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Dio - Evil Or Divine: Live In NYC - 2004 - Spitfire Records

Track Listing
1. Killing The Dragon
2. Egypt/Children Of The Sea
3. Push
4. Stand Up And Shout
5. Rock And Roll
6. Don't Talk To Strangers
7. Man On The Silver Mountain
8. Doung Aldrich Guitar Solo
9. Long Live Rock And Roll
10. Fever Dreams
11. Holy Diver
12. Heaven And Hell
13. The Last In Line
14. Rainbow In The Dark
15. We Rock
Dio is one of the true survivors in the world of Heavy Metal music. His rich history across the genre began with his band Elf, then on to Rainbow, Black Sabbath where he replaced Ozzy and finally his influence as a solo performer. For those who have ever seen Ronnie James Dio perform in concert, they can attest for certain that he commands the Stage and truly gives the audience their money’s worth when they come to rock with him. This CD was recorded during his “Killing The Dragon” tour. His lineup was Jimmy Bain (bass), Simon Wright (drums), Scott Warren (keyboards) and Doug Aldrich (guitars).

The song selection for this recording was a good one, as Dio has decided to include much more of his Rainbow material and his Sabbath stuff than in recent years. Given these tunes legendary status at this point in time, it was a smart move in my opinion. Highlights to me were definitely “Man On The Silver Mountain” as well as “Long Live Rock And Roll”. Killer numbers from his Rainbow years without any doubt. It also includes the staple tracks from “Holy Diver”; a CD which I am hoping comes to a remastered state very soon. The production was well-done and all instruments are clear and nothing overpowers the other. The guitar solo by Doug Aldrich is killer; he is someone who can stand along the other great axe men in his genre. Dio himself stands out as you might expect and there is very little difference in his voice from the studio recordings to the live shows even after many years.

There is a companion DVD to this CD release and the only difference in the two besides one being audio and the other video would be the exclusion of the Simon Wright drum solo and the song “Lord Of The Last Day”. I am mostly a fan of drum solos but they really have to be spectacular in order for me to focus on them on a CD than in a live setting. Not much of a difference in the end, so you as a fan can choose to pick up either piece. Check out one of them, especially if you are an old-school classic sound fan.



-- Ken Pierce 04.29.05

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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TITLE BAND
DOR
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Evil Or Divine: LiveDio
2004
Ken Pierce4/28/2005
Holy Diver: LiveDio
2006
Eric Compton8/5/2006
Master of the MoonDio
2004
Frank Hill9/29/2004


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