Rockstars Who Shockingly Hated Their Own Albums

By Jack Ripley | December 2, 2023

Kiss, 'Music From "The Elder"' 

Not every hit album is revered by the artists who recorded them. Some of the most popular and important albums of the '70s, '80s, and '90s are downright hated by the bands who made them happen. Many of us remember these albums from their release, and they became part of our musical identity. However, unbeknownst to many fans, some of these albums were not held in high esteem by the very artists who created them.

From David Bowie to Metallica, these albums range in genre and era, but all share the commonality of being loved by fans and loathed by their creators. Join us as we take a closer look at these iconic albums and the reasons behind the artists' disdain. Don't miss out on this inside look into the music industry's most controversial albums.

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Hoo Boy, has anyone outside of a small group of Kiss diehards and obsessives ever listened all the way through "Music From 'The Elder'," the glam rock band's concept album that's essentially tells the story of a boy who grows into a great hero thanks to the guidance of a mysterious old sage and a group called "The Order of the Rose." The album is a major break from the band's sultry rock tracks about hard living and fast women.

Lead guitarist Ace Frehley already had one foot out the door while recording this album and refused to enter the studio with the rest of the band, instead deciding to mail in his contributions from his home in Connecticut. Paul Stanley later admitted that he found the album to be, "pompous, contrived, self-important and fat... it was mediocre."

Ozzy Osbourne – 'The Ultimate Sin'

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Ozzy Osbourne's The Ultimate Sin was a hit among fans of hair metal upon its release, thanks to its shredding guitar tone and anthemic title-track. The album's cover art and delicious riffs quickly gained popularity, becoming the highest-charting solo record of Osbourne's career. However, according to the Prince of Darkness himself, the album was spoiled by the mixing done by producer Ron Nevison.

Despite its commercial success, Osbourne has been vocal about his disappointment with the final product. He has even gone so far as to suggest that Nevison's mixing ruined the album's potential, leading to a less-than-stellar reception among some music critics. While The Ultimate Sin may have been a hit at the time of its release, it seems that Osbourne's feelings towards the album have soured over time. He explained:

If there was ever an album I'd like to remix and do better, it would be The Ultimate Sin. [Ron Nevison] didn't really do a great production job. The songs weren't bad, they were just put down weird. Everything felt and sounded the same. There was no imagination.