"In a recent interview I spoke a bit carelessly about 'Sitting on an entire Ozzy album' and then the clickbait headlines went viral," Vai writes. He then recounts how he and Ozzy entered the studio together to write some more songs for the Prince of Darkness' 1995 solo effort, Ozzmosis.
"We demoed a handful of tracks and then there was a bunch of tracks I built for [Ozzy] to check out," Vai says. "He ended up picking one song to use on his album and that's 'My Little Man.' It was re-recorded with his band, and it came out great. Only one other demoed track from those sessions had an Ozzy scratch vocal on it and I handed in all the Master demo tapes to the label and kept safety tapes of the tracks I personally built."
Vai adds that while there's "enough music for a whole record" on those tapes, "those songs would require re-recording."
"I, like many Ozzy fans, would love if there was a secret hidden Ozzy album somewhere, only to be revealed to our surprised ears at a future time, but it wouldn't come from those sessions," Vai concludes. "So sorry for the confusion."
"Well, I'm sitting on a whole Ozzy record, and it's like the Gash record - not 'like' the Gash record - but it's a project that I recorded that's sitting on the shelf. I don't have any control over it or rights to it, obviously, but we did record some pretty good stuff. The interesting thing about that stuff we recorded from a guitar perspective is all of my rhythm guitar parts, I use an octave divider [guitar effect], and that record doesn't sound like anything else. Basically what happened as far as I recognized, Ozzy had recorded about half of his record [ 'Ozzmosis', 1995] for the record company, and Sharon and the label wanted to get him together with some different songwriters to just get some more songs. So, I was one of the ones that they wanted to get together with. It was really just to write some songs for Ozzy's record that he would then take and go use for his record, and whoever he was working with on the record would record it. So I thought; 'yeah, that'd be great. I'd love to do that', but Ozzy and I got carried away because we were having a lot of fun, and we ended up recording a lot of stuff. And then we started scheming; 'hey, let's make a new record!', and all that was fine and good, and we got excited about it until the hammer came down, and they basically said; "what are you doing? No, you've just got to take a song from Vai and finish your record. We're already into it for this much money, and Vai is expense", so it worked out perfect, really." - Steve Vai
Did this spot with the @PlayStation team. We had a lot of fun. Their new VR2 really is amazing pic.twitter.com/wr79vIy15C— Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) February 20, 2023