Evil Or Divine: Live
4/28/2005 - Review by: Ken Pierce
Dio - Evil Or Divine: Live In NYC - 2004 - Spitfire Records
The song selection for this recording was a good one, as Dio has decided to include much more of his Rainbow material and his Sabbath stuff than in recent years. Given these tunes legendary status at this point in time, it was a smart move in my opinion. Highlights to me were definitely “Man On The Silver Mountain” as well as “Long Live Rock And Roll”. Killer numbers from his Rainbow years without any doubt. It also includes the staple tracks from “Holy Diver”; a CD which I am hoping comes to a remastered state very soon. The production was well-done and all instruments are clear and nothing overpowers the other. The guitar solo by Doug Aldrich is killer; he is someone who can stand along the other great axe men in his genre. Dio himself stands out as you might expect and there is very little difference in his voice from the studio recordings to the live shows even after many years.
There is a companion DVD to this CD release and the only difference in the two besides one being audio and the other video would be the exclusion of the Simon Wright drum solo and the song “Lord Of The Last Day”. I am mostly a fan of drum solos but they really have to be spectacular in order for me to focus on them on a CD than in a live setting. Not much of a difference in the end, so you as a fan can choose to pick up either piece. Check out one of them, especially if you are an old-school classic sound fan.
-- Ken Pierce 04.29.05
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