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Ultimate Sin [Import]

Ozzy Osbourne Audio Cassette
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European pressing of 1986 album that's out-of-print domestically. Sony.

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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 Jake E Lee is the star of this album. Jan. 9 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Let's face it; without the outstanding guitarist/songwriters he hires, Ozzy wouldn't have the successful career he has. His song-writing credits are questionable, and he doesn't have the range that, say.... Dio (RIP) or Ray Gillian (RIP) had. But he's entertaining and funny as the best of 'em. Smart man too..... but back to the review:
Jake's guitar playing and song-writing outshines his debut album with the Oz (Bark at the Moon). Ozzy's singing is classic 80s, and not dried-up-all-sounds-the-same of the late 90s and forward.
This was Ozzy at his best; I'm disappointed he fired Jake and brought on Zakk Wylde. Zakk is an incredible guitar player as well, but he doesn't have the feeling and versatility that Jake has - Zakk's solos are pretty predictable, actually.
The Ultimate Sin is a must for all Ozzy fans, and a must for all fans of excellent rock guitar.
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars It was the ultimate sin! (3.5/5 stars) Aug. 21 2011
By Tommy Sixx Morais TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
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. Ozzy followed the current and released a hair metal album. This album helped him reach some commercial success (Shot In The Dark). The Ultimate Sin was quite different from his three previous albums and is pretty strong for the time it was released considering most bands were playing poppy songs and were doing anything to get a hit. It's certainly not his best album I'll tell you right now, and Ozzy himself hates the album, but is it really that bad?

It's Ozzy so of course it's a little heavier than your average hair metal band. I think the title track is a good example of that. The title track is a classic and doesn't give any sign about this album being a hair metal one. It is truly one of Ozzy's classics and I think most fans will agree with me on that one, the beginning's heavy drums with that crunchy guitar riff is memorable. The next song Secret Looser is another heavy track that's catchy and in some ways reflects all of us, one of the best songs on the album. Never Know Why sounds more like hair metal than the previous two songs, different I quite like it. Thank God for the Bomb on the other hand is my least favorite song and I just don't get it. Never is much better and the chorus is great, not great but a good song.

Lightning Strikes is a good song and get you in, another great song. Up next is what I can describe as perhaps my favourite Ozzy song ever; Killer of Giants. The song is much talked about and it just has to be heard to know what fans are talking about. It starts slowly with some great guitar work by Lee and just gets better from there.
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars It'll be a sin not to buy this album.
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. Read more
Published on April 24 2004 by Darrell B
5.0 out of 5 stars "The lightning strikes before you hear the thunder roar"
I have a soft spot for The Ultimate Sin because it was the first Ozzy tape I bought right when it came out. Read more
Published on March 29 2004 by mwreview
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 12 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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