No Rest for the Wicked (Ozzy Osbourne album)


No Rest for the Wicked (Ozzy Osbourne album)
No Rest for the Wicked
Studio album by Ozzy Osbourne
Released October 22, 1988
Recorded 1988
Genre Heavy metal
Length 42:56
Label Epic
CBS
Producer Keith Olsen and Roy Thomas Baker
(original recording)
Bruce Dickinson
(2002 remastered edition)
Ozzy Osbourne chronology
The Ultimate Sin
(1986)
No Rest for the Wicked
(1988)
No More Tears
(1991)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 1/5 stars[citation needed]

No Rest for the Wicked is the fifth studio album by Ozzy Osbourne. It was released on October 22, 1988 and was re-issued / remastered on August 22, 1995 and again on June 25, 2002. The album was certified gold in December 1989 and has since gone double platinum.[2] No Rest for the Wicked is the first album to feature Zakk Wylde on guitar. It peaked at number 13 on the Billboard 200.[3] As of 2010, the album has sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide.[citation needed]

"Miracle Man", "Crazy Babies", and "Breakin' All the Rules" were released as singles with accompanying music videos. The song "Hero" was an unlisted hidden bonus track on the original 1988 release, and at that time was commonly believed to be named "Fools Know More".[4]

Contents

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Miracle Man"   Ozzy Osbourne, Zakk Wylde, Bob Daisley 3:44
2. "Devil's Daughter (Holy War)"   Osbourne 5:15
3. "Crazy Babies"   Osbourne, Wylde, Daisley, Randy Castillo 4:15
4. "Breakin' All the Rules"   Osbourne, Wylde, Daisley, Castillo, John Sinclair 5:15
5. "Bloodbath in Paradise"   Osbourne, Wylde, Daisley, Castillo, Sinclair 5:03
6. "Fire in the Sky"   Osbourne, Wylde, Daisley, Castillo, Sinclair 6:24
7. "Tattooed Dancer"   Osbourne, Wylde, Daisley 3:53
8. "Demon Alcohol"   Osbourne, Wylde, Daisley 4:30
9. "Hero"   Osbourne, Wylde, Daisley, Castillo, Sinclair 4:49
Total length:
42:56

2002 reissue bonus tracks

No. Title Writer(s) Length
10. "The Liar"   Osbourne, Wylde, Daisley, Sinclair 4:32
11. "Miracle Man (Live)"   Osbourne, Wylde, Daisley 3:48

Subject matter

  • "Miracle Man" is about the Reverend Jimmy Swaggart's 1988 prostitution scandal and the general hypocrisy, in Osbourne's eyes, of "televangelists". In the video for the song Zakk Wylde wears a mask with the likeness of Swaggart and Osbourne cavorts with swine, his pants around his ankles, carrying around a large staff decorated with a dollar sign.
  • "Bloodbath in Paradise" is about the Tate/LeBianca murders by The Manson Family. Although it is stated by Phil Alexander, Editor-In-Chief of Kerrang! Magazine, that it is about the Vietnam war in the 2002 remaster booklet, the song clearly refers to the Manson Family with lyrics like "You're comin' home - there's blood on the wall and Charlie / and the Family made house calls." This could be seen to conflate the two themes, as 'Charlie' was a nickname used by U.S. servicemen for the Viet Cong. However, mentions of "Helter Skelter", both a Beatles song and Manson's name for his predicted apocalyptic war, are frequent within the song further deepening the references towards Manson.
  • "Demon Alcohol" is about the dangers of alcohol, much like "Suicide Solution" from Blizzard of Ozz.
  • "Hero" deals with Osbourne's acknowledgment that he is viewed as a champion of sorts by his fanbase, and the uneasiness he feels as a role model.[4]

Personnel

Additional personnel

Production

  • Produced by Keith Olsen & Roy Thomas Baker (except "Miracle Man" & Devil's Daughter", which were produced by Keith Olsen)
  • Recorded & Engineered By Roy Thomas Baker, Gordon Fordyce & Gerry Napier
  • Mixed By Keith Olsen
  • Mastered by Greg Fulginiti at Artisan Sound Recorders
  • 2002 Reissue produced by Bruce Dickinson

Sales accomplishments

RIAA certification[2] (United States)

Date Designation Total Sales
December 19,
1988
Gold 500,000
April 17,
1989
Platinum 1,000,000
August 15,
1997
Double Platinum 2,000,000

CRIA certification[5] (Canada)

Date Designation Total Sales
October 31,
1988
Gold 50,000
December 21,
1988
Platinum 100,000

References

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r14649
  2. ^ a b "RIAA Gold & Platinum database". http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?resultpage=1&table=SEARCH_RESULTS&action=&title=no%20rest%20for%20the%20wicked&artist=&format=&debutLP=&category=&sex=&releaseDate=&requestNo=&type=&level=&label=&company=&certificationDate=&awardDescription=&catalogNo=&aSex=&rec_id=&charField=&gold=&platinum=&multiPlat=&level2=&certDate=&album=&id=&after=&before=&startMonth=1&endMonth=1&startYear=1958&endYear=2009&sort=Artist&perPage=25. Retrieved February 16, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Billboard album chart history-Ozzy Osbourne". http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/retrieve_chart_history.do?model.chartFormatGroupName=Albums&model.vnuArtistId=5355&model.vnuAlbumId=942077. Retrieved February 16, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b I Am Ozzy, by Ozzy Osbourne and Chris Ayres
  5. ^ "CRIA certified awards". http://www.cria.ca/cert_db_search.php?page=1&wclause=WHERE+artist_name+like+%27%25ozzy+osbourne%25%27+ORDER+BY+cert_date%2C+cert_award+&rcnt=22&csearch=20&nextprev=1. Retrieved February 16, 2009. 

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