|Studio album by|
|Released||October 25, 1993 (Europe & Japan)|
January 26, 1994 (US/Canada)
Los Angeles, California
|Genre||Heavy metal, doom metal|
|Label|| Reprise (North America)|
Vertigo (rest of the world)
|Ronnie James Dio chronology|
|Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal||8/10|
Strange Highways is the sixth studio album by the American heavy metal band Dio. It's also their first album since Ronnie James Dio and Vinny Appice's reunion tour with Black Sabbath. The European release was on Vertigo, in October 1993; the U.S. release was on Reprise Records, in January 1994.
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All lyrics written by Ronnie James Dio, music as stated.
|1.||"Jesus, Mary & the Holy Ghost"||Dio, Tracy Grijalva, Jeff Pilson||4:13|
|2.||"Firehead"||Vinny Appice, Dio, Grijalva, Pilson||4:06|
|3.||"Strange Highways"||Appice, Dio, Grijalva, Pilson||6:54|
|4.||"Hollywood Black"||Dio, Grijalva, Appice||5:10|
|5.||"Evilution"||Appice, Dio, Grijalva, Pilson||5:37|
|7.||"One Foot in the Grave"||Appice, Dio, Grijalva, Pilson||4:01|
|8.||"Give Her the Gun"||Dio, Grijalva, Pilson||5:58|
|9.||"Blood from a Stone"||Appice, Dio, Grijalva, Pilson||4:14|
|10.||"Here's to You"||Appice, Dio, Grijalva, Pilson||3:24|
|11.||"Bring Down the Rain"||Appice, Dio, Grijalva, Pilson||5:45|
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|1994||German Albums Chart||79|
|U.S. Billboard 200||142|
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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.
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Sacred Heart is Dio's third studio album. It was released in August 15, 1985 on Warner Bros. Records in North America, and Vertigo elsewhere. The record peaked at No. 29 on the Billboard 200 chart. It is one of Dio's most well-known albums, and includes singles such as "Sacred Heart", "Rock 'n' Roll Children" and "Hungry for Heaven".
Intermission is the first live album released by the American heavy metal band Dio in 1986 on the label Vertigo Records in Europe and Warner Bros. Records in North America. The live songs were recorded with guitarist Vivian Campbell during the first leg of the Sacred Heart tour. Craig Goldy replaced Campbell in mid-tour, and the band wanted something to represent the new line-up, so they recorded in studio the song "Time to Burn" with him, which was added to this album.
Angry Machines is the seventh studio album from the American heavy metal band Dio. It was released first in Japan on October 4, 1996 by Mercury Music Entertainment with 11 tracks and in the USA on October 15, 1996 on Mayhem Records but with only 10 tracks. It was the last studio album to feature original drummer Vinny Appice.
Inferno: Last in Live is a live album released by the American heavy metal band Dio. It was recorded on their Angry Machines tour in 1996/97. Released in 1998 on Mayhem Records, it consists of tracks from the Ronnie James Dio eras of Rainbow and Black Sabbath, as well as Dio's own material plus a cover of the Deep Purple track Mistreated.
The Sabbath Stones (1996) is a compilation album of Black Sabbath songs taken from albums ranging from 1983's Born Again to 1995's Forbidden. It was never formally released in the US or Canada, and was the last album to be released by Black Sabbath with I.R.S. Records.
Heaven & Hell were an English-American heavy metal band active from 2006 to 2010. The band was a collaboration featuring Black Sabbath founding members Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler along with former Black Sabbath members Ronnie James Dio and Vinny Appice.
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Metal Hits is a compilation album by the heavy metal band Dio and was released in 2005 by Rhino Flashback Records. Multi-instrumentalist and heavy-metal mainstay Ronnie James Dio built up a hefty back catalog over the decades, with a career that spans vocalizing for Rainbow, Black Sabbath, and of course, his own group, Dio. This best-of, which covers the Dio years exclusively, spans the period 1983's Holy Diver and 1990's Lock Up the Wolves, and is packed with the kind of high-octane performances Dio fans have come to treasure. Neo-Gothic masterpieces like "Sunset Superman" and "Dream Evil" share space with the metal mysticism of "Last in Line," while Dio's hell's-gate scream holds sway over all.
The Very Beast of Dio Vol. 2 is a posthumous compilation album by American heavy metal band Dio. It is a followup to The Very Beast of Dio, a compilation album released in 2000 featuring tracks from Dio's first six studio albums and live EP. Vol. 2 picks up where the previous album left off, including tracks from the band's seventh through tenth studio albums.
Live in London, Hammersmith Apollo 1993 is a concert film by the then newly reformed Dio band on the last night of their European tour in support of the Strange Highways album. The concert was recorded at Hammersmith Apollo in London, England on December 12, 1993. The film was released on CD, DVD and Blu-ray in 2014 by Eagle Rock Entertainment.