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Dio|Holy Diver (Deluxe Edition)

Holy Diver (Deluxe Edition)

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After playing a major role in five positively classic heavy metal albums of the late '70s and early '80s (three with Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow and two with Black Sabbath), it seemed that singer Ronnie James Dio could truly do no wrong. So it wasn't all that surprising -- impressive, but not surprising -- when he struck gold yet again when launching his solo vehicle, Dio, via 1983's terrific Holy Diver album. Much like those two, hallowed Sabbath LPs, Heaven and Hell and Mob Rules, Holy Diver opened at full metallic throttle with the frenetic "Stand Up and Shout," before settling into a dark, deliberate, and hypnotic groove for the timelessly epic title track -- a worthy successor to glorious triumphs past like Rainbow's "Stargazer" and the Sabs' "Sign of the Southern Cross." But subsequent metal anthems like "Straight Through the Heart," "Invisible," and the lycanthrope lullaby "Shame on the Night" were no less inspired; and by injecting uncommonly catchy melodies into the heavy rock riffery still dominating more accessible numbers such as "Gypsy," "Caught in the Middle," and hit single "Rainbow in the Dark" (where the singer himself played rather spotty keyboards), Dio proved himself perfectly capable of competing with the increasingly commercial hard rock fashions soon to come. Although most fans would agree that Dio would arguably never again replicate the simply sublime symbiosis of beauty and brawn achieved by the all-time standout "Don't Talk to Strangers." And, to be fair, aside from Ronnie's unquestionably stellar songwriting, Holy Diver's stunning quality and consistency owed much to his carefully chosen bandmates, including powerhouse drummer (and fellow Sabbath survivor) Vinny Appice, veteran bassist Jimmy Bain, and a phenomenal find in young Irish guitarist Vivian Campbell, whose tastefully pyrotechnic leads helped make this the definitive Dio lineup. So, too, is Holy Diver still the undisputed highlight of Dio's career, and, indeed, one of the finest pure heavy metal albums of the 1980s.
© Eduardo Rivadavia /TiVo

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1
Stand Up And Shout
00:03:16

DIO, MainArtist - Ronnie James Dio, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Bain, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1983 Niji Productions, Inc., under exclusive license to Universal International Music B.V.

2
Holy Diver
00:05:49

DIO, MainArtist - Ronnie James Dio, Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1983 Niji Productions, Inc., under exclusive license to Universal International Music B.V.

3
Gypsy
00:03:34

DIO, MainArtist - Ronnie James Dio, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Vivian Patrick Campbell, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1983 Niji Productions, Inc., under exclusive license to Universal International Music B.V.

4
Caught In The Middle
00:04:11

DIO, MainArtist - Ronnie James Dio, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Vivian Patrick Campbell, ComposerLyricist - Vincent Appice, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1983 Niji Productions, Inc., under exclusive license to Universal International Music B.V.

5
Don't Talk To Strangers
00:04:50

DIO, MainArtist - Ronnie James Dio, Producer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1983 Niji Productions, Inc., under exclusive license to Universal International Music B.V.

6
Straight Through The Heart
00:04:30

DIO, MainArtist - Ronnie James Dio, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Bain, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1983 Niji Productions, Inc., under exclusive license to Universal International Music B.V.

7
Invisible
00:05:21

DIO, MainArtist - Ronnie James Dio, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Vivian Patrick Campbell, ComposerLyricist - Vincent Appice, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1983 Niji Productions, Inc., under exclusive license to Universal International Music B.V.

8
Rainbow In The Dark
00:04:14

DIO, MainArtist - Ronnie James Dio, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Bain, ComposerLyricist - Vivian Patrick Campbell, ComposerLyricist - Vincent Appice, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1983 Niji Productions, Inc., under exclusive license to Universal International Music B.V.

9
Shame On The Night
00:05:15

DIO, MainArtist - Ronnie James Dio, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Bain, ComposerLyricist - Vivian Patrick Campbell, ComposerLyricist - Vincent Appice, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1983 Niji Productions, Inc., under exclusive license to Universal International Music B.V.

DISC 2

1
Evil Eyes
00:03:43

DIO, MainArtist - Ronnie James Dio, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Bain, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Angelo Arcuri, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vivian Campbell, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Vincent Appice, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Claude Schnell, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Rich Markowitz, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1984 Niji Productions, Inc., under exclusive licence to Universal International Music B.V.

