37 Years Ago: Ozzy Osbourne Releases ‘The Ultimate Sin’

Ozzy Osbourne is ultimate sinis their fourth studio album since disbanding Black Sabbath the previous decade. Released on February 22, 1986, the record sold quickly, capitalizing on the success of his previous three albums, leaving fans hungry for new material from Prince of Darkness after his three-year drought. was given.

ultimate sin reached 6th place in billboard 200 and was certified platinum in the United States by the RIAA on May 14, 1986 (double platinum in October 1994). .

work on ultimate sin It began in 1985 when Ozman was away, being treated for drug and alcohol addiction at the Betty Ford Clinic, while he was confined to Rancho Mirage, California.Confused, the singer agreed to enter the facility under false pretenses of her. [Osbourne] Ozzy told the Birmingham Mail in 2011, “I went there and asked Betty where the bar was!

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Heading into the studio after treatment, the frontman was working on follow-up after discovering that axeman Jake E. Lee and bassist Bob Daisley had made great strides in Palm Springs, California. howl at the moonwas the first Ozzy album to feature Lee on guitar after replacing Randy Rhoads after the tragic plane crash that killed the young maestro.

Before the chase began, Lee and Osborne’s management found themselves in a temporary deadlock. Lee and Osborne demanded that the contract be drawn before issuing a single note. The reason stemmed from Lee’s disbelief when he was promised writing credits and publishing rights during World War II. howl at the moon session.

No sooner had 6 Stringer finished recording his part than he was offered a contract that directly contradicted the verbal guarantees he had received. He had no copyright or publishing rights. All copyrights have been given to Ozzy who admits he cannot play the instrument. All resolved, Ozzy continues to praise his guitarist, stating: More than anyone really,” he said in a 1986 interview with Monsters of Rock.

Things got turbulent again while the album was in progress, leading to disagreements between Daisley and Ozzy, and eventually Daisley’s firing. Phil Soussan was brought in to lock the vacant bass slot in him, and his position remained even after Ozzy invited Daisley to help write the lyrics. The album was also the first to feature drummer Randy Castillo replacing Tommy Aldridge.

The addition of Soussan brought the greatest success to ultimate sin, Soussan co-wrote the album’s only hit, “Shot in the Dark”.,” with Osborne and an uncredited Steve Overland. The only song not credited by either Lee or Daisley, the song was originally intended to be released in his AOR style with Susan’s previous band, Wildfire ( It was then redone with the band FM in 2012 by Susan). Filtered by the Ozzy Sound, it was a huge success and became a Top 10 hit on rock radio.

Ozzy Osbourne “Shot in the Dark” Live in 1986

Before the record was published, Osbourne decided to title the album giant killerIt was a power ballad on an album about war, ultimate sin. The first 500,000 copies of the album failed to recognize Daisley’s copyright, but the situation was remedied before the matter could continue in court.

“What I can say about this new band is that they all want to go and they want to fight for it…they want to be better than everyone else,” the singer said of the live performance. rice field.Live performance was as important as ever ultimate sin The budding Slash Titans Metallica had just released and toured Master of Puppet I was a support act for Ozzy in Trekking.

Ozzy Osbourne “Killer of Giants”

After the tour, the group began work on the album’s follow-up, but there were problems with the quiet, reserved Jake E. Lee. According to Phil Soussan, the guitarist was confined to his hotel room during the tour, rather than engaging in activities with the rest of the band, from partying to simply going out to restaurants. When the band began rehearsing new songs, Lee was often late or outright no-show, and was eventually sacked by Sharon Osbourne in a telegram. Lee was not given any reason as to why he was fired.

Young Zakk Wylde hired to replace Jake E. Lee, returning Daisley full-time The group was released no rest for bad guys Two years later, it eventually went double platinum in the US, but slumped on the charts, landing at number 13. billboard 200.

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