DIO - Last in Line - Anglo American Heavy Metal 12" Vinyl LP Album

  "The Last in Line" is the second studio album by heavy metal band Dio, released on July 13, 1984. This web-page has hi-res photos of the album covers, record label and a detailed description.


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Album Description:

In 1984, the world of heavy metal was forever changed with the release of Dio's second studio album, "The Last in Line". The German edition of this iconic album, bearing the record catalog number Vertigo 822 366, became an instant classic in the hearts of metal enthusiasts across the globe. Filled with powerful performances, masterful musicianship, and captivating artwork, this LP stands as a testament to Dio's enduring legacy in the realm of heavy metal.

A Powerful Duo:

Produced by the legendary Ronnie James Dio himself, the German edition of "The Last in Line" maintained the same creative direction that made the original release such a success. With Dio's unparalleled vision and dedication to his craft, the album promised to deliver an unforgettable listening experience to fans in Germany and beyond.

The Masterful Touch:

The importance of mastering an album cannot be overstated, as it ensures the final sound quality is optimized for vinyl. For the German edition, Dio enlisted the renowned mastering engineer George Marino, who brought his expertise to the table once again. Marino's skilled touch enhanced the album's sonic depth, allowing every instrument and vocal nuance to shine through with clarity and power.

Visual Brilliance:

True to the spirit of Dio's artistry, the album cover design and artwork for the German edition were just as captivating as the original. Fans were treated to a visual feast, courtesy of the talents of the designers involved in creating the cover. The imagery perfectly complemented the album's themes and added an extra layer of mystique and intrigue.

Photographic Magic:

To capture the essence of Dio's performance and persona for the German edition, a team of skilled photographers was assembled. Their task was to immortalize the band's energy and charisma through their lenses, resulting in striking images that showcased the band in all their metal glory. These photos became an integral part of the album's presentation, resonating with fans and leaving an enduring impact.

The Maestros of Metal:

"The Last in Line" owed its legendary status not only to Dio's charismatic presence but also to the outstanding musicians who comprised the band.

Ronnie James Dio, with his powerful and emotive vocals, was the beating heart of the band. His ability to convey raw emotion and his remarkable stage presence cemented his status as one of the most iconic figures in metal history. Although no longer with us, Ronnie James Dio's influence continues to be felt throughout the genre.

Claude Schnell, the master of keyboards, added layers of grandeur and atmosphere to the band's sound. His keyboard arrangements complemented the heavy guitar riffs, creating a captivating and unique sonic experience.

Jimmy Bain, a multi-talented musician who played bass and keyboards, contributed significantly to the band's distinctive sound. His creativity and technical prowess on the bass guitar laid a solid foundation for the band's music.

Vinny Appice, the powerhouse behind the drums, provided the driving rhythm that propelled the band's songs forward with relentless energy. His precise and thunderous drumming style became a defining element of Dio's sound.

Vivian Campbell's guitar work was nothing short of extraordinary. His impressive technical skill, melodic sensibility, and fiery solos elevated the band's music to new heights, making him an indispensable part of the Dio lineup.

The Magnum Opus:

"The Last in Line" featured a collection of timeless heavy metal anthems. Tracks like the eponymous "The Last in Line" and the electrifying "We Rock" have become staples in Dio's live performances, rallying crowds with their potent energy and memorable choruses. The epic and storytelling nature of "Egypt (The Chains Are On)" showcased Dio's ability to craft immersive musical journeys.

Music Genre:

  Heavy Metal NWOBHM  
Album packaging:  This album includes the original custom inner sleeve with album details, and photos.

Album Production information:

Produced by Ronnie James DIO

Heavy metal legend Ronnie James Dio! His mighty voice and the iconic "devil horns" defined the genre. Here's his story

Angelo Arcuri - Producer, Sound Engineer

Rich Markowitz - 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.

Barry Jackson - Artwork

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.

Neil Zlozower - Photographer

Neil Zlozower Neil Zlozower is an American photographer and music industry professional, best known for his work documenting the hard rock and heavy metal scenes of the 1970s and 1980s. He was born on 9 December 1949, in Los Angeles, California.


Zlozower started his photography career in the 1970s, working as a freelance photographer for various music industry magazines and record labels. Over the years, he has captured some of the most iconic images of some of the biggest and most influential musicians of the rock and metal worlds, including Mötley Crüe , Van Halen , Guns N' Roses, Slayer , and many more.

Zlozower's work has been featured in numerous books, magazines, and exhibitions, and he continues to be one of the most respected and sought-after photographers in the music industry. In addition to his photography work, Zlozower has also been involved in various other aspects of the music business, including album design, marketing, and publicity. He is widely recognized as one of the key figures in the history of hard rock and heavy metal photography.

Steve Gerdes - Album Cover Design

Wendy Dio - Cover Concept

Record Label Information:

  Vertigo 822 366

Media Format:

  12" Vinyl LP Record  

Year & Country:

  1984 Made in Germany  
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: DIO - Last in Line
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Ronnie James Dio (1943-2010) - Vocals, Producer

    Heavy metal legend Ronnie James Dio! His mighty voice and the iconic "devil horns" defined the genre. Here's his story

  • Vivian Campbell - Guitars
  • Claude Schnell - Keyboards
  • 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

    Drumming icon Vinnie Appice ruled the 80s. Sabbath, Dio, and more! Get the full story


Track Listing of: DIO Last in Line

The Song/tracks on "DIO Last in Line" are

    Side One:
  • We Rock
  • The Last in Line
  • Breathless
  • I Speed at Night
  • One Night in the City
    Side Two:
  • Evil Eyes
  • Mystery
  • Eat Your Heart Out
  • Egypt (The Chains are on)
Album cover photos of : DIO Last in Line

High Resolution Photo #1 DIO Last In Line

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

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

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High Resolution Photo of the LP Side One  

High Resolution Photo #5 DIO Last In Line

Note: The images on this page are photos of the actual album. Slight differences in color may exist due to the use of the camera's flash. Images can be zoomed in/out ( eg pinch with your fingers on a tablet or smartphone )
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