On this deluxe reissue you get outstanding live version of several of the tracks from Magica. Listening to this album again really hits home the tragic loss of such an incredible talent. No one will ever be able to fill his shows. For anyone that is a fan of not only Dio, but metal music period should add this deluxe edition to their collection. It’s a magnificent album and a crowning achievement in a legendary career.
Everything from early classic rock, to blues, doo wop and even some early haunting medieval tones that can later be traced back to his Rainbow days.
As far as Dio’s guest vocals on “The Code”, you’ll get what you know will get just Dio singing like his usual surprisingly the song itself sounds a bit some of RJD ‘s material from “Killing The Dragon”. A nice addition if you’re a Dio fan but there’s more the meets the eye to this Rods album even with the name Dio attached to this one tune.
ohh but it gets better Dio manages to incorporate some bits from “The Temple of the King” into one hell of a performance. I don’t care how many times I hear “Heaven and Hell”, it gives it goosebumps every time I hear Ronnie raise his bear crushing voice into the sky.