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Dio At Donington Uk: Live 1983 & 1987 Double CD

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The grand wizard of classic rock. A poet of hope for the downtrodden. The single most important vocal technician in the history of heavy metal. All of these accolades have been garlanded upon the royal roar known as Ronnie James Dio.

He was born on July 10, 1942 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and raised in upstate New York and once said that he would have preferred playing for the ... Read more in Amazon's Dio Store

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  • Audio CD (8 Nov. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Niji Entertainment Group
  • ASIN: B0044E9LW6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,132 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Stand Up and Shout
2. Straight Through The Heart
3. Children Of The Sea
4. Rainbow In The Dark
5. Holy Diver
6. Drum Solo
7. Stargazer
8. Guitar Solo
9. Heaven And Hell
10. Man On The Silver Mountain
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Dream Evil
2. Neon Knights
3. Naked In The Rain
4. Rock And Roll Children
5. Long Live Rock n Roll
6. The Last In Line
7. Children Of The Sea
8. Holy Diver
9. Heaven And Hell
10. Man On The Silver Mountain
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BBC Review

When former Black Sabbath and Rainbow frontman Ronnie James Dio exploded out of the gate with a formidable new band and a simply awesome new album, he was an artist reborn. The year was 1983 and the band – simply christened Dio – were on fire, as the album – the immaculate, immortal Holy Diver – so ably attested. Rather than become jaded by acrimonious splits with both his former bands, Dio turned his trials into triumphs and when Dio the band arrived on UK shores for the first time, the setting simply couldn’t have been more magnificent.

Until its sad demise in 1996, the annual Monsters of Rock festival held at Donington Park in Leicestershire was the domain of the cream of the international hard rock and heavy metal crop. The 80s were the festival’s glory years and in 1983 Dio had their first taste of success. With just one ‘solo’ album to call upon, Dio delved into his illustrious past to assemble a set as replete with metal standards as it was with future classics. Today, Dio tunes such as Stand Up and Shout, Rainbow in the Dark and Holy Diver can hold their own alongside Sabbath’s epic Heaven and Hell or Rainbow’s jaw-dropping set piece Stargazer; in 83 Dio were really throwing down the gauntlet by daring to perform new, untested material back-to-back with songs that’d sold millions. As a result, the band’s Donington 83 set is simply electric.

Even if it hadn’t been a decidedly damp and miserable afternoon, their return to the Donington stage in 1987 was never likely to eclipse the sheer energy of their debut appearance. New numbers such as Dream Evil and Naked in the Rain show Dio holding steady rather than racing ahead. That said, the band – complete with new guitarist Craig Goldy on his maiden show – are as razor-sharp and rampant as four years previously, riding high on the huge successes of the intervening period.

That belief that the late Ronnie Dio possessed the greatest heavy metal voice of all time is bolstered by the fact that on stage his singing was every bit as mind-blowing as in the studio. This double-disc trip down memory lane bears this out in spades. There’s a fair bit of track duplication between both recordings but, with current Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell strutting his stuff in 83 and the aforementioned Goldy taking over in 87, there’s also plenty of contrast. A great souvenir of Dio’s halcyon days and a fitting tribute to a true legend.

--Greg Moffitt

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mr Blackwell TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Nov. 2010
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Back in the day,i taped both of these sets off Radio 1,unbelievably managed to tape over the 1983 set,thankfully its now officially available,a moment in time captured forever.

Disc 1 : the 1983 performance from a band(and a man) determined to to prove themselves once again,having already been on two classic discs, namely Rainbow Rising & Heaven and Hell',Dio was already a legend,still it doesnt do any harm to have that fire in the belly.

The 1983 set contains several classics from all era's,new tracks such as 'Holy Diver/Stand Up and Shout & 'Rainbow In The Dark' standing shoulder to shoulder with the likes of 'Children of the Sea/Man On The Silver Mountain',a snippet of 'Stargazer' certainly the drum/guitar solo you could live without but its a superb performance which cemented his reputation.

