For Box Set, Ozzy Duetting With Ol' Dirty, Wu-Tang -- And A Pig

Metal patriarch also collaborating with DMX, Crystal Method, Primus for 'Bible of Ozz.'

Anyone who's ever even heard the name Ozzy Osbourne knows that nearly everything about him is unconventional. It's only fitting, then, that a retrospective box set to mark his 25-year solo career would be anything but typical.

Fans expecting a collection of greatest hits get that on the first two discs of the 52-track Bible of Ozz, due February 8. Remastered studio versions of "Crazy Train," "Mr. Crowley," "Dee" and "Dreamer" appear alongside concert takes of "Suicide Solution," "Ultimate Sin" and "Gets Me Through," while demos and rare B-sides round out the remaining tracks.

On the third and fourth discs, things really get weird. So weird that collaborations with the Wu-Tang Clan ("For Heaven's Sake") and the combined force of techno duo the Crystal Method, rappers Ol' Dirty Bastard and DMX, and P. Diddy's former rock protégés Fuzzbubble ("Nowhere to Run") seem expected compared to Ozzy's pairings with the muppet Miss Piggy ("Born to Be Wild"), Dweezil Zappa ("Stayin' Alive") and Was (Not Was) ("Shake Your Head (Let's Go to Bed)"). Other matchups on the disc titled "Oddities and Duets" include ones with those more in tune with the metal scene, such as Motörhead, Primus and Type O Negative.

Osbourne, with guitarists Jerry Cantrell (ex-Alice in Chains), Robert Randolph and Leslie West (Mountain) in tow, recently recorded some of his favorite songs for the fourth disc, "Under Covers." It's easy to imagine Osbourne taking over the lyrical reins for hard rock classics like King Crimson's "21st Century Schizoid Man" and the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil"; it's anyone's guess how his versions of the Beatles' "In My Life" and Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth" will come off.

Bible of Ozz track list, according to Epic Records:

Disc 1

  • "I Don't Know" (live)
  • "Mr. Crowley"
  • "Crazy Train"
  • "Goodbye to Romance" (live)
  • "Suicide Solution" (live)
  • "Over the Mountain"
  • "Flying High Again" (live)
  • "You Can't Kill Rock and Roll"
  • "Diary of a Madman"
  • "Bark at the Moon" (live B-side)
  • "Spiders" (B-side)
  • "Rock and Roll Rebel"
  • "You're No Different"
  • "Dee"
  • Disc 2

  • "Ultimate Sin" (live)
  • "Never Know Why" (live)
  • "Thank God for the Bomb" (live)
  • "Crazy Babies"
  • "Breaking All the Rules"
  • "I Don't Want to Change the World" (demo)
  • "Mama, I'm Coming Home" (demo)
  • "Desire" (demo)
  • "No More Tears" (single version)
  • "Won't Be Coming Home" (demo)
  • "Perry Mason" (live)
  • "See You on the Other Side" (demo)
  • "Walk on Water" (demo)
  • "Gets Me Through" (live)
  • "Bang Bang" (original demo for "Facing Hell")
  • "Dreamer"
  • Disc 3

  • "Iron Man" (with Therapy)
  • "N.I.B." (with Primus)
  • "Purple Haze" (with Zakk Wylde, Randy Castillo and Geezer Butler)
  • "Pictures of Matchstick Men" (with Type O Negative)
  • "Shake Your Head (Let's Go to Bed)" (with Was (Not Was))
  • "Born to Be Wild" (with Miss Piggy)
  • "Nowhere to Run" (with Crystal Method, DMX, Ol' Dirty Bastard and Fuzzbubble)
  • "Led Clones" (with Gary Moore)
  • "For Heaven's Sake" (with Tony Iommi and Wu-Tang Clan)
  • "I Ain't No Nice Guy" (with Motörhead)
  • "Therapy" (with Infectious Grooves)
  • "Stayin' Alive" (with Dweezil Zappa)
  • Disc 4

  • "Good Times" (originally recorded by Eric Burdon)
  • "21st Century Schizoid Man" (King Crimson)
  • "In My Life" (The Beatles)
  • "Mississippi Queen" (Mountain)
  • "For What It's Worth" (Buffalo Springfield)
  • "Fire" (Arthur Brown)
  • "Hi-Ho Silver Lining" (The Jeff Beck Group)
  • "All the Young Dudes" (Mott the Hoople)
  • "Sympathy for the Devil" (The Rolling Stones)
  • "Changes" (Black Sabbath)