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Holy Dio - A Tribute To the Voice Of Metal : Ronnie-James Dio Import

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19 Songs from all Stages of Ronnie James Dio's Career, Covered by Bands Including Blind Guardian, Jag Panzer, Fates Warning, Gamma Ray, Yngwie Malmsteen, etc.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Don't Talk To Strangers - Blind Guardian
  2. Kill The King - Primal Fear
  3. Egypt - Doro
  4. Children Of The Sea - Jag Panzer
  5. Sign Of The Southern Cross - Fates Warning
  6. Rainbow Eyes - Catch The Rainbow
  7. "Long Live Rock ""N"" Roll - Gamma Ray
  8. Country Girl - Swino/Tgtgren
  9. Gates Of Babylon - Yngwie Malmsteem
  10. We Rock - Grave Digger
  11. Man On The Silver Mountain
  12. Holy Diver - Holy Mother
  13. Kill The King - Stratovarious
  14. Still I'm Mad - Axel Rudi Pell
  15. Heaven And Hell - Enola Gay
  16. Neon Knights - Steel Prophet
  17. Shame On The Night - Solitude Aeturnus
  18. The Last In Line - Destiny's End
  19. Temple Of The King - Angel Dust


Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 2, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Centu
  • ASIN: B00001ZTWO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #452,326 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Justin G. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 8, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I know tribute albums are a dime a dozen these days, and most of them are just not worth it, but every once in a while you come across a real winner. Holy Dio is perhaps the best tribute album ever. Instead of the usual cast of unemployed 80's metallers giving halfhearted performances (Paul Di'Anno and Steve Grimmet, I'm talking to you!), Holy Dio is chock full of A-list metal bands paying tribute to the mighty Ronnie James Dio.

Most of the bands on this album are traditional metal and power metal bands, but that is a given considering Dio's influence on that genre. The bands cover classic songs from Black Sabbath, Rainbow, and Dio, and do so with lots of style and energy. I'm sure it's blasphemous to say this, but Blind Guardian's version of "Don't Talk to Strangers" might just be better than the original!

This excellent (and much deserved) tribute to Dio is a must-have for Dio fans, power metal fans, and just metal fans in general. Some of these covers have appeared elsewhere, but having them all collected in one package (with terrific cover artwork, too) makes Holy Dio a great compilation.

Edition Notes: The single-disc version of Holy Dio features covers by Steel Prophet, Hammerfall, Destiny's End, Fates Warning, Gamma Ray, Doro, Jag Panzer, Blind Guardian, Axel Rudi Pell, Primal Fear, Solitude Aeturnus, Enola Gay, Angel Dust and Catch the Rainbow. There is also a 2-disc version that adds covers by Dan Swano, Yngwie Malmsteen, Grave Digger, Holy Mother and Stratovarius. If at all possible, you should try and track down the 2-disc version.
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This collection is about the clearest 5-star rater I have seen in years.

Top artists, top recording. There are guitar sounds on here that I haven't heard anywhere else. Fates Warning, Swino/Tgtgren and Primal Fear particularly shine.

Be sure to get the 2-CD version! It seems there is a 1-CD version floating around where we Americans get protected from music we won't like. But it is missing "Country Girl" which is one of the best works on here.
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Talk about an ambitious project, trying to cover the music of the God of rock is not something that anyone can do. These bands really do a pretty good job. Holy Mother covered the Holy Grail of rock in Holy Diver and Holy crap did they nail it. I like every track because they are after all Dio songs, but I thought Egypt and Country Girl were done to the point where you could almost say they were within the bottom 10% of Dio standards. You could have Hanson, Color Me Badd and Aaron Carter cover Dio songs and they would be tolerable because even they couldn't totally screw up a Dio song, but they will never be close to Dio. I'm not even close to Dio and that is saying a lot. Burns and J-abs have Dio qualities, but they are not Dio either.

Dio sets a standard you as the reader have no chance of achieving. Sure, you may sit in your basement, give yourself a receding hairline and scream into your microphone, but you are not Dio. You still have a part time jobs at Burger King and your manager yells at you because you can't figure out the fry cooker. Just take Dio for what he is, a mark you can't achieve. These artists try, but it's freakin Dio.
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By A Customer on June 16, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Dio's tribute is one of all best tribute in the world.Holy Dio may be compared to Nativity in Black - Sabbath's tribute.This double cd album have the actually best band's in world: Blind Guardian, Yngwie Malmsteem,Stratovarious and Gamma Ray.Every Heavy Metal fan's may buy this tribute. Nothing more to say: Holy Dio is simply the best.
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By A Customer on June 16, 2000
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THIS TRIBUTE IS THE BEST OF ALL DIO'S TRIBUTE. NEON KNIGHTS, HEAVEN AND HELL AND THE LAST IN LINE ARE THE BEST TRACKS. MALMSTEEN IS JUST THE BEST PLAYER IN THIS TRIBUTE. NOTHING MORE TO SAY. HOLY DIO IS JUST THE BEST!
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