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Magica (Deluxe Edition) Deluxe Edition, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks

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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 (24 Jun. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Niji Entertainment
  • ASIN: B00C99WXWS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,765 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Discovery
2. Magica Theme
3. Lord Of The Last Day
4. Fever Dreams
5. Turn To Stone
6. Feed My Head
7. Eriel
8. Challis
9. As Long As It's Not About Love
10. Losing My Insanity
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Disc: 2
1. The Magica Story(Narrated By Ronnie James Dio)
2. Annica(Japanese Only Bonus Track)
3. Electra(Recorded for Magica 2 & 3)
4. Feed My Head(Official Live Bootleg)
5. Fever Dreams(Official Live Bootleg)
6. Turn To Stone(Official live Bootleg)
7. Lord Of The Last Day(Official Live Bootleg)
8. As Long as It's Not about Love (Official Live Bootleg)
9. Losing My Insanity(Official Live Bootleg)

Product Description

Dio's landmark concept album!Magica was originally released in 2000 and features the late,great Ronnie James Dio on vocals/keyboards,Craig Goldy on guitar/keyboards,Simon Wright on drums and Jimmy Bain on bass.Deluxe Edition 2 CD!.CD 1 Features the original Magica CD remastered under the supervision of Ronnie James Dio's long time Engineer, Wyn Davis.CD 2 features the 18:26 Magica Story narrated by Ronnie James Dio,the Japanese Only Bonus track Annica,Electra that was recorded for the planned Magica 2 & 3 and six never before released Official Live Bootleg Tracks from 2000/2001!!The original Magica CD has been long out of print for many years.Deluxe Packaging!Double CD Digipack and includes a collectible Ronnie James Dio Postcard and features never before seen photos,new liner notes from Kerrang!Magazine's Mick Wall.A Magica Setlist,lyrics and the printed Magica Story!!Magica was the 9th studio album from Dio!A must have for all Dio fans!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By O-mindcrime on 13 Aug. 2012
Format: Audio CD
Magica is a bit like Priest's Nostradamus - well executed and delivered with 100% sincerity but, in terms of theme for a seasoned rock band, a bit baffling.

On Magica, without a trace of irony, the off the wall concept is kicked off with an electronic voice effect, culled from the same special effects department that Black Sabbath must have got the Iron Man Intro from, then there is the obligatory grandiose short atmospheric orchestral piece(in the tradition of the start of say Queensryche's Mindcrime 1 and 2), before the cd settles into a simple, heavy `Duh Duh,.Duh Duh' chugging guitar riff which, style wise, pops up pretty much throughout the cd (albeit at different speeds). Dio metaphorically and with great seriousness and mock drama (nay - rock drama), settles down to sing the completely random story of Magica in a style bordering, at times, on that of a West End musical or a rock opera. This is a story telling vocal style that Dio developed on the grungy Strange Highways cd and which permeated his more recent output through Killing the Dragon right up to the pedestrian Heaven and Hell cd (the band, not the cd). Thankfully Magica is not a story you really have to pay attention to during the musical part of the album but bizzarely, in order to round the whole thing off, Dio gives an unlistenable dead pan 18 minute narration of the Magica `story' at the end (in case you weren't paying attention), which is about as engrossing as listening to the 'cosmic' foundation story of the Church of the Latter Day Saints.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ulrik Madsen on 17 Mar. 2004
Format: Audio CD
I never knew of Dio till I heard this album. Ronnies voice sounded to me like a mix of Freddie Mercury and Ozzy. I thought I was dealing with a young star of metal, simply because of the energy he puts into his songs, but no. This is the old master teaching all of us how it is done. On track 8 his voice carries a great part of the song almost alone, and off course he masters his voice perfectly on every track. The album is a theme-album, build upon a magical world of good and evil, with wizards and sorcery. The last 18 minutes is a tale of good vs evil, and all the tracks are related to this story, often a bad idea, but here it just work so well. The songs take you to this medieval world, for example track 9 starts with a medieval sounding guitar riff accompanied by a flute, before it bursts into heavy metal. If you buy the enhanced Japanese version you will get a beautiful instrumental track, which is basically one long guitar solo.
Warning: In my oppinion the style of this album is different from old Dio material, so don't expect just another Dio album.
(I just happen to like this the most)
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Magica is the eighth studio album by the American heavy metal band Dio. It is a concept album and it was released on 21st March 2000, through Spitfire Records.

Magica marks the return of guitarist Craig Goldy, who also has performed on Dio's album Dream Evil and in the later release Master of the Moon. Magica also features Jimmy Bain on bass, Simon Wright on drums, and Scott Warren on keyboards. Band leader Ronnie James Dio produced this concept album. The album was originally planned to be the first part of a trilogy of concept albums, and shortly before beginning his tour with Heaven & Hell, Dio announced his intention to start the Magica II & III album after the tour's end, but he died shortly after of stomach cancer on 16th May 2010. The only song released from Magica II & III was titled "Electra", which is on the second disc of the 2013 Deluxe Edition of Magica.

Said Dio of the concept: "Magica is the saga of Blessing, a netherworld invaded by dark forces that vapourise people into pure, evil energy. The planet’s saviours are master, apprentice heroes Eriel and Challis, who must recite a spell from the sacred book of Magica to defeat their foe, Shadowcast. The album is written from the villain’s viewpoint. (...) I took on the evil perspective because I’ve always written from the anti-perspective. Most people don’t think in those terms so you are freer to create. I left the ending ambivalent because evil always exists, good doesn’t always triumph and that’s the universal balance".

The first disc of Magica is identical to the original North American release (though it is remastered by Wyn Davis), but the narration track "The Magica Story" is moved to the second disc.
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By ratmonkey on 29 Dec. 2011
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This is more akin to Dio's earlier 5 albums than Strange Highways or Angry Machines and it is better for it. I am all for experimentation but sometimes it's better to stick with what you're good at. Saying that, Magica is not like a rehash of Holy Diver, far from it. It is an original album in its own right. To be fair the band had not really tried this amount of conceptual proggery before. And they just about pulled it off.

The best track in my opinion is 'Lord of te Last Day'. It is heavy, crushingly so and lumpenly tuneful. A sledgehammer of intent, albeit in a very slow, Dio-like way. Other excellent tunes are 'Challis' (great chorus) and 'Losing My Insanity' (very Dance-of-Death Iron Maiden, in an almost on the wrong side of parody, fiddledy-dee kind of a way) - but it seriously rocks. 'Fever Dreams' and 'Turn to Stone' are both pretty good and pretty similar. 'Feed My Head', 'Eriel' and 'Otherworld' are passable but felt like they needed to be much better.

There are only really 9 proper tracks with 2 Magica themes, a spoken word beginning and end (the Dio-narrated portion is ridiculously over the top fantasy mumbo-jumbo) and a reprise of the excellent 'Lord of the Last Day'.

Strangely beguiling, very catchy and extremely well structured. This is the strongest release since Lock up the Wolves, even betters it.
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