Holy Diver [Bonus Interview]

Holy Diver [Bonus Interview]

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by Dio
     
 

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After participating in five classic studio albums (three with Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow and two with Black Sabbath) in the late '70s and early '80s, it seemed that singer Ronnie James Dio could do no wrong. And with the release of his self-monikered band's debut album, See more details below

Overview

After participating in five classic studio albums (three with Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow and two with Black Sabbath) in the late '70s and early '80s, it seemed that singer Ronnie James Dio could do no wrong. And with the release of his self-monikered band's debut album, Holy Diver, in 1983, Dio struck gold once again by injecting catchy melodies into the classic metal riffery of his previous groups. Besides Dio's inspired songwriting, the album's consistency owes a lot to his carefully chosen bandmates, including veteran bassist Jimmy Bain and drummer Vinny Appice, and a phenomenal find in young guitarist Vivian Campbell, whose creativity and technique are quite astounding. The album opens in full-tilt metal mode with the frenetic "Stand Up and Shout," which segues into the epic title track, an album highlight thanks to its hypnotic, mid-paced riff. Dio himself plays keyboards (badly) on the hit single "Rainbow in the Dark," and the remaining cuts range from further stabs at pop-metal ("Gypsy," "Caught in the Middle") to blatant metal anthems ("Straight Through the Heart," "Invisible"). These two facets find a perfect balance on the excellent "Don't Talk to Strangers," arguably the album's high point. [The 2005 edition includes an audio interview with Ronnie James Dio.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/29/2005
Label:
Universal Uk
UPC:
0602498309940
catalogNumber:
9830994
Rank:
48649

Tracks

  1. Stand Up and Shout
  2. Holy Diver
  3. Gypsy
  4. Caught in the Middle
  5. Don't Talk to Strangers
  6. Straight Through the Heart
  7. Invisible
  8. Rainbow in the Dark
  9. Shame on the Night
  10. Ronnie James Dio Audio Interview (2005)
  11. Ronnie James Dio Audio Interview (2005) (Continued)
  12. Ronnie James Dio Audio Interview (2005) (Continued)
  13. Ronnie James Dio Audio Interview (2005) (Continued)
  14. Ronnie James Dio Audio Interview (2005) (Continued)
  15. Ronnie James Dio Audio Interview (2005) (Continued)
  16. Ronnie James Dio Audio Interview (2005) (Continued)
  17. Ronnie James Dio Audio Interview (2005) (Continued)
  18. Ronnie James Dio Audio Interview (2005) (Continued)
  19. Ronnie James Dio Audio Interview (2005) (Continued)

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dio   Primary Artist
Vinny Appice   Drums
Jimmy Bain   Bass,Keyboards
Vivian Campbell   Guitar
Ronnie James Dio   Keyboards,Vocals

Technical Credits

Craig Goldy   Engineer
Vinny Appice   Composer
Angelo Arcuri   Engineer
Jimmy Bain   Composer
Vivian Campbell   Composer
Ronnie James Dio   Composer,Producer
Wendy Dio   Concept
Simon Levy   Art Direction
Jeri McManus   Art Direction
Julien Potter   Reissue Design
Dante Bonutto   Liner Notes
Paul Suter   Interviewer

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