Lock Up the Wolves

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Lock Up the Wolves
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Studio album by
Dio
ReleasedMay 15, 1990
RecordedGranny's House, Reno, Nevada
Genre Heavy metal
Length60:43
Label Reprise (North America)
Vertigo (rest of the world)
Producer Tony Platt, Ronnie James Dio
Dio chronology
Dream Evil
(1987)
Lock Up the Wolves
(1990)
Strange Highways
(1993)
Ronnie James Dio chronology
Dream Evil
(1987)
Lock Up the Wolves
(1990)
Dehumanizer
(1992)
Singles from Lock Up the Wolves
  1. "Hey Angel" / "Why Are They Watching Me"
    Released: September 1990
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 5/10 [2]

Lock Up the Wolves is the fifth studio album by the American heavy metal band Dio, released on May 15, 1990. It displayed a complete change of musician line-up over the previous Dream Evil album, including eighteen-year-old guitarist Rowan Robertson, and Simon Wright on drums who had played with AC/DC from 1983-89. The song "Evil on Queen Street" takes its title from a deli in Toronto which had a sandwich with that name – per Dio on Much Music in 1990.

Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.

Dio (band) American heavy metal band

Dio was an American heavy metal band formed in 1982 and led by vocalist Ronnie James Dio, after he left Black Sabbath with intentions to form a new band with fellow former Black Sabbath member Vinny Appice, the band's drummer. The name Dio was chosen because it made sense from a commercial standpoint, as the name was already well known at that time.

<i>Dream Evil</i> (album) 1987 studio album by Dio

Dream Evil is the fourth studio album released by the American heavy metal band Dio, on July 21, 1987. It features former Rough Cutt members Craig Goldy and Claude Schnell, and includes the singles "All the Fools Sailed Away" and "I Could Have Been a Dreamer". Dream Evil was Dio's last album to feature Murray on the cover and also 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.

Contents

Guitarist Rowan Robertson states that two more songs were written and demoed for the album but left off at the decision of Wendy Dio: "‘Hell wouldn’t take her’ and ‘The River Between Us". [3]

Track listing

All lyrics and melodies by Ronnie James Dio, music as stated

Ronnie James Dio American singer-songwriter and composer

Ronald James Padavona known professionally as Ronnie James Dio or simply Dio, was an American heavy metal singer-songwriter and composer. He fronted or founded numerous groups throughout his career, including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, and Heaven & Hell.

Side one
No.TitleMusicLength
1."Wild One"Dio, Rowan Robertson 4:05
2."Born on the Sun"Dio, Robertson, Jimmy Bain, Vinny Appice 5:36
3."Hey Angel"Dio, Robertson5:00
4."Between Two Hearts"Dio, Robertson6:30
5."Night Music"Dio, Robertson, Bain5:05
6."Lock Up the Wolves"Dio, Robertson, Bain8:33
Side two
No.TitleMusicLength
7."Evil on Queen Street"Dio, Robertson, Teddy Cook6:04
8."Walk on Water"Dio, Robertson, Jens Johansson 3:44
9."Twisted"Dio, Robertson, Bain, Appice4:45
10."Why Are They Watching Me"Dio, Robertson5:04
11."My Eyes"Dio, Robertson, Johansson6:36

Personnel

Dio
Rowan Robertson musician, songwriter, composer

Rowan Wingate Robertson is an English rock guitarist who currently performs in the Las Vegas production show Raiding the Rock Vault and plays for Bang Tango. He also plays for DC4. Robertson also played guitar for AM Radio, Dio, Vast, and Violet's Demise. Robertson has also done work as a film composer for director Amber Moelter's Dirty Step Upstage and has filmed numerous instructional guitar videos.

Acoustic guitar type of guitar

An acoustic guitar is a guitar that produces sound acoustically by transmitting the vibration of the strings to the air—as opposed to relying on electronic amplification (see electric guitar). The sound waves from the strings of an acoustic guitar resonate through the guitar's body, creating sound. This typically involves the use of a sound board and a sound box to strengthen the vibrations of the strings. In standard tuning the guitar's six strings are tuned (low to high) E2 A2 D3 G3 B3 E4.

Jens Johansson Swedish musician

Jens Ola Johansson is a Swedish keyboardist and pianist who currently plays in the Finnish power metal band Stratovarius and Ritchie Blackmore's rock project Rainbow. He is notable for his high-speed neoclassical and fusion style.

Production

Tony Platt is an English sound engineer and record producer, best known for his work with a diverse mix of artists, including, AC/DC, Cheap Trick, Bob Marley, Iron Maiden, Shy, Buddy Guy, Foreigner, Sparks, Jazz Jamaica All Stars, Lillian Axe and Motörhead. Platt has recently completed an album with jazz trio The Bad Plus and UK band Second Person on their second studio releases. He continues further development work with a number of artists, including Roland Perrin, Ana Silvera and Daniel Ward Murphy and 28 Costumes.

Reno, Nevada City in Nevada

Reno is a city in the U.S. state of Nevada, located in the northwestern part of the state, approximately 22 miles (35 km) from Lake Tahoe. Known as "The Biggest Little City in the World", Reno is known for its casino industry. Reno is the county seat of Washoe County. The city sits in a high desert river valley at the foot of the Sierra Nevada and its downtown area occupies a valley informally known as the Truckee Meadows. The city is named after Union Major General Jesse L. Reno, who was killed in action at the Battle of South Mountain on Fox's Gap.

London Capital of the United Kingdom

London is the capital and largest city of both England and the United Kingdom. Standing on the River Thames in the south-east of England, at the head of its 50-mile (80 km) estuary leading to the North Sea, London has been a major settlement for two millennia. Londinium was founded by the Romans. The City of London, London's ancient core − an area of just 1.12 square miles (2.9 km2) and colloquially known as the Square Mile − retains boundaries that follow closely its medieval limits. The City of Westminster is also an Inner London borough holding city status. Greater London is governed by the Mayor of London and the London Assembly.

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