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The Ultimate Sin

The Ultimate Sin

August 21, 1995
4.2 out of 5 stars 225 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: August 21, 1995
  • Release Date: August 22, 1995
  • Label: Epic
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  • Total Length: 40:55
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  • ASIN: B00138JBMG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 225 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,389 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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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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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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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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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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People who underrate this album may be likely to prefer a more agressive Ozzy, like in Ozzmosis(1995) or Down to earth(2001).
The prince of darkness is versatile and can do excellent ballads( Mama I'm coming home
from "No more tears"or Dreamer from "Down to earth" for example).
The Ultimate sin (1986) came closer to melodic metal with Jake E. Lee's style. Ozzy sings traditional metal comomnly, but this album had a glam soul. Watch Shot in the Dark's videoclip to see it proved.
He's not as virtuoso as Randy Rhoads or Zakk Wylde, but he does his goodies too: The excellent and crazy guitar licks ( some of them with finger tapping , a " plium plium plium",if you don't know what I mean, 3:22 mark is an example )in
"Never" especially or at the end of Shot in the dark
( 3:46 mark -> Ponl'lonlumlororororooummm.... nearly)
I admit: This my favourite Ozzy album, very well done.
This cd continued what Bark at the moon left off: Ozzy worked his voice better,different to
what we hear in his first two solo albums (Blizzard and Diary of a madman) or in Ozzmosis.
He was less flat or trebled.
The tracks "Lightning Strikes" and "Never know why" ,"Shot in the dark" have one of the favourite topics in hair metal: the rock and roll elevation - > " Rocking all night...." "We never know why we rock, rock, rock...." or "I can feel my heavy breathing"

There's NO BAD SONG in this genuine masterpiece. However,these are my favourites (10/10):

Shot in the dark -> The beat remembers the first track, but no problem all in all because it's my one of my all-time Ozzy favourites. The chorus is gripping and the riffs are terrific.

That solo... (2:24), incredible feeling,a goldie.
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