No Rest for the Wicked (Ozzy Osbourne album)

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No Rest for the Wicked
No rest for the wicked.jpg
Cover photography by Bob Carlos Clarke
Studio album by
Released22 October 1988
StudioEnterprise Studios and Goodnight L.A. Studios, Los Angeles, California
GenreHeavy metal, hard rock
ProducerRoy Thomas Baker and Keith Olsen
Ozzy Osbourne chronology
The Ultimate Sin
No Rest for the Wicked
No More Tears
Singles from No Rest for the Wicked
  1. "Miracle Man" / "Demon Alcohol"
    Released: 1988
  2. "Crazy Babies" / "Demon Alcohol"
    Released: 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Martin Popoff9/10 stars[2]
Rolling Stone1/5 stars[3]

No Rest for the Wicked is the fifth studio album by English heavy metal vocalist 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 1988 and has since gone double platinum.[4] It peaked at number 13 on the Billboard 200.[5] It was the first album to feature guitarist Zakk Wylde, keyboardist John Sinclair and the first to feature bassist Bob Daisley since Bark at the Moon.


No Rest for the Wicked is the recording debut of lead guitarist Zakk Wylde.[6] After firing lead guitarist Jake E. Lee in 1987, Osbourne received a demo tape from Wylde and later hired him after an audition.

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 CD and cassette releases. 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, giving Osbourne the last laugh.[7]

Track listing[edit]

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

1."Miracle Man"Osbourne, Wylde, Daisley3:44
2."Devil's Daughter (Holy War)" 5:15
3."Crazy Babies"Osbourne, Wylde, Daisley, Castillo4:15
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, Daisley3:53
8."Demon Alcohol"Osbourne, Wylde, Daisley, Castillo4:30
9."Hero" 4:49
2002 reissue bonus tracks
10."The Liar"Osbourne, Wylde, Daisley, Sinclair4:32
11."Miracle Man" (recorded live at the Tower Theatre, Philadelphia, PA, 4 June 1989)Osbourne, Wylde, Daisley3:48
Total length:51:28



  • Produced by Roy Thomas Baker and Keith Olsen, except "Miracle Man" and "Devil's Daughter", which were produced by Keith Olsen
  • Recorded and engineered by Roy Thomas Baker, Gordon Fordyce and Gerry Napier
  • Mixed by Keith Olsen
  • Michael Sadler of Canadian band Saga did some background vocals, shortly before recording was finished, which is why he has no official credits
  • Mastered by Greg Fulginiti at Artisan Sound Recorders
  • 2002 reissue produced by Bruce Dickinson
  • 2002 remastering by Chris Athens



Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1997 2x Platinum (+ 2,000,000)[4]
Canada CRIA 1988 Platinum (+ 100,000)[13]


  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Ozzy Osbourne - No Rest for the Wicked review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. ISBN 978-1-894959-31-5.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ a b "RIAA Searchable Database-Search: Ozzy Osbourne". Archived from the original on 26 June 2007. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
  5. ^ a b "No Rest for the Wicked Billboard Albums". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  6. ^ "Zakk Wylde Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  7. ^ "Order In The Court! 100 Celebrity Scandals That Rocked The Pop Culture Universe: #69 Jimmy Swaggart Caught With Prostitute". VH1. 9 April 2015. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  8. ^ "Ozzy Osbourne – No Rest for the Wicked (Album)". Media Control Charts. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  9. ^ "Ozzy Osbourne – No Rest for the Wicked (Album)". Media Control Charts. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  10. ^ a b "Ozzy Osbourne Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 October 2015.
  11. ^ "Ozzy Osbourne – No Rest for the Wicked". (in Dutch). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 10 November 2015.
  12. ^ "Album – Ozzy Osbourne, No Rest for the Wicked". (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  13. ^ "Gold Platinum Search for Ozzy Osbourne". Music Canada. Retrieved 25 October 2015.

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