The Last in Line

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The Last in Line
Studio album by Dio
Released July 2, 1984
Recorded Caribou Ranch, Colorado
Genre Heavy metal
Length 41:07
Label Warner Bros. (North America)
Vertigo (rest of the world)
Producer Ronnie James Dio
Dio chronology
Holy Diver
(1983)
The Last in Line
(1984)
Sacred Heart
(1985)
Singles from The Last in Line
  1. "Mystery" / "I Speed at Night"
    Released: July 1984
  2. "We Rock" / "Holy Diver (live)"
    Released: July 1984
  3. "The Last in Line "/ "Stand Up and Shout (live)"
    Released: 1984 (Europe only)

The Last in Line is the second studio album by the American heavy metal band Dio, released on July 13, 1984. It is the first Dio album to feature former Rough Cutt keyboardist Claude Schnell.

Reissues[edit]

The album, along with Holy Diver and Sacred Heart, was released in a new 2-CD Deluxe Edition on March 19, 2012 through Universal for worldwide distribution outside the U.S.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Martin Popoff 10/10 stars[3]
Rock Hard (de) 9.5/10[4]

In 2005, The Last in Line was ranked number 372 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[5]

Track listing[edit]

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

Side one
No. Title Music Length
1. "We Rock"   Dio 4:36
2. "The Last in Line"   Jimmy Bain, Vivian Campbell, Dio 5:40
3. "Breathless"   Campbell, Dio 4:04
4. "I Speed at Night"   Vinny Appice, Bain, Campbell, Dio 3:22
5. "One Night in the City"   Appice, Bain, Campbell, Dio 5:15
Side two
No. Title Music Length
6. "Evil Eyes"   Dio 3:38
7. "Mystery"   Bain, Dio 3:46
8. "Eat Your Heart Out"   Appice, Bain, Campbell, Dio 3:49
9. "Egypt (The Chains Are On)"   Appice, Bain, Campbell, Dio 6:57
2012 Deluxe Edition CD 2
No. Title Music Length
1. "Eat Your Heart Out" (live B-side of "Mystery" 12') Appice, Bain, Campbell, Dio 5:11
2. "Don’t Talk to Strangers" (live B-side of "Mystery" 12') Dio 6:03
3. "Holy Diver" (live B-side of "We Rock") Dio 4:23
4. "Rainbow in the Dark" (live B-side of "We Rock" 12') Appice, Bain, Campbell, Dio 4:43
5. "One Night in the City" (live at Pinkpop Festival, Geleen, Netherlands, 11 June 1984) Appice, Bain, Campbell, Dio 5:55
6. "We Rock" (live at Pinkpop Festival, Geleen, Netherlands, 11 June 1984) Dio 5:05
7. "Holy Diver" (live at Pinkpop Festival, Geleen, Netherlands, 11 June 1984) Dio 4:28
8. "Stargazer" (live at Pinkpop Festival, Geleen, Netherlands, 11 June 1984) Ritchie Blackmore, Dio 1:53
9. "Heaven and Hell" (live at Pinkpop Festival, Geleen, Netherlands, 11 June 1984) Geezer Butler, Dio, Tony Iommi, Bill Ward 13:03
10. "Rainbow in the Dark" (live at Pinkpop Festival, Geleen, Netherlands, 11 June 1984) Appice, Bain, Campbell, Dio 5:11
11. "Man on the Silver Mountain" (live at Pinkpop Festival, Geleen, Netherlands, 11 June 1984) Blackmore, Dio 8:14
12. "Don’t Talk to Strangers" (live at Pinkpop Festival, Geleen, Netherlands, 11 June 1984) Dio 5:38

Personnel[edit]

Dio
Production
  • Recorded at Caribou Ranch, Colorado, USA
  • Produced by Ronnie James Dio
  • Engineered by Angelo Arcuri
  • Assistant engineering by Rich Markowitz
  • Mixed on Westlake Audio BBSM6 monitors
  • Originally mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound, New York, USA
  • Remastered by Andy Pearce (2012 Universal Deluxe Edition)
  • Remastered by Steve Hoffman (2012 Audio Fidelity 24K edition)
  • Illustration by Barry Jackson

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

It was certified Gold (500,000 units sold) by the RIAA on September 12, 1984, and was the first Dio album to be certified Platinum, achieving the feat on February 3, 1987.[16]

In the UK, it attained Silver certification (60,000 units sold) by the British Phonographic Industry, achieving this in January 1986, at the same time as Holy Diver.[17] To date, these are the only two Dio albums to be so certified.

Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1987 Platinum (+ 1,000,000)[16]
UK BPI 1986 Silver (+ 60,000)[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Siegler, Joe (1 February 2012). "Dio Deluxe Editions". Black Sabbath Online.com. Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  2. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Dio The Last in Line review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-11-03. 
  3. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. ISBN 978-1-894959-31-5. 
  4. ^ Stratmann, Holger. "Rock Hard review". issue 7 (in German). Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  5. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 59. ISBN 3-89880-517-4. 
  6. ^ Saulnier, Jason (24 March 2012). "Vinny Appice Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c "Dio Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  8. ^ "Dio – The Last in Line (album)". Swedishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  9. ^ "Dio – The Last in Line (album)". Norwegiancharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  10. ^ "Dio – The Last in Line (album)". GfK Dutch Charts (in Dutch). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  11. ^ "Album – DIO, The Last in Line". Charts.de (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  12. ^ "The Last in Line Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  13. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 41, No. 6, October 13, 1984". Library and Archives Canada. 13 October 1984. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  14. ^ ロニー・ジェームス・ディオのアルバム (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  15. ^ a b "The Last in Line Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  16. ^ a b "RIAA Gold & Platinum Database, search for "The Last in Line"". Retrieved February 22, 2009. 
  17. ^ a b "Search for Artist Dio". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 

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