In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Ozzy Osbourne discussed his discography. He specifically talked about ‘The Ultimate Sin’.
“[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*cking 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’.”
Ozzy Osbourne calls “The Ultimate Sin” his least favorite album he has ever released as a solo artist.
A few months ago, Jake E Lee mentioned about the disagreements over songwriting on this album.
“While Ozzy was in the Betty Ford clinic, I got a drum machine, one of those mini-studios, a bass from Charvel — a really sh*tty one — and I more or less wrote entire songs. I didn’t write melodies or lyrics because Ozzy is bound to do a lot of changing if I was to do that; I just write the music.
“I write the riff and I’ll come up with a chorus, verse, bridge and solo section, and I’ll write the drum and bass parts I had in mind. I put about 12 songs like that down on tape, and when he got out of the Betty Ford clinic, it was, ‘Here ya go. Here’s what I’ve got so far.’ And I’d say half of it ended up on the album.”
Bob Daisley, who is credited to write some of the lyrics, said:
“I did write the album with Jake and then Ozzy and I had a falling out and he fired me and he was going to fire Jake as well”
“I’ve never been a ‘yes’ man. So a few weeks later, he called me and he had Phil Soussan on bass but I’d already written a lot of the music with Jake, so they knew they had to credit me on the songs anyway, so I guess he thought he may as well get his money’s worth and asked me to come back and write the lyrics also. I did that as sort of a paid job. I write it, you pay me and take it and go. So I spent a few weeks writing the lyrics for the whole album. Then they recorded it. In a way, I am glad I am not on that album. It’s the one album I didn’t really like.”