Dio announces ‘The Studio Album Collection’ out February 21st





BMG and Niji Entertainment Group Inc. have partnered to reissue DIO’s 1996 – 2004 studio albums: Angry Machines (1996), Magica (2000), Killing The Dragon (2002), and Master Of The Moon (2004). These newly remastered versions feature rare and never before released live and studio bonus tracks, and were remastered by longtime DIO collaborator Wyn Davis with updated artwork from frequent DIO designer Marc Sasso.

Long out of print on vinyl, the 180gram black vinyl includes the original tracklistings and is available as a Limited Edition first run with and LP-sized Lenticular album art print. As a special bonus, the Magica 2LP also contains a 7″ single featuring ‘Electra’, the only known completed track from the planned Magica 2 album.

The CD versions of each album have also been long out of print globally. These newly remastered deluxe versions are showcased in mediabook packaging along with a second disc featuring rare and unreleased bonus material. In addition to rare studio tracks ‘Electra’ (included on Magica), and ‘Prisoner Of Paradise’ (included on Master Of The Moon), each bonus disc includes a selection of both rare or never before released live tracks from the accompanying tour for each studio release.

All bonus tracks are also available on the streaming/digital versions. Check the links below to hear rare live tracks from across DIO’s legendary career:

Wendy Dio says, “I am very excited to be working with BMG, a label that still has a passion for rock music. They will be making the complete DIO catalogue available again with some interesting surprises.”

Angry Machines
Originally released in 1996 and featuring the line-up of Ronnie James Dio (Vocals), Tracy G (Guitars), Jeff Pilson (Bass), Vinny Appice (Drums) & Scott Warren (Keyboards) the CD/digital version features 12 bonus tracks recorded live on the Angry Machines tour in 1997.

Disc 1 & LP Tracklist
1.    Institutional Man
2.    Don’t Tell The Kids
3.    Black
4.    Hunter Of The Heart
5.    Stay Out Of My Mind
6.    Big Sister
7.    Double Monday
8.    Golden Rules
9.    Dying In America
10.    This Is Your Life

Disc 2 – BONUS / LIVE on Angry Machines Tour 1997
1.    Jesus Mary and The Holy Ghost – Straight Through The Heart
2.    Don’t Talk To Strangers
3.    Double Monday
4.    Hunter Of The Heart
5.    Holy Diver
6.    Heaven and Hell
7.    Long Live Rock and Roll
8.    Man On The Silver Mountain
9.    Rainbow In The Dark
10.    The Last In Line
11.    The Mob Rules
12.    We Rock

Originally released in 2000 and featuring the line-up of Ronnie James Dio (Vocals), Craig Goldy (Guitars), Jimmy Bain (Bass), & Simon Wright (Drums) the 2LP set includes a bonus 7″ of studio track ‘Electra’ and the CD/digital version features 10 never released before Magica tracks performed on tour in 2001.

Disc 1 & LP 1 Tracklist (LP 2 includes Magica Story + bonus 7″)
1.    Discovery
2.    Magica Theme
3.    Lord Of The Last Day
4.    Fever Dreams
5.    Turn To Stone
6.    Feed My Head
7.    Eriel
8.    Chalis
9.    As Long As It’s Not About Love
10.    Losing My Insanity
11.    Otherworld
12.    Magica (Reprise)
13.    Lord Of the Last Day (Reprise)

Disc 2 – BONUS / Live on Magica Tour 2001
1.    Discovery
2.    Magica
3.    Lord Of The Last Day
4.    Fever Dreams
5.    Eriel
6.    Chalis
7.    Losing My Insanity
8.    Otherworld
9.    Electra – Studio Track
10.    Magica Story – Studio/Spoken Word 18:26

Killing The Dragon
Originally released in 2002 and featuring the line-up of Ronnie James Dio (Vocals), Doug Aldrich (Guitars), Jimmy Bain (Bass), & Simon Wright (Drums) the CD/digital version includes 6 tracks recorded live on the Killing The Dragon tour in 2002/2003.

Disc 1 & LP Tracklist
1.    Killing The Dragon
2.    Along Comes A Spider
3.    Scream
4.    Better In The Dark
5.    Rock and Roll
6.    Push
7.    Guilty
8.    Throw Away Children
9.    Before The Fall
10.    Cold Feet

Disc 2 – BONUS / LIVE on Killing The Dragon Tour 2002/2003
1.    Holy Diver
2.    Heaven and Hell
3.    Rock and Roll
4.    I Speed At Night
5.    Killing The Dragon
6.    Stand Up And Shout

Master Of The Moon
Originally released in 2004, Master Of The Moon was the final studio album under the DIO band name and featured the line-up of Ronnie James Dio (Vocals), Craig Goldy (Guitar), Jeff Pilson (Bass), & Simon Wright (Drums). The CD/digital version includes 5 bonus tracks recorded live on the Master Of The Moon tour in 2004/2005.

Disc 1 & LP Tracklist
1.    One More For The Road
2.    Master Of The Moon
3.    The End Of The World
4.    Shivers
5.    The Man Who Would Be King
6.    The Eyes
7.    Living The Lie
8.    I Am
9.    Death By Love
10.    In Dreams

Disc 2 – Bonus / Live on Master Of The Moon Tour 2004/2005
1.    Heaven and Hell
2.    Rainbow In The Dark
3.    Rock and Roll Children
4.    The Eyes
5.    Prisoner Of Paradise – Studio Track

About Louise Swift

I first went to a gig in 1981, Gillan at Leeds University. I've been a regular gig goer ever since. I haven't kept count of how many gigs I've been to over the intervening years, but it's a lot! My favourite bands are AC/DC then, in no particular order, Anti-Nowhere League, Slaughter and the Dogs, Towers of London and Dirt Box Disco. I tend to like Glam/Punk and rude offensive lyrics, not sure what that says about me but as Animal would say 'So What!' The question was recently put to me - did I write for any online publications? My reply - No, but I'd like to! Planetmosh was suggested and I found myself offering to review Aces High Festival. Easy peasy I thought! Well not quite, if a jobs worth doing it's worth doing well! I had sixteen bands to research. I found I actually enjoyed that and it kept me too busy to be making lunatic comments on Facebook! ;) Then I felt a bit inadequately qualified. I mean, who am I to comment on others, when my musical expertise extends to being able to play a mean Greensleeves on the recorder and a passable Annie's song on the flute! Haven't picked up either instrument for years! What I do have, however, is over 30 years of experience as a gig goer, so I can comment on what I like and what I don't! It's only my opinion and, if I don't like a band it doesn't mean they are bad, just not to my own liking. I admire anyone who has the guts to get up on that stage and have a go!