Ozzy Osbourne has recorded covers of ROLLING STONES' "Sympathy for the Devil", BEATLES' "In My Life", KING CRIMSON's "21st Century Schizoid Man" and ARTHUR BROWN's "Fire" for an upcoming covers CD, one of four to be featured in a boxed set due next February, Osbourne told Reuters in an interview at his Beverly Hills home on Thursday (Oct. 14).
Ozzy shares vocals with MOTT THE HOOPLE singer Ian Hunter on the glam band's signature song "All the Young Dudes" while Leslie West reprises his guitar work on power trio MOUNTAIN's "Mississippi Queen".
The three other discs will include demos, rarities and outtakes from Osbourne's solo career, which began after he was kicked out of the pioneering heavy metal band BLACK SABBATH in 1978, according to Reuters.
"I've done a lot of choruses and verses on other people's stuff, and I've actually sung with other people," Osbourne recalled. "I goofed around with Dweezil Zappa one time" on a version of the BEE GEES' "Stayin' Alive", which has been dusted off for the boxed set.
"For die-hard fans it's a real good overview of Ozzy's career," his wife and manager Sharon told Reuters during the interview.
Osbourne's version of "In My Life" will be released as a single in Europe in November. Sharon Osbourne said she did not know if the track would be sent to U.S. radio outlets for airplay consideration.
In addition to the upcoming box set, Ozzy and Sharon will be releasing the DVD of "We Sold Our Souls for Rock 'n' Roll", the documentary shot by Penelope Spheeris during the 1999 edition of the Osbournes' annual Ozzfest road show. It will also come out in February.
Originally intended for theatrical release, but never bought by a distributor, the film features interviews and performances by such acts as BLACK SABBATH, ROB ZOMBIE and SLIPKNOT, scenes of religious protesters and topless female fans, and a backstage portrait of Osbourne and SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi warming up with an acoustic run-through of "Paranoid".