Dio-The Last In Line : Must Own Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Albums

Must Own Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Albums :  

Artist : Dio 

Album : The Last In Line 

Released : July 2, 1984

M.M. Album Rating : 4/5 (A Step Below The Previous Record Holy Diver, But Still Essential For Any Metal Fan To Own.)  

By 1984 it seemed like Ronnie James Dio could do no wrong. After years of releasing landmark records with Rainbow, and Black Sabbath, he then goes on his own to form his own band, and has another landmark Metal record with “Holy Diver”. That would be the album after years of being the number two guy in both Ritchie Blackmore, and Tony Iommi’s bands it was now him who had become the household name. Putting together a killer band with Vivian Campbell on lead guitar , Jimmy Bain on bass, and Vinny Appice on drums. Also now bringing in Claude Schneil on keyboards. There was no reason to mess with a “it ain’t broke don’t fix it” situation to record the sophomore album that would become known as “The Last In Line.” 

Ronnie would take his band to the now legendary Caribou Ranch Studios in Colorado (made famous by The Band Chicago and Elton John) to make the new record. This would give the band a feeling of a more relaxed atmosphere to record the important second record. Right off the bat though they made a couple of mis-Steps that would guarantee this record wouldn’t have the strength of Holy Diver. For one, it became obvious that the band wanted a more glossy sound this time, making an attempt to be more radio friendly. It would really become much more evident on his next record Sacred Heart. But thankfully The Last In Line has enough meat to save the record from being a failure. 

From the killer title track (one of the greatest heavy metal songs ever made) to other great tracks like “We Rock” and “Mystery” the band definitely survives the “Sophomore Slump”. Once again Ronnie and his band had another huge hit on their hands. To anyone who was really listening though, you could hear a drop off from quality from Holy Diver, and as stated before that would become much more evident in the next record. That being said though, Ronnie had been on a classic record run for years, and The Last In Line is a great swan song for that period. From this point on DIo would have moments, but never the pure magic of the earlier albums again. Then again he really had nothing left to prove either. 

Track Listing : 

1. We Rock
2. The Last In Line

3. Breathless

4. I Speed At Night

5. One Night In The City

6. Evil Eyes

7. Mystery

8. Eat Your Hear Out

9. Egypt (The Chains Are On)

Jesse Vejar

Jesse Vejar

Executive Editor - From Tucson, Arizona. Electrical Engineer/Music Historian. Lover of all genres of music. Beatles, Beach Boys, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Allman Brothers. Fav Metal Bands, Priest, Maiden.
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