Despite missing out a few personal favs and astonishingly a couple of career highs(16th Century Greensleeves/Sign of the Southern Cross/Dont Talk To Strangers),this collection still can be accepted as the best Ronnie James Dio career overview to date.
27 tracks across 2 discs at a bargain price with a decent booklet,no real revelations,a decent read none the less,as for the music ELF not unsurprisingly only get 1 track but its a beauty,a real rockin 70's groove on 'Carolina County Ball' whilst the delightful 'Love Is All' is here from Roger Glovers solo disc 'Butterfly Ball'
The rest of the disc is more evenly spread covering the Rainbow/Sabbath/Dio days with a couple from Heaven and Hell,the lack of several 'classics allows a few lesser celebrated tracks such as 'Temple Of The King','Lady Of The Lake','Voodoo' & 'One More From Road'to be presented to the listener.
The rest? well classic Rainbow moments include the superb 'Catch The Rainbow','Gates of Babylon',the unmatchable 'Stargazer' ,while Sabbath come to the fore with the magnificent swaggering riff of 'Heaven and Hell' the outstanding 'Mob Rules'(the Heavy Metal soundtrack version) and latter day class of 'Bible Black).The solo career well covered by 'Holy Diver/Rainbow in the Dark/We Rock' and 'All The Fools Sailed Away'.
In truth you would have needed a minimum of 3 discs to truly represent the talent of the man,sorely missed, fondly remembered,never forgotten.
a bargain at twice the price,buy and enjoy.