BLOW IT OUT YOUR OZ: 7/1/18
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“Shot in the Dark” is the ninth and final track on Ozzy Osbourne’s 1986 solo album The Ultimate Sin. It marks the final appearance of lead guitarist Jake E. Lee and the first and only Ozzy album to feature bassist Phil Soussan, who co-wrote the hit single. Drummer Randy Castillo, who had previously played in Lita Ford’s band, also makes his recording debut with Ozzy. The official music video for the song featured an appearance by Frank Zappa’s son Dweezil. “Shot in the Dark” was a top-ten hit on Mainstream rock radio and Ozzy and Phil have been battling each other in court for years over the songwriting credits. In spite of its success, the song has rarely appeared on any Ozzy greatest hits compilations as a result. One exception was the original release of The Ozzman Cometh; however, the song was later omitted from the 2002 re-mastered re-release of this compilation and replaced with “Miracle Man.” Both Just Say Ozzy and The Ultimate Sin were deleted from Ozzy’s catalog in 2002 (although they are now available on iTunes and all digital outlets.
“Fire in the Sky” is the sixth song on Ozzy’s 1988 album No Rest for the Wicked. The album was certified gold in December ’88 and has since gone double platinum. It peaked at lucky number 13 on the Billboard 200. It is the recording debut of lead guitarist Zakk Wylde, after parting ways with Jake E. Lee. Bassist/lyricist Bob Daisley also made his return to Ozzy’s band, the two had a falling out after the Bark at the Moon album in ’85. Once Wicked’s recording was complete, Daisley was out once again, and replaced by Ozzy’s former Black Sabbath bandmate Geezer Butler.