Black Sabbath: Ranking Every Ozzy Osbourne Album From Worst To Best

8. Never Say Die!

Though the title track would prove to be the band's biggest hit since Paranoid in the UK Singles Chart, the final album released during Ozzy's seventies stint - albeit after a moment where he quit and was replaced with ex-Fleetwood Mac man Dave Walker - is a softer beast than most.

If anything, it helped further sharpen the pop-hook chops Osbourne would show on his first solo offerings after his exit from the band, with its self-titled opener and the melodic Air Dance among some of the tighter compositions - but this is best remembered as sub-standard Sabbath.

Their renewed singles success though did score the band a Top of the Pops appearance - alongside Bob Marley of all people - but the group's live issues were only exacerbated on the subsequent tour when a young, virile Van Halen opened up for them across the UK.

It would prove to be the straw that broke the camel's back; after returning to the studio the following year, tensions came to a head and Osbourne was duly fired in April 1979, paving the way for him to finish working on his solo project which would become Blizzard of Ozz.


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