Ozzy Osbourne's 'Mystery' Cover Unraveled as Best-Of Compilation 'Memoirs of a Madman'

Career-spanning collection coming on October 7, more details inside.

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Ozzy Osbourne's recent "mystery" cover was unveiled as a best-of compilation titled "Memoirs of a Madman."

Following a public unraveling through social networks shares, the cover was made public yesterday, along with a release date and the full 17-song track listing.

Due out on October 7 via Epic, the career-spanning collection will be available in a single CD, two-LP set and two-LP picture disc set configurations. Check out the cover art and track listing below, you can pre-order the album here.

Although fans got their hopes up for a fresh studio record from Ozzy, no new info has been shared on the matter. But seeing that both Ozzy and guitarist Gus G. confirmed an album on the horizon, we can remain optimistic about getting to hear the "Scream" follow-up in the near future.

"Memoirs of a Madman" track listing:

01. Crazy Train
02. Mr. Crowley
03. Flying High Again
04. Over the Mountain
05. Bark at the Moon
06. The Ultimate Sin
07. Miracle Man
08. No More Tears (edit)
09. Mama, I'm Coming Home
10. Road to Nowhere
11. Perry Mason
12. I Just Want You
13. Gets Me Through
14. Dreamer
15. I Don't Wanna Stop16. Life Won't Wait17. Let Me Hear You Scream

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    This seems like a waste considering they have The Anthology of Ozzy, The Ozzman Cometh and The Prince of Darkness Box Set. This seems like a fulfillment to the record company and nothing more. Save your money!
    Yet another greatest hits compilation. Here's a better idea: dig around and find some old footage, and release a full on live DVD compilation. Start with the early years with Randy Rhoads and finish off with the newer lineup. I'm sure they have some footage of Randy in his heyday.
    Or bring Zakk back and record a goddamn album, he always brings something great to the table.
    It sucks for Gus G. I'm starting to believe his hiring was more of a marketing ploy. Scream was released four years ago. Gus didn't get any writing credits on the album as all he did was to lay down the guitar tracks. I personally like the album and most of G's contributions on it. But I can't believe they hired a great talent and didn't bother to use him for this long. I guess it was bad timing for Gus with the whole Black Sabbath 'reunion' project happening right after Scream.
    Well Jake E. Lee (the guitarist for Bark at the Moon) didn't get any credit either. They wrote that Ozzy did it all. Which is a bunch of bullshit. Can you imagine Ozzy trying to write on a guitar or drum set?
    It was Ronnie James Dio's death which was badly timed, if he was still around, Black Sabbath wouldn't have reunited and I imagine Ozzy would have gone on to create another solo album. With that said, I personally prefer the fact we have another Sabbath album, Ozzy's solo work tends to be forgettable in my opinion, aside from the first 2 albums.
    Damn you Ronnie! You should've waited a little longer before dying on us! So selfish that Ronnie guy. Lol I don't blame Ozzy (& Sharon) for putting BS back together. The interest (& money)was there, and it was good for those guys to get back in the studio and create new music before you know, dying. Now, I don't know about 'forgetable'. Maybe not as influential to the genre itself. However, I didn't grow up in the early 70's. I was more of a 80's and 90's teenager, so Ozzy's solo work was more relevant to me growing up. Although, we all know that Sabbath's early work was/is integral to the Heavy Metal genre, there are many great tracks that Ozzy is known for outside of Sabbath. Also, you can make an argument that many of the BS albums without Ozzy weren't as 'influential' and perhaps 'forgetable' compared to their earlier work.
    How influential Ozzy's solo music was has nothing to do with my opinion on it's quality. Black Sabbath went on to make some great albums with Dio and some underrated gems with Tony Martin. Ever since Randy died, Ozzy's albums all tended to have one or two hits with everything else just being filler, maybe with the exception of No More Tears.
    Are compilations nowadays necessary? I mean, anyone can go and buy/download whatever tracks they want from pretty much any album they like. You can create a playlist of such tracks and burn them on a CD if you need to.Unless, the material has been newly remastered and/or offers prevoiusly unreleased songs, a new compilation is a waste of time and money. Unless, I'm not taking something else into account here...
    The only thing you didn't take into account was the idiots that hand cash out just because it has someone's name on it. I can attest to your playlist example though, I've done it myself.
    "Yay, a best of compilation is what I always wanted from my favorite artist" said no one ever.
    They always put a live version of Paranoid on these, but of course, sincce he is back with Sabbath now, they want you to go buy the Sabbath records instead.
    The interesting thing about this are the rare videos on the DVDs. Of course, UG doesn't post that tracklist. It's around on the net though. There's some rare live videos.
    It's a good compilation, but I don't see why they couldn't have gone out of their way to include some Black Sabbath songs on here.
    It's an ozzy album not a black sabbath album
    "Career- spanning collection" Black Sabbath was part of his career. Don't get me wrong, his early solo career contains most of my favourite Ozzy songs. But still...