Thirty years ago today Dio sang “Hey the old ones speak of winter the young ones praise the sun and time just slips away Oh running into nowhere turning like a wheel and a year becomes a day Whenever we dream that’s when we fly so here is a dream for just you and I We’ll find the sacred heart somewhere bleeding in the night yeah. Look for the light and find the sacred heart”.
The album was called “Sacred Heart” and not only is this album celebrating its thirtieth anniversary but it is also the Heavy Metal legends third album and the final one that would feature the blistering guitar work of Vivian Campbell. The rest of the lineup was the same with Jimmy Bain on bass and Vinny Appice on drums along with Claude Schnell on keyboards. Dio was as majestic as ever with this one but it was at this point I was moving in a slightly different Metal direction and since this release was not much of a favorite when I compared to “The Last In Line”, I would devote most of my listening time to the tracks that stood out for me. Those were the opening “King Of Rock and Roll” along with the title track, “Rock and Roll Children” and “Hungry For Heaven” but the rest I felt was just alright to me. Remember I was comparing to something I felt was a lot stronger and didn’t have as many commercially viable tunes as this one did. This was a time where you would actually hear some Dio on a conventional Rock radio station during their “Metal” hour or similar programming. Listening to it again today on this anniversary I cannot help but hear a slightly similar riff in “HFH” that reminds me of something in a song by The Who. Did you have any favorites from this one?
1. King of Rock and Roll
2. Sacred Heart
3. Another Lie
4. Rock ‘n’ Roll Children
5. Hungry for Heaven
6. Like the Beat of a Heart
7. Just Another Day
8. Fallen Angels
9. Shoot, Shoot
Lengthwise the album didn’t even make the thirty nine minute mark and was released by Warner Brothers Music back then. In 2013 the fine folks at Eagle Rock Entertainment released a live DVD and companion CD entitled “Finding The Sacred Heart: Live In Philly 1986” and this allowed fans like myself to relive this albums tour and once more remember the overall greatness of Ronnie James Dio. I caught this tour and vaguely remember being annoyed that Vivian was no longer a part of the lineup and instead we had Craig Goldy. It bothered me a little bit since I was such a big fan of Viv and that is saying something since I was a very active drummer at the time. Since then I have grown to appreciate the album a lot more and am a staunch supporter of Goldy’s work since he is such a talented player. After I press “publish” on this narrative I am going to look for my tour book and ticket and probably also put on that DVD that I was speaking about. The album was re-mastered back in 2012 but that edition was not made available in the USA to my knowledge which is a shame. With Ronnie’s passing now passed the five year mark its all the more important to get special editions of his early catalog in the hands of the fans. There is certainly enough fantastic material on them to enjoy so maybe this will be coming down the pike soon. Let me know your thoughts about this milestone in the comments since that it why I have left them open for you. Until next time.
Official Website: http://www.ronniejamesdio.com
Official Album Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacred_Heart_%28Dio_album%29