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Jake E. Lee reveals the last Ozzy Osbourne album he liked

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Jake E. Lee reveals the last Ozzy Osbourne album he liked

Legendary ex-Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Jake E Lee revealed the last album of the singer he like. He also said in the interview with Brave Words that Osbourne got lazy and that’s why his albums got worst. Lee worked from 1982 to 1987 with Ozzy and was on Bark at the Moon (1983) and The Ultimate Sin (1986).


When asked about the reason why Ozzy Osbourne rarely plays songs from his era, Jake E. Lee said:

“Yeah, I was happy with them (The albums). I do agree with him that maybe ‘The Ultimate Sin’ should be remixed because it was a bit of a poppy mix at the time and he wanted to increase his fan base at the time.

“[Producer Ron Nevison] gave it more of a poppy thing, but it’s a heavy record, so I think it should be remixed. Let’s have an alternate mix of that. I would hope he’d invite me to it.”

Just hope that Sharon keeps your guitar on there!

“Sharon… Sharon can be so vindictive. Why be that way? I don’t understand it. It seems like it takes a lot of energy. She spends a lot of energy to be mad and to get back at people who she thinks have wronged her or Ozzy.”

I think she’s taught a lot of people, particularly women, to be more of a bitch because it’s always been a man’s game. I’m not justifying some of the really evil things that she’s done, but I think she’s done some good by being that force and face.

“Yeah. She was probably the first woman manager to probably command her staff, and be feared.”

She wanted to be more of a tyrant than her father Don.

“Well, that’s a hard job to do, from what I’ve heard. She’s told me stories about him. He was a scary guy. But yeah, she has done good, but she takes it a little too personally and takes it a little too far sometimes. She has a problem with me and I have no problem with her.”

There were rumors about you possibly getting the Ozzy gig again. Is that something you would consider?

“It would be fun. And it would be fun to play with Ozzy again. It would be fun to do another record with him. But Zakk [Wylde] did some good shit too. Up through [1991’s] ‘No More Tears,’ I think Ozzy’s catalog was good. I wanted… what’s the one with ‘Miracle Man’ and ‘Crazy Babies’?”

[1988’s] ‘No Rest for the Wicked.’

“Yeah! I wanted it to suck, you know?”

You wanted it to suck?

“I wanted it to suck a little bit, you know? Because I got fired and I didn’t want the next thing to be good. But it was a good record. I remember hearing it and going, ‘Oh shit. Oh well, alright, he’s happy.’

“But I think through ‘No More Tears’ he had a good catalog and was putting out good records. And then I don’t know, he got soft. I think he got lazy. He started letting other people write his shit. There used to be a definite Ozzy sound. And it was that sound with Randy [Rhoads, guitar].

“It was that sound with me – still the same vein but still a little bit different sound, even then the first couple with Zakk still sounded like Ozzy, and then it quit sounding like Ozzy,” Jake E Lee said.

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