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The Ultimate Sin

August 22, 1995

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: August 22, 1995
  • Label: Epic
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  • Total Length: 40:55
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  • ASIN: B00138JBMG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,121 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Probably not, but I still think, song for song, it's one of his best albums.
Terrence Leonard
On a lot of Ozzy's later albums without Jake, there are only about 3 or 4 good songs that you'll actually skip just to listen to.
Susan Odegard
I like how each Ozzy album pretty much sounds different from the rest, although Scream sounds fairly similar to Black Rain.
Metalhammer

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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful By D. J Ryan on January 11, 2005
Format: Audio CD
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...
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 22, 1999
Format: Audio CD
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!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jongwon Lee on June 16, 2007
Format: Audio CD
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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jerrod Howard on June 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
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!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "masterofmetal" on November 18, 2003
Format: Audio CD
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. 10/10
Secret Loser-Self-parody track, note the chorus(awesome). 9/10
Never 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!!!!!! 10/10
Thank 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") 9.5/10
Never-The riff at the beginning is great, it really shows of Jake's talent. 9/10
Lightning 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). 10/10
Killer of Giants-Wow! A powerful ballad that just makes you think about war, and is as musically deep as it can be. 10/10
Fool Like You-Song about foolish people and foolish lives. The guitar playing is what keeps this song a gem.
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