i agree opressotron, his Rainbow stuff is definitely bada$$ predecessor of "things to come"..........i love it all.....Long Live Rock n Roll is a gem, Man on the Silver Mountain is the first dio tune that i got hooked on as well.
'this entire album rocks...his best collection of songs? (hard to pick amongs "heaven and hell" and "mob rules")' You have to check some of his Rainbow stuff too. Stargazer, Kill the King and Man on the Silver Mountain are just fantastic.
What a goddamn brilliant track! So far, Nevermore has been the only band in whose music I liked such shifting dynamics. And then I heard that one randomly from a playlist hashed by my friend and was instantly won over. I can't believe I didn't listen to Dio before. Guess what? I borrowed all of his LPs from the aforementioned friend. Listened down the better part of it today. I was still hungry for more - which is VERY unusual for me, given my rather low attention span. So I went on youtube and started listening to his Rainbow and 'Sabbath stuff. Eight hours straight and going. Holy fuck, this guy's going to beat the record of Titus from Acid Drinkers soon, and from behind the grave at that. He deserved his "Dio" moniker all right! Almost can't wait to die and hear his jams with Chuck Schuldiner, Gar Samuelson, Dime and Cliff Burton on the other side.