Personnel: Ronnie James Dio (vocals, keyboards); Vivian Campbell, Craig Goldie, Tracy "G" Grijalva, Rowan Robertson (guitar); Jeff Pilson, Jimmy Bain (keyboards, bass); Claude Schnell, Jens Johansson (keyboards); Teddy Cook (bass); Vinny Appice, Simon Wright (drums).
Producers: Ronnie James Dio, Tony Platt, Mike Fraser.
Compilation producers: Ronnie James Dio, Wendy Dio, David McLees.
Engineers include: Angelo Arcuri, Guy Chabernau, Tony Platt.
Recorded between 1983 & 1994. Includes liner notes by Martin Popoff.
Digitally remastered by Bill Inglot.
Personnel: Ronnie James Dio (vocals, keyboards); Rowan Robertson, Vivian Campbell (guitar); Claude Schnell, Jeff Pilson, Jens Johansson, Jimmy Bain (keyboards); Simon Wright , Vinny Appice (drums).
Audio Mixers: Mike Fraser; Nigel Green; Tony Platt.
Audio Remasterer: Bill Inglot.
Recording information: Caribou Ranch, Nederland, CO; Granny's House, Reno NV; Rumbo Recorders, Canoga Park, CA; San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, CA; Sound City Studios, Van Nuys, CA; Village Recorder, West Los Angeles, CA.
Photographer: Neil Zlozower.
The first domestically available Dio anthology (following the 1994 German import Diamonds), Rhino's The Very Beast of Dio is jam-packed with 16 tracks taken from the band's seven Warner and Reprise albums (spanning the years 1983-1994). Which is to say, it's an excellent overview of the band's career, especially given the unevenness of some of their albums. Ronnie James Dio honed his metal chops singing lead in both Rainbow and Black Sabbath, and his own band is sort of a reflection of both: the sinister, medievally gothic elegance of the former, and the crushingly heavy, doom-laden riffs of the latter. That combination, plus solid songwriting, made Dio's best work some of the most invigorating British metal of the '80s, and those qualities are best concentrated here. ~ Steve Huey