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The diminutive Ronnie James Dio is a legend no matter how you slice it (take that, Sharon Osbourne), and this two-disc collection is just another showcase as to why. HOLY DIVER LIVE is just that, plus a handful of Dio’s greatest hits during the years with Rainbow, Black Sabbath, and his illustrious solo career. But the real treat here is the nine-track live rendition of Dio’s 1983 classic disc, taken from a live gig in London, where audience and band gel into one massive heavy metal monster, cutting through global hits like “Rainbow in the Dark” and “Stand Up and Shout” with the passion and emotion like it was released yesterday. A timeless classic done by a true metal icon, Dio’s legacy is further solidified thanks to this live offering.
- Mike SOS