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Good idea ruined by over indulgent solos,
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This review is from: Holy Diver Live (Audio CD)"Holy Diver Live"? The original 1983 album "Holy Diver" is truely one of the greatest Heavy Metal albums of all time. Here, Dio has jumped on the bandwagon of performing classic albums in their entirety. Although exciting in theory, often this concept doesn`t work as some songs are not written to be perfomed, either because they have instrumentation that is tricky to reproduce or they are viewed as filler. It also doesn`t help when you stick a lengthy drum solo in the middle of the song "Gypsy" and an even longer guitar break in "Shame on the night". It breaks the momentum of the concert and ruins the concept of performing the album. Why not put them both in the middle of "Heaven and hell", which is where thay usually appear?
The second CD is a run through of the rest of Dio`s classic career, four from his Rainbow career, one each from his "classic" Sabbath albums and two from "The last in line". Interestingly nothing since 1985 appears here even though the band has recorded at least six studio albums since then. The performances are very good from a journeyman band including guitarist Doug Aldrich, bassist Rudy Sarzo and drummer Simon Wright. The only song that sounds laboured is "Gates of Babylon", which is far too slow and plods along with the band sounding as if they could blow it at any second. Dio`s vocals are great for a man of his age.
This collection is full of excellent set pieces and classic metal tracks. They have messed with the running order of the show, the "Holy Diver" part was originally in the middle of the set, here they have made it the first CD. I think I would have prefered the concert the way it was performed, the drum and guitar solos have spoilt the idea of the original running order anyway. A very good, but not classic, live album.