DIO Holy Diver 12" Vinyl LP Album

Holy Diver is the debut album of heavy metal band Dio. Released on May 25, 1983, it has been hailed by critics as Dio's best work and a classic staple in the heavy metal genreĀ  This original cover offended churches because it looks as if the monster on the album was killing a Roman Catholic priest. This album includes the original custom inner sleeve with many photos of Ronnie James Dio and his band

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Album's Condition and Grading Details

Strict grading according to the Goldmine Grading for Vinyl records has been applied, this record has been carefully visually inspected to determine the grading.


NEAR MINT or NM, M- : this record appears virtually flawless A very minor scuff and very little else can appear on the vinyl. It should play without any noise over the flaw. The flaw is very hard to see.


NEAR MINT or NM, M- : The cover looks as close to perfect with only minor signs of wear and or age, WOC

Production & Recording Information

This album "DIO Holy Diver" includes the original custom inner sleeve with a collage of the DIO band-members,

The album: "DIO Holy Diver" was produced by: Ronnie James Dio

  Ronnie James DIO (1942-2010) , the KING of Heavy Metal with a long career (starting in 1957) being lead singer (vocals) in many different bands. DIO's career in a nutshell: 1957 The Vegas Kings, Ronnie and the Rumblers, 1958-1961 Ronnie and the Redcaps, 1961-1967 Ronnie and the Prophets, 1967-1968 The Electric Elves, 1968-1972 The Elves, 1972-1975 ELF, 1975-1978 Rainbow , 1979-1982 Black Sabbath , 1982-2010 DIO (Band) , 1981-1982 Black Sabbath , 2006-2010 Heaven & Hell.

Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Angelo Arcuri

This album was recorded at: Sound City Studios ,  Van Nuys, California , 1983

Mastering by George Marino (1947-2012) - Mastering Engineer

  George Marino (1947-2012)  Senior Mastering Engineer at Sterling Sound N.Y.C. , he was probable the most experienced sound mastering engineer in the world and has mastered hundreds of discs in all music genres. . Jump to a list that covers the Heavy Metal albums he has mastered during the 1980s

Gene Kirkland - Photography

Jerry McManus - Art Direction

Mark (Weiss Guy) Weiss - Photography

  Mark Weiss is an American rock and roll photographer. His most widely recognized photographs capture the look and aesthetic of music and celebrity personalities of the 1980s. His work with renowned publications such as Circus magazine and FACES helped establish Mark "Weissguy" Weiss as a name known for rock photography. He has photographed everyone from the Rolling Stones, KISS, Madonna, to the Wu Tang Clan.Source: Wikipedia

Randy Barrett - Artwork

Rick Brackett - Photography

Sharon Weisz - Photography

Simon Levy - Art Direction

Gene Hunter - Original Art Rendering

Ray Leonard - Sound Engineer

Wendy Dio - Cover Concept

Music Genre:

Heavy Metal, Hard Rock

Label & Catalognr

Mercury 811 021-1

Media Format

Original Custom Inner Sleeve
Record Format: 12" Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country

1983 Netherlands

  • Ronnie James Dio - Vocals
  • Vivian Campbell Guitar
  • Jimmy Bain Bass, Keyboards
  • Vinny Appice Drums

      Vinny Appice is the younger brother of Carmine Appice. Vinny has played drums in many different bands, together with Ronnie James Dio in "Black Sabbath", DIO (Band), "Heaven and Hell" and in many other bands. Bands in which Vinnie Appice has been played in are: 3 Legged Dogg, 9 Chambers, Appice, Axis, Black Sabbath, Circle of Tyrants, Dio, Dunsmuir, Erik Norlander, Hear 'N Aid, Heaven & Hell, Kill Devil Hill, Last in Line, Lynch Mob, Martiria, Minoru Niihara, Power Project, Resurrection Kings, Serpent's Ride, WWIII.

Tracklisting Side A:
  1. Stand Up And Shout 3:15
  2. Holy Diver 5:52
  3. Gypsy 3:37
  4. Caught In The Middle 4:13
  5. Don't Talk To Strangers 4:49
Tracklisting Side B:
  1. Straight Through The Heart 4:31
  2. Invisible 5:23
  3. Rainbow In The Dark 4:13
  4. Shame On The Night 5:16

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