2
Stand Up And Shout (Live In Holland / 1983)
00:04:11

DIO, MainArtist - Ronnie James Dio, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Bain, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Vivian Campbell, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Vincent Appice, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Claude Schnell, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1983 Niji Productions, Inc., under exclusive license to Universal International Music B.V.

3
Straight Through The Heart (Live In Holland / 1983)
00:04:33

DIO, MainArtist - Ronnie James Dio, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Bain, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Vivian Campbell, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Vincent Appice, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Claude Schnell, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1983 Niji Productions, Inc., under exclusive license to Universal International Music B.V.

4
Stand Up And Shout (Live On King Biscuit Flower Hour / 1983)
00:03:37

DIO, MainArtist - Ronnie James Dio, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Bain, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Vivian Campbell, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Vincent Appice, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Claude Schnell, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Niji Productions, Inc., under exclusive license to Universal International Music B.V.

5
Shame On The Night (Live On King Biscuit Flower Hour / 1983)
00:05:19

DIO, MainArtist - Ronnie James Dio, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Bain, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Vivian Campbell, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Vivian Patrick Campbell, ComposerLyricist - Vincent Appice, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Claude Schnell, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Niji Productions, Inc., under exclusive license to Universal International Music B.V.

6
Children Of The Sea (Live On King Biscuit Flower Hour / 1983)
00:06:14

Tony Iommi, ComposerLyricist - DIO, MainArtist - Ronnie James Dio, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Bain, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Terence "Geezer" Butler, ComposerLyricist - Vivian Campbell, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - William Thomas Ward, ComposerLyricist - Vincent Appice, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Claude Schnell, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Niji Productions, Inc., under exclusive license to Universal International Music B.V.

7
Holy Diver (Live On King Biscuit Flower Hour / 1983)
00:05:57

DIO, MainArtist - Ronnie James Dio, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Bain, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Vivian Campbell, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Vincent Appice, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Claude Schnell, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Niji Productions, Inc., under exclusive license to Universal International Music B.V.

8
Rainbow In The Dark (Live On King Biscuit Flower Hour / 1983)
00:05:14

DIO, MainArtist - Ronnie James Dio, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Bain, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Vivian Campbell, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Vivian Patrick Campbell, ComposerLyricist - Vincent Appice, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Claude Schnell, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Niji Productions, Inc., under exclusive license to Universal International Music B.V.

9
Man On The Silver Mountain (Live On King Biscuit Flower Hour / 1983)
00:06:49

Ritchie Blackmore, ComposerLyricist - DIO, MainArtist - Ronnie James Dio, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Bain, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Vivian Campbell, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Vincent Appice, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Claude Schnell, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Niji Productions, Inc., under exclusive license to Universal International Music B.V.

Album Description

After playing a major role in five positively classic heavy metal albums of the late '70s and early '80s (three with Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow and two with Black Sabbath), it seemed that singer Ronnie James Dio could truly do no wrong. So it wasn't all that surprising -- impressive, but not surprising -- when he struck gold yet again when launching his solo vehicle, Dio, via 1983's terrific Holy Diver album. Much like those two, hallowed Sabbath LPs, Heaven and Hell and Mob Rules, Holy Diver opened at full metallic throttle with the frenetic "Stand Up and Shout," before settling into a dark, deliberate, and hypnotic groove for the timelessly epic title track -- a worthy successor to glorious triumphs past like Rainbow's "Stargazer" and the Sabs' "Sign of the Southern Cross." But subsequent metal anthems like "Straight Through the Heart," "Invisible," and the lycanthrope lullaby "Shame on the Night" were no less inspired; and by injecting uncommonly catchy melodies into the heavy rock riffery still dominating more accessible numbers such as "Gypsy," "Caught in the Middle," and hit single "Rainbow in the Dark" (where the singer himself played rather spotty keyboards), Dio proved himself perfectly capable of competing with the increasingly commercial hard rock fashions soon to come. Although most fans would agree that Dio would arguably never again replicate the simply sublime symbiosis of beauty and brawn achieved by the all-time standout "Don't Talk to Strangers." And, to be fair, aside from Ronnie's unquestionably stellar songwriting, Holy Diver's stunning quality and consistency owed much to his carefully chosen bandmates, including powerhouse drummer (and fellow Sabbath survivor) Vinny Appice, veteran bassist Jimmy Bain, and a phenomenal find in young Irish guitarist Vivian Campbell, whose tastefully pyrotechnic leads helped make this the definitive Dio lineup. So, too, is Holy Diver still the undisputed highlight of Dio's career, and, indeed, one of the finest pure heavy metal albums of the 1980s.
© Eduardo Rivadavia /TiVo

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