The Last in Line

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The Last In Line
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 2, 1984
RecordedCaribou Ranch, Colorado
GenreHeavy metal
LabelWarner Bros. (North America)
Vertigo (rest of the world)
ProducerRonnie James Dio
Dio chronology
Holy Diver
The Last In Line
Sacred Heart
Singles from The Last in Line
  1. "Mystery/I Speed at Night"
    Released: July 1984
  2. "We Rock"
    Released: July 1, 1984
  3. "The Last in Line"
    Released: 1984 (Europe only)

The Last In Line is the second Platinum-selling studio album by the American heavy metal band Dio, released on July 2, 1984. It is the first Dio album to feature former Rough Cutt keyboardist Claude Schnell.


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
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[2]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal10/10[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
1."We Rock"Dio4:36
2."The Last in Line"Jimmy Bain, Vivian Campbell, Dio5:40
3."Breathless"Campbell, Dio4:04
4."I Speed at Night"Vinny Appice, Bain, Campbell, Dio3:22
5."One Night in the City"Appice, Bain, Campbell, Dio5:15
Side two
6."Evil Eyes"Dio3:38
7."Mystery"Bain, Dio3:46
8."Eat Your Heart Out"Appice, Bain, Campbell, Dio3:49
9."Egypt (The Chains Are On)"Appice, Bain, Campbell, Dio6:57


  • 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



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]


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  3. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 98. ISBN 978-1894959315.
  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.
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  9. ^ "Dio – The Last in Line (album)". 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.
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  14. ^ ロニー・ジェームス・ディオのアルバム (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2013-10-28.
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