shines on these rock classics, as does the rhythm section, Mike Bordin is the man. Ozzy sounds worse for ware but he still shows some spark on “Rocky Mountain Way,” “Mississippi Queen,” “All the Young Dudes,” “Sunshine of Your Love” and “Sympathy for the Devil.” By the way, Leslie West makes a guest appearance on “Mississippi Queen.” If you’re lucky enough to score the dualdisc edition, you’ll get an interview with Ozzy a number of his friends. Among the friends is Lemmy Kilmister from Motorhead, there’s some funny stories shared, some you’ve heard numerous times, others might be new, In addition to the interview you get the complete disc in 5.1 surround sound and the video clip for “In My Life.” While tribute records are a novelty that people might not take seriously,Under Cover isn’t bad at all. We’d still like to hear a new Sabbath record.