Ozzy Osbourne – The Ultimate Sin

Ozzy Osbourne – The Ultimate Sin [Remastered] (1995, Epic Records)
Original Release: 1986, Epic Records

1. “The Ultimate Sin” … 3:45
2. “Secret Loser” … 4:08
3. “Never Know Why” … 4:27
4. “Thank God for the Bomb” … 3:53
5. “Never” … 4:17
6. “Lightning Strikes” … 5:16
7. “Killer of Giants” … 5:41
8. “Fool Like You” … 5:18
9. “Shot in the Dark” … 4:16

Band:
Ozzy Osbourne – Vocals
Jake E. Lee – Guitar
Phil Soussan – Bass
Randy Castillo – Drums

Additional Musicians:
Mike Moran – Keyboards

An okay album that, despite the very metal looking original cover, is firmly dwelling in the realm of commercial (pop) metal. It’s a slice of cheese pizza loaded with Parmesan. If you don’t believe me, all you need to do is look at photos of Ozzy and his band from this time. I’ve always thought Ozzy looked ridiculous with that blonde hair and sequined, sparkly robes and pants.

The album starts off pretty good and promising with the catchy “The Ultimate Sin” and “Secret Loser” but falls apart over the course of the next three tracks. The action picks up again with “Lightning Strikes” and “Killer of Giants” (which was the original title of the album) and ends with “Shot in the Dark”, the real reason I bought this album. I’ve always loved that song and it’s probably my favorite Ozzy song, period. On this remastered edition (yes, again with the awful border on the cover), “Shot in the Dark” has been edited down for some reason.

Basically, despite a few cool songs, this is just another Ozzy album to me and I only bought it because I own pretty much everything else Sabbath-related and I was able to get this for just a few bucks.

Highlights: “The Ultimate Sin”, “Secret Loser”, “Lightning Strikes”, “Killer of Giants”, “Shot in the Dark”

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Posted on October 22, 2010, in Ozzy Osbourne and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I hate those Ozzy re-release with the reduced album artwork and ugly wide border!

    This is, as you said, Ozzy’s most pop-friendly release…especially his biggest hit “Shot In The Dark”…but it still a good album, I think. I especially like the title track.

  2. I used to love this album went it was first released but I do not like as much now, it sounds very dated to my ears, but I still spin it from time to time.

    For some reason, even thou you can find thousands of copies used for cheap, this is the only Ozzy album that is out of print in his discography.

  3. That’s right Phil Soussan refuses to give up his publishing on the song which makes sense to me.

  4. Everybody says this album is too Poppy and everybody loves the poppiest song here: Shot In The Dark!

    Stop talking and enjoy the music! This album is fuckin’ epic!!!

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