The four-CD re-release Holy Diver: Super Deluxe Edition, will feature a a new remix of the album by Joe Barresi (Slipknot, The Bronx), the original 1983 album remastered, a live album recorded in California in 1983, and various outtakes, single edits, and B-sides. It will come out on July 8, two days ahead of what would have been Ronnie James Dio’s 80th birthday.
The songs for Holy Diver were largely written in the autumn of 1982, in a rehearsal room at Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, California, where Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers recorded Damn The Torpedoes and Cheap Trick tracked Heaven Tonight.
Guitarist Vivian Cambell recalls that the quartet entered the facility with just one and a half songs – Holy Diver and a partially-constructed Don’t Talk To Strangers – but quickly penned seven more.
“A lot of the songs were rewritten versions of Sweet Savage songs,” the Northern Ireland-born guitarist told this writer in 2019. “We basically plagiarised my history. Ronnie would say, ‘What did you play with Sweet Savage?’ I’d show him something and he’d say, ‘Is that your riff?’ I’d say, Yeah, and he’d go, ‘Okay, let’s invert it, let’s do this, and change this.’ Ronnie always had notebooks full of lyrics and he’d be flicking through them while we were playing, and he’d find something, step up to the mic, and start singing. And – bang! – song done. It was that quick. He was that good that things moved along at that pace.”
“Holy Diver really is a fantastic album,” says Campbell, “and I’m proud to have been a part of it.”
The reissues live set comes from the band’s December 28, 1983, appearance at Selland Arena, in Fresno, California and includes the quartet’s takes on classic tracks from Black Sabbath (Children of the Sea, Heaven and Hell) and Rainbow (Man on the Silver Mountain).
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- Dio - Lock Up The Wolves - UK - vinyl LP - £45.00, $54.90, €52.20 (New Item) (arrived 29-Sep-2022 15:52)on December 10, 2022 at 1:37 am
DIO Lock Up The Wolves (1990 UK 10-track vinyl LP on the yellow Vertigo label featuring the singles 'Hey Angel' and 'Born On The Sun'. The glossy picture sleeve has minmal shelfwear and comes with its lyric inner while the vinyl shows only lightsigns of play)
- Dio - Holy Diver - RSD BF18 - ex - UK - shaped picture disc - £24.99, $30.49, €28.99 (New Item) (arrived 14-Sep-2022 10:06)on December 10, 2022 at 1:37 am
DIO Holy Diver (2018 UK limited '30th Anniversary' edition 12" 'Logo-shaped' Picture Disc single released exclusively for RECORD STORE DAY Black Friday 2018, including a live version recorded at Donnington in 1983 plus the studioversion of Electra [on vinyl for the first time]. The disc is housed within a custom-stickered clear PVC sleeve, which, apart from a small split remains in a really nice condition and very little signs of play)
- Dio - Holy Diver - UK - 7" vinyl - £15.00, $18.30, €17.40 (New Item) (arrived 12-Aug-2022 16:29)on December 10, 2022 at 1:37 am
DIO Holy Diver (1983 UK injection moulded 7" vinyl single, also including Evil Eyes, housed in a glossy card picture sleeve. The sleeve shows a little creasing to edges and the vinyl appears barely played DIO1)
- Dio - Rock 'N' Roll Children - White - UK - 12" vinyl - £18.00, $21.96, €20.88 (New Item) (arrived 16-May-2022 13:47)on December 10, 2022 at 1:37 am
DIO Rock 'N' Roll Children (1985 UK limited edition 3-track 12" single pressed on White Vinyl, also including live versions of 'We Rock' and 'The Last In Line', custom stickered clear PVC sleeve DIOW512)
- Dio - holy diver 2005 tour -long sleeve -L - UK - t-shirt - Promo - £85.00, $103.70, €98.60 (New Item) (arrived 02-May-2022 15:58)on December 10, 2022 at 1:37 am
DIO holy diver 2005 tour (2005 LARGE black combed cotton, long-sleeved T-shirt, featuring band logo and title in red and album artwork graphics and tour dates text in red on the back. this garment is presented as unworn and is a great momentumfrom this tour)