33 years ago last week, The Last in Line was released! Tonight I’ll spin a couple of tracks from it.
The Last In Line is the second studio album by the band Dio. It was released on July 2, 1984. For Ronnie James Dio, the title of his bands second album, could very well have referenced the legendary singer’s lengthy wait for much-deserved solo stardom after decades serving as the ultimate team player! After all, the previous year’s hit Holy Diver was a debut album in name only. Between his recent exploits with Black Sabbath (whose career he helped save from oblivion), prior service with Ritchie Blackmore‘s Rainbow, the band Elf and countless, oft-forgotten groups dating all the way back to the late ’50s, Ronnie had been preparing for this for a long, long time!
As with Holy Diver, Ronnie produced The Last in Line, which had been recorded at the same Caribou Ranch Studio, right here in Colorado already made famous by Elton John‘s LP of the same name. It welcomed back the same core trio of musicians — guitarist Vivian Campbell, bassist Jimmy Bain and drummer Vinnie Appice. Everyone contributing excellent song ideas, as well as their talents. The addition of former Rough Cutt keyboard player Claude Schnell gave their efforts new dimensions, and the end results were, as Dio himself might have put it, magic.
An instant success story around the world, The Last in Line hit No. 4 in the U.K. chart and No. 24 in the U.S., on its way to earning a gold certification within two months of its release, and powering through to platinum sales by the following year (thus becoming the first Dio LP to earn that distinction). The album, along with Holy Diver and Sacred Heart, was released in a new 2-CD Deluxe Edition on March 19, 2012 through Universal for worldwide distribution outside the U.S.
The Last in Line was so significant that a band with the name Last In Line was formed in 2012 by former members of the original lineup of Dio. Following the death of Ronnie James Dio in 2010, the original lineup of drummer Vinny Appice, bassist Jimmy Bain, guitarist Vivian Campbell, and keyboardist Claude Schnell reunited along with vocalist Andrew Freeman to perform the Dio songs they originally recorded.
*NOTE: Read the original article at UltimateClassicRock.Com