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Very Beast of Dio [CD]

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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.

He was born on July 10, 1942 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and raised in upstate New York and once said that he would have preferred playing for the ... Read more in Amazon's Dio Store

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  • Audio CD (October 3, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: October 3, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00004YLGU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,101 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
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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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of rock's finest vocalists unleashes a "Beast" 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beast Of The Beast October 9, 2000
By Peter
Format:Audio CD
Ronnie James Dio might very well be the greatest heavy metal singer of all time. Sure, the younger singers like David Lee Roth and Vince Neil were more popular back then, and no one is as infamous as Ozzy, but Dio outranked them all in terms of passion and power. His music is life affirming, despite all the dark, evil imagery. The fact that Rhino collected his greatest songs on one disc is just as affirming. It's too bad there isn't a complete overview of Ronnie's career including his legendary Black Sabbath and Rainbow material. Regardless though, this CD is still a must-have for anyone curious about Dio or classic 1980's heavy metal. I truly envy the person hearing the brilliant and magical 'Rainbow In The Dark' for the first time.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beast of a compilation... June 23, 2004
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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!
-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".
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"Feel the magic" Dio will never be dead to me
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5.0 out of 5 stars The man was a genius and we're all worse off for him leaving us too...
What can you say about Ronnie James Dio? The man was a genius and we're all worse off for him leaving us too soon. Read more
Published 1 month ago by THE KID
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Published 1 month ago by carol s saul
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of songs
Bought it to add to my collection. Can never go wrong with Dio.
Published 3 months ago by Sergio Magdaleno
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very good!
Published 3 months ago by carlos esparza
5.0 out of 5 stars It's closed!
Always loved DIO and this assortment of his hits is great! Well worth it for any DIO fan. Much easier then buying all of his old albums. :-)
Published 7 months ago by B. Sala
3.0 out of 5 stars Dio - Great If You Just Want The Hits
The late great Ronnie James Dio is my favorite vocalist of all time. I got to see him live several times with Dio and once with Black Sabbath. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Steven Sly
1.0 out of 5 stars this junk is classic ?,
First of all, I should state that I have a high IQ, do not smoke pot, do not worship Satan, don't drink, do not smoke and despise metal. Did I mention that I despise metal? Read more
Published 9 months ago by Bartok Kinski
5.0 out of 5 stars christmas gift
can't say i have ever listened to the band dio but got it for my brother in law for christmas. arrived in plenty of time with speedy shipping. thanks.
Published 9 months ago by stephen j ulmer jr.
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