Lock Up The Wolves started impressively with Wild One, a fast, up-and-at-’em number in the vein of the debut album’s Stand Up And Shout, with Robertson ripping it up like Eddie Van Halen. 23. BA1 1UA.
Produced by Ronnie himself, the album had a vaguely grungey feel in songs such as Black and Hunter Of The Heart. Over three studio albums, Blackmore and Dio worked in perfect harmony, creating grandiose heavy rock enriched by Dio’s fantastic tales of sword and sorcery: a style later jokingly dubbed ‘castle rock’. The following is a comprehensive discography of Dio, an American heavy metal band led by vocalist Ronnie James Dio.Dio was formed in 1982 after Ronnie James Dio and drummer Vinny Appice left Black Sabbath. The final line-up consisted of Dio (vocals), Craig Goldy (guitars), Rudy Sarzo (bass), Simon Wright (drums) and Scott Warren (keyboards). After the mistep of Angry Machines there was another major overhaul in band personnel, with Ronnie reinstating Jimmy Bain, Craig Goldy and Simon Wright. (Classic Rock) 10 January 2019, Ronnie James Dio's albums with Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Dio helped define what a hard rock singer can be. The last album he made before his death on May 16, 2010 was with Heaven & Hell – the band comprised of the same line-up that recorded the Black Sabbath album Mob Rules in 1981. Receive news and offers from our other brands? Of all the legendary heavy metal singers, Ronnie James Dio was the greatest of them all.
And while the band – guitarist Tracy Grijalva, aka Tracy G, former Dokken bassist Jeff Pilson and stalwart drummer Vinny Appice – played heavy, Ronnie’s gift for melody had deserted him. In 2002, the band released Killing the Dragon. The last album he made before his death on May 16, 2010 was with Heaven & Hell – the band comprised of the same line-up that recorded the Black Sabbath album Mob Rules in 1981.
The fourth Dio album had former Rough Cutt guitarist Craig Goldy in place of the departed Vivian Campbell. He related this tale in spoken word in the album’s 18-minute final track The Magica Story.
In an era when traditional heavy metal had been marginalised by alternative rock, Ronnie’s attempt to modernise the Dio sound resulted in the weakest album of his career. Following the departure of two founding members, bassist Jimmy Bain and drummer Vinny Appice, the new Dio line-up featured drummer Simon Wright, bassist Teddy Cook, keyboard player Jens Johansson and guitarist Rowan Robertson, who was just 18 at the time. What they created together in Magica was a heavyweight concept album and the best of Dio’s late-period works.
On the downside, there were fillers, such as Guilty, in which Ronnie was running on autopilot.
Following a brief reunion with Black Sabbath, Ronnie and drummer Vinny Appice created the sixth Dio album with bassist Jeff Pilson and new guitarist Tracy G. Strange Highways had a darker vibe to previous Dio albums – a tone set by the doomy Jesus, Mary & The Holy Ghost and carried over into a grinding title track as doom-laden as anything that Ronnie had recorded with Sabbath. And while there were good times and bad in his lengthy career, the great man went out on a high. All rights reserved. The band went through frequent personnel changes. A farcical feud over the mixing of the in-concert double Live Evil led to Dio quitting Sabbath and forming a new band in his own name. Bath A complete discography with lyrics can be found here.. There was boogie power in the opening track Black Swampy Water, and a strong melodic sensibility in Wonderworld and Streetwalker, whereas Prentice Wood could have been a Neil Diamond song. Within a year, Dio had joined Black Sabbath, replacing the sacked Ozzy Osbourne. Dio was first introduced to the world stage in 1975 when he and three fellow members of the group Elf were absorbed into former Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow. Visit our corporate site. The third and final Elf album was much the same as the two that came before it. The band's debut album Holy Diver (1983) peaked at number 61 on the Billboard 200 and was certified platinum in the United States. This is a list of Ronnie James Dio releases. Receive mail from us on behalf of our trusted partners or sponsors? The final line-up consisted of Dio (vocals), Craig Goldy (guitars), Rudy Sarzo (bass), Simon Wright (drums) and Scott Warren (keyboards). But in 1978, Dio was out as Blackmore remodelled Rainbow as a mainstream radio-rock act. Sadly for guitarist Steve Edwards, he was the odd man out when Ritchie Blackmore absorbed the rest of the group into Rainbow. What was clearly evident was that Ronnie was too good for this band. There was a funky swing to songs such as Hoochie Koochie Lady and Sit Down Honey, but only brief flashes of the heavy rock that would become Ronnie’s trademark. It reached 199, and was the last to chart in the US. "These bands are back — but for how long? The following is a comprehensive discography of Dio, an American heavy metal band led by vocalist Ronnie James Dio. Current page:
Dio’s guitarist on Killing The Dragon was Doug Aldrich, who later went on to join Whitesnake and currently stars in The Dead Daisies. Black Sabbath: The Dio Years: Compilation, Contains three new songs 2008 The Rules of Hell: A box set containing all the Dio era Black Sabbath albums 2009 The Devil You Know: Officially released as "Heaven & Hell" Live albums. Elf signed to Deep Purple’s vanity label for their second album, and also opened for Purple on a major UK tour. The single "I Could Have Been a Dreamer" was the band's last to chart in the US, reaching 33.
The album was produced by the then former Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover, and featured on guitar Dave ‘Rock’ Feinstein, Dio’s cousin, who later went on to form power trio The Rods. But even he struggled to lift the overlong, plodding tracks that dominated the album. There were echoes of past glories in the full-throttle opening track One More For The Road – a natural successor to We Rock – and The Man Who Would Be King, an epic with shades of Dio’s All The Fools Sailed Away and Rainbow’s Stargazer. Thank you for signing up to Classic Rock. Angry Machines was a dour and dismal record, with only one song that rose above the gloom – This Is Your Life, a piano-led ballad reminiscent of vintage Queen. Sacred Heart (1985) reached gold status in the US, and was the last Dio album to achieve any sales certifications. For Lock up the Wolves, the band released their last chart single "Hey Angel", which reached 94 in the UK. The making of this album was a long and rather farcical process. But there was only so much he could with this band’s rather formulaic blues-based heavy rock. Paul Elliott In 2008, the band completed a 98-date world tour. Some of Dio's early appearances on 45 rpm singles are collected on several volumes of the LP series The History of Syracuse Music, released in the 1980s. Dio was first introduced to the world stage in 1975 when he and three fellow members of the group Elf were absorbed into former Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow. The concept also inspired some great songs – notably Feed My Head and Turn To Stone – and from Ronnie a vocal performance to rank among his best. The single "Rock 'N' Roll Children" charted at 26 in the UK. The single "Last in Line" peaked at number 10 in the US and became the band's best performing single, while "Mystery" reached 20 and "We Rock" charted at 42 in the UK.