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Dream Evil

Dio Audio 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.

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  • Audio CD (13 Oct 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,434 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than Sacred Heart 14 Mar 2008
Format:Audio CD
Dio's fourth solo effort is markedly a departure from the last three in style. Although the format largely follows the same pattern of its predecessors (opening out and out rocker, followed by the title track and with the keyboard layered single sitting roughly where 'Rainbow In The Dark' did on 'Holy Diver' and 'Mystery' did on 'The Last In Line') the sound is much more seventies in style, almost Rainbow esque in places, and a lot more bluesy - this may simply be down to the introduction of guitar wizard Craig Goldie on guitar duties (it is most noticeable on the title track which trades heavily on the riff from Man on The Silver Mountain or on Overlove). From Dio's perspective the delivery is darker and more melancholic than on previous offerings but the result is an album that is streets ahead of the stodgy, ponderous and rather lacklustre Sacred Heart which precedes it. However it is not at the stratospheric level of the magnificent and consistent 'The Last in Line', which is Dio's post Sabbath high water mark, or say Sabbath's Heaven and Hell.

Highlights are the pulsating and jabbing opener 'Night People', the reflective and emotionally tinged `All the Fools Sailed Away' and the mandatory key board infused single `I Could Have Been A Dreamer'. 'Sunset Superman' also has a peculiar charm, despite it's baffling title, and 'Naked in the Rain' comes closest to the grander style of 'The Last In Line'.

On the down side the production is a little stiff and unfocussed, the keyboards sound as if they are being played with Claude Schnell's fist and the drumming is surprisingly pedestrian (by Appice standards). Unfortunately, like Sacred Heart, the whole piece fizzles out with the two weakest songs at the end, both hampered by notably weak choruses.
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4.0 out of 5 stars return to form 10 Nov 2010
By Baldman
Format:Audio CD
This is more like it, after the disappointment that was "Intermission". Definitely back on form. Great vocals, strong guitars from newbie, Craig Goldie. The whole band have lifted their game for this superb offering. This does not stray from the good vs. evil template that served Dio so well over the years. The lyrics aside, the tunes stand up well nearly 25 years later and have aged far better than many of the "metal" bands that were Dio's contemporaries. One of 1987's better rock records that deserves it's place in any rock collection. Contains everything that made Dio great.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album from the little man with a big voice 16 May 2003
Format:Audio CD
Ronnie James Dio may be small in stature but the guy can sing with the best of them! This is a polished eighties metal album, crunching guitar riffs backed by full synth sounds and a solid rhythm section and little RJD's booming voice. You know the sort of stuff you're going to get here; castles and magic etc. but it's done well. Night People and the title track are my personal favourites, although All The Fools Sailed Away might appeal to any Led Zep fans as it has a real Plant/Page quality to it. If you like 80's rock but want a change of subject matter from sex, drugs and rock n' roll then give this a go.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dream Evil 6 July 2011
By Gentlegiantprog TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Dio's fourth album Dream Evil is the last studio album to feature Claude Schnell and the first to feature gutiarist Craig Goldy (previously of Rough Cutt, but not at the same time as Claude.) Craig ably and deftly handles guitar duties and although his style is slightly different to previous guitarist Vivian Campbell, fits into the overall Dio sound perfectly.

Dream Evil is a bit of an interesting one, in that some fans say it isn't as good as the first three (or two in some cases) albums and some say that it is great and the last good Dio album. Personally I find Dream Evil to be everything I want in a Dio album, I think it is strong and well written, I like the general style and the majority of the songs are up there with the best Dio has to offer.

I will admit that there are one or two songs that seem a tad weak or generic when listening to the album from beginning to end, but which are fine in isolation. Still, the album contains tracks like 'Sunset Superman,' 'Dream Evil,' and 'All The Fools Sailed Away,' that no right minded Dio fan could ignore, some of the best material the band put out and essential for any best of compilation.

The only real problem I can find with Dream Evil is that the production (largely because of the keyboard sound) has dated somewhat, which may be a problem for some fans who only like Dio's harder and heavier material... but the band slowly introduced keyboards more and more over the previous three albums and it just feels like the logical progression here.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Grows on you with repeated listening 3 Aug 2010
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'Dream Evil' is possibly my favourite Dio track from his 80's work. There are classic 80's metal moments here that take me right back - pure nostalgia for 80's metalheads - All the fools sailed away and I could have been a dreamer stand out here. There are some timeless classics as well - Dream Evil and Naked in the Rain wouldn't sound out of place on a 'modern' metal album (probably why they still get played on the radio a lot!). Not his best work in my opinion but well worth owning if you're a Dio fan.
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