- Audio CD (12 Mar. 2012)
- Deluxe Edition edition
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Deluxe Edition, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
- Label: UMC
- ASIN: B006ZVCQJG
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- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
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Sacred Heart Deluxe Edition, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
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Released in October 1985 Sacred Heart is Dio's third studio album. It is one of Dio's most well-known albums, including singles such as "Sacred Heart", "Rock N' Roll Children" and "Hungry For Heaven". The accompanying stageshow was a spectacle involving a mechanised dragon and laser effects. This was the last Dio album to include guitarist Vivian Campbell, who went on to join several other bands, most notably Def Leppard, Riverdogs, Whitesnake, and Thin Lizzy.
This new two-cd deluxe edition comes with the never before released on CD intermission as well as assorted B-side recorded at the time, an expanded booklet with notes by Malcolm Dome and is endorsed by Ronnie’s widow Wendy.
Top customer reviews
Highlights the classic title track,2 perfect heavy rock anthems 'Rock n Roll Children/King of Rock n Roll' and the superb 'Fallen Angels',the rest decent but a bit of a rehash of what went before.
Previously i would have given 3 stars but the deluxe edition scores an extra star for disc 2,as we get some live b sides,non album track but special kudos for the inclusion of the complete 'intermission' mini live album from 1986,a superb touch
Packaging excellent agian decent photos/liner notes and once again a definite upgrade in the sound from earlier cd releases,clearer without being too 'bright'
So thats three excellent released to make an old rocker happy,thanx to the kids for the birthday presents,ha ha,they do listen after all!!!
Disc 1 (Original remastered album)
01. King of Rock and Roll
02. Sacred Heart
03. Another Lie
04. Rock 'n' Roll Children
05. Hungry for Heaven
06. Like the Beat of a Heart
07. Just Another Day
08. Fallen Angels
09. Shoot Shoot
01. Hide in the Rainbow (Studio track, originally on the soundtrack to the movie Iron Eagle)
02. We Rock (Live B-Side from Rock N Roll Children Single)
03. The Last in Line (Live B-Side from Rock N Roll Children Single)
04. Like the Beat of a Heart (Live B-Side from Hungry For Heaven Single)
Intermission (Live At The Sports Arena San Diego, CA, USA 6th December 1985)
05. King of Rock & Roll
06. Rainbow in the Dark
07. Sacred Heart
08. Time to Burn
09. Rock N Roll Children / Long Live Rock N Roll / Man on the Silver Mountain (Medley)
10. We Rock
The album may not feature trademark-Daemon Murray on the art work (like on the band's first, second and fourth albums) but don't let that lead you to expect anything from the band that you didn't want or expect. Sacred Heart takes the formula of the first two albums pretty strictly, giving you exactly what you want from Dio... hard and heavy rock/metal music with fantasy themes, big guitar solos and the voice which separates Ronnie James Dio himself from the crowd.
This was the last Dio album to feature Northern Irish guitarist Vivian Campbell and some people say that his playing isn't as good here as on the first two albums, but to my ears his performance is great and the guitar solos on the album are strong and, crucially, memorable.
In a move similar to Heart's 'Cook With Fire,' the album opener 'King Of Rock And Roll,' is inexplicably either live or live in the studio with crowd noise on top (not explained in the notation) but luckily the performance is absolutely incendiary... especially on drums, Vinnie Appice absolutely destroys his drum kit in one of the most energetic performances I've ever heard... it isn't even overly flashy but he plays the absolute hell out of the kit and proves himself years ahead of his time, with a modern approach to drumming that wasn't necessarily present on a lot of early 80s music. Incidentally, aforementioned track is one of the best songs Dio ever released.
The rest of the album, back in studio recording territory, is equally good. The music is a little more keyboard driven than the band's first two albums (perhaps keyboardist Claude Schnell had integrated into the band more at this point), but still has a hard, rock centric attitude and plenty of interesting and memorable riffs.
All the early Dio albums had at least one foray into 80s commercial territory, and Sacred Heart is no different, with 'Hungry For Heaven,' and 'Shoot Shoot,' adding some diversity to the trademark Dio sound. Some listeners may care to skip these tracks for not being heavy enough or their slightly cheesy keyboard sounds, but I find them to fit quite well with the heavier and faster material, providing contrast.
To summarise, Sacred Heart is a great album and if you enjoyed any other Dio album then you really ought to check out Sacred Heart too; more lyrical references to rainbows, more guitar solos and generally great songs... what more could a Dio fan possibly want ?
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