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The Collection does a good job of covering Dio's solo band's best hits. For a first time listener, it's a great buy but it will even appeal to some collector's since it contains some rarer live tracks.
This compilation has generally everything you'd expect- 'Holy Diver', 'Rainbow In The Dark', 'Jesus, Mary & The Holy Ghost', 'Don't Talk To Strangers', 'Dream Evil' etc. But, as i've said, as well as studio tracks there are some live one's thrown in too, which is a good thing. The sound quality and production is also very good making it a quality 'best of' set.
In order to 100% successfully sum-up Dio himself, there need's to be some of his Rainbow and Black Sabbath work included too. The Collection, being a Dio solo band compilation, does not feature any Rainbow/Sabbath tracks. So if you are completely new to Dio in every way possible, you probably will be dissapointed. But, since it is supposed to be a Dio solo release, you can forgive this album- in terms of summing up Dio's solo work it does a perfectly acceptable job.
So, of course, if you are totally new to Dio, then you will want to check out his other work. But, for a new or casual Dio solo listener, The Collection is a worthy set of songs. It's also, generally, on sale for budget prices. And to be honest, it's probably the best Dio compilation you're gonna find.
Too many bands decline from excellence with a steady flow of greatest hits compialtions. Megadeth, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Dio. But while often these compilations are boring, lacking new material and poorly made, Dio's "The Collection" is one of the few truly great exceptions.
Like any good Dio comp, the early hits Holy Diver and Rainbow in the Dark start off the album, with the excellent Don't Talk To Strangers thrown in between them. There are several hard to find live recordings on this album, which makes it something worth looking for if you're a collector. The true gem of these is the live version of The Last In Line.
The songs are broken up so that they don't become boring, and the live tracks are well recorded. Throughout the album, you really feel like you're at a Ronnie James Dio show in the mid-eighties, singing along to every line of Dream Evil and throwing the horns.
Dio was a very good singer for Black Sabbath, and his current work in Heaven and Hell is also quite noteworthy. This collection helps you to get a feel for his solo career and lets you jump right into the covnersation. Pick up "The Collection" is you want the only good Dio comp.