Ozzy Osbourne Still Hates ‘The Ultimate Sin’
His fourth LP contained the hit single “Shot in the Dark” and has achieved double-platinum sales, but it's out of print; and the Black Sabbath icon said he still wasn’t happy with what he heard.
“Ron Nevison didn’t really do a great production job,” Osbourne told Rolling Stone in a new interview. “The songs weren’t bad; they were just put down weird. Everything felt and sounded the fucking same. There was no imagination.” He added: “If there was ever an album I’d like to remix and do better, it would be The Ultimate Sin.”
Ozzy Osbourne - 'Shot in the Dark'
Reflecting on the dark and gothic imagery of his early solo career, he said it hadn’t been a conscious decision. “Coming from a band called Black Sabbath, it would have been fucking weird if I was going around like, ‘We’re all going on a summer holiday,'” he argued. “It was Sabbath, but more accessible. It was just a natural thing.”
Osbourne just announced a vinyl box set titled See You On the Other Side, which contains a disc of rarities including material with late guitarist Randy Rhoads. “People keep asking me, have I got things that never got released with Randy,” he noted. “Unfortunately, he was with me such a short amount of time.” He recalled Rhoads as a person with a bright personality, saying: “He wouldn’t lie there getting fucked up like the rest of us.”