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  • Audio CD (October 3, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: October 3, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00004YLGU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By R. Gorham on January 23, 2001
Format: Audio CD
THE BAND (over the years): Ronnie James Dio (vocals, keyboards), Vivian Campbell (guitar), Tracy Grijalva (guitar), Craig Goldie (guitar), Rowan Robertson (guitar), Jimmy Bain (bass), Jeff Pilson (bass), Teddy Cook (bass), Claude Schnell (keyboards), Jens Johansson (keyboards), Vinny Appice (drums), Simon Wright (drums).

THE DISC: (2000) 16 tracks in chronological order clocking in at approximately 78 minutes. Included with the disc is an 18-page booklet containing a 15-page band intro with numerous photos, song titles/credits, what songs came from which albums, and original album cover artwork of each of Dio's releases over the years. This compilation covers the Dio solo years from 1983-94. Digitally remastered sound. Label - Warner Bros / Rhino.

ALBUM REPRESENTATION: Holy Diver (4 songs), Last In Line (3), Sacred Heart (4), Intermission (1 - live), Dream Evil (2), Lock Up The Wolves (1), Strange Highways (1).

COMMENTS: A great compilation here, though far from complete. A double-disc would have been better suited to cover these solo albums (there is a double-disc collection called "Stand Up & Shout - The Dio Anthology" 2003 with 29 tracks - but, it covers his entire career including Elf and Black Sabbath). Every track on "Beast" is deserving... except perhaps "Man On A Silver Mountain" which is a song written by Dio when he was with Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow (a great song, but just seems oddly out of place here)... but at only two-and-a-half minutes long, it's forgivable. I noticed three questionable calls here, in 1. - no songs from "Angry Machines" (1996) or "Magica" (2000). "The Beast Of Dio" was released in October of 2000, and "Magica" was released in March of 2000... so it was possible to include something from "Magica" here.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Tim Brough VINE VOICE on March 11, 2005
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Ronnie James Dio was recently given an entitlement all his own in a heavy metal magazine, when they were profiling genres of 80's metal. They christened Dio with the phrase "Dragon Rock" and praised his solo debut "Holy Diver" as an album worthy of a category all its own. When listening to this collection of Ronnie James Dio's namesake band, it's easy to hear why he rates such a plaudit. His voice is so completely unique in rock, that it deserves to be mentioned along with such other perfect metal/rock voices like Ozzy Osbourne, Robert Plant and Rob Halford.

It made those first two Dio albums, "Holy Diver" and "Last In Line" 80's must haves. After splitting from latter day Black Sabbath once he'd given them a commercial shot in the arm, Dio teamed up with axe-hero Vivian Campbell and mustered two albums worth of anthemic, dark rock. His band also contained one of the all time great drummers, Vinnie Appice. It made for powerful sounding music, which found the core band in peak form through the first three albums and such classics as "Hungry For Heaven" and "Rainbow In The Dark," and also those three albums' title tracks.

Unfortunately, after Campbell's departure, the albums became a little spotty, and with the advent of hair metal and (by the time of 1994's "Strange Highways") grunge, dated sounding. Several of the better cuts make up "The Beast's" final four, though I would have wished for "Lock Up The Wolves'" titular song. But for 16 tracks of some of the best singing and playing the 80's had to offer, Ronnie James Dio and "The Beast Of Dio" deliver some of the genre's finest.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Will Culp on June 23, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Released October 3rd, 2000, The Beast of Dio was the first domestically available compilation for Dio, second if you count the German Import Diamonds.
Ronnie James Dio. That name has been in music for over 40 years, When Dio got his start in a local band called the Electric Elves, later changed to Elf. After doing to albums with Elf, R. J. Dio left Elf to concentrate on harder rock, instead of the folky stuff he was doing, so joining up with Ritchie Blackmore, guitarist of Deep Purple, Dio and Blackmore formed Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, better known as Rainbow. Dio's popularity rose enormously as a vocalist while in Rainbow, and after only four albums with Rainbow, Dio joined the legendary Black Sabbath. There he recorded Heaven And Hell and Mob Rules, often praised as some of Black Sabbath's best records. After a dispute over the live album Live Evil, R. J. Dio left the band to begin a solo band. With Dio on vocals, ex-Rainbow bassist Jimmy Bain and ex-Black Sabbath drummer Vinny Appice, in addition to ex-Sweet Savage guitar shredder Vivian Campbell, Dio was set to rock the world! As the 80's went by, Dio released such critically acclaimed albums such as Holy Diver, The Last in Line, Sacred Heart, and Dream Evil, and as the new millennium came, Dio is still making music to this day! So how does The Beast of Dio, a compilation of the Mercury/Reprise label years, hold up? Read on to find out!
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-IN CHRONILOGICAL ORDER- Unlike most compilations, The Beast of Dio is in order so you can see the growth and changes of Dio.
-YOU GET ALL THE BIG HITS IF YOU'RE A CASUAL FAN- When you get the Beast of Dio, you can be expecting such radio hits as "Holy Diver", "Rainbow in the Dark", and "The Last In Line".
-MANY UNDERRATED MASTERPIECES ARE HERE!
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