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Loving put-together and beautifully designed box-set,

It’s still difficult to comprehend that Ronnie James Dio – one of the greatest and most humble men in hard rock and heavy metal – has been dead for a little over two years now. Not only did he have one of the most distinctive voices in rock but he was also one of the friendliest; he was a real raconteur and a true gent. He’ll be best remembered for his stints in Black Sabbath, and its off-shoot Heaven And Hell, as well as Rainbow but he also left behind a strong body of work with his self-titled band that he formed in 1982 after leaving Black Sabbath. Dio’s first album ‘Holy Diver’ remains a cherished masterpiece; one which the various incarnations of Dio would never better (although they came close with its superlative follow-up, 1984s ‘The Last In Line’.)

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This loving put-together and beautifully designed box-set evidently celebrates the singles which Dio released through Universal/Vertigo, and best of all each single is a replica of the original release. Kudos to Steve Hammonds and Hugh Gilmour, and also to sleeve notes writer Malcolm Dome for putting this fantastic collection together. The box-set also includes a DVD of promo videos and a 32 page booklet detailing Dio’s discography from the Vertigo years. There is little point in detailing every song but suffice it to say there are 22 live tracks and 15 bonus tracks as well as the 14 singles. The live tracks are awesome and were primarily recorded at Castle Donington in 1983 and various spots in the USA throughout 1984 and 1985. Dio would go on to make more music for other labels and with different musicians, but those albums would not be as commercially successful or as brilliant as what is represented in this box-set. Dio himself may have been small in stature but he was larger than life in personality and with his powerful voice. ‘The Singles Collection’ is very much a fans-only release but it is so spectacularly produced that any fan of rock and metal would want this box-set sitting proudly in their record collection.

Dio’s widow and manager Wendy Dio is evidently committed to keeping her deceased husband’s name alive and with more products in the works (such as his eagerly awaited autobiography) there’s no doubt that Dio’s memory and music will live on, and rightly so. It can be argued that some things – such as Dio’s Disciplines – are in bad taste and somewhat cynical but such opinions are entirely subjective.

‘The Singles Collection’ is conveniently released just in time for Christmas.

Neil Daniels

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