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DIO ‘Evil Or Divine’Spitfire Records (2005)

This CD follows on from the live DVD of the same name, released under the Eagle Vision label. The concert was recorded on December 13 2002 in New York’s Roseland Ballroom, with Ronnie Dio joined by long-time cohort Jimmy Bain (bass) - he’s since jumped ship again, ex-AC/DC/UFO drummer Simon Wright, Scott Warren on keyboards and guitarist Doug Aldrich (now in Whitesnake).

You’ve got the Rainbow classics, ‘Man On A Silver Mountain’ segued with ‘Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll’ (my only criticism of Dio in that he likes medleys or ‘Dio’s megamixes’ as my friend calls them!).

Then there’s a touch of Sabbath in ‘Heaven And Hell’ (sadly no ‘Neon Knights’) and of course a stack of Dio classics including ‘Holy Diver’, ‘Stand Up And Shout’ and ‘The Last In Line’.

But it’s not all nostalgia as newer songs, ‘Killing the Dragon’ and the excellent ‘Push’, come across nice and loud. Stars of the show are Dio, who seemed to love every minute of the show and Aldrich, who switches with ease from metallic riffing to effortless soloing.

The only minor blip is that rather than the tracks neatly flowing into each other you get pauses between tracks which does take away the feel of a complete show.

Certainly the best official live album to feature Ronnie Dio and a must for Dio fans, as he gets better with age.


Review by Jason Ritchie

DVD review

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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