OZ 44245 No Rest For The Wicked
Produced by Keith Olsen and Roy Thomas Baker
Released on October 22, 1988
UK CHART POSITION #23 . . . US CHART POSITION #13 . . .
2x PLATINUM RECORD
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OZ 44245 cover
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K RONOMYTH 7.0: WHERE THE WYLDE THINGS AAARRGH. The Wicked review has gone through several iterations, and at this stage I’m just content to throw the scraps together into a bag and be done with it. In the past, I toyed with a scenario where Ozzy (leaning on the cheesy pitchfork they gave him for the photo shoot) threatens to turn my world upside down and I respond, “Good you can start with the garden.” Earlier than that I had a line that went “I’ve come to desecrate what you’ve become and aerate the cucumber patch,” only because I thought “cucumber patch” was funny (I still do). Other snarky snacks: “No Rest For The Wicked suggests that maybe the wicked could have used a rest after all,” “pandering rather than pandemonium,” “perfunctory nods to the black forces,” “a diminished Ozzy diminishes us all.” Taken in toto, it’s the picture of a poor critic drowning in his own uncertainty. I don’t just like Ozzy Osbourne albums, I want to like them. But Ozzy was being packaged as product, and I can’t tell what’s underneath the packaging anymore. The sleeve photo of Ozzy hiding behind a prop pitchfork with a look of confusion and fear probably says it best; the man is being pushed through a machine he didn’t make. The album is completely overproduced with Halloweenie effects, Zakk Wylde’s hair metal antics are a distraction and there’s not one reason to believe that Ozzy isn’t just an artifically animated zombie at this point. The review at KickedInTheFace.com is more positive (and, unexpectedly, much prettier to look at), so I’d point all metallurgists and non-allergists there.

OZ 44245 back cover OZ 44245 lyric sleeve
OZ 44245 back cover OZ 44245 lyric sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. MIRACLE MAN    (Ozzy Osbourne/Zakk Wylde/Bob Daisley)    3:44
  2. DEVIL'S DAUGHTER    (Ozzy Osbourne/Zakk Wylde/John Sinclair/Randy Castillo/Bob Daisley)    5:14
  3. CRAZY BABIES    (Ozzy Osbourne/Zakk Wylde/Randy Castillo/Bob Daisley)    4:13
  4. BREAKING ALL THE RULES    (Ozzy Osbourne/Bob Daisley/Zakk Wylde/John Sinclair/Randy Castillo)    5:12
  5. BLOODBATH IN PARADISE    (Ozzy Osbourne/Zakk Wylde/John Sinclair/Randy Castillo/Bob Daisley)    5:00
  6. FIRE IN THE SKY    (Ozzy Osbourne/Zakk Wylde/John Sinclair/Randy Castillo/Bob Daisley)    6:24
  7. TATTOOED DANCER    (Ozzy Osbourne/Zakk Wylde/Bob Daisley)    3:50
  8. DEMON ALCOHOL    (Ozzy Osbourne/Zakk Wylde/Bob Daisley)    4:26
  9. (CD bonus track:) HERO

    Original JPN CD bonus tracks
  10. THE LIAR
  11. I DON'T WANT TO BE YOUR HERO

    JPN LP reissue bonus tracks
  12. HERO
  13. THE LIAR

    CD reissue bonus tracks
  14. HERO
  15. THE LIAR
  16. MIRACLE MAN (LIVE)

CREDITS

OZZY OSBOURNE -- vocals
RANDY CASTILLO -- drums
BOB DAISLEY -- bass guitar
ZAKK WYLDE -- guitars
John Sinclair -- keyboards
Keith Olsen -- mixing
Gordon Fondyce -- engineer
Gerry Napier -- engineer
The Leisure Process -- art direction & design
Bob Carlos Clarke -- photography

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK/GER/NET October 1988 Epic LP/CD/CS 462581-1/2/4 lyric sleeve
US October 22, 1988 CBS Associated LP/CD/CS OZ/ZK/OZT 44245 lyric sleeve
ARG 1988 CBS LP 70-045  
AUST 1988 CBS CD EPC-462581  
BRA 1988 Epic LP 177119  
CAN 1988 CBS LP/CD/CS FZ/CZK/FZT 44245  
JPN 1988 CBS CDX 25DP-5213 w. 2 bonus tracks
YUG 1988 Suzy LP EPC-4625811  
COL 1989 CBS LP 14002235 blue vinyl
UK   Epic CD 481681 20-bit digital remaster
US November 1995 Epic CD/CS 67241 24-bit digital remaster
JPN 1998 CBS LPX 25AP-5213 w. 2 bonus trackstd>
JPN 1999 Sony CD SRCS-9263 22-bit SBM digital remaster, w. orig bonus track
UK 2002 Sony CDX 502046 digital remaster w. 3 bonus tracks
US June 25, 2002 Epic CDX 85426 digital remaster w. 3 bonus tracks
JPN 2002 Sony CDX SICP-8066 digital remaster w. 3 bonus tracks
JPN 2007 Epic CDX EICP-785 digital remaster w. 3 bonus tracks

 

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