Sunday, August 21, 2016

50SHR #29: Dio (New Hampshire)


Band: Dio
Release: Sacred Heart
Year: 1985
Line-up: Ronnie James Dio (vocals), Vivian Campbell (guitar), Jimmy Bain (bass), Vinny Appice (drums), Claude Schnell (keyboards)

Track Listing:
1.  King of Rock and Roll  3:49
2.  Sacred Heart  6:27
3.  Another Lie  3:48
4.  Rock 'n' Roll Children  4:32
5.  Hungry for Heaven  4:10
6.  Like the Beat of a Heart  4:24
7.  Just Another Day  3:23
8.  Fallen Angels  3:57
9.  Shoot, Shoot  4:20

Fletchanator's comment: Are you ready for another slight cheat? I couldn't find any hard rock/hair metal bands from the tiny New England state of New Hampshire, but hard rock/heavy metal legend Ronnie James Dio (R.I.P.) was born there, which gave me an excuse to post some Dio in this spot. And who doesn't love a bit of Dio?
Sure, Dio is usually associated more with heavy metal than hair metal/glam rock, but on this, their third album, they were definitely getting very radio friendly and poppy in their sound, while also retaining that harder edge. Two of the big hits - Rock 'n' Roll Children and Hungry for Heaven - sound a lot like Dokken, with future Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell pulling out some great hard rock riffs.
If you don't have this album you need it (along with everything else Dio released).

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