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The Ultimate Sin

The Ultimate Sin
Studio album by Ozzy Osbourne
Released 22 February 1986
Recorded 1985
Genre Heavy metal, glam metal
Length 41:01
Label Epic
CBS Associated (US)
Producer Ron Nevison
Ozzy Osbourne chronology
Bark at the Moon
The Ultimate Sin
No Rest for the Wicked
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[2]

The Ultimate Sin is the fourth studio album by British vocalist Ozzy Osbourne. It was released on 22 February 1986, and it was remastered and re-issued on 22 August 1995. This album features guitarist Jake E. Lee (formerly of Mickey Ratt, Rough Cutt and Dio).

The Ultimate Sin is the first and only Osbourne album to feature bassist Phil Soussan (who wrote the album's U.S. hit single "Shot in the Dark") and the first to feature drummer Randy Castillo, who had previously played in Lita Ford's band. Lyrics were largely written by long-time Osbourne bassist and lyricist Bob Daisley. Daisley left prior to recording after having a disagreement with Osbourne, prompting the hiring of Soussan as his replacement. Daisley was not credited for his songwriting contributions on the initial 1986 pressing of the album, though this was corrected on subsequent pressings.

Drummer Jimmy DeGrasso worked with Lee and Daisley on demos for the album, but this version of the band fell apart due to Osbourne's commitment to the Black Sabbath summer 1985 reunion concert at Live Aid; Randy Castillo and Phil Soussan ultimately replaced DeGrasso and Daisley once recording commenced.[3]

The working title for the album was Killer of Giants[citation needed] (after the album's song of the same name). Osbourne opted to change the title to The Ultimate Sin at the last minute.

At the time of it release, The Ultimate Sin was Osbourne's highest charting studio album, as heavy metal was enjoying a surge in popularity during the mid-1980s. The RIAA awarded the album Platinum status on 14 May 1986, soon after its release; it was awarded Double Platinum status on 26 October 1994.[4] The album sold over 2,000,000 copies worldwide. In the UK, it was the final of four Osbourne albums to attain Silver certification (60,000 units sold) by the British Phonographic Industry, achieving this in April 1986.



Despite its initial success, The Ultimate Sin has since been deleted from Osbourne's catalogue and was not reissued or remastered along with the rest of Osbourne's albums. Rumours circulated that the continuing legal struggle between Osbourne and bassist/songwriter Phil Soussan over Soussan's song "Shot in the Dark" was responsible for the album's failure to be re-issued. However this is unfounded, as the only known legal process between them was over an accounting issue that was said to be resolved in the early 1990s. The only available CD version of The Ultimate Sin is the 1995 remasters version. The original version of the album is still freely available in Australia as a budget-priced CD.[5]

  Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Ultimate Sin"   Ozzy Osbourne, Jake E. Lee, Bob Daisley 3:45
2. "Secret Loser"   Osbourne, Lee, Daisley 4:08
3. "Never Know Why"   Osbourne, Lee, Daisley 4:27
4. "Thank God for the Bomb"   Osbourne, Lee, Daisley 3:53
5. "Never"   Osbourne, Lee, Daisley 4:17
6. "Lightning Strikes"   Osbourne, Lee, Daisley 5:16
7. "Killer of Giants"   Osbourne, Lee, Daisley 5:41
8. "Fool Like You"   Osbourne, Lee, Daisley 5:18
9. "Shot in the Dark"   Osbourne, Phil Soussan 4:16
Total length:
  • On the original LP, side one consisted of tracks 1–5, and side two of tracks 6–9.


Additional performers


Album Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Peak
1986 The Billboard 200[8] 6

Singles Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Peak
1986 "Shot in the Dark" Hot 100[9] 68
Mainstream Rock Tracks[9] 4

  Sales accomplishments

RIAA certification[3] (United States)

Date Designation Total Sales
14 April,
Gold 500,000
14 April,
Platinum 1,000,000
26 October,
Double Platinum 2,000,000

BPI certification (United Kingdom)

Date Designation Total Sales
9 April,
Silver[10] 60,000

CRIA certification[11] (Canada)

Date Designation Total Sales
30 April,
Gold 50,000
27 June,
Platinum 100,000


  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r14648
  2. ^ Holmes, Tim (24 April 1986). "Ozzy Osbourne: The Ultimate Sin : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 5 February 2007. http://web.archive.org/web/20070205074822/http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/ozzyosbourne/albums/album/229156/review/5943851/the_ultimate_sin. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Metal-Rules.com interview with Jimmy DeGrasso". http://www.metal-rules.com/zine/content/view/1852/1/. Retrieved 8 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "RIAA Gold & Platinum database". http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?resultpage=1&table=SEARCH_RESULTS&action=&title=ultimate%20sin&artist=ozzy%20osbourne&format=&debutLP=&category=&sex=&releaseDate=&requestNo=&type=&level=&label=&company=&certificationDate=&awardDescription=&catalogNo=&aSex=&rec_id=&charField=&gold=&platinum=&multiPlat=&level2=&certDate=&album=&id=&after=&before=&startMonth=1&endMonth=1&startYear=1958&endYear=2009&sort=Artist&perPage=25. Retrieved 15 February 2009. 
  5. ^ "Ultimate Sin, The | Music , Music Genres, Hard Rock/Heavy Metal : JB HI-FI". Jbhifionline.com.au. http://www.jbhifionline.com.au/music/hard-rock-heavy-metal/ultimate-sin-the/195041. Retrieved 13 August 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g The Ultimate Sin (1995 CD) credits. Epic Records. 1995. pp. 10. 
  7. ^ Ozzy Osbourne- The Ultimate Sin album images @Discogs.com Retrieved 3 March 2012.
  8. ^ "Album info The Ultimate Sin". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.. http://www.billboard.com/#/album/ozzy-osbourne/the-ultimate-sin/12899. Retrieved 19 August 2009. 
  9. ^ a b "Song information "Shot in the Dark"". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.. http://www.billboard.com/#/song/ozzy-osbourne/shot-in-the-dark/1246390. Retrieved 19 August 2009. 
  10. ^ "BPI certified awards". http://www.bpi.co.uk/platinum/platinumright.asp?rq=search_plat&r_id=27468. Retrieved 15 February 2009. [dead link]
  11. ^ "CRIA certified awards". http://www.cria.ca/cert_db_search.php?page=1&wclause=WHERE+artist_name+like+%27%25ozzy+osbourne%25%27+ORDER+BY+cert_date%2C+cert_award+&rcnt=22&csearch=20&nextprev=1. Retrieved 12 February 2009. 

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