No Rest for the Wicked (Ozzy Osbourne album)

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No Rest for the Wicked
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Studio album by Ozzy Osbourne
Released September 28, 1988,[1] 1989
Recorded 1988
Length 43:08
Label Epic
Producer Keith Olsen and Roy Thomas Baker
Ozzy Osbourne chronology
No Rest for the Wicked
Best of Ozz
Singles from No Rest for the Wicked
  1. "Miracle Man"
    Released: 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone 1/5 stars[4]

No Rest for the Wicked is the fifth solo studio album by English heavy metal vocalist Ozzy Osbourne. It was released on September 28, 1988 and was re-issued / remastered on August 22, 1995 and again on June 25, 2002. The album was certified gold in December 1988 and has since gone double platinum.[5] It peaked at number 13 on the Billboard 200.[6]


No Rest for the Wicked is the recording debut of lead guitarist Zakk Wylde.[7] After parting ways with lead guitarist Jake E. Lee in 1987, Osbourne received a demo tape from Wylde and later hired him. Bassist/lyricist Bob Daisley made his return to Osbourne's band after the two had a falling out in 1985. Once the album's recording was complete, Daisley was once again out, replaced by Osbourne's former Black Sabbath bandmate Geezer Butler for subsequent promotional tours.

"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 titled "Fools Know More".[8] The song "Miracle Man" was a pointed barb aimed at disgraced televangelist Jimmy Swaggart. Swaggart had long been critical of Osbourne's music and live performances, before he himself was involved in a 1988 prostitution scandal.[9]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Ozzy Osbourne, Zakk Wylde, Bob Daisley, Randy Castillo, and John Sinclair unless otherwise noted

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

2002 reissue bonus tracks[edit]

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



  • 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
  • Michael Sadler of canadian band Saga did some backgroundvocals, shortly before recording was finished, that's why he's got no official credits
  • Mastered by Greg Fulginiti at Artisan Sound Recorders
  • 2002 Reissue produced by Bruce Dickinson (not to be confused with the Iron Maiden singer of the same name).

Sales accomplishments[edit]


  1. ^ Release date
  2. ^ No Rest for the wicked allmusic
  3. ^
  4. ^ Guterman, Jimmy (1 December 1988). "Ozzy Osbourne: No Rest For The Wicked : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 5 February 2007. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "RIAA Gold & Platinum database". Retrieved February 16, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Billboard album chart history-Ozzy Osbourne". Retrieved February 16, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Zakk Wylde Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  8. ^ I Am Ozzy, by Ozzy Osbourne and Chris Ayres
  9. ^ #32: Jimmy Swaggart Caught With Prostitute
  10. ^ "CRIA certified awards". Retrieved February 16, 2009. 

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