It is surreal to hear that Ozzy Osbourne has retired from touring life. Osbourne is one of heavy metal’s greatest artists, and in many ways, he is the face of the genre.
Osbourne’s career kicked off in 1968 when he helped to form Black Sabbath. Considered by many to be the first heavy metal band ever, the band’s original lineup featured guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler, drummer Bill Ward, and Osbourne as their singer. While Black Sabbath has created 19 studio albums in total, that original lineup has created nine records together. Those nine albums are as follows:
Black Sabbath (released in 1970), Paranoid (released in 1970), Master of Reality (released in 1971), Vol. 4 (released in 1972), Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (released in 1973), Sabotage (released in 1975), Technical Ecstasy (released in 1976), Never Say Die! (released in 1978), and 13 (released in 2013).
Each of these Black Sabbath albums is great in their own right, and it is remarkable to consider how much amazing work Osbourne has done throughout his career. But, when it comes to a specific Black Sabbath record he worked on, he finds that album to be “disgusting.”
While everyone has their own subjective taste, it is quite intense to hear an artist say they find a work of theirs to be “disgusting,” especially after they have put so much time into said work.
But what is that Black Sabbath album that upsets Osbourne so much? Well, folks, it is actually none other than the 1978 Black Sabbath record Never Say Die!.
Regarding his feelings pertaining to Never Say Die!, Osbourne has said the following about it (this quote was located via Kerrang!, and was said during a 1981 interview with After Hours):
“It was the worst piece of work that I’ve ever had anything to do with. I’m ashamed of that album. I think it’s disgusting.”
This is the “last” record Osbourne made with Black Sabbath before he was kicked out of the band; 35 years later, Osbourne and Sabbath would release their final album together, titled 13 – another Sabbath record that Osbourne was not super fond of.
What do you think of the Black Sabbath album Never Say Die!, are you a fan of it? Why do you think Osbourne is not fond of the record?