Disc 2:the 1987 performance not quite as good,although nothing would really stand up to his debut at Donington.With a band comprising lesser musicians and the music becoming formulaic/Tired(Dream Evil never really did it for me),alongside the tendency to start performing the old standards in medley form certainly dilutes the performance some what,still magic moments include 'Neon Knights/All The Fools Sailed Away & the 'Last in Line' with its 'Temple of the King' excerpt .

Sound Quality/Performance: Disc 1 has the superior performance,higher energy level with decent sound quality,Disc 2 not quite a good performance but superior sound, so 5 stars for disc 1 ,3 stars disc 2.

Packaging : decent digi pak with a couple of tour laminates,although Dante Bonutto's liner notes are very poor,dull and bland would be a perfect description,could have done them in his sleep.

All in all,for a Dio fan this is a must have,a timely reminder(as if we needed one)_ that the rock world lost a legend when he sadly passed .

Ronnie James Dio,the VOICE of Rock ,Rest In Peace.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mr. H TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Nov. 2010
Format: Audio CD
It's hard to believe that six months have passed since the legendary Ronnie James Dio passed away. The one time Elf, Rainbow and Black Sabbath singer had been working on this release prior to his death, and now it's finally appeared in all its double disc glory.

Now I'm so old that I was actually at both of these festival dates, back in the heady eighties when the Castle Donington Monsters of Rock Festival was the only place for a young headbanger to strut his stuff. I've also (and I'd appreciate it if you'd keep this bit quiet) had copies of both shows since not long after the respective events took place. Both on cassette and, latterly, CD. So I can vouch for the fact that these cleaned up, official versions sound an awful lot better than their bootleg counterparts, even if the 1983 set still has a muddy drum sound.

The first show was their debut on British soil, and it was strange to see Dio opening the show. But ably supported by former Rainbow sparring partner Jimmy Bain and Black Sabbath colleague Vinny Appice, he took things in his stride. Something that was no surprise, considering his pedigree. The real surprise was former Sweet Savage / future Def Leppard man Vivian Campbell, a relatively unknown guitarist then, but one who was obviously destined for the top flight.

Dio was up for the fight, opening with two tunes from the then new Holy Diver album in the shape of "Stand Up and Shout" and "Straight Through The Heart" before churning out some old classics in the shape of "Children Of The Sea" and "Stargazer" amongst others. This was when he felt he had to prove a point - that he was his own man, and could take on the best and win.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By harkins on 19 Nov. 2010
Format: Audio CD
It was about time that these shows got an official release. While they aren't the complete recordings of either concert (about 2 songs from each are omitted) they are fine records of two outstanding performances. The sound is good and clean on both discs but not so much that they loose the feel of a live recording from an outdoor festival. The crowd atmosphere is kept intact without infringing - and it should be noted how well received Dio were on both occasions, especially as these were large crowds with mixed tastes (Bon Jovi, through ZZ Top to Metallica were on these bills). And as was the norm for Dio shows, there is some wonderful crowd participation - and it's impossible not to join in!!

There is clearly a split between peoples preferences of the two performances (I narrowly prefer the 87 show as that was when I discovered Dio's music as a teen) but there is no doubt that whether you prefer the freshness and energy of '83 or the pace and medleys of '87, it's worth the money for either disc alone.

With the music comes a couple of access all area passes for the events - which are ok but I'm not sure if they will excite many of Dio's fans given our average age. And the included booklet is sadly short on photo's and contains a very unenlightening set of liner notes by Dante Bonutto where he even manages to get the name of Dio's Sacred Heart stage dragon wrong. I'm sure it was called Denzil but Dante calls it Derek or something.

Just one last point regarding mention of this possibly being the start of a `cash in' following his sad death; who cares if it is? (Which it isn't as it was in progress before his death) At the end of the day, if the material posthumously released is of quality and not repetitive that's fine with me. You don't have to buy it but I would buy a dozen live releases of Dio's as there have been few better live acts - ever!
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