Cover photography by Joseph Cultice
|Studio album by|
|Released||22 May 2007|
|Studio||The Music Machine, Beverly Hills, California|
|Ozzy Osbourne chronology|
Original cardboard slipcase released in the USA
|Singles from Black Rain|
Black Rain is the tenth studio album by British heavy metal vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, released 22 May 2007 on Epic Records. It is Ozzy's last album to feature guitar player Zakk Wylde and drummer Mike Bordin, and the first to feature bassist Rob Nicholson. Black Rain debuted at No. 3 on the US Billboard 200, selling about 152,000 copies in its first week; making it Osbourne's highest debut to date. The album has been certified Gold in US.
The album was released in several different versions. The original US version was released in a thin, brown digipak with the crowned skull Ozzy Osbourne logo (pictured lower right), and for the rest of the world, it was released in a standard jewel case featuring cover art of Osbourne with "Black Rain" falling. This cover included a booklet complete with lyrics and album credits. The US version did not include a booklet, lyrics, or album credits. The Japanese release was the same as the other releases outside of the US, except for the fact that it included two bonus tracks, "I Can't Save You", and "Nightmare". The iTunes release of the album included the aforementioned "Nightmare", plus an exclusive bonus track, (only for those who preordered through iTunes) "Love to Hate". It also included a printable pdf file of the booklet, complete with lyrics and album credits. This same booklet was later made available as a free pdf download from Osbourne's website on 1 June. The song "I Don't Wanna Stop" was also featured as the theme song for WWE Judgment Day 2007.
In the US, limited edition copies of the album were sold with special codes inside of the packets, which could be used to redeem a pair of Ozzfest 2007 tickets. Ozzfest 2007 was nicknamed "Freefest" because all tickets were free.
The album was reissued in the US on 14 August in a new jewel-case package containing the full booklet with lyrics and new colour cover art and photos, also containing CD extra bonus content featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the "Black Rain" photo shoot.
A "tour edition" version of the album was released on 20 November 2007. This release includes an extra CD with 3 recently recorded live tracks and 3 studio tracks originally available on international releases or digital versions.
Black Rain received mixed reviews. Rolling Stone referred to the album as "highly skippable" and Sputnikmusic called it "quite embarrassing". AllMusic was somewhat less harsh in its assessment, giving the album 3.5 out of 5 stars while noting that "Nothing on Black Rain could really qualify as an Osbourne classic."
|1.||"Not Going Away"||Ozzy Osbourne, Zakk Wylde, Kevin Churko||4:32|
|2.||"I Don't Wanna Stop"||Osbourne, Wylde, Churko||3:59|
|3.||"Black Rain"||Osbourne, Wylde, Churko||4:42|
|4.||"Lay Your World on Me"||Osbourne, Wylde, Churko||4:16|
|5.||"The Almighty Dollar"||Osbourne, Churko||6:57|
|6.||"11 Silver"||Osbourne, Wylde, Churko||3:42|
|7.||"Civilize the Universe"||Osbourne, Wylde, Churko||4:43|
|8.||"Here for You"||Osbourne, Wylde, Churko||4:37|
|9.||"Countdown's Begun"||Osbourne, Wylde, Churko||4:53|
|10.||"Trap Door"||Osbourne, Churko||4:03|
|1.||"I Don't Wanna Stop" (live)||3:44|
|2.||"Not Going Away" (live)||4:36|
|3.||"Here for You" (live)||4:50|
|4.||"Nightmare" (originally a Japanese and iTunes bonus track)||Osbourne, Wylde, Churko||4:40|
|5.||"I Can't Save You" (originally a Japanese bonus track)||Osbourne, Wylde, Churko||3:32|
|6.||"Love to Hate" (originally an iTunes pre-order bonus track)||Osbourne, Wylde, Churko||3:57|
|Canada (Music Canada)||Platinum||100,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone