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Dream Evil

Dream Evil

20 Jul 1987
4.4 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 20 July 1987
  • Release Date: 1 July 1994
  • Label: Universal Music Group International
  • Copyright: ℗© 1987 PolyGram International B.V.
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  • Total Length: 43:59
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  • ASIN: B007YS2MAM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,282 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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A classic heavy metal album from the great singer Dio.
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Great Dio album
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I am a big DIO fan i like all his albums
even this album DREAM EVIL
the sound is a bit different from his previous 3 albums
cause each track has elements from the RAINBOW sound so it does sound a bit more heavy
similar to Rainbow from the 70'S it says so in the new liner notes in this Deluxe edition
i guess that is why this album wasn't a massive success when it was released back in 1987
but so what, from a fans point of view i love the sound of the album

before this Deluxe edition was released, this album was only available from an original cd pressing
which sounded terrible
this Deluxe edition has the original album Digital remastered for enhanced sound quality
so it does sound much better than the first cd release

Disc 2 has the LIVE concert from Donington 1987,
the same concert released on the 2 Disc Donington UK CD back 3 years ago 2010
which i already have, so there is nothing new there
you can still get the 2 Disc Donington concerts on amazon uk or amazon.com

the booklet is Great, there is recent interviews with the Guitarist from the album
talking about the Making of the album etc, very interesting reading for any DIO fan

so the only reason for buying this Deluxe edition version of Dream evil
is cause the whole album has been Digital remastered for enhanced audio quality like i said
better quality than the Original cd release

still a really Good DIO album in my opinion,
definitely time for an upgrade if you only have the original cd pressing
worth the money to get the Deluxe edition
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Dio's fourth solo effort is markedly a departure from the last three in style. Although the format largely follows the same pattern of its predecessors (opening out and out rocker, followed by the title track and with the keyboard layered single sitting roughly where 'Rainbow In The Dark' did on 'Holy Diver' and 'Mystery' did on 'The Last In Line') the sound is much more seventies in style, almost Rainbow esque in places, and a lot more bluesy - this may simply be down to the introduction of guitar wizard Craig Goldie on guitar duties (it is most noticeable on the title track which trades heavily on the riff from Man on The Silver Mountain or on Overlove). From Dio's perspective the delivery is darker and more melancholic than on previous offerings but the result is an album that is streets ahead of the stodgy, ponderous and rather lacklustre Sacred Heart which precedes it. However it is not at the stratospheric level of the magnificent and consistent 'The Last in Line', which is Dio's post Sabbath high water mark, or say Sabbath's Heaven and Hell.

Highlights are the pulsating and jabbing opener 'Night People', the reflective and emotionally tinged `All the Fools Sailed Away' and the mandatory key board infused single `I Could Have Been A Dreamer'. 'Sunset Superman' also has a peculiar charm, despite it's baffling title, and 'Naked in the Rain' comes closest to the grander style of 'The Last In Line'.

On the down side the production is a little stiff and unfocussed, the keyboards sound as if they are being played with Claude Schnell's fist and the drumming is surprisingly pedestrian (by Appice standards). Unfortunately, like Sacred Heart, the whole piece fizzles out with the two weakest songs at the end, both hampered by notably weak choruses.
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Having already purchased "Holy Diver", "The Last In Line" & "Sacred Heart", I was very excited when I got the email from amazon about the release of Dio's "Dream Evil" as a "Deluxe Version". The first 3 titles had, in my opinion, all lived up to the "Deluxe Version" billing, however, to say that I am disappointed with "Dream Evil" is an understatement. I played Disc 1 back to back with the original, and although it sounds "cleaner" (for want of a better word), there's not to choose much between the two. Disc 2 is a huge disappointment, to say the least! Bonus tracks?? Pah!!! The live tracks are the MoR 1987 gig, already available as Disc 2 of the "Dio at Donnington" live album. Throwing in the "single edit" of "I Could Have Been A Dreamer" and "Hide In The Rainbow" from the "Dio EP" stinks of pure lack of thought. Are you seriously trying to convince me that there are not other live tracks or alternative version of the orignal album avavilable somewhere? Come on!! Treat the memory of one of Heavy Metals true legends with a bit more respect!!
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By Kingcrimsonprog TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 July 2011
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Dio's fourth album Dream Evil is the last studio album to feature Claude Schnell and the first to feature gutiarist Craig Goldy (previously of Rough Cutt, but not at the same time as Claude.) Craig ably and deftly handles guitar duties and although his style is slightly different to previous guitarist Vivian Campbell, fits into the overall Dio sound perfectly.

Dream Evil is a bit of an interesting one, in that some fans say it isn't as good as the first three (or two in some cases) albums and some say that it is great and the last good Dio album. Personally I find Dream Evil to be everything I want in a Dio album, I think it is strong and well written, I like the general style and the majority of the songs are up there with the best Dio has to offer.

I will admit that there are one or two songs that seem a tad weak or generic when listening to the album from beginning to end, but which are fine in isolation. Still, the album contains tracks like 'Sunset Superman,' 'Dream Evil,' and 'All The Fools Sailed Away,' that no right minded Dio fan could ignore, some of the best material the band put out and essential for any best of compilation.

The only real problem I can find with Dream Evil is that the production (largely because of the keyboard sound) has dated somewhat, which may be a problem for some fans who only like Dio's harder and heavier material... but the band slowly introduced keyboards more and more over the previous three albums and it just feels like the logical progression here.
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