Paul Gilbert - The Dio Album
It was pure chance that led Paul Gilbert to recording the music heard on latest release The Dio Album.
The American guitar virtuoso, best known for his masterful fretwork in chart-topping hard rockers Mr. Big and high-octane trailblazers Racer X - as well as numerous solo records - was in his car when he saw something that made his heart start beating faster in a moment of unexpected, unadulterated joy. This was not a high value item of interest or even particularly rare, simply a baseball cap with the word 'Dio' emblazoned across the front. Sometimes, even for the biggest of guitar legends, it's the little things that hit us in the most profound ways.
On his drive home, a plan was being formulated. Why not capture all of that raw energy and excitement on an album devoted to Ronnie James Dio's most celebrated tracks - spanning across his career from Rainbow to Black Sabbath and the singer's own solo endeavours? Gilbert is no stranger to instrumental music, but an entire album dedicated to replicating well established and world-famous vocal melodies on his trusty six-string genuinely felt like new territory.
The Dio Album is undoubtedly the most sonically accurate tribute to the songs that made Ronnie James Dio a bona fide rock and roll legend. In order to truly hone in on the late singer's essence, Paul Gilbert dissected many of the melodies line by line, throwing every inch of himself into the music. It was the only way to capture every ounce of the energy and emotion.
CD Tracks: Neon Knights / Kill the King / Stand Up and Shout / Country Girl / Man On The Silver Mountain / Holy Diver / Heaven and Hell / Long Live Rock 'N' Roll / Lady Evil / Don't Talk to Strangers / Starstruck / The Last in Line
LP Tracks: Neon Knights / Kill the King / Stand Up and Shout / Holy Diver / Don't Talk to Strangers / Long Live Rock 'N' Roll / Lady Evil / Country Girl / Starstruck / The Last in Line
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