A Decade Of Dio: 1983-1993
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Audio CD, Box set, July 22, 2016
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Follow Dio through the band's early years with A DECADE OF DIO: 1983-1993, a new box set that brings together their first six studio albums, each featuring newly remastered sound.
Holy Diver (1983)
The Last In Line (1984)
Sacred Heart (1985)
Dream Evil (1987)
Lock Up The Wolves (1990)
Strange Highways (1993)
This 6CD set will come housed in boxes featuring new artwork by Marc Sasso, who was responsible for many of the band's iconic covers.
Ronnie James Dio's sinister howl and wicked songcraft bewitched hard rock fans in the Seventies and Eighties during his memorable stints with Elf, Rainbow, and Black Sabbath. In 1983, the singer formed his own band, launching a successful solo career that led to 10 studio albums and sales of more than 10 million records around the world.
After two albums with Black Sabbath, Ronnie James Dio left in 1982 and formed Dio with fellow Sabbath band mate Vinny Appice on drums. The group s platinum-selling debut Holy Diver arrived in 1983 and is now revered as a heavy metal masterpiece, including two songs that would become rock signatures: the title track and the epic Rainbow In The Dark.
The band returned the following year with The Last In Line (1984), which became the band s second platinum seller and included the single Mystery, as well as We Rock, a song the band often used to close its shows. Sacred Heart (1985) achieved gold certification and introduced fans to the concert staple Rock n Roll Children. Dio s fourth studio album, Dream Evil (1987) included the singles All The Fools Sailed Away and I Could Have Been A Dreamer.
In the Nineties, the group released two more stellar studio albums. Lock Up The Wolves arrived in 1990 and featured the single Hey Angel and rocking title track. Following a brief reunion with Black Sabbath in 1992, Dio returned with Strange Highways in 1993. The album featured future fan favorites like Jesus, Mary and The Holy Ghost, Evilution, and the title track.
Although Ronnie James Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer in 2010, his towering voice and legacy live on. The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, co-founded by Wendy Dio, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable fund dedicated to supporting cancer-prevention research, raising awareness and educating the public about the vital importance of early detection and prevention when dealing with this deadly disease.
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What’s here? – a nice 6 disc, easily portable and solid sounding collection of the most noteworthy decade of Dio’s solo work neatly packaged in a solid cardboard box with shimming new artwork. Yes, these discs are worth obtaining because I actually prefer the mastering here when compared to previous versions. They do err on the side of treble, but I would argue that these were actually set up for the vinyl set coming in October which will likely be digital to vinyl based off these remasters. That should sound amazing based on the nature of vinyl where the bass is really much more difficult to control – a little over on the treble here goes a long way to balancing things out with the vinyl. I like that we have original releases without the extraneous bonus material, which again sets things up nicely for replica vinyl remasters – faithful to the originals in artwork and inserts. The newly (and never before remastered) versions of LUTW and Strange Highways are just icing on the cake.
What’s lacking? – while the box is sturdy, the cardboard sleeves are weak – but this was not unexpected given the Rhino history of boxset reissues. And the paper inserts are pretty lame – would have been better to leave them out (like with Last in Line) and only include them with the vinyl versions. One of mine (Sacred Heart) was actually crinkled. The budget price excludes the availability of full lyric sheets, but a booklet with liner notes might have been a nice consideration. I get it – this isn’t a collector’s edition with a high end price tag. Perhaps the vinyl versions will improve on this (maybe, maybe not). Regardless, I suspect this music will sound even better in that format.
Who is this for? – For those who have never experienced Dio, this is a perfect set. For die-hard fans wanting a preview of the vinyl soon to be released, you can’t lose out on this given the portability and price (even if you own most or all of these in other formats). Die hard collectors, on the other hand, will probably want to pass on this and wait on the vinyl set.
The set contains six fantastic albums wrapped in cardboard sleeves each with a small paper insert (with the exeption of The Last In Line). Packaging is subjective and I think this Decade set is passable without being stunning. In contrast, the Deluxe editions of Holy Diver, Last In Line & Sacred Heart all have 2 CD's (the remastered album plus bonuses), extensive liner notes and each album is remastered using various source tapes.
I would have loved some extra liner notes or remastering notes for the Decade Of Dio set however one can only presume Rhino music only have a limited amount of money for this package.
In regards to the sound - many of the earlier albums I own on cassette tape so the change to remastered versions CD is a very large step up in sound quality. Some feel the new mixes are 'hot' or whatever; there are 24K gold remaster CD's of the first two albums and aforementioned 'Deluxe Edition' remasters of the first three albums (available from Amazon UK) as well as various Japanese reissues available that one can compare this release too. All I can say is that I like what I hear on the CD's in the Decade box set when played through my Yamaha A-S1100 and Paradigm Studio 40's.
Overall a great set of CD's that are well worth a purchase if you're a fan of Dio or great music.