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on 3 June 2010
By the mid 80's, Ozzy Osbourne was a fully fledged superstar in the metal scene, with his unique vocals, crazy antics and some great music proving that he would indeed survive being " just the singer in Black Sabbath".

This was the second album of the Jake E. Lee era, and although it's virtually verging on the emerging glam metal scene in places, The Ultimate Sin isn't really that bad.

The title track is a good solid rocker, Secret Loser is a good track as well (and used in the soundtrack of the Charlie Sheen vehicle The Wraith), Never Know Why is Ozzy telling us why he rocks (simplistic Ozzy lyrics sure, compared to some of his moments with Bob Daisley, but the guitars here are good - and Lee's solos towards the end are brilliant), Killer of Giants has some great arpeggiated guitars and a good solid riff base, even if the "no-nuke" message is a bit limp-wristed compared to the songs that would come out during the thrash metal onslaught of the time about the same subject.

There are tracks which aren't that flash either - Lightning Strikes doesn't do anything for the album, Thank God For the Bomb with Ozzy's cheesy "nuke ya nuke ya!" is at odds with Killer of Giants for one thing (though the main riff isn't too bad).

The best is saved for last (at least on my version of the cd) - the now infamous Shot in the Dark - Ozzy's closest moment to disco to date (largely thanks to Phil Soussan's bassline - but it works!) and a fondly remembered video of the glammed up Ozzy and fellow bandmates you can see these days on youtube to relive those crazy LA days during the mid 80's.

All in all, as the Lee era came to a close (Lee was fired and he went to join Black Sabbath deserters Ray Gillen and Eric Singer to form Badlands), so too did the glammed up sound of Ozzy, as Zakk Wylde turned up to reinject a bit of metal into proceedings.

The Ultimate Sin isn't the ultimate sin after all - if anything, it's a lightweight metal album that actually does rock more than it's reputation suggests.

Great Boris Vallejo artwork as well.
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on 28 July 2013
More americanised album for a more commercial audience, late 80's hair metal era,glitz n glam all the way, with Jake E Lee on guitar.
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on 22 April 2014
This was an album I loved as a teenager and forgot how good it was. Played it to death since I go it and it works perfectly.
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on 26 November 2013
This is one of the best Cd's I have ever heard, it is utterly brilliant and an underestimated album !!
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on 10 September 2000
Ozzy took a while you get over Randy Rhodes untimely death, which is only understandable, but he is back with a killer of an album. Ultimate Sin is a shinning example of just how diverse the mans music can be. From Killer Of Giants, which carries a message about the threat of nuclear war and the danger posed by the like of the cold war, through to Shot In The Dark which has the same sort of message but on a more personal level. Some of the guitar solos by Jake Lee are superb with the one during Lighting Strikes being the pick of the bunch. There are a couple of what I can only describes as below par tracks on here in the form of Fool Like You and Secret Loser which in my opinion don't come up to the usual standard and only seem to be there to make up the numbers. I said it earlier that the best thing about the album is the guitar work and maybe Ozzy was still getting over his best friends death when he did this album and that may account for some of the weaker points about it, however it is still with a listen and take a chance and add it to your collection.
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on 17 November 2015
Bought it to replace old copy so knew what to expect. Brilliant condition!
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on 22 November 2015
Ozzy when he truly mad excellent from start to finish a classic
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I don't care what anybody else says-this album is fantastic! The first time I listened to it I had my doubts, but the tracks have a way of growing on you. The best tracks are 'Secret Loser', 'Killer of Giants' and the most excellent 'Shot in the Dark'. Other people have called this track cheesy, but you can't beat it in my opinion (except maybe Mr. Crowley). Buy this album for 'Shot in the Dark', but you'll end up loving the other tracks.
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on 27 June 2015
Great album, he's done better but it's worth buying....
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Ozzy Osbourne's fourth studio album The Ultimate Sin was released in 1987 and saw a move in a more commercial direction. Some people claim that this is a very poor album, but this is not really the case, it is a good album with a poor production style.

There is still a lot of top quality heavy metal music to be found on the album, but here and there, there are some over-slick moments, the production job is very eighties-radio and the crunch and power is taken out of the guitar tone.

The album still has some standout music, such as `Secret Loser,' `Thank God For The Bomb,' and `Never Know Why,' all of which contain the signature Ozzy sound in some form or other. If you like Jake E Lee's guitar style then you should definitely give it a try.

Legal difficulties between Ozzy and ex-members have spoiled the band's legacy for a whole generation, making some albums hard to get a hold of, impossible to hear live or reissued with heavy edits and overdubs.

If you plan on buying The Ultimate Sin, you'll most likely be picking up the 1995 cd version, with the tiny cover art in a frame of green. Luckily, the original full-page cover is printed on the second page of the booklet so you can just fold the page over and insert it in that way to have the proper cover.

Overall, Ozzy has made better album's than The Ultimate Sin, but it is still worth a look for fans. It may be very dated and too commercial for some listeners but there is enough good material on there to warrant a buy.
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