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Holy Diver

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Holy Diver album cover
Stand Up And Shout
Holy Diver
Caught InThe Middle
Don't Talk To Strangers
Straight Through The Heart
Rainbow In The Dark
Shame On The Night
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Total Tracks: 9   Total Length: 41:43

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the first and favorite DIO release. I have Holy Diver live and it really lacks the energy of this studio recording. Don't listen to much metal any more but still go back to this one!

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took me back to younger days


this is the best cruising down the hi-way music ever. You can turn it up and forget about all the nut jobs on the road, you give you road rage. This has been one of my better down loads.

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Dio is the man


He may be gone but his classic sound and great voice will live on. He truly was a rainbow in the dark and this CD is one of many that proves why.

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Good-bye angel


And the devil cried when ronnie james dio died the music the voice the man was one of a kind he will be missed!!!

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A Classic


I can't emphasize enough the feeling of being a teenage boy and getting into this melodic, riff-heavy record. Certainly Viv Campbell's high-water mark as a guitarist. I wore out countless air guitars (and air drum sticks and . . . ) jamming to these songs.

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Good bye


I just heard the worst news ever: Ronnie James is gone. I will miss him very much.

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Long live Heavy metal. Ronnie will be missed. This is a class act with his classic-HOLY DIVER

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After playing a major role in five positively classic heavy metal albums of the late ’70s and early ’80s (three with Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow and two with Black Sabbath), it seemed that singer Ronnie James Dio could truly do no wrong. So it wasn’t all that surprising — impressive, but not surprising — when he struck gold yet again when launching his solo vehicle, Dio, via 1983′s terrific Holy Diver album. Much like those two, hallowed Sabbath LPs, Heaven and Hell and Mob Rules, Holy Diver opened at full metallic throttle with the frenetic “Stand Up and Shout,” before settling into a dark, deliberate, and hypnotic groove for the timelessly epic title track — a worthy successor to glorious triumphs past like Rainbow’s “Stargazer” and the Sabs’ “Sign of the Southern Cross.” But subsequent metal anthems like “Straight Through the Heart,” “Invisible,” and the lycanthrope lullaby “Shame on the Night” were no less inspired; and by injecting uncommonly catchy melodies into the heavy rock riffery still dominating more accessible numbers such as “Gypsy,” “Caught in the Middle,” and hit single “Rainbow in the Dark” (where the singer himself played rather spotty keyboards), Dio proved himself perfectly capable of competing with the increasingly commercial hard rock fashions soon to come. Although most fans would agree that Dio would arguably never again replicate the simply sublime symbiosis of beauty and brawn achieved by the all-time standout “Don’t Talk to Strangers.” And, to be fair, aside from Ronnie’s unquestionably stellar songwriting, Holy Diver’s stunning quality and consistency owed much to his carefully chosen bandmates, including powerhouse drummer (and fellow Sabbath survivor) Vinny Appice, veteran bassist Jimmy Bain, and a phenomenal find in young Irish guitarist Vivian Campbell, whose tastefully pyrotechnic leads helped make this the definitive Dio lineup. So, too, is Holy Diver still the undisputed highlight of Dio’s career, and, indeed, one of the finest pure heavy metal albums of the 1980s. – Eduardo Rivadavia

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