Another week is gone and the pile never seems to fall. This week there are a few DVDs to liven things up.
Dio: Holy Diver Live
Few in the audience for this event could imagine that by the time the DVD was released Ronnie James Dio would be dead. His premature passing, yes he actually beat Ozzy to the grave, tinges this DVD viewing experience with a touch of sadness. That said, there is no sign of illness in Dio’s performance with his super-tight band, filmed in 2005 at London’s Astoria (which no longer exists either).
As you expect, this is his debut solo band album in its entirety, with a few Sabbath and Rainbow faves along for the ride. The performance makes it clear that the album has lost none of its immediacy and quality. While the albums following his initial release were never stinkers, for the most part, none really had to the consistency of the first one. Tracks like the title track, “Don’t Talk to Strangers” and “Rainbow in the Dark” are highlights of this highlight full set.
Seventeen tracks in all their glory plus the extras in the form of interviews fill out the package. Needless to say this is a must for Dio fans and I would be hard-pressed to say its not worth it for any metal fan worth their salt. Have a glass (or three) of ale and watch one of the master frontmen of all time as he shows us how its done.
Rolling Stones: Ladies & Gentlemen
Another week and another Rolling Stones release. This one the Rolling Stones filmed over four nights on the “Exile on Main Street” tour in 1972. Unlike the documentary, Stones in Exile, released early this year about the making of that classic stones album (some argue their last great one) this is merely a live CD. No doubt this release is meant as a companion to the documentary however it's more about their live spectacular. A decent release, as are most things associated with the Stones, but far from essential.