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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the great lost metal albums
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...
Published on 19 Jan. 2001

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3.0 out of 5 stars not bad, but no Holy Diver
For me Holy Diver is one of the greatest metal albums ever and a must own for any metal/dio fan. I didn't buy any other dio albums for a long time after purchasing that because i assumed nothing else could possibly be that good. This is the second album from Dio featuring vivianne campbell on guitar. As an album in its own right its also good, but it understandably can...
Published on 3 Feb. 2013 by P. Fleming


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4.0 out of 5 stars A+ album but disappointing bonus tracks, 12 Dec. 2012
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Disc one of this 2 disc set is fantastic. No complaints there. This album has the power to stand toe to toe with some of Ronnie James Dio's best albums like holy diver, heaven and hell and Long Live Rock 'n' Roll.

My only issue is with disc 2:
1. "Eat Your Heart Out" (Live B-side from "Mystery" single)
Hard Rocking live track. Solid Performance and solid mix
2. "Don't Talk to Strangers" (Live B-side from "Mystery" single)
This is a rare look at a track that the Dio band did not play very often. Solid
3. "Holy Diver" (Live B-side from "We Rock" single)
Good track. Pretty rough. Only disappointment is this is from the Dio at Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987 set.
4. "Rainbow in the Dark" (Live B-side from "We Rock" single)
Same with this track. This is also from the Dio at Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987
5. "One Night in the City" (Live at Pinkpop Festival, Geleen)
6. "We Rock" (Live at Pinkpop Festival, Geleen)
7. "Holy Diver" (Live at Pinkpop Festival, Geleen)
8. Untitled (Ritchie Blackmore/Dio) (Live at Pinkpop Festival, Geleen)
9. "Heaven & Hell" (Live at Pinkpop Festival, Geleen)
10. "Rainbow in the Dark" (Live at Pinkpop Festival, Geleen)
11. "Man on the Silver Mountain" (Live at Pinkpop Festival, Geleen)
12. "Don't Talk to Strangers" (Live at Pinkpop Festival, Geleen)
Tracks 5-12 are my real disappointments. Solid performance but terrible quality. Videos of this Pinkpop performance are out there and seem to have a lot better sound quality than this. almost sounds like it was ripped from a vinyl not a master tape for this release. very disappointed.
It was worth the buy for disc one but do not expect to be blown away by disc 2
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rock Legend, 21 Jan. 2013
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Ronnie James Dio was in my opinion the greatest voice in rock / metal music of his generation. This album is the follow-up to the superb Holy Diver and stands in its own right as a collection of excellent rock tracks including the title track, the anthemic "We Rock", "One Night In The City" and more radio friendly / mainstream songs like "Mystery". The album ends with the epic "Egypt (The Chains Are On)". A great addition to any rock collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DIO re-mastered and this cd is a must for every fan with some great extra tracks, 29 Jun. 2014
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THIS A MUST TO HAVE , DIO re-mastered and this cd is a must for every fan with some great extra tracks .
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5.0 out of 5 stars So deserving of the deluxe mastering., 4 April 2014
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A lifetime Dio fan still bounded by the sheer classness and exquisition of this album;- now entering it's third decade and 30th year anniversary of existence, "The last in line" is musically and presentably, a Dio's finest work. The first track off the album is the crowd teaser "We rock" which is followed up by a brilliant title track; a quality found in "Breathless", and a truly razorlight shiftiness of "I speed at night". This continues with a simply poetic brilliance of "One night in the city", a freakish "Evil eyes", a humourous (if slightly unspectacular) "Mystery" a quirkiness of "Eat your heart out" which is then rounded off nicely with the tapestry of "Egypt (the chains are on)".

So a definitively classic album which has swifly gone under the "musical knife" to result in this dual & double gatefold deluxe digipak. An honest and preserved artwork, a new and expanded booklet with extra pictures not found on the original CD compliments a bonus disc, presenting a collection of live b-sides and a live concert of Pinkpop from 1984, which I haven't been able to hear up until this point:- so quite a nice extra to finish of with. Soundwise, there is a slight improvement from the original CD, but I am happy that dynamic squashing has been refrained from; and, a natural and more reflective studio sound has been pursued for instead.

Basically, if you got a few spare quid lying around and you might fancy upgrading, or investing in a CD copy of such a great and timeless album as "The last in line" I'd give you the green light. Artwork is immaculately pressed and it looks great as it always has done. Unquestionably, a great purchase of a Dio and metal all-time classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars RJD at his best, 16 Sept. 2013
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A great lot of fans would choose Holy Diver as their favourite but I would to be different and choose Last in Line as mine. The great man could give his voice such superb variations on both the title track and Egypt.
The second CD of Live tracks Is a mass of Ronnie James at his marvellous best, Eat Your Heart out, Don't talk to Strangers, Holy Diver and Rainbow in the Dark are Bonus Tracks then comes the Pinkpop Festival tracks. An absolutely superb CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece, 12 Jun. 2008
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Wonderful guitar riffs and the powerful voice of Ronnie James Dio makes this album one of the greatest ever.

Starting with the heaviest song "We rock" and ending with the softer melody "Egipt - The Chains are on" its a great pleasure to hear this album.Bands like these come once in a lifetime.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Dio Remastered, 4 April 2012
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Whisper it but this might actually be better than HOLY DIVER!,back in the day i was torn as to which was better,so i settled for a draw,over the years i have leaned slightly towards this release.

Released originally in '84,a superb album living up the class and expectation any release featuring Ronnie James Dio should have.

The remaster(again by Andy Pearce) is a superior sound to the original cd release,clearer,sharper a definite improvement,bona fide classics include the title track,'We Rock','One Night In The City' and the superlative 'Eygpt The Chains Are On'

Disc 2 contains several b'sides and a rough and ready set from 'Pink Pop' 1984 making this an essential purchase once more

As with the Holy Diver reissue it comes with excellent booklet plus decent liner notes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!, 27 April 2014
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Great cd from a great performer!! Have seen him perform in concert! Ronnie James Dio is a great loss to the music world!
Recommend to all who appreciate good music!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dio, 19 Jun. 2014
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What can i say , he was amazing , what a voice , by far a classic , you won't be upset if you buy this cd .
God we will miss this guy , he was one of the best .
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a Legend, 17 Jun. 2014
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Why don't they make music like this any more, what a brilliant album this is, can never have enough of playing it.God bless you Dio.
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