Producer Andrew Watt reflected on his list of the top five career-defining songs during a recent conversation with Guitar Player. The producer also included one of the songs from Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘Ordinary Man’ album entitled ‘All My Life’ and opened up about working with Chad Smith and Duff McKagan as well.
Ozzy Osbourne released his twelfth studio album named ‘Ordinary Man‘ on February 21, 2020. The record marks the longest gap between two albums from Osbourne to date, spanning ten years since 2010’s ‘Scream.’
The album gave birth to several successful singles such as ‘Under the Graveyard,’ the title track featuring Elton John, and ‘It’s a Raid’ featuring rapper Post Malone. Thanks to these applauded singles and the rest of the tracklist, the album received mainly positive reviews, with many critics considering it Osbourne’s best album in years.
During a November 2019 interview with Classic Rock, the Prince of Darkness revealed that he had worked with Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith on the album. The singer stressed the fact that the album was completed in a short time with a schedule that allowed them to work all day long.
Speaking about the recording, Osbourne commented:
“In just a short time, we had the album done. Duff and Chad came in, and we would go in and jam during the day, and I would go and work out the songs in the evenings.”
Andrew Watt, who produced ‘Ordinary Man’ and encouraged Ozzy Osbourne about this album, recently gave details about the creative process during an interview. After listing one of the album’s songs named ‘All My Life’ as a career-defining record, Watt revealed that the album was finished in just four days.
As for the song, which was created just on the second day of their album’s making, Watt praised Duff McKagan’s bass line that resembled a classic Guns N’ Roses sound. The best part of the track, according to the producer, is the end where McKagan and Chad Smith ripped through.
About ‘All My Life,’ Watt said:
“Chad, Duff, and I did the main sessions for the Ozzy album in four days. This one probably came on day two. By that time we were pumping. We knew how to speak together, and we were working stuff out. And we were referencing the things we love about Ozzy.
I was going through songs of his that I love and that the fans love, and ‘Mama, I’m Coming Home’ is one of those. I love the beautiful 12-string acoustic guitar and the way his voice sounds over that. And I love ‘No More Tears,’ how it’s a heavy riff and a really simple one-liner. So I was thinking of those two songs as we were making this music.
I start playing the opening melody, and Duff, being the beast that he is, comes in with this melodic bass line that’s so Guns N’ Roses. Then we get to the chorus, and we needed a riff, so we collaborated on this riff until it felt really great.”
“After we did all of that, I was listening to the song and thinking about how to approach the solo. I knew I wanted it to be melodic, like how the ‘No More Tears’ solo is so melodic. And I came up with the melody that you hear in the song. That was my theme.
I was playing my Ronson Les Paul, and the first time you hear the melody it kind of moves slow. Then it comes back for the second time, and all hell breaks loose. Duff and Chad are ripping through the end of the song, and it was just so much fun to play over that.”
You can listen to ‘All My Life’ below.