The Very Beast of Dio

Released October 3, 2000
Recorded 1983-1994
Genre Heavy metal
Length 78:09
Label WEA/Rhino
Producer Ronnie James Dio

The Very Beast of Dio is the second greatest hits collection CD from the American heavy metal band Dio. The first to be released in the U.S., it has sold over 400,000 copies, according to SoundScan. As of 11/03/2009 it has been certified Gold by the RIAA, having sold more than 500,000 copies in the US.

A followup to this compilation was released on October 9, 2012.

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Original album Length

1. “Stand Up and Shout” Ronnie James Dio, Jimmy Bain Holy Diver 3:19
2. “Holy Diver” Dio Holy Diver 5:54
3. “Rainbow in the Dark” Dio, Vivian Campbell, Bain, Vinny Appice Holy Diver 4:16
4. “Straight Through the Heart” Dio, Bain Holy Diver 4:36
5. “We Rock” Dio The Last in Line 4:35
6. “The Last in Line” Dio, Campbell, Bain The Last in Line 5:47
7. “Mystery” Dio, Bain The Last in Line 3:58
8. “King of Rock and Roll” Dio, Campbell, Bain, Appice Sacred Heart 3:52
9. “Sacred Heart” Dio, Campbell, Bain, Appice Sacred Heart 6:28
10. “Hungry for Heaven” Dio, Bain Sacred Heart 4:11
11. “Rock ‘n’ Roll Children” Dio Sacred Heart 4:33
12. “Man on the Silver Mountain (live)” Ritchie Blackmore, Dio Intermission 2:29
13. “Dream Evil” Dio, Craig Goldy Dream Evil 4:29
14. “I Could Have Been a Dreamer” Dio, Goldy Dream Evil 4:44
15. “Lock Up the Wolves” Dio, Rowan Robertson, Bain Lock Up the Wolves 8:34
16. “Strange Highways” Dio, Appice, Tracy G, Jeff Pilson Strange Highways 6:53


Ronnie James Dio – vocals, keyboards
Vivian Campbell – guitars
Craig Goldy – guitars on tracks 13, 14
Rowan Robertson – guitars on track 15
Tracy G – guitars on track 16
Jimmy Bain – bass
Teddy Cook – bass on track 15
Jeff Pilson – bass, keyboards on track 16
Vinny Appice – drums
Simon Wright – drums on track 15
Claude Schnell – keyboards
Jens Johansson – keyboards on track 15
Jason Zwingleberg – Triangle

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