Released on November 15, 1983, Ozzy Osbourne’s Bark At The Moon is the first to feature guitarist Jake E. Lee, the replacement for the late and great Randy Rhoads who tragically died in the year prior.
This was Osbourne’s third solo studio album released, and it peaked at #19 on the Billboard album chart. Within several weeks it had sold more than 500,000 copies, and the album has sold over 3,000,000 copies to date. The US edition of this album featured two songs that the European edition did not- “Centre of Eternity” and “Slow Down”, while the European edition had another set of songs not featured on the US edition- “Forever” and “Spiders”.
This album does contain some controversy, though. The songwriting credits are given entirely to Ozzy Osbourne; although he did not solely write every single song on the album. Jake E. Lee released information on Eddie Trunk’s Trunk Nation show on Sirius XM’s Hair Nation about how he was practically screwed out of being credited. Lee was promised credit on the album and thus proceeded to create the album; when given a contract at the end of production it was very clearly stated that he would be receiving no credit and was ultimately faced with either 1) stay in the band and receive no credit or 2) leave the band and have all your work be re-recorded by a different session guitarist. His choice was clear- and he was essentially forbidden from talking about the subject. And for Ozzy’s next release, The Ultimate Sin, Lee made sure to wait until he received a contract before he started recording any material.