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5.0 out of 5 stars
Finally, a decent live record of Dio in their prime!, 19 Nov. 2010
It was about time that these shows got an official release. While they aren't the complete recordings of either concert (about 2 songs from each are omitted) they are fine records of two outstanding performances. The sound is good and clean on both discs but not so much that they loose the feel of a live recording from an outdoor festival. The crowd atmosphere is kept intact without infringing - and it should be noted how well received Dio were on both occasions, especially as these were large crowds with mixed tastes (Bon Jovi, through ZZ Top to Metallica were on these bills). And as was the norm for Dio shows, there is some wonderful crowd participation - and it's impossible not to join in!!
There is clearly a split between peoples preferences of the two performances (I narrowly prefer the 87 show as that was when I discovered Dio's music as a teen) but there is no doubt that whether you prefer the freshness and energy of '83 or the pace and medleys of '87, it's worth the money for either disc alone.
With the music comes a couple of access all area passes for the events - which are ok but I'm not sure if they will excite many of Dio's fans given our average age. And the included booklet is sadly short on photo's and contains a very unenlightening set of liner notes by Dante Bonutto where he even manages to get the name of Dio's Sacred Heart stage dragon wrong. I'm sure it was called Denzil but Dante calls it Derek or something.
Just one last point regarding mention of this possibly being the start of a `cash in' following his sad death; who cares if it is? (Which it isn't as it was in progress before his death) At the end of the day, if the material posthumously released is of quality and not repetitive that's fine with me. You don't have to buy it but I would buy a dozen live releases of Dio's as there have been few better live acts - ever!