DIO “INTERMISSION” – LIVE ALBUM FROM 1986 IS A METAL MUST!


DIO – Released in June of 1986, DIOIntermission has always been a favorable listen for me. The lone studio track, Time To Burn is a major reason why I bought Intermission so many years ago. This song just stuck to me instantly, from the very first time I heard it on either WCCC FM or WHCN FM out of Hartford, Connecticut. The combination of the melodic hardness and lyrics of Time To Burn just never seems to dull on my Metal senses. I still get the same ostrich bumps on my arms and face when I listen to this song today. Metal be thy name. The only difference between now and then, while listening to this vintage DIO song, is that at this point in my Metal life… I don’t feel I have that much “Time To Burn” anymore.

Back in 1986, there was no such thing as itunes, so buying just the song Time To Burn was not an option for me. Buying a song or two like we do today, at any time of the day, with the click of a computer mouse, was pure Science Fiction back then. Of course I wanted the entire song package that Intermission bestowed, as of 1986 there was no official live DIO title until this album was released. Furthermore, I, like so many millions of other DIO fans, was riding the wave of incredible album releases by DIO during those early to mid 80’s… 1983’s Holy Diver, 1984’s The Last In Line and 1985’s Sacred Heart were a triple dose of Heavy Metal ecstasy and still are!

In Metal truth, Intermission can easily be referred to as an EP, with only six songs. Five of the songs are live, with of course Time To Burn being the studio track. Track five is a live medley of three songs – Rock ‘N’ Roll Children, Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll and Man On The Silver Mountain. Adding two classic Rainbow songs into the live mix, with Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll and Man On The Silver Mountain was a brilliantly cool idea from Ronnie James Dio, in my Metal opinion. These two Rainbow songs were and forever will be synonymous with Ronnie James Dio.

The overall sound quality of the live songs are well above average, you won’t be listening to a bootleg when it comes to quality. Intermission will never go down in Metal history as the greatest live album… still it is an excellent live DIO album that is a must for new fans. Old School DIO and Heavy Metal fans should already be familiar with Intermission, embracing it as much as I do could differ from one fan to the next. Ronnie James Dio left us fans with an incredible and unparalleled catalog of music. Intermission is a DIO album that captured a moment in time and is too good to ignore.

Intermission is still readily available at nearly every online music retailer, plus it sells for well under ten dollars, (U.S.), in both new and used condition. I’ve also seen Intermission on vinyl, selling in the ten dollar, (U.S.), range for both new and used condition. Adding this DIO album to your DIO or Heavy Metal Music collection is a smart Metal move… who knows for how much longer it will be in print?

Track Listing For DIO – Intermission:

King Of Rock And Roll

Rainbow In The Dark

Sacred Heart

Time To Burn (Studio Track)

Rock ‘N’ Roll Children/Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll/Man On The Silver Mountain (Medley)

We Rock

* DIO – Intermission was originally released on Warner Bros. Records in North America.

The musicians of DIO, as heard on Intermission:

Ronnie James Dio – vocals

Vivian Campbell – guitar

Jimmy Bain – bass

Vinny Appice – drums

Claude Schnell – keyboards

Craig Goldy – guitar on Time To Burn (studio track)

* Craig Goldy has been the guitarist for: Rough Cutt, Giuffria and Craig Goldy’s Ritual.

* Intermission was the official introduction of Craig Goldy as the guitarist for DIO, replacing Vivian Campbell.

* Craig Goldy is the guitarist on DIO’s studio albums: Dream Evil (1987), Magica (2000) and Master Of The Moon (2004).

* You can check out more info on Craig Goldy by clicking on the link below:

CRAIG GOLDY – MySpace Music Page

* After leaving DIO, Vivian Campbell joined Whitesnake in 1987 for their World Tour, through 1988. Vivian Campbell went on to play guitar on Lou Gramm’s 1989 solo album – Long Hard Look. He also played guitar for Riverdogs and Shadow King before joining Def Leppard in 1993. The Def Leppard album from 1993, Retro Active, was Vivian Campbell’s first appearance as guitarist with them.

Stone.

5 Responses to “DIO “INTERMISSION” – LIVE ALBUM FROM 1986 IS A METAL MUST!”

  1. DIO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • metalodyssey Says:

      I whole heartedly share in your Metal enthusiasm. I second that… DIO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Stone

      \m/

  2. Thank you so much for this! I had been looking for this record for a long time ..unfortunately for me, I got only one of the songs here- We Rock, and its sitting alone by itself with the wrong artwork in my iPod’s cover flow.. hopefully I can complete the album as a whole and officially add it to my collection.. Cheers!

  3. About two years ago I read my friends copy of Martin Popoff’s Dio biography which inspired to replace my vinyl copy of this album on CD.

    Great album and it really is full length album since albums back in the 80’s such as Van Halen, etc where about a half hour long, which proves Dio was a class act, calling an EP and at the time saving his fans a couple of beans.

    Great performance and hard to believe Vivian Campbell went from Dio to Def Leppard style of music.

    • metalodyssey Says:

      “Time To Burn” is just as sensational a DIO song as any. This song is riveting to me.

      I just don’t know the “full details” regarding the “fall-out” between Vivian Campbell and Ronnie James Dio. There are video on You Tube that show Ronnie signing autographs and putting down Vivian Campbell in a big way. RJD was confronted with a question regarding Vivian Campbell and he got very upset about him. This You Tube video was “shot” supposedly after a Heaven & Hell concert about a year ago.

      When push comes to shove… I’ll take the late & GREAT Ronnie James Dio’s side!! 😉

      Stone

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