Dio’s ‘Dream Evil’ Album Turns 30!
Originally released on July 21, 1987, Dream Evil was the fourth full-length album from Dio, the band led by former Rainbow and Black Sabbath frontman (and all-around metal legend) Ronnie James Dio. This was the first Dio album without guitarist Vivian Campbell and it features former Rough Cutt members Craig Goldy (who replaced Campbell) and Claude Schnell. It was the last Dio album to feature mascot Murray on the cover and the last to feature drummer Vinny Appice until the 1993 album Strange Highways. It was also the last album to feature bassist Jimmy Bain until the release of 2000’s Magica.
While it’s not as influential as Holy Diver or Last in Line, it’s hard to see Dream Evil as anything other than an essential heavy metal album. It’s a timeless, powerful Dio album, and one with some of his most enduring songs. Dream Evil is a must-have for true Dio fans, and a definite “should have” for just about any fan of the classic heavy metal era.
Dream Evil is a more than worthy continuation of the Dio legacy. Goldy and Dio together were a great combination, both in terms of songwriting and in the way their talents complemented each other. They carry forth the overall Dio sound while at the same time recapturing some of the magic of those early Rainbow albums. As a matter of fact the song “Night People,” that appears on the album, Ronnie had been fooling around with since his days in Rainbow. The album’s first half contains several classic tracks that range from high-speed metal to metal anthem to even a mournful epic. And while the second half isn’t quite as strong, it has a few monster songs and the single “I Could Have Been a Dreamer” which remains a fan favorite.
Dio’s Dream Evil is a must-own for any fan of the late legend and it received a remastered deluxe edition re-release, in 2013 that featured an extra disc featuring 15 bonus tracks. You get the studio song “Hide in the Rainbow” from the Dio EP (and the Iron Eagle soundtrack), the single edit of “I Could Have Been a Dreamer” as well as a full 12-song live performance from the 1987 Monsters of Rock festival at Castle Donington. It also includes an expanded booklet loaded with vintage photos and notes by British metal journalist Malcolm Dome, which was endorsed by Ronnie’s widow, Wendy. It’s a fantastic reissue all around! Yes, it’s a bit pricy, but it’s worth every penny! It does not disappoint.