The Ultimate Sin

Release date
22 Feb 1986
Running length
9 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 The Ultimate Sin 3:42 44,673
2 Secret Loser 4:07 38,494
3 Never Know Why 4:26 29,767
4 Thank God for the Bomb 3:52 29,751
5 Never 4:16 28,551
6 Lightning Strikes 5:11 29,617
7 Killer of Giants 5:39 38,511
8 Fool Like You 5:17 29,183
9 Shot in the Dark 4:15 127,744

About this album

The Ultimate Sin is an album by Ozzy Osbourne. It was released on February 22, 1986, and it was remastered and re-issued on August 22, 1995. This album was certified double platinum on October 26, 1994. This album also features former Mickey Ratt, Rough Cutt, and Dio guitarist Jake E. Lee. This is the only Ozzy Osbourne album to feature bassist Phil Soussan, who wrote the album’s U.S. hit single “Shot in the Dark”. This was the first Ozzy Osbourne album to feature drummer Randy Castillo, who has since died due to cancer. Lyrics were largely written by long-time Osbourne bass player Bob Daisley, who was also present during the initial writing sessions. Daisley left after having a disagreement with Osbourne which led to the hiring of Soussan. He was also not credited as a co-writer on the initial 1986 pressing of the album. This was corrected for each pressing after that.

“The Ultimate Sin” was Osbourne’s highest charting studio album. The RIAA awarded the album Platinum status on May 14 1986, soon after its release: it was awarded 2 x Platinum status on October 26 1994.

In April 2002, this album was deleted from the Ozzy catalog and is no longer being made, due to legal issues between Osbourne and Soussan over the track “Shot in the Dark.” The most recent issue is the 1995 remastered CD, which, unlike other more recent Osbourne reissues, does not include any bonus tracks. It is, however, still for sale in the iTunes Store.

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  • RicoRocks90

    this album was ozzy at his best, I love it =)

    20 Jul 5:17pm Reply
  • nlventura93

    Love this album and yes it is underrated quite a bit.

    29 Mar 7:03am Reply
  • Lukatribeos

    His best album!

    15 Oct 2013 Reply
  • TwoZeroOne

    If the album didn't have such a thin sound I think people would have appreciated it a lot more and it would have been remembered. There's some real heavy riffs in there, like in The Ultimate Sin and Never but there's no 'thump' from the bass and the kick drum... I think that's why some people prefer the Wylde era albums.

    28 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Nihilitic

    bardzo niedoceniany album... na pewno jeden z lepszych z szalonych lat 80.

    26 Aug 2013 Reply
  • FamiresuBomber

    Really don't understand all the hate this album seems to get from people...

    31 May 2013 Reply
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    12 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Metallimaster

    sorely underrated + awesome cover artwork

    23 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Rockofages32

    very underrated

    21 Jan 2012 Reply
  • DeliciousVomit

    that cover art is fuckin killer!

    20 Nov 2011 Reply
  • PabloFromPoland

    Tracks 1-4 and 7-9 are killers, but "Lightning Strikes" is worst song by Ozzy...

    18 Aug 2011 Reply
  • fretless11

    This is masterpiece for me!!! One of the top 3 Ozzy albums!!!! ;)

    4 May 2011 Reply
  • WiJoCo

    Great album. I remember when I was a little kid, at a friend's house and he had a giant rug/poster on his wall of The Ultimate Sin album cover. I remember thinking it was one of the most evil things ever. You know that age, 8 or 9, when you actually believed there was a chance that listening to these things will actually bring evil on you. Mind you, it was the 80's, when everyone thought it was evil, but whatever. Next thing I knew, Eddie and Vic Rattlehead were tucking me in at night before crawling back into my Iron Maiden and Megadeth posters.

    4 May 2011 Reply
  • thiozzy

    one of the best albums of the 'father' ... long life to a god from the heavy metal.

    24 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Kriegertod

    Criminally underrated album.

    28 Mar 2011 Reply
  • DavCnuk

    awesome album!

    5 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Kucper888

    Great, underrated album.

    15 Jan 2011 Reply
  • nodicenate

    Amazing cover art. Too bad the album doesn't live up to it. The title track and Shot in the Dark are killer cuts, but for the most part this is by the numbers and boring. I will say that it is a slight improvement on the previous record Bark at the Moon, though.

    30 Dec 2010 Reply
  • thiozzy

    um dos melhores albuns do "pai"... vida longa ao deus do metal.

    24 Oct 2010 Reply
  • rocobain

    A Masterpiece!

    22 Oct 2010 Reply
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