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Digitally remastered and expanded deluxe two CD edition of this 1985 album from the Metal maestro including bonus live recordings and b-sides plus an expanded booklet with notes by Malcolm Dome. Sacred Heart was 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". 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 .

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  • Audio CD (March 20, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal UK
  • ASIN: B006ZVCQJG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,737 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Fernando on April 1, 2012
Format: Audio CD
This edition of Sacred is remastered by Andy Pearce as are the other Dio 2012 deluxe releases, which means, unlike other Deluxe Editions out there, this one isn't simply a volume bloated re-release. Very fine, clean and detailed sound, but just a tad bright. Disc 2 has some wonderful goodies that alone make this worthy of the purchase. Live B-Sides from singles and the Intermission live album which was never commercially available in the US. The packaging is your standard for these editions, a wonderful foldout digipak and an informative booklet stuffed into one of the open flaps. Highly recommended edition if you have the cash. Tracklist below.

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

Disc 2

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
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By J. Wesley Townsend on August 7, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Sure, you could argue that Dio's style has remained fairly constant and he does not have a tendency to "grow" stylistically. But I know one thing for sure: this is one guy who knows how to make metal. On Sacred Heart, he cranks out 9 great metal tunes, and he makes it seem easy. The truth is, while these songs do not shock you with stunning originality, they still rock you to the core. This music is not emotionally moving, but that's not the point!! The point is that it is hard rock, and it does just that: it rocks hard.
The best song on the album is definitely the title track, "Sacred Heart." It is in the vein of the title tracks of his last two albums, "Holy Diver" and "Last in Line." It is a slower, more epic composition, and it dominates!!! Other highlights are "King of Rock and Roll" and "Another Lie." However, there is not one bad track on here.
The band is in top form, as usual. The new keyboardist, Claude Schnell, is pretty cool; his sounds add a whole new element to the band's music. Sometimes they sound downright evil: check out the main riff to "Like the Beat of a Heart." And of course, Vivian Campbell tears it up on guitar.
Dio is one of the great voices of metal. His music, his lyrics, and his voice are almost definitive of the entire genre. Although he has better albums (Holy Diver, Killing the Dragon), it still seems that he can do no wrong.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By mwreview on April 11, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Dio was my favorite metal vocalist in the 1980s and his was one of my favorite metal bands during that time. Still, I have to be more critical of this 1985 release than of his previous albums, and it appears a lot of fans agree. Sacred Heart cannot stand up to Holy Diver and The Last in Line. It is surprising to me that the album I consider to be Dio's best [Dream Evil] came out two years after this one. Some fans point to the use of keyboards as a reason to dislike this album. I don't mind keyboards/synthesizers in metal in fact, I like them (i.e. Iron Maiden's Somewhere in Time). Even the highly-touted The Last in Line included keyboards ("Mystery") albeit on one of its weakest tracks. I just don't think the music on Sacred Heart is that good. It doesn't rock as hard but it is not just that. I do not mind metal acts taking a softer approach, but the music here just seems stale to me. Even the best tracks off Sacred Heart do not blow me away with the possible exception of "Another Lie." I included my favorite Sacred Heart tracks on a Dio compilation tape, and always seem to fast-forward through most of them.

As with Dio's previous albums, he starts this one off with a heavy rocker. "King of Rock & Roll" is an awesome track. It sounds like it was recorded live with the roar of the crowd and the slightly-unpolished sound, but there is nothing on the album cover or insert that indicates if that was the case or if an audience was dubbed in. The reason I am reluctant to praise Sacred Heart because of this opening track is because the first version of this song I heard was off a 1986 various artist metal compilation tape entitled Heavy Metal Thunder. This version is definitely live and blows the album version out of the water.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Sellner on May 16, 2012
Format: Audio CD
This is a review for the new Deluxe Edition remaster of Dio's Sacred Heart. This remaster is outstanding. I always felt the production on the original version of this album was sub par. This one is crystal clear. I listened to it with audiophile headphones, and almost had tears in my eyes as i listened to it. Every instrument sounds clear and beautiful. Dio's vocals sound amazing. This blows away the Japan remaster from a few years ago. I have both, and the sound on this one is far superior to the Japan remaster. The bonus disc and overall packaging is great as well. I recommend this if you are a true Dio fan.
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