“Diamonds – The Best of Dio” was marketed as a “greatest hits” collection. I remember the ads. But the title says, “best off”. I guess marketing people don’t know the difference between “greatest hits” and “best of”.
And Ronnie James Dio is one of those artists who didn’t sit don’t to write hits. He just wrote songs that he liked.
It was released internationally in 1992, and never released in the U.S. And there was no effort with the CD. Just check out the no frills booklet.
I got this compilation because of the track “Hide In The Rainbow”, which was never released on a Dio studio album before. A rare EP called “The Dio E.P” (original title) was released in 1986 with the song, but like all things physical, it wasn’t readily available.
Back then no one was really sure who played on the track.
Was “Hide In The Rainbow” Vivian Campbell’s last studio recording with the band or did Craig Goldy play on the track?
The booklet states Craig Goldy.
But, history and the benefit of hindsight has shown that the CD booklets notes and credits are not a good source of truth sometimes.
In relation to the album, it covers the well-known songs in chronological order based on year of release.
“Holy Diver”, “Rainbow in the Dark” and “Don’t Talk to Strangers” are from the “Holy Diver” album, released in 1983.
“We Rock”, “The Last in Line” and “Evil Eyes” are from “The Last In Line” album, released in 1984.
“Rock ‘n’ Roll Children”, “Sacred Heart” and “Hungry for Heaven” are from the “Sacred Heart” album, released in 1985.
“Hide in the Rainbow” is from “The Dio E.P” released in 1986.
Listen to the intro. I wish they continued it a bit longer.
And is it just me, or does the Chorus riff remind you of “No More Tears” from Ozzy. Then again this is 5 years before “No More Tears”, so maybe young Zakk was listening. Anyway, all music is derivative. Take what came before and make it a bit different.
“Dream Evil” is the title track, released in 1987.
“Wild One” and “Lock Up the Wolves” are from the “Lock Up The Wolves” album, released in 1990.
You could argue that “Stand Up And Shout”, “Egypt (The Chains Are On)”, “All the Fools Sailed Away” and “Born On The Sun” are better songs and should be included.
If you have the albums mentioned above, there is no need for this compilation. But if you didn’t have any of those albums, this collection is an excellent addition.
At the time I was still buying Dio product to keep my collection up to date, however this ended up being the last purchase for my CD/Vinyl/Tape collection.
The studio albums which came in the 90’s and 2000’s were not available easily in Australia and had to be imported in at a higher price. So I ignored em, but my mate “Nick The Stick” is a massive fan, so he had em and he burned em on a CD for me.
I did buy a couple of DVD’s in the 2000’s called “Holy Diver Live” and “We Rock”. Those reviews will be coming soon.