I love reviewing this album any chance I can get. It’s one of my perfect 10’s and if you’re a fan of hard rock or metal, you must get this disc. It’s got Dio, Blackmore, and Cozy Powell at their prime with excellent turns from keyboardist Tony Carey and bassist Jimmy Bain. The band are tight, the music solid, and the virtuosity impeccable.
It only has six songs and is barely over half an hour, but this album contains the essence of what would become the stuff of British heavy metal for the next 10-15 years. It’s strong in the fantasy area, and I loved this album when I was rolling up a D&D character.
Interestingly, I think I’ve said enough already. If “Dio at his prime” isn’t enough to motivate you, then you really aren’t going to be into this album. If that is enough to motivate you, then I need not say more. You will get this album and not be disappointed.
Like I said, 10 out of 10 for sheer awesomeness. This is an essential hard rock album.