Lyrics or not, its that Baseline that says it all!
"every penny from the people keeps the wolf outside the door"
Now these are some lyrics I can relate to....most definitely Sab w/Dio's best. No dragons, castles, warlocks, rainbows, or fantasy dream sequences.....just straight from the gut....I wonder if Geezer helped out on these?
"There in the middle of the circle he stands, searching, seeking, with just one touch of his trembling hand, the answer will be found.
Daylight waits while the old man sings, heaven help me! And then like the rush of a thousand wings, it shines upon the one. And the day has just begun..." (1975)
-Ronnie James Dio, Rest in Peace
"In the summer days we flew to the sun, on melting wings, but the seasons changed to fast, leave us all behind... Blind..." (1969)
- Jon Lord, Rest in Peace
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Actually, what Dio did throughout his career was to tell a few very long stories, with many lyrics intertwined. In the middle of that, there's been plenty of silly lyrics ("I'm on a caravan to superman" being one even with its Nietzschian undertones). All in all, it's been mostly rather deep stuff that we could discuss. But definitely not appealing to the people who can only relate to day to day things that have to do with people's life - which is something the original Sabbs did much better, with the occasional silly lyrics as well.
Dehumanizer (and Angry Machines, and Strange Highways) were a departure form that, with Dio bowing to the grey 90s and writing about life events more than what's underneath them. I found it very uninteresting in terms of lyrics... I much prefered when he got back on track, with songs like Breaking Into Heaven, which I find one of Dio's and Black Sabbath's best ever.
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Dehumanizer was overproduced, that's why I only really started loving it after hearing live recordings of it. It put the record in a completely different perspective. On first hearing, I simply hated Angry Machines, and now it is one of my favourite Dio albums.
Jesus, Mary & The Holy Ghost would have made an awesome Sabbath song and I think some of the stuff on Strange Highways was probably written with them in mind.
There are a lot of interviews about how Ronnie very much disliked the Angry Machines CD. Something along the lines of it trying to be too commercial. I like the CD. It is not my favorite Dio record, but there are some great songs on it.
"I can honestly say itís truly been an honor to play at his side for all these years, his music will live on forever." ~ Tony Iommi (Speaking of Ronnie James Dio)
I love the lyrics on Dehumanizer to be honest. I think they suited the tone of the music. The album is undervalued overall IMO.
Can't say I'm a fan of the early 90's Dio albums, although they have their moments. Tracy G isn't great for a start. Especially live. His attempts at playing solos originally recorded by Iommi, Campbell and especially Blackmore were embarrassing.