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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 (8 Oct. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Audio Fidelity
  • ASIN: B00968TI64
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,724 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kingcrimsonprog TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 July 2011
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Dio's second studio album The Last In Line is a really strong album, full of heavy and hard rocking songs that draw upon the fantasy lyrics for which the band is remembered, lots of guitar solos and of course, Ronnie James Dio's distinctive and unique voice.

If you've heard Holy Diver and are wondering where to explore next, The Last In Line should definitely be considered for your next step.

The line up on the album is the same as that on Holy Diver (Dio, Campbell, Bain, Appice) only with the addition of Keyboarder Claude Schnell, who brings a different feel to the keyboards which would gradually become more prominent with subsequent releases.

The album begins, as with all the first four Dio albums, with a fast and energetic opener that is followed by a considered and mid paced title track. The rest of the album is a mixture of hard and heavy material (Breathless, Evil Eyes) speedy numbers (I Speed At Night) and some more commercial melodic moments (Mystery)

As usual with Dio, you get great performances and top notch musicianship (Vivian Campbell in particualr deserves special mention on this album), plenty of memorable riffs and choruses, a fair production job and a bunch of lyrical references to Rainbows. Put simply, if you enjoyed anything else Dio has done, you will enjoy this too.

Put simply The Last In Line is a fantastic album, up there with the very best Dio material and well worth buying if you haven't already.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Jan. 2001
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cliched, yes. dated, yes but so have "Dark Side..", "Stairway " and "Sgt. pepper" and noone cares about that, lyrics about dragons, yes. Brilliant, erm, yes as well.
Ronnie James Dio had learnt from his tenure in Rainbow how to write great songs then allow the musicians to stamp their own identity on it. This album, like its predecessor "Holy Diver" overflows with great riffs, guitar solos, and drum fills, with Dio's powerful vocals always standing tall, even if he didn't.
"From the machine gun drumming and great riff that introduces "We Rock", this is a classic. Guitarist Vivian Campbell, having paid his dues in unknown Irish rockers "Sweet Savage", grabs his chance like a caged tiger finally on the loose, riffing as though his life depended on it and producing blistering solo after blistering solo, particularly fluent on tracks such as "One Night in The City" and "I Speed at Night", whilst blending ferocious riffing with fluent playing on the likes of the awesome title track.
As a footnote, if his playing whets your appetite don't bother investigating further as Campbell seemingly burnt himself out here, now content to tread water with the similarly burnt out Def Leppard. Sell out ? As if.
If you like hard rock, BUY THIS ALBUM.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By O-mindcrime on 19 Jun. 2009
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A lot of people cite Holy Diver as Dio's post Sabbath masterstroke, and I can kind of understand why. With something to prove, following the acrimonious departure from the Sabbath ranks, it was stunning because it was bright, fresh and brash - devoid of corporate rock baggage, it was not Sabbath, it was not Rainbow - it was simply Dio. However to these ears, at least, it was more of a product of the late 70s than the pop laden early 80's and so enter the Last In Line.

Frenetic opener `We Rock' sets Dio's new agenda for the new decade. Driving drums, a stabbing choppy riff and a simple radio friendly hook - Dio had his first radio single for the 80s - this is a straight forward bona fide and enduring classic, picking up exactly where Stand Up And Shout left off on the previous album.

But this is not an album of radio friendly singles - the grandiose and soaring title track `The Last In line' is next up with its rather pompous religious theme (reflected in the cover art) and this possibly stands as Dio's best solo title track - streets ahead of the rather plodding and traded pale imitations of Sacred Heart and Dream Evil that follow it.

Breathless is possibly the throwaway track on the album (which is probably nit picking) but the stunningly fast and emphatic `I Speed At Night' puts the ship firmly back on course. I cannot emphasise the influence that Vinnie Appice seems to have on this album (and notably on this track). He is simply on fire - he hits everything that's around him - he is an indefatigable pounding rhythm section that is breathtaking in finessed power and innovation (Full marks also go to Vivian Cambell's technically astonishing guitar work).
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By JT on 15 April 2006
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Dio`s Holy Diver was hailed as a master piece but for my money this album had the better songs on it. From the blistering opener "We Rock" this Album never lets up. Vivian Cambells playing on this album is simply flawless. A stunning demonstration of how good British metal guitar players could be. { Yes i no his Irish but he grew up listening to UK Metal/Rock ] He still has for my money one of the best guitar sounds. Dio`s Vocals are there usual brilliant self, actually there isn`t to much of the Dungeons & Dragons type lyrics on this album. [ unlike his later albums ]"The Last In Line" is still regarded as a classic track. "One Night In The City" has one of those great catchy hook filled chorus`s that you`ll find your self walking down the road singing weeks later !!! "Evil Eyes" has for me one of the finest guitar solos in a H/M song anywhere. "I Speed At Night" has a wonderful power filled turn of speed to it. "Mystery" is one of those songs that people tend to overlook but when they hear it fined themselves singing along to it ! "Egypt" [ The Chains Are On] is Dio`s big ending number, reminicent of Rainbows "Stargazer" This is a must have album for my money. It`s one of those rare albums you put on & then leave to play right through to the end again & again !!
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