Ronnie James Dio will release a new 6-disc box set, “A Decade Of Dio: 1983-1993”, on July 22.
The project compiles newly-remastered versions of the group’s first six studio albums, including 1983’s “Holy Diver”, 1984’s “The Last In Line”, 1985’s “Sacred Heart”, 1987’s “Dream Evil”, 1990’s “Lock Up The Wolves” and 1993’s “Strange Highways.”
Issued first on CD, a vinyl edition of the box will available on October 4 and will include a bonus 7” single. On the first side is the 1983 version of “Evil Eyes,” which was originally released as the b-side on the “Holy Diver” single. In addition, this version is different from the one featured on the 1984 album "The Last In Line." The flip side features “Time To Burn,” which was the only studio track featured on the 1986 live release “Intermission.”
After two albums with Black Sabbath, Ronnie James Dio left in 1982 and formed Dio with fellow Sabbath band mate Vinny Appice on drums. The group’s platinum-selling debut “Holy Diver” arrived in 1983 and is now revered as a heavy metal masterpiece, including two songs that would become rock signatures: the title track and the epic “Rainbow In The Dark.”
Dio went on to release 10 studio albums while earning total worldwide sales of more than 10 million copies.
The singer died of stomach cancer on May 16, 2010 at the age of 67.
The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, co-founded by Wendy Dio, carries on the rocker’s legacy as a non-profit charitable fund dedicated to supporting cancer-prevention research, raising awareness and educating the public about the vital importance of early detection and prevention when dealing with this deadly disease.
Ronnie James Dio
"A Decade Of Dio: 1983-1993"
Release date: July 22 (CD) October 4 (vinyl)
* (1983) Holy Diver
* (1984) The Last In Line
* (1985) Sacred Heart
* (1987) Dream Evil
* (1990) Lock Up The Wolves
* (1993) Strange Highways
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