Strange Highways

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Strange Highways
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Studio album by
Dio
ReleasedOctober 25, 1993 (Europe & Japan)
January 26, 1994 (US/Canada)
RecordedRumbo Recorders,
Los Angeles, California
Genre Heavy metal, doom metal
Length53:36
Label Reprise (North America)
Vertigo (rest of the world)
Producer Mike Fraser
Dio chronology
Lock Up the Wolves
(1990)
Strange Highways
(1993)
Angry Machines
(1996)
Ronnie James Dio chronology
Dehumanizer
(1992)
Strange Highways
(1993)
Angry Machines
(1996)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 8/10 [2]
Entertainment Weekly (B−) [3]

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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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.

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.

Contents

After the short-lived reunion with Black Sabbath for the recording of the album Dehumanizer (1992) and the subsequent tour, Dio and Appice returned to Dio's solo group, hiring Tracy Grijalva as new guitarist. Former Dio bassist Jimmy Bain was to make a return to the band, but he was soon sacked by Dio and replaced by Jeff Pilson. [4]

Black Sabbath British heavy metal band

Black Sabbath were an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler, drummer Bill Ward, and singer Ozzy Osbourne. Black Sabbath are often cited as pioneers of heavy metal music. The band helped define the genre with releases such as Black Sabbath (1970), Paranoid (1970), and Master of Reality (1971). The band had multiple line-up changes, with Iommi being the only constant member throughout its history.

<i>Dehumanizer</i> album

Dehumanizer is the 16th studio album by English rock band Black Sabbath, released in June 1992.

Jimmy Bain Scottish bassist

James Stewart Bain was a Scottish musician, best known for playing bass guitar in the bands Rainbow and Dio. He also worked with Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott, co-writing on his solo albums.

"Hollywood Black" was demoed by Black Sabbath during the Dehumanizer sessions. "Whether it's the same, I don't know…" Tony Iommi remarked of Dio's version (before hearing it). "Could be the same lyrics – probably is. I wouldn't think he would use the same music." [5]

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Track listing

All lyrics written by Ronnie James Dio, music as stated.

Side one
No.TitleMusicLength
1."Jesus, Mary & the Holy Ghost"Dio, Tracy Grijalva, Jeff Pilson 4:13
2."Firehead" Vinny Appice, Dio, Grijalva, Pilson4:06
3."Strange Highways"Appice, Dio, Grijalva, Pilson6:54
4."Hollywood Black"Dio, Grijalva, Appice5:10
5."Evilution"Appice, Dio, Grijalva, Pilson5:37
Side two
No.TitleMusicLength
6."Pain"Dio, Grijalva4:14
7."One Foot in the Grave"Appice, Dio, Grijalva, Pilson4:01
8."Give Her the Gun"Dio, Grijalva, Pilson5:58
9."Blood from a Stone"Appice, Dio, Grijalva, Pilson4:14
10."Here's to You"Appice, Dio, Grijalva, Pilson3:24
11."Bring Down the Rain"Appice, Dio, Grijalva, Pilson5:45

Personnel

Dio

Tracy G is an American heavy metal guitarist best known for his time with Dio from 1993 to 1999.

Jeff Pilson American musician

Jeffrey Steven Pilson is an American musician who is currently the bass guitarist for the rock band Foreigner. He has also performed with bands Dokken and Dio. He also plays guitar, cello, keyboards, piano, and mellotron. Pilson played fictional heavy metal bassist Jörgen in the 2001 film Rock Star, and voiced Johnny Cage in the 2011 video game Mortal Kombat.

Vinny Appice American musician

Vincent Samson Appice is an American rock drummer best known for his work with the bands Dio, Black Sabbath, and Heaven & Hell. Of Italian descent, he is the younger brother of drummer Carmine Appice.

Production

Mike Fraser is a Canadian record producer, engineer, and mixer. Fraser has recorded and mixed five records for AC/DC, namely the releases The Razors Edge, Ballbreaker, Stiff Upper Lip, Black Ice and Rock Or Bust. Fraser recorded and mixed the classic AC/DC anthem "Thunderstruck".

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Charts

Album
YearChartPosition
1994German Albums Chart [7] 79
U.S. Billboard 200 [8] 142

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