A Tribute To Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
A diminutive yet larger than life and remarkably stalwart knight of the heavy metal round table who could silence a sold-out arena with a single note and then elicit a thunderous roar with the flash of a horned hand, the late Ronnie James Dio is as worthy of veneration as any metal god, and this 2014 tribute album, which was organized by his wife Wendy and raises money for his own Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, offers up 14 reasons why. Tribute albums can prove problematic, especially when they forgo emotional narrative for name recognition, or when participating artists spend too much time trying too hard to subvert the songs, but Ronnie James Dio: This Is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
A diminutive yet larger than life and remarkably stalwart knight of the heavy metal round table who could silence a sold-out arena with a single note and then elicit a thunderous roar with the flash of a horned hand, the late Ronnie James Dio is as worthy of veneration as any metal god, and this 2014 tribute album, which was organized by his wife Wendy and raises money for his own Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, offers up 14 reasons why. Tribute albums can prove problematic, especially when they forgo emotional narrative for name recognition, or when participating artists spend too much time trying too hard to subvert the songs, but Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life succeeds by remaining true to its source material. This approach can also backfire by descending into karaoke, but each cut here is delivered via the full-blooded ferocity of friends, family, and famous fans, so it never feels phoned in. In fact, some of the performances, like Anthrax's ferocious take on Black Sabbath's "Neon Knights" and Metallica's ambitious medley of "A Light in the Black," "Tarot Woman," "Stargazer," and "Kill the Kingare" are so dialed in that they induce whiplash -- even Tenacious D, who built a career albeit a comedy one out of unabashed Dio worship, spend less energy debasing "Last in Line" with a "Stairway to Heaven"-inspired recorder arrangement and more time delivering the meat of it like it was the closing song of a last chance battle of the bands set. Sure, there are some limp moments Rob Halford and a cast of past and present Dio members, despite their best efforts, just can't seem to locate the power source on "Man on the Silver Mountain", but for the most part, This Is Your Life rocks the fu#k out, and it's a testament to RJD's talents as a molten metal scribe that instead of sticking their necks out and screaming "hey, look at me!," everybody pretty much sticks with the program.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/1/2014
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 603497904518
  • Catalog Number: 541879
  • Sales rank: 17,743

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Neon Knights - Anthrax (4:28)
  2. 2 The Last In Line - Tenacious D (3:43)
  3. 3 The Mob Rules - Adrenaline Mob (3:17)
  4. 4 Rainbow In the Dark - Christian Martucci (4:24)
  5. 5 Straight Through the Heart - Halestorm (3:58)
  6. 6 Starstruck - Biff Byford (4:05)
  7. 7 The Temple of the King - Scorpions (4:37)
  8. 8 Egypt (The Chains Are On) - Doro (6:09)
  9. 9 Holy Diver - Killswitch Engage (4:09)
  10. 10 Catch the Rainbow - Scott Warren (6:41)
  11. 11 I - Rowan Robertson (5:30)
  12. 12 Man On the Silver Mountain - Scott Warren (5:17)
  13. 13 Ronnie Rising Medley: a Light In the Black/Tarot Woman/Stargazer/Kill t - Metallica (9:04)
  14. 14 This is Your Life - Ronnie James Dio (3:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Doro Pesch Vocals
Glenn Hughes Vocals
Craig Goldy Guitar
Vinny Appice Drums
Jimmy Bain Bass
Joey Belladonna Vocals
Frank Bello Bass
Charlie Benante Drums
Jack Black Vocals
Ronnie James Dio Vocals
Rob Halford Vocals
Kirk Hammett Guitar
James Hetfield Guitar, Vocals
Scott Ian Guitar
Matthias Jabs Guitar
Klaus Meine Vocals
Jeff Pilson Bass
Mike Portnoy Drums
Rudy Sarzo Bass
Corey Taylor Vocals
Lars Ulrich Drums
Doug Aldrich Guitar
Biff Byford Vocals
Russ Parrish Guitar
Robert Trujillo Bass
Brooks Wackerman Drums
Brian Tichy Drums
Mikkey Dee Drums
Oni Logan Vocals
Phil Campbell Guitar
Roy Mayorga Drums
Johnny Dee Drums
Rowan Robertson Guitar
Nick Douglas Bass
Lemmy Kilmister Vocals
Rob Caggiano Guitar
Adam Dutkiewicz Guitar, Vocals
Mike D'Antonio Bass
Joel Stroetzel Guitar
Russell Allen Vocals
Kyle Gass Recorder, Vocals
Mike Orlando Bass, Guitar
Bas Maas Guitar
Justin Foley Drums
John Spiker Bass
Lzzy Hale Guitar, Vocals
Joe Hottinger Guitar
Josh Smith Bass
John Konesky Guitar
Luca Princiotta Guitar
Simon Wright Drums
Rudolf Schenker Guitar
Arejay Hale Drums
Howard Jones Vocals
Scott Warren Piano, Keyboards, Hammond B3
Christian Martucci Guitar
Technical Credits
Ritchie Blackmore Composer
Vinny Appice Composer
Howard Benson Producer
Geezer Butler Composer
Vivian Campbell Composer
Wyn Davis Producer, Engineer
Paul DeCarli Engineer, Digital Editing
Ronnie James Dio Composer, Producer
Wendy Dio Executive Producer, Management
Tony Iommi Composer
Bob Kulick Producer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Jeff Pilson Producer
Eddy Schreyer Mastering
Corey Taylor Producer
Stephanie Taylor Management
Mike Plotnikoff Producer, Engineer
Kent Matcke Engineer
Bill Ward Composer
Greg Fidelman Producer, Creative Producer
Roy Mayorga Engineer
Sergio Chavez Engineer
Mike Gillies Engineer
Larry Mazer Management
Andy Sneap Engineer
Cameron Webb Producer, Engineer
Malcolm Dome Liner Notes
Halestorm Producer
Rudy Kronenberger Producer
Adam Dutkiewicz Producer
Mike Orlando Engineer
Koh Sakai Liner Notes
Hatsukazu "Hatch" Inagaki Engineer
Gary Jay Publicity
Dan Monti Engineer
Jay Ruston Engineer
Martin Hansen Producer
Brett Chassen Producer, Engineer
John Spiker Producer
Eddie Trunk Liner Notes
Vincent Hartong Management
Thomas Jensen Management
Sara Lyn Killion Engineer
Mikael Nord Andersson Producer
Bill McCathy Management
Tom Maher Management
Munsey Ricci Publicity
Ute Kromrey Publicity
Shelly Berggren Management
Todd Singerman Management
Scott Warren String Arrangements
Adrenaline Mob Producer
Maria Ferraro Publicity
Marc Sasso Cover Art
Peter F. Amend Management
Kirsten Sprinks Publicity
Sharon Weiss Publicity
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