The Very Beast of Dio Vol. 2

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The Very Beast of Dio Vol. 2
Greatest hits album by Dio
Released October 9, 2012[1]
Recorded 1996-2010
Genre Heavy metal
Length 78:21
Label Niji Entertainment
Producer Ronnie James Dio, Wendy Dio
Dio compilations chronology
The Ronnie James Dio Story: Mightier Than the Sword
(2011)
The Very Beast of Dio Vol. 2
(2012)
Snapshot
(2013)

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.

Unlike its predecessor, which was only available in the United States and Canada, Vol. 2 had a worldwide release. The album was released on October 9, 2012.[1]

Promotion[edit]

Eddie Trunk, radio host and longtime friend of Ronnie James Dio, provided liner notes for the release. In addition, the album was heavily promoted on Trunk's radio program as well as his VH1 Classic program, That Metal Show.[1]

The album was made available for streaming on the official Ronnie James Dio webstore on August 7, 2012.[2]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
Blabbermouth.net 9/10 stars[4]
About.com 3.5/5 stars[5]
Metal Forces (8.5/10)[6]
Record Collector 3/5 stars[7]

Since its release, this compilation album has been met with mostly positive reviews. William Clark of Guitar International wrote that "This new release captures both of these of extreme emotions that drenched Dio’s later efforts and brings them together fabulously on one disc".[8] Chad Bowar of About.com said that "The Very Beast Of Dio Vol 2 isn't essential, but is a very good collection of Dio's later material".[5]

Tracklisting[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Original release Length
1. "Killing the Dragon"   Ronnie James Dio, Jimmy Bain Killing the Dragon (2002) 4:25
2. "Push"   Dio, Bain, Craig Goldy Killing the Dragon 4:08
3. "The Eyes"   Dio, Goldy Master of the Moon (2004) 6:27
4. "Along Comes a Spider"   Dio, Doug Aldrich, Bain Killing the Dragon 3:32
5. "Better in the Dark"   Dio, Bain Killing the Dragon 3:43
6. "Fever Dreams"   Dio Magica (2000) 4:37
7. "Black"   Dio, Tracy Grijalva, Vinny Appice, Jeff Pilson Angry Machines (1996) 3:06
8. "Feed My Head"   Dio, Goldy Magica 5:39
9. "Shivers"   Dio, Goldy Master of the Moon 4:15
10. "Hunter of the Heart" (live) Dio, Grijalva, Appice Inferno: Last in Live (1998), studio version from Angry Machines 5:15
11. "One More for the Road"   Dio, Goldy Master of the Moon 3:18
12. "Lord of the Last Day"   Dio Magica 4:04
13. "Electra" (bonus track) Dio single from the Tournado Box Set (2010) 6:26
14. "As Long as It's Not About Love"   Dio, Goldy Magica 6:04
15. "This Is Your Life"   Dio, Grijalva Angry Machines 3:18
16. "Metal Will Never Die" (bonus track) David Feinstein guest appearance on the David "Rock" Feinstein album Bitten by the Beast (2010) 5:20
17. "The Prisoner of Paradise" (bonus track) Dio, Goldy Japanese edition of Master of the Moon 4:01

Credits[edit]

  • All tracks produced by Ronnie James Dio and engineered by Wyn Davis, except:
    • "Metal Will Never Die" - produced by David Feinstein and mixed by Alex Perialas
    • "Hunter of the Heart" (live) - engineered by Moray McMillan and Martin Rowe
  • Wyn Davis - remastering
  • Wendy Dio - executive producer

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Dio: 'The Very Beast Of Dio Vol. 2' Artwork, Track Listing Revealed - Aug. 1, 2012". Blabbermouth.net. Roadrunner Records. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Dio: 'The Very Beast Of Dio Vol. 2' Audio Preview - Aug. 7, 2012". Blabbermouth.net. Roadrunner Records. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  3. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "The Very Beast of Dio, Vol.2 review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-11-20. 
  4. ^ Van Horn Jr., Ray. "Dio "The Very Beast of Dio, Vol.2"". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2013-11-20. 
  5. ^ a b Bowar, Chad. "Dio- The Very Beast of Dio, Vol.2 review". Heavy Metal. About.com. Retrieved 2013-11-20. 
  6. ^ Fisher, Mark. "Dio - The Very Beast Of Dio Vol. 2". Metal Forces. Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  7. ^ Patterson, Dayal (December 2012). "Rainbow - Down to Earth: Deluxe Edition". Record Collector (408). Retrieved 2013-12-09. 
  8. ^ Clark, William. "Ronnie James Dio's The Very Beast of Dio, Volume 2". Guitar International.com. Archived from the original on 22 January 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-20.