On this day in music history: February 22, 1986 - “The Ultimate Sin”, the fourth solo album by Ozzy Osbourne is released. Produced by Ron Nevison, it is recorded at Studio Davout in Paris, France, AIR Studios and The Townhouse Studios in London from Mid - Late 1985. Coming over two years after his last studio album “Bark At The Moon”, it is the first to feature new bassist Phil Soussan (replacing original Osbourne band bassist Bob Daisley) who also writes the albums biggest hit “Shot In The Dark” (#4 Mainstream Rock, #68 Pop). However a business disagreement with Osbourne over publishing royalties leads to Soussan leaving the band. Because of these issues, the album has been out of print throughout most of the world since 2002, though at the present time it remains available on CD as an Australian import and digital download. “The Ultimate Sin” peaks at number six on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

The faces guitarists make when playing. The poses they have when playing. The smiles they flash at the crowd when playing. The guitar tricks they do. Guitarists. If this sight isn’t the most beautiful thing on the planet I don’t know what is.