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.