Dio - Sacred Heart (1985/2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Title: Sacred Heart
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
Label: © Warner Bros. Records
Release Date: 1985/2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Recorded: Rumbo Studios, Los Angeles, California
Sacred Heart is Dio's third studio album. It was released in August 15, 1985 on Warner Bros. Records. The record peaked at No. 29 on the Billboard 200 chart. It is one of Dio's most well-known albums, and includes singles such as "Sacred Heart", "Rock 'n' Roll Children" and "Hungry for Heaven".
This was the last Dio album to include guitarist Vivian Campbell, who was fired midway through the album's tour. Campbell went on to join several other bands, most notably Def Leppard, Riverdogs, Whitesnake and Thin Lizzy. A rift occurred during the recording of this album between Dio and the guitarist - "...for me, he (Viv) wasn't even there for this record."
Although relatively strong sales at the time of its release would appear to refute this claim, Dio's third album in three years, 1985's Sacred Heart, was a terribly divisive affair, and is largely viewed as a disappointment in retrospect. This is because, although many brand-new yet fickle-minded fans were attracted by the album's noticeably more commercial hard rock songwriting, almost as many of Dio's most loyal, long-serving supporters were turned off by this new direction -- as well as the already stagnant clichés being recycled from prior triumphs. If only writer's block had been to blame, but the unnecessary live audience added to the album's obviously self-referencing opener, "King of Rock and Roll," seemed to point to a single-minded and egotistical leader instead. So when he wasn't putting his ever more despondent (and soon to be terminated) henchmen through the motions on rote metallic anthems like the title track, "Like the Beat of a Heart," and "Fallen Angels," singer Ronnie James Dio seemed intent on strangling every last creative spark out of them in a bid to score a pop-metal hit. Among the top candidates, the synth-drunk "Hungry for Heaven" and the deplorable "Shoot Shoot" proved especially forgettable and contrived, and even though "Rock 'n' Roll Children" succeeded in cropping up frequently on MTV at least, Ronnie's distinct lack of sex appeal (not to mention his 40-plus years of age!) killed any possibility of true crossover success in image-conscious America. In the end, selling out with Sacred Heart plunged Dio's career into a steep decline from which it would never entirely recover. --AllMusic Review by Eduardo Rivadavia
1 King of Rock and Roll 03:39
2 Sacred Heart 06:24
3 Another Lie 03:50
4 Rock 'n' Roll Children 04:33
5 Hungry for Heaven 04:09
6 Like the Beat of a Heart 04:17
7 Just Another Day 03:23
8 Fallen Angels 03:52
9 Shoot Shoot 04:17
Ronnie James Dio – lead vocals
Vivian Campbell – guitars
Jimmy Bain – bass
Claude Schnell – keyboards
Vinny Appice – drums
Craig Goldy – guitars on "Time to Burn"
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