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The Ultimate Sin

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European pressing of 1986 album that's out-of-print domestically. Sony.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This album deserves respect June 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
Thoughts about this 4th studio effort by Ozzy from 1986 have varied over time. This came out when i was 17 and was highly thought of at the time. I don't remember anyone thinking this album was glam or anything short of another strong edition to Ozzy's already solid library. This album had a theme built around the nuclear scare that people felt back in the Ronald Reagan era. Accept also had an album around that time called Russion Roulette which had the same message. In retrospect, it is wild to look back now and see that you had musicians from different countries (Accept being from Germany) who had the same concerns and sang about it. "The Ultimate Sin," according to Ozzy was pushing the button to start nuclear war. The songs Killer of Giants, Thank God for the Bomb, and the title track are just a few that address this. I think this album is relatively heavy, the music is energetic, and it has substance. It makes you think and may leave you with a feeling of impending doom. It is not your basic Ratt and Motley Crue (though i love that too) stuff from that era that only talks about women and partying. Jake E. Lee is excellent on guitar and Randy Castillo makes his debut w/ Oz on drums. Maybe over the course of time and due to the rebirth that Ozzy had with No More Tears, this album has fallen in the Ozzy ratings but not on my list. This would be in my top ten 80's hard rock/metal albums. Don't miss this one. Also, wasn't this the coolest cover artwork?
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5.0 out of 5 stars ozzys best cd May 10 2004
By mike g
Format:Audio CD
ive always liked ultimate sin the best u get beyond the dude randy rhodes hype and ultimate sin is ozzys most solid cd nearly everysong is good the lyrics are meaningful they came out at a very tense and unsure time involving the us and soviet union and jake e lee has his trademark killer guitar writing and blazing marshall jcm800s goin on personal fav are the song ultimate sin and killer of giants this is the cd that at 10 year old made me want to become a guitarist to this day its my fav sounding guitar tone aswell kinda like a dokken sound but with harmonics and heavier and actually decent lyrics if u havent heard this cd lately or at all your missing out on ozzys best and his first truly sucessful albulm years before zak wylde was around if jake e lee wouldnt have quit to go to rehab for 2years then decide to change paths hed still probly be ozzys guitarist i like zak wylde and all but songs like bark at the moon and shot in the dark were co written by jake and the guitar by jake this cd cannot be overlooked buy from a seller i had to buy it again myself cause i scratched mine its that good
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimately amazing May 6 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is surely one of the greatest Ozzy albums, if not the best of them all. The greatest songs are Never Know Why, Lightning Strikes, Fool Like You and Shot In The Dark, but you won't find a single regular song at all among the others. This album is the last one with one of Ozzy's greatest guitarists, Jake E. Lee and the first one with the fabulous Randy Castillo. Definitely a must buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It'll be a sin not to buy this album. April 24 2004
Format:Audio CD
Ozzy Osbourne is a legend not just in the metal world, but also in the entire music industry. Very few artists have managed to have the staying power which he has had. All the work he has ever done should be evidence of this as they are all great material. But, as with everybody, he has had an album which will be regarded as the best of his career and an album which will be regarded as his worst. Despite that I think all his albums kick ass I can understand why the Ultimate Sin is generally regrded as his least liked album. For two main reasons:
1. He decided to do the glam rock look and I believe he did it better than all the other glam rock bands, such as Motley Crue, Poison and Kiss.
2. Of all the albums he has ever done the Ultimate Sin has a number of tracks which sound the same as each other. Even Ozzy himself has admitted this and claims it is the reason why he won't re-release it.
A great album that is very underated. The Ultimate Sin is the best album featuring Jake E. Lee as the guitarist before Zakk Wilde took over. Not Ozzy's best, but neither is it his worst. I don't think Ozzy even has a worst.
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I have a soft spot for The Ultimate Sin because it was the first Ozzy tape I bought right when it came out. I saw the cool music video for "Shot in the Dark" on MTV's Headbanger's Ball with the heavy metal groupie who becomes the leather-clad, big-haired album cover girl on a billboard when she becomes possessed during an Ozzy concert and knew I had to get the album. I know Ozzy does not care for "Shot in the Dark" (he states inside the cover of the Just Say Ozzy EP that he was "happier" with the live version of that track on that little live album than he was with the original here) but I think it is an excellent track and convinced me to buy the album back in 1986/7. I also think guitarist Jack E. Lee was unfairly criticized because he was replacing a legend in Randy Rhoads. The guitar work here is amazing. Listen to the acoustic opening of "Killer of Giants." It is beautiful!
No weak songs here, although a few deserve special mention. The title track is an excellent opening. It really rocks. The more interesting songs are the obviously "Cold War" inspired tracks like "Killer of Giants" (again, if you have not heard the acoustic opening of this track, get this album right away!) and "Thank God for the Bomb." The latter track on the subject of deterrence through the arms race takes a different stand than one would expect from the music world: "War is just another game tailor made for the insane, but make a threat of their annihilation, and nobody wants to play. If that's the only thing that keeps the peace then thank God for the bomb." Sound's like Reagan's military policy. One track here that I find to be amazing but have not see on compilations is "Secret Loser.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jake E Lee is the star of this album.
Let's face it; without the outstanding guitarist/songwriters he hires, Ozzy wouldn't have the successful career he has. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Peter Caslavsky
4.0 out of 5 stars It was the ultimate sin! (3.5/5 stars)
Nearly three years after Bark At The Moon Ozzy returned with The Ultimate Sin. Since the last album things have changed, it is now 1986 and hair metal now dominates. Read more
Published on Aug. 21 2011 by Tommy Sixx Morais
2.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Sin
well....the story behind this one is very strange. firstly, you would be insanely lucky to find this album in any music store. Read more
Published on July 2 2004 by jsklfsjlfds
5.0 out of 5 stars Ozzy goes glam
Ozzy is the godfather of metal, no denying it. this is one of his coolest albums. He went glam for this one (After all, this was 1986). it was a huge smash and I can see why. Read more
Published on April 29 2004 by HeadbangerDuh
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than "Bark at the Moon"
Why Ozzy refuses to Re-release this record, I don't know, it's not that bad. I already had "Bark at the Moon" when I got "The Ultimate Sin," and people had said that "The Ultimate... Read more
Published on March 11 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars One of his best without Randy Rhoads
The Ultimate Sin has become the forgotten album in Ozzy Osbourne's extensive solo output. He hasn't performed any songs off the album live in many years and not one track is... Read more
Published on Feb. 26 2004 by John Alapick
5.0 out of 5 stars it's so underrated it's sad
yep you heard me correctly. this is definitely one of the most underrated albums ever. i mean, c'mon whats not to like about this album? Read more
Published on Feb. 17 2004 by mike rotch
4.0 out of 5 stars Sensationalistic front cover but quite good musically
This was an album that no one really seemed to take much notice of when it was released. The reason being, it really does not have too many catchy commercial singles like Bark at... Read more
Published on Nov. 28 2003 by Chris Jordan
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