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The grand wizard of classic rock. A poet of hope for the downtrodden. The single most important vocal technician in the history of heavy metal. All of these accolades have been garlanded upon the royal roar known as Ronnie James Dio.

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  • Audio CD (January 1, 1987)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino Flashback
  • ASIN: B001AUKUTU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,153 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Night People
2. Dream Evil
3. Sunset Superman
4. All the Fools Sailed Away
5. Naked in the Rain
6. Over Love
7. I Could Have Been a Dreamer
8. Faces in the Window
9. When a Woman Cries

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Ronnie James Dio outdoes himself on this album.
Gene Kodadek
Dream Evil is one of the best Dio albums - his songwriting is arguably at its peak on this record.
J. Wesley Townsend
If you are a metal fan or a hardrock fan then you must own this album!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By mwreview on April 11, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I became a metalhead in the late 1980s and immediately became a fan of Ronnie James Dio. Dream Evil (1987) was the first Dio album I bought and it was and remains one of my favorite metal albums of all-time. In fact, it is definitely in my top 3. I went on to buy Dio's back catalog of albums, but Dream Evil is still the best. Dio's previous albums are great, of course, but there are at least one of two weak tracks on them: "Mystery" and "Eat Your Heart Out" on The Last in Line, maybe "Shame on the Night" off Holy Diver, and, let's face it, several tracks off Sacred Heart. Dream Evil is absolutely solid! Every track is awesome! When I make Dio compilation tapes, it is difficult to decide which Dream Evil tracks to leave off.

The best of the best are the powerful title track, the adrenaline-driving "Faces in the Window" and the beautiful epic track "All the Fools Sailed Away." The latter was a single with a cool, dark, nautical video complete with bon fires, spooky sailing ship, skeletons in a lifeboat, and Ronnie and the boys looking great in their classic frilly shirts and jackets. "I Could Have Been a Dreamer," another excellent track, also offered a rarely-seen video. "Naked in the Rain" is another favorite of mine. The line: "Two children, guns loaded, take aim and blow all the dreams away" is my favorite part of the track. It is musically, and lyrically very powerful. The use of keyboards in "When a Woman Cries" really makes the last track unique. So I do not sound like a sycophant, I will give one criticism: "Sunset Superman" is extremely repetitive at the end. Other than this one gripe, Dream Evil is just about perfect. If you only have Dio's first two more well-known releases, and somehow missed out on Dream Evil, get it now! It will not disappoint!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Wesley Townsend on May 12, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Dream Evil is one of the best Dio albums - his songwriting is arguably at its peak on this record. Several of the songs, including "Night People", "Overlove", and the title track "Dream Evil", are among Dio's best ever. The best song by far, however, is "All the Fools Sailed Away". This song is amazing! The synths in the chorus are so powerful, it is such a good hook. I would buy this album just for that one song.
There are a couple things that could be better, though: one is the obvious absence of Vivian Campbell. Although the great Dio guitarist is not on the record, his replacement, Craig Goldie, is not half-bad. He actually tears it up pretty well. And the other two original members, Jimmy Bain and the awesome Vinny Appice, are still here of course! The other thing that is not too hot about the album is the production. Unlike the clean, sharp production of his earlier albums like Holy Diver and Last In Line, this one tries to go for a "heavier" type sound. Unfortunately, it is more muddled, and the bass at times is almost completely lost. Also, his voice sounds strange and distorted; that is one of the first things I noticed when I got it.
But, all in all, Dream Evil is a very strong record, with some amazing material. Even the filler is saved by a good hook here and there, and ALWAYS a great guitar solo!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By 1GR8MATEMB on July 6, 2013
Format: Audio CD
If quality and other tracks were included with a better mastering and a little more then it would be excellent. Well RJD and the band DIO you guys definitely ROCK !!!

1. Night People
2. Dream Evil
3. Sunset Superman
4. All the Fools Sailed Away
5. Naked in the Rain
6. Overlove
7. I Could Have Been a Dreamer
8. Faces in the Window
9. When a Woman Cries
10. Hide in the Rainbow (Dio EP)
11. I Could Have Been a Dreamer (Single Edit)
12. Dream Evil (Live, Donnington 8/22/87)
13. Neon Nights (Live)
14. Naked in the Rain (Live)
15. Rock & Roll Children (Live)
16. Long Live Rock & Roll (Live)
17. The Last In Line (Live)
18. Holy Diver (Live)
19. Heaven & Hell (Live)
20. Man on the Silver Mountain (Live)
21. All the Fools Sailed Away (Live)
22. The Last in Line (Reprise) (Live)
23. Rainbow in the Dark (Live)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tuco on October 24, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Great overlooked album by DIO - especially for those who like 'fast' Dio.

This review is to recommend the HARD N HEAVY 24 bit remaster release out of Japan. Yes, it is more expensive, but be assured that the remastered recording is VERY FAR SUPERIOR to the current and past US release they are pawning off for $5.00 NEW all over the place.

The US release is a tinny-sounding muffled, distorted, mess while the Hard n' Heavy Japan release (available here on Amazon) returns this recording to what it should have always been. Strong bass, clear cymbals and no muffled Ronnie vocals.

Usually I am not impressed enough by remasters to warrant the upgrade and extra bucks, but DREAM EVIL was a botched recording from the start and this Japan release sounds more like the standard set by the original Holy Diver/Last in Line CD releases.

Well worth the extra money for fans looking to appreciate this recording to the fullest!!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Justin G. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 26, 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Originally released in 1987, Dream Evil was the fourth full-length album from Dio, the band led by former Rainbow and Black Sabbath frontman (and all-around metal legend) Ronnie James Dio (R.I.P.). This was the first Dio album without guitarist Vivian Campbell, who was replaced (and quite ably too) by former Giuffria axeman Craig Goldy.

Dream Evil is a more than worthy continuation of the Dio legacy. As it happens, Goldy and Dio were a great combination, both in terms of songwriting and in the way their talents complemented each other. They carry forth the overall Dio sound while at the same time recapturing some of the magic of those early Rainbow albums. The album's first half went from high speed metal ("Night People") to metal anthem ("Dream Evil") to a mournful epic ("All the Fools Sailed Away") that could have come from Black Sabbath's Mob Rules. Only "Sunset Superman" stands out as a bit of a clunker. The second half isn't quite as strong, but the single "A Could Have Been a Dreamer" remains a fan favorite, and "Naked in the Rain" and "Faces in the Window" are just monster songs.

While it's not as influential as Holy Diver or Last in Line, it's hard to see Dream Evil as anything other than an essential heavy metal album. It's a timeless, powerful Dio album, and one with some of his most enduring songs. Dream Evil is a must-have for true Dio fans, and a definite "should have" for just about any fan of the classic heavy metal era.
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