Well let me start out by saying that this IS the second best album(No More Tears being the first), and it is extremely underrated. Casual fans of Blizzard of Oz, might hate this album, but true fans will love it.Jake E. Lee is back on guitar, Phil Soussan on bass, and Randy Castillo makes is drumming with ozzy debut. Randy Castillo always will be the best drummer, Michael Inez is a better bassist than Soussan though.As for guitarists, I can’t compare them. Ozzy’s guitarists are all great, so none is better than the other, they all have unique things about them. The songs are all great here, no filler songs.Here’s how I rate them:The Ultimate Sin-The ultimate opener. Great, strong riff, exceptional vocals. A masterpiece. 10/10Secret Loser-Self-parody track, note the chorus(awesome). 9/10Never Know Why-”Never know why-we rock!” A big f**k you to anyone who thinks that ozzy’s music is bad or evil or sucks!!!!!! 10/10Thank God for the Bomb-Some people think this is the album’s weak point. I personally think this song is great. (ONE PROBLEM- Note the riff at the beginning is similar to Van Halen’s “ain’t talkin’ ’bout love”) 9.5/10Never-The riff at the beginning is great, it really shows of Jake’s talent. 9/10Lightning Strikes-Rips off the crazy train riff a bit… But it’s better that Ozzy or his guitarist rip off a riff from one of his songs than some other band like Twisted Sister(no offense “guys,” you’re still one of my favorite bands). 10/10Killer of Giants-Wow! A powerful ballad that just makes you think about war, and is as musically deep as it can be. 10/10Fool Like You-Song about foolish people and foolish lives. The guitar playing is what keeps this song a gem. 9/10Shot in the Dark-The best song on the album. By the way, ozzy hates this song now, but I still love it. Great guitars, and vocals. 10/10So, there’s my opinion. I hope this review was somewhat helpful, or something like that.The Ultimate Sin is well… ultimate. Rock on, MasterOfMetal
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Forget what you’ve heard, this record has it all: Heavy Riffs, driving bass and thunderous drumming. People claim this “too polished”…well it was 1986!!!! WAKE UP!!!! This record has such classics as “Shot in the Dark”, the evil sounding “Ultimate Sin”….and several other great Ozzy cuts. Don’t get put off by the “glam” bs…put down “Blizzard of Ozz for 5 mins and try something new..great record!
I am not a huge Ozzy fan but want to make things straightened out.
Allmusic.com, which people refer to often, grades this awesome album below mediocre. The critque seems to target the general hair rock of mid 80’s. This album has everything to constitute a great hevey metal music, except for solid chemistry between Ozzy and Jake.
In fact, Ozzy’s voice does not impress me as usual but the guitar blows my mind. Here in the Ultimate Sin, Jake E. Lee explodes his anger in his playing, the most agressive and heaviest guitar among Ozzy’s albums. Jake deserves better than what people said about this album.
OK. So The Ultimate Sin isn’t Ozzy’s greatest album, but this album has so many great things going for it, it’s a shame that it doesn’t get better reviews than it does. Everything Ozzy fans have come to expect is found on this album; heavy, rockin’ songs like The Ultimate Sin; Ozzy’s more mellow, lighter side in Killer of Giants; those catchy songs (Secret Loser); and finally, in my opinion, Ozzy’s greatest achievement, Shot In The Dark. This song was Ozzy’s first top 40 single, and it’s not hard to figure out why! This song alone is worth the album’s total price. I recommend that every Ozzy fan purchase this album. Its a great, solid album, the sound rocks, the album cover rocks, and most importantly, Ozzy rocks!
The Ultimate Sin, while mostly dismissed by the Ozzy camp with the exception of Shot In the Dark, which became the sole setlist staple in subsequent years…is an unfairly dismissed album.
To fairly judge the album, one must separate the actual songs from the production, which does indeed drag the album down. Ron Nevison has no business on any Ozzy album (or KISS for that matter.) It is primarily the production that drags the album down, not the actual songs. Fault lies with Ron Nevison and Capitol for pushing him as their choice of a producer upon Ozzy.
Put the production aside and judge the songs on their own merit, with some imagination of how they would have sounded with a proper producer. One must also take into account the souring relations between Ozzy and guitarist Jake E Lee as a factor in affecting Ozzy’s view of the album. I believe the other factor that keeps this album/period as one that Ozzy would sooner forget is the image associated with it…big poofy blond hair with sparkly costumes best worn by Liberace.
The album’s opening and title track, The Ultimate Sin, is nothing to scoff at. It features excellent lyrics put to a heavy groove…in fact, the song is an easy example of how the production got in the way of an otherwise worthy track, which can immediately instill a sense of frustration into the listener. The song itself would not be out of place on Diary of a Madman or Blizzard of Ozz.
Secret Loser follows suit with the same attributes….both tracks would be candidates as live set staples had they been handled correctly.
Never Know Why is the first track to bring up another issue with the album besides the production….poor lyrics. Actually, with proper production and the dropping of the “We Rock” chorus…it would be improved upon.
Thank God For the Bomb falls right in line with The Ultimate Sin and Secret Loser. The only real problem with the track is again…the production. It is the first track to bring up the theme of nuclear war on the album. It’s a fast paced rocker with thoughtful lyrics.
I consider Never to be quite generic and tend to skip it. It does have it’s moments…but not enough to hold me.
Lightening Strikes was the 3rd single released from the album. It is a prime example of how a horrid chorus drags down an otherwise great song. The hard hitting main guitar riff had plenty of potential to go down as one of the better known Ozzy classics. Improved lyrical content would have taken this one much further.
If there is one track that makes the overlooking of this album tragic, I’m going to give that honor to Killer of Giants. As the title alone indicates….it features very well done lyrics and an excellent arrangement. The mellow yet quitely edgy opening guitar appregios set the tone…bringing to mind images of the Earth in all it’s beauty. When Ozzy’s voice first enters…it continues the mellow mood…but after singing the line “if the button is pushed there’ll be nowhere to run” the mood/music effectively yet subtlely shifts to one of dread, bringing to mind images of scorched earth..building up to an aggressive chorus.
Fool Like You is another generic rocker that I tend to skip.
The final track Shot In The Dark is well known enough to not need any going into. It does bear noting Ozzy was particuarly proud of the live performance of the song as found on the EP “Just Say Ozzy” as he felt it got right what Nevison trashed. Indeed…the EP track does do just this and serves as a prime example of how the rest of The Ultimate Sin tracks should have been recorded.
Considering the outrage pertaining to the re-recording of the bass and drum tracks on Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman…perhaps it would have been more prudent to go and correct the problems inherent on The Ultimate Sin..one of Ozzy’s best selling albums, rather than attempt to bury it in obscurity by avoiding re-issuing it. Out of the Ozzy back-catalog..it is the album that would most benefit from re-mixing and re-recording the instruments..fleshing out some truly excellent material that is too easily dismissed by those unable to see past the flat, inappropriate production.
Unfortunately, we only have the album as originally released. I strongly recommend those that have not been exposed to it take into account the factors I name at the start of this review that impact the album. The contempt for the album in many of the reviews here should be read with wariness, considering most provide little supporting commentary for their opinion, especially when considering the rest of the Ozzy catalog. No Rest For the Wicked, while sonically correcting what was wrong with the Ultimate Sin, features a much higher degree of cringe-inducing lyrics than the Ultimate Sin. The proper balance would not be struck until 1991’s No More Tears.
Avoid letting the slew of negativity skew your own opinion and you’ll be able to see the material for what it is…adding some truly great Ozzy material to your collection that would otherwise have gone overlooked.