Ozzie's latest release digs up twelve old, and not so old, songs and magically transforms them into something new and uniquely Ozzie. The title song, 'Tiptoe through the Tulips', is in name only as Ozzie has replaced his own lyrics that start with, "Stomp through the tulips, with glee".
Somehow, the transformation to heavy metal still sounds like the original song but with a lot of testosterone. Tiny Tim would not have approved but those were different times and he rarely bit the head off of anything.
The collection of remakes is soundly supported by a number of aging rockers. Perhaps the best cut of the collection is an interpretation of 'Louie Louie', with all the Black Sabbath members, that feels like it was always a heavy metal song. The most amazing transformation from song to metal is Sinatra's 'It Was a Very Good Year' with fellow brits Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page - wow.
Rush lead guitarist Alex Lifeson blasts a lot of licks into the heretofore mellow Leonard Cohen song Suzanne, and when combined with Osbourne's resonating voice Suzanne is more than mysterious and desirable.
Lifeson also assists on the metal redo of the Beach Boys Sloop John B that sails above the water. Other pleasurable surprises await the listener.
The CD will be released on June 1 at all the usual online and physical locations.
The collection is worth the purchase and it will really keep you awake on the slow commute to work.