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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 (23 Aug. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Steamhammer
  • ASIN: B0002LR8MK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,522 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. One More for the Road
2. Master Of The Moon
3. The End of the World
4. Shivers
5. The Man Who Would Be King
6. The Eyes
7. Living The Lie
8. I Am
9. Death By Love
10. In Dreams

Product Description

2004 album from Ronnie James Dio & co featuring 'One More For The Road' & 'Death By Love'.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. L. Godfrey on 6 Sept. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Ronnie James Dio, by all rights, shouldnt still be making albums this good at his age. But he does.
Master of the Moon is a spectacular return to form from the little chap, as a listen to opener `One More For The Road` will proove.
The rest of the album is made up on a further 8 storming tracks and 1 slightly monotonous one.. but we'll ignore that one.
The Musicianship is superb and some of the guitar solos will leave you mesmerized. Truly spectacular stuff!!
All in all, 9 great tunes and 1 okay one.
Not bad for an old timer, not bad at all..
\m/ DIO \m/
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Sept. 2004
Format: Audio CD
With Magica and Killing the Dragon under his belt, Ronnie James Dio has had something of a resurgance recently amongst the metal community.
Master of the Moon clings to the Dungeons and Dragons theme that suits him so well. There are a couple of upbeat songs with killer riffs, that equal some of Dio's earlier material. The return of Craig Goldy recreates a classic sound. However, I found a majority of the album to be a lot slower than Ronnie's previous efforts, which has an amazing hyponotic effect in places! ("The Eyes" being an outstanding track)
I would definitely recommend this to the Dio fanbase, and others alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. J. Tennant on 16 April 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Master of the Moon is the tenth and final studio album by the American heavy metal band Dio. The album was released on 7th September 2004 in America through Sanctuary Records and 30th August 2004 in Europe through SPV Records. It was produced by Ronnie James Dio. The album marks the return of guitarist Craig Goldy, who also performed on Dio's Dream Evil (1987) and Magica (2000). It also features Jeff Pilson on bass, Simon Wright on drums, and Scott Warren on keyboards. One song, "Death by Love", was partly written by former Magica touring bassist Chuck Garric, but there are no writing credits provided in the album's liner notes. A bonus track, titled "The Prisoner of Paradise", is on the Japanese pressing of the album, and the song would later be featured on the 2012 compilation "The Very Beast of Dio Vol. 2".

Master of the Moon is another great album by Dio, which would sadly be the last due to the death of the band's founding member and frontman Ronnie James Dio to stomach cancer in May 2010. Like most of Dio's albums, Master of the Moon has many strong tracks. For me, the ones that really stand out for me are the title track along with "One More for the Road", "The End of the World", "The Man Who Would Be King", "The Eyes", and "The Prisoner of Paradise" (I don't have the Japanese release of Master of the Moon which contains that song as a bonus track, but I do have it on the 2012 compilation mentioned earlier in this review). Very highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ratmonkey on 21 Dec. 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Sadly the final Dio album before the man's untimely death. While it is not the best album Dio have cut, it is by no means bad, and it feels more of a traditional Dio effort as opposed to the concept of Magica (which they had really never done before - and it worked pretty well). It is a very decent hard rock album with a handful of catchy tunes and one out and out trademark Dio mystical classic in the title track.

The title track, probably the best on here, evokes memories of the Dio of old, a cross between the Dream Evil and Sacred Heart era, without actually bettering them. A great song. The rest are all good, but have nothing to raise them to the heights of past glories. Opener 'One More for the Road' is a great rock and roll number and a good way to start. 'End of the World' sounds like AC/DC which is no bad thing at all. And 'Shivers' is a suitably chunky, mid-paced horror-styled track. All are fine and no complaints, other than it would have been nice to hear some more immediate 'new' classics. But the first half of the album does grow on you with every listen. 'The Man Who Would Be Kind' being the least absorbing.

Other stand-outs include 'The Eyes'. It is rather long and seems rather underwhelming at first but it is a grower and the chorus gets better with every listen. 'I Am' is infectious rather than catchy. It's a song I don't like all that much but the chorus is such that it cannot not be stuck in my head - it's like an advert jingle, albeit a heavy rock one! 'Death By Love' is better. It's rocky and catchy and sounds vital, and more importantly reminds of Last in Line era Dio, but ultimately it is a good song. 'In Dreams' is possibly the other best track next to the title track. It finishes it all off very well.

Not a triumph but still far better than Strange Highways and Angry Machines. It's just a shame Dio will not be able to better it now...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Agma on 25 April 2014
Format: Audio CD
A decade past and this little number has grown on me significantly since it first came out. I have very fond memories of picking this one up on CD in one of the old virgin megastores in my local city:- sadly not there anymore. Today Ive had another whole listen to this great record once again and confirms why Dio has such a legend. For a Dio CD the whole album has quite a real subtle metal sound, flare and a stripped-back feel. So not much in the way of musical wizardary but still an excellent emphasis on songs.

"Master of the moon" can probably be best described as the quintessential four star album:- 10 track opus with a solid discipline and array of character. Despite a lack of obvious standouts, the best song on the album: "In dreams" is a strong candidate with an abundant esque of metallic riffs. Elsewhere, the decency of "Death by love or Living the lie" are also notable entities. There's also a typical Dio ballad present in the form of "The man who would be king" -very enjoyable that one is too. Opener, "One more from the road" does not quite project the intent we would expect but it is a suitable sounding one none-the-less.

Overall it's a great album only detracted by a few mundane moments of songwriting quality control. The album smokes of a class Dio we love and the spirit and driving force behind it is evidently intact and all there.
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