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The Ultimate Sin

August 22, 1995 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: August 21, 1995
  • Release Date: August 21, 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 (196 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,535 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

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

46 of 52 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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18 of 19 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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11 of 11 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 Susan Odegard on October 27, 2003
Format: Audio CD
First off, as a Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Veteran, I must say that Jake E. Lee is definitely Ozzy's best guitarist. Don't get me wrong, Randy Rhoads and Zakk Wylde are two kick ass guitarists, but they are very overrated. Jake E. Lee was way more talented and musically diverse. It really is a shame that he never received the credit he deserved all these years. But, anonymous musicans are ALWAYS more successful and talented in the long run. As for "The Ultimate Sin", I personally can't understand everyone's problem with this album, being that is definitely Ozzy's best. I've been listening to Ozzy for many years now and he never topped The Ultimate Sin, even the stuff before with Randy. Believe me, every song on this album is heavy and true. 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. The Ultimate Sin is an album that you can play for hours and listen all the way through without skipping to the next track. You won't find one weak, soft, out-of-place, or a filler song located in this whole record. Once you get this album, you won't want to take it out of your cd player for weeks, it's that damn good and absolutely addicting. Hell, I'm listening to it right now as I'm typing all this, lol. I must compliment on the guitar work as being absolutely brilliant, flawless, and phenomenal. Just plain brutal and lots of energy! I must also compliment on the cover art too, definitely Ozzy's best cover. You will also find that the musicians on this album (Ozzy, Jake E. Lee, Phil Soussan, Randy Castillo) are without a doubt the strongest line up in Ozzy's history. I can't believe that one guy earlier posted that Ozzy sounds tired on this record, B.S.!Read more ›
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