DIO - Dream Evil 12" Vinyl LP Album

- Heavy Metal

    "Dream Evil" is Dio's fourth album, released on July 21, 1987. It features former Rough Cutt members Craig Goldy and Claude Schnell


High Resolution Photo #1 DIO Dream Evil

Band Description:

In 1987, Ronnie James Dio, the legendary vocalist who rose to fame with Rainbow and Black Sabbath, unleashed his fourth studio album, "Dream Evil," onto the metal scene. This 12" vinyl LP marked a continuation of Dio's signature brand of heavy metal, but with a renewed focus on technical prowess and lyrical exploration.

Fresh off the success of the commercially acclaimed "Sacred Heart" (1985) , "Dream Evil" showcased a new lineup featuring guitarist Craig Goldy and bassist Claude Schnell. Goldy's neo-classical influences brought a fresh energy to the band's sound, with intricate guitar solos and soaring melodies complementing Dio's powerful vocals. Tracks like "Night People" and "Sunset Superman" became instant classics, demonstrating the band's ability to balance speed and melody.

Lyrically, "Dream Evil" delved into the fantastical and the dark. The title track itself explores themes of temptation and damnation, while "All the Fools Sailed Away" paints a vivid picture of a post-apocalyptic world. Dio, never one to shy away from social commentary, also weaved in subtle critiques of societal ills in songs like "Naked in the Rain."

While "Dream Evil" wasn't without its share of controversy, with some fans criticizing its slightly more polished sound compared to previous albums, it stands as a testament to Dio's constant evolution. The album solidified his reputation as a metal innovator and a master storyteller.

So crank up the volume, put on your favorite ripped jeans and leather jacket, and take a trip back to 1987 with "Dream Evil." This essential Dio record is a must-have for any fan of classic heavy metal.

Music Genre:

Heavy Metal Hard Rock 

Album Production information:

Produced by Ronnie James Dio

Angelo Arcuri - Producer, Sound Engineer

Allen Abrahamson - Sound Engineer

Charlie Brocco - Sound Engineer

Tom Biener - Sound Engineer

George Marino (1947-2012) - Mastering Engineer

George Marino: legendary mastering engineer behind iconic albums by Metallica, AC/DC, and more. Explore his life and groundbreaking career in music.

Gene Kirkland - Photography

Gene Kirkland has been taking photos for music albums covers (during the 1980s) mainly for DIO, but also for Megadeth and Sanctuary.

Janet Levinson - Art Direction

Margo Chase - Hand Lettering

Steve Huston - Illustration

Wendy Dio - Cover Concept

Record Label & Catalognr:

Vertigo 832 530
Album Packaging:This album includes the original custom inner sleeve with album details, and photos of Ronnie James Dio and his band.  

Media Format:

12" Vinyl LP Record  

Year & Country:

1987 Made in Holland
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: DIO - Dream Evil
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Ronnie James Dio (1943-2010) - Vocals

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  • Claude Schnell - Keyboards
  • Craig Goldy - Guitars
  • Jimmy Bain (1947-2016) - Bass, Keyboards

    Jimmy Bain, the legendary bassist behind Rainbow and Dio, was a force of nature. His driving basslines powered some of hard rock's most iconic anthems. Want to hear more?

  • 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.

Track Listing of: DIO Dream Evil

The Song/tracks on "DIO Dream Evil" are

    Side One:
  • Night People
  • Dream Evil
  • Sunset Superman
  • All the Fools Sailed
    Side Two:
  • Naked in the Rain
  • Overlove
  • I Could have been a Dreamer
  • Faces in the Window
  • When a Woman Cries
Album cover photos of : DIO Dream Evil

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High Resolution Close Up Photo of the LP Record Label

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