So now that I've listened to the entire Iron Maiden discography, it's on to the great Ronnie James Dio. I decided to start with his black sabbath albums and I got Heaven and Hell.
Wow, it's a classic. Neon Knights, Lady Evil and Wishing Well might be my favorites, but they're all good really.
Anyways, I know it's really up to me, but I'm torn in what direction I should go with Dio. I will get Mob Rules next to finish out his early Sabbath albums. I know he had Dehumanizer in 1992. I feel like I should go chronologically from Heaven and Hell, into Dio years and then back to Dehumanizer.
But there's Rainbow and Elf back in the 70s. Ahh what to do. I should just follow chronologically.
Elf is cool, but you should listen to his other stuff first. Elf is very much based in rock 'n' roll, boogie rock, and blues.
My recommended listening goes something like this:
- All 3 Rainbow albums
- Heaven and Hell/Mob Rules
- Then start going chronologically from the 80's onward. The first two Dio albums are brilliant, the fourth is very good, and Dehumanizer is also rather cool. You probably won't appreciate 90's Dio until you've heard the other stuff, though. In my opinion, his later albums (Magica, Killing the Dragon, and Master of the Moon) were the best thing he did since the 80's.
- After listening to all of the solo Dio material, go back and listen to Elf. It's perfect because the dark, serious tone (especially in the 90's) of Dio's music will immediately contrast with Elf's sound, and it'll make you appreciate the legend anew.