DISC 1: DREAM EVIL
Track 1- Night People
Track 2- Dream Evil
Track 3- Sunset Superman
Track 4- All The Fools Sailed Away
Track 5- Naked In The Rain
Track 6- Overlove
Track 7- I Could Have Been A Dreamer
Track 8- Faces In The Window
Track 9- When A Woman Cries
DISC 2: BONUS TRACKS
Track 1- Hide In The Rainbow (Dio EP)
Track2- I Could Have Been A Dreamer (Single Edit )
MONSTERS OF ROCK FESTIVAL, CASTLE DONINGTON 22ND AUGUST 1987
Track 3- Dream Evil
Track 4- Neon Knights
Track 5- Naked In The Rain
Track 6- Rock ‘N’ Roll Children
Track 7- Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll
Track 8- The Last In Line
Track 9- Children Of The Sea
Track 10- Holy Diver
Track 11- Heaven And Hell
Track 12- Man On The Silver Mountain
Track 13- All The Fools Sailed Away
Track 14- The Last In Line (Reprise)
Track 15- Rainbow In The Dark
There are many eras to remember in history; the birth of Christ, war and peace and of course the rock n roll uprising. For each and every era, legends are born among us to lay down their law; legends such as Ronnie James Dio. Having already shared wombs with other monsters of rock such as Rainbow and Black Sabbath, 1982 saw the birth of his solo career Dio. Sure enough Dio followed his own map of rock n roll with all guns blazing; only to find years down the line he was to leave a legacy amongst the other holy divers of Diodom. Anyway if you’d been stood in a music shop on July 21st 1987, you would have witnessed the unveiling of the fourth Dio studio album, Dream Evil; sweet Jesus what a day that must have been for Dio fans. (Ok I’ll stop ranting now).
Flick the clocks forward to march 4th 2013, and low and behold the next generation experienced their own Dream Evil release. Well, it’s nearly the same; this time it’s a Dream Evil two disk Deluxe Edition. Pretty damn good going if I may say so!
Disc one is the original Dream Evil; no more and certainly no less. It’s Dio at their best! Characteristic, charismatic and air guitar worthy; come on, we know you’ve all done it! Since the Dream Evil album has been going since 1987, it’s familiar so I’m not going to focus on that too much. I will say, it’s not a ‘phase’ album it will never stray far from your stereo, iPod or whatever you’re gonna play it on!
Disc two however is the fresh blood. How does fifteen back to back bonus tracks including live material sound to you? Well first up we have Hide In The Rainbow (Dio EP). Once you recognise that heavy duty trudging intro and then hear those piercing vocals then the shredding solo, it’ll leave you thinking, “yea I can see how you left your mark!”
As you hit track two, you may think “erm hang on, I just heard this on disc one”. Fear not folks, it’s not a direct replica of I Could Have Been a Dreamer, it’s the single edit. It’s still as rawking though, no change there!
So now we’re in full throttle; it’s time for the Monsters Of Rock Festival, Castle Donington 22nd August 1987! I’m being serious, thirteen songs straight of a live Dio show! You never know, you might have known someone who was there!
So first on this part of the menu, it’s Dream Evil. When you get such a feisty song such as this, you have to give the song charisma; basically it needs to be gut grinding. He nails the song on the head! He’s in tune the whole way through and keeps the song rooted to that ‘stick to your guns’ attitude! Job well done I reckon!
Next up we get a taste of Dio history with Neon Knights from the Black Sabbath era. So just in case you missed the live Dio/ Sabbath days, here’s a taste for you; let’s just say folks, it tastes good!
Some songs are just born to be played live; Naked In The Rain is no exception! Oh my sweet Jesus, it’s epic! Yet again every note is pitch perfect! Bearing in mind I wasn’t actually at this gig in 1987, but seriously, I can visualise the stage presence. Bang on!
Skip a few tracks forward and we get the song that stimulates the lips of any rock music fan, oh yes it’s the best of the beast, the face melting soul stripping Holy Diver. Words will not do this song justice, you must let your ears be the judge.
Back even further to Dio’s history we have Rainbow’s Man On The Silver Mountain. Yet again, in case you missed the live Dio/Rainbow days, here’s your chance to grab a bit.
All in all, this Dream Evil Deluxe Edition is a belter! It’s the pick and mix of a man who left a legacy! At the end of the day, it is the family history of Ronnie James Dio’s awe-inspiring coattails of rock and roll. Just listen to the album then you’ll see why I rant on so much!
© Kathryn Longbottom