Ozzy recently came out and said that the Ultimate Sin album was his least favorite solo album. He blamed the production mostly. In his words “Producer Ron Nevison didn’t really do a great production job. The songs weren’t bad, they were just put down weird.
“Everything felt and sounded the f&%#^&) same. There was no imagination. If there was ever an album I’d like to remix and do better, it would be The Ultimate Sin.”
I threw that album on today during my morning workout. Yes, the production does sound thin, but it was also 1986. As I was talking about with Al Beck on my most recent edition of Talkin’ Rock, it’s to only Ozzy vinyl I have signed. Jake E. Lee autographed it last time he was in town.
It’s hard to deny the Randy Rhoads albums are masterpieces. To be honest, I’m not sure which one I like more. I guess if I had to pick it would be Diary Of A Madman, although Blizzard Of Ozz is excellent.
After Randy died, Ozzy went into a little bit of a tailspin with drugs/alcohol, but he put out one of the best live albums I’ve ever heard in Speak Of The Devil. That album rips! I wouldn’t consider that a solo album, just a record to bridge the gap of what was coming next.
What came was the Bark At The Moon album. I think that record captured everything Prince Of darkness was known for. Although, not one of his best selling albums, it left a big mark on me as a kid.
The Zakk Wylde era is pretty solid starting with No Rest For The Wicked and possibly reaching it’s peak on No More Tears.
I think some of Ozzy’s latest records (in the last 15 years) haven’t been great. Scream is just ok. The Gus G. era really never caught on.
What’s your fave/least fave Ozzy albums?