Dio – “Dream Evil”

Dio – “Dream Evil” 2CD Deluxe (UMC / Mercury)

It’s been just over two and a half years since the passing of Ronnie James Dio, but his legend continues! “Dream Evil” was Dio’s 4th album and released in 1987, featuring newcomers Craig Goldy and Claude Schnell on guitars and keyboards respectively. This deluxe package essentially features the original album – untouched as far as I can tell – complemented by a bonus CD crammed with a coupla singles but more importantly, most of the 1987 Monsters Of Rock set totaling some 11 tracks that span the very best of Dio’s career from the blazing ‘Rainbow In The Dark’ to a crowd chundering ‘Long Live Rock N Roll’ and a simply ripping ‘Neon Nights’ amongst others! If you were at this Castle Donnington show or even the one in ’83 you’ll know what I mean – the man was simply amazing! As far as I can tell the only track missing is ‘Children Of The Sea’, which is of course on the “Dio At Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987” album. But if you don’t have that then this is a worthy enough purchase, complete with Wendy Dio endorsed booklet to remember one of rock’s great legends by!

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