16 Songs, 1 Hour 18 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The reason Ronnie James Dio will always be one of metal's great undying heroes is twofold. Not only did he represent perpetual integrity in the face of shifting trends; he sang and played with total unwavering conviction. There was always the sense that Dio held the biblical blueprint for what metal should be—and that he was willing to protect that blueprint with his life, for the sake of metal’s most faithful. The Very Beast of Dio covers the years between 1982 and 1992. While it contains some of the finest and best-loved songs from one of metal's best-regarded periods—including “Stand Up and Shout,” “Holy Diver,” “Rainbow in the Dark,” and “King of Rock and Roll”—the lesson lies more in his overall approach than his hits. Even when Dio reformed his band in the early '90s—10 years past his commercial peak—the result was a new wave of classic songs (“Lock Up the Wolves,” “Strange Highways”) that were as cutting-edge and aggressive as material from bands half his age. In the end, Dio was great because unlike many metal frontman, he didn’t present a fantasy of heroism—he was the living article.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The reason Ronnie James Dio will always be one of metal's great undying heroes is twofold. Not only did he represent perpetual integrity in the face of shifting trends; he sang and played with total unwavering conviction. There was always the sense that Dio held the biblical blueprint for what metal should be—and that he was willing to protect that blueprint with his life, for the sake of metal’s most faithful. The Very Beast of Dio covers the years between 1982 and 1992. While it contains some of the finest and best-loved songs from one of metal's best-regarded periods—including “Stand Up and Shout,” “Holy Diver,” “Rainbow in the Dark,” and “King of Rock and Roll”—the lesson lies more in his overall approach than his hits. Even when Dio reformed his band in the early '90s—10 years past his commercial peak—the result was a new wave of classic songs (“Lock Up the Wolves,” “Strange Highways”) that were as cutting-edge and aggressive as material from bands half his age. In the end, Dio was great because unlike many metal frontman, he didn’t present a fantasy of heroism—he was the living article.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
104 Ratings
104 Ratings
Dre. Fan 11 ,

Great, classic songs!

Dio was a great singer. I believe he is one of the most unknown talents of the 20th century. All of his songs have great vocals and instrumentals. This CD is great it has a great combo of all of his best! its a shame that he had to go but he will always be remembered through his music! RIP Ronnie James Dio!!!

Schaferhund Vater ,

Ronnie James Dio, RIP my Bro

Wow.....just seems like yesterday when I watched as Ronnie thundered away as an opening act for Iron Maiden in Germany, but that was so many years ago in the '80's---then again to witness his brilliance at "Das Tonhalle" in Munich just before Christmas. This guy was perhaps one of the most underplayed of all true metal icons. His voice was incredible, with wavering perfection on those long high notes and lyrics. A true master of dark metal in all respects. Ronnie, you will be sorely and sadly missed by your many thousands of fans......"Ruhe in Frieden, mein Bruder", or Rest In Peace, my Brother!

G. Bassman ,

Dio- the Metal God

Dio is definately one of the greatest metal singers of all time, perhaps the greatest. And these songs are proof of this. Songs like Holy Diver, lock up the Wolves, rainbow in the Dark, they are all proof of the greatest metal singer who ever lived. Dio's legacy will be remembered through his music.
RIP Ronnie James Dio.

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