DIO - HOLY DIVER - German release 12" LP ALBUM VINYL

  This is the debut album by American heavy metal band Dio, released in 1983. Vocalist Ronnie James Dio had just finished his first tenure in Black Sabbath, whose drummer Vinny Appice he took with him to put together his own band

  This original cover offended churches because it looks as if the monster on the album was killing a Roman Catholic priest.

This web page has photos of album covers, inner sleeves, record labels together with production details, musicians and track-listing.


Large Hires Front Cover Photo of Holy Diver

Collectors information & Description:


This album "DIO - Holy Diver (DE)" includes the original custom inner sleeve with album details, complete lyrics of all songs by and artwork/photos


Music Genre:

Heavy Metal 

Album Production information:


The album: "DIO - Holy Diver (DE)" was produced by: Ronnie James Dio

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

Angelo Arcuri - Producer, Sound Engineer

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

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

Label Information:

Mercury 811 021-1

Media Format:

12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

1983 Made in Germany

Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: DIO - Holy Diver (DE)

    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Ronnie James Dio - Vocals

      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.

  • 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.

Complete Track-listing of the album "DIO - Holy Diver (DE)"

The detailed tracklist of this record "DIO - Holy Diver (DE)" is:

    Track-listing :
  1. Stand Up and Shout (Ronnie James Dio, Jimmy Bain) 3:06
  2. Holy Diver (Dio) 5:51
  3. Gypsy (Dio, Vivian Campbell) 3:39
  4. Caught in the Middle (Dio, Vinny Appice, Campbell) 4:14
  5. Don't Talk to Strangers (Dio) 4:53
  6. Straight Through the Heart (Dio, Bain) 4:31
  7. Invisible (Dio, Appice, Campbell) 5:24
  8. Rainbow in the Dark (Dio, Appice, Bain, Campbell) 4:21
  9. Shame on the Night (Dio, Appice, Bain, Campbell) 5:20

High Quality Photo of Album Front Cover  "DIO - Holy Diver (DE)"


High Resolution Photo #1 DIO Holy Diver Germany

High Resolution Photo Album Back Cover  

High Resolution Photo #2 DIO Holy Diver Germany

High Resolution Photo of the Original Custom Inner Sleeve (OIS) #1  

High Resolution Photo #3 DIO Holy Diver Germany

High Resolution Photo of the Original Custom Inner Sleeve (OIS) #2  

High Resolution Photo #4 DIO Holy Diver Germany

High Resolution Photo of the LP Side One  

High Resolution Photo #5 DIO Holy Diver Germany


High Resolution Photo #6 DIO Holy Diver Germany

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