DIO - Sacred Heart ( 1985, Europe ) 12" Vinyl LP Album

"Sacred Heart" is Dio's third studio album. It was released in August 15, 1985. This release of "Sacred Heart" was made in the Netherlands for European Distribution.

Album Front Cover Photo of DIO - Sacred Heart ( 1985, Europe )
"Sacred Heart," Album Description:

DIO's 1985 album "Sacred Heart," released on 12" vinyl, was a turning point in the band's sound and a defining moment in their history. It arrived as heavy metal enjoyed peak mainstream popularity, with bands like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest dominating the scene. DIO, always ambitious, aimed to push the genre's boundaries even further.

"Sacred Heart" found DIO experimenting with a slightly more accessible, keyboard-driven sound, and embracing grander theatrics. While tracks like the anthemic "Rock 'N' Roll Children" and the blistering "Stand Up and Shout" maintained their heavy edge, others like "Hungry for Heaven" incorporated catchy hooks and a sheen of commercial polish.

The album's iconic title track was its centerpiece, both musically and visually. Dio's lyrical themes of good vs. evil and fantasy took center stage, accompanied by the now-famous stage show involving a fire-breathing dragon. This shift in presentation proved controversial with some fans who favored the raw power of earlier releases like "Holy Diver."

Despite this, "Sacred Heart" found significant commercial success. The band, featuring the formidable lineup of Vivian Campbell on guitar, Jimmy Bain on bass, Claude Schnell on keyboards, and the powerhouse Vinny Appice on drums, showcased their stellar musicianship. Dio's commanding voice, a staple of heavy metal, remained as potent as ever.

The album was recorded at Rumbo Studios in LA, capturing the energy and ambition of the era. DIO embarked on a massive world tour with an elaborate stage show, further cementing their status as arena rock contenders alongside the era's heavyweights.

"Sacred Heart" marks a fascinating chapter in DIO's history. While it may have alienated some die-hard fans, it expanded their reach and showcased their willingness to evolve. It's a record that reflects the musical landscape of the mid-1980s and showcases the enduring power of Ronnie James Dio's artistry.

Product Information and Collector Notes


Album Front Cover:


  • The band-name "DIO" is printed in the top-center of the album's front cover
  • The album-title "Sacred Hear" is printed at the bottom center of the album's fron cover.
  • There is no catalognr printed on the front cover.
Album Back Cover


  • The bar-code "0 42282 48481 9" is printed in the upper-right corner of the album back coer.
  • Below the bar-code is the catalognr: 824 848-1
  • To the left of the bar-code there is a small Vertigo full-swirl logo
  • Is this catalognr the same as the catalognr on the label
  • In the bottom left-corner there is "Printed in The Netherlands"
  • In the bottom center of the album cover there is "(p) 1985 Phonogram International B.V., The Netherlands, except "Hungry For Heaven" (p) 1985 Warner Bros. Inc, U.S.A. (c) 1985 Warner Bros Records, Inc., U.S.A.
  • In the bottom right there is the Phonogram logo and:
    marketed by
Inner Sleeve
On one sife of the inner sleeve there are band-photos and credits, with song lyrics of "Sacred Heart" on the other side.
Record Label

Record label information:

  • The record labels are green with lettering in black
  • Vertigo Spaceship aka UFO Label
  • There is NO label code
  • The rights society B.I.E.M and Stemra are printed on the right hand side, near 3 o'lcock. Next to it is "Copyright Control" logo.
  • The catalognr "824 848-1" is printed on the left hand side, near 9 o'clock
  • Below the catalognr there is "824 848-1.1" , STEREO 33 1/3 and "MADE IN HOLLAND".

    Note: the "MADE iN HOLLAND" does not appear on all the Dutch releases of of "Sacred Heart"

  • The rim-text is printed in English and runs from 8 o'clock to 4 o'clock.
Production & Recording Information

Ronnie James DIO

Sound & Recording Engineers:

Gary McGachan

Recording Location:

Rumbo Studios. Los Angeles California

Mastering Engineer and Location:

Greg Fulginiti , Artisan Sound Recorders, Hollywood. California

Album Cover Design & Artwork:

Jerry McManus ( Art Direction )

Margo Chase ( Hand Lettering )

Robert Florczak ( Artwork )

Steve Gerdes ( Album Cover Design )

Wendy Dio ( Cover Concept )


Gene Kirkland

P. G. "Wigan" Brunelli

Music Genre:

Heavy Metal / Hard Rock

Label & Catalognr:

 Vertigo – 824 848-1

Media Format:

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

Year & Country:

1985 Made in Holland

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  • Vivian Campbell - Guitar
  • Claude Schnell - Keyboards
Tracklisting Side One:
  1. King of Rock and Roll
  2. Sacred Heart
  3. Another Lie
  4. Rock and Roll Children
Tracklisting Side Two:
  1. Hungry for Heaven
  2. Like the Beat of a Heart
  3. Just Another Day
  4. Fallen Angels
  5. Shoot Shoot

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