RATINGS: A = must own B = buy it C= average D = yawn F = puke

DIO – Magica (Deluxe Edition)
Niji Entertainment Group

Rating: B

Ronnie James Dio is one of the most iconic figures in the history of Heavy Metal.  He is, arguably, the best Metal vocalist of all time.  He did so much for the genre that without his input the music would not be the same.  He is missed and continues to be honored and respected years after his untimely demise. 

Niji Entertainment Group, a company run by his ex-wife, Wendy Dio, was set up before Ronnie’s death to take care of his legacy.  They have done a wonderful job and are now back with a very special release in Ronnie’s Rock Opera, Magica: The Deluxe Edition.  

This is a very welcome release as the original album, released in 2000, has been out of print for sometime.  The album has sold over 100,000 copies, but is still sought after.  Now, Ronnie’s fans will be thrilled to learn that they can get Magica once again…only improved and better than ever. 

The album not only contains the original CD on disc one, which features the DIO classics “Fever Dreams,” “Turn to Stone,” “Lord of the Last Day” and “Feed My Head,” they also get a very special second disc.  The bonus disc contains Ronnie narrating “The Magica Story” but that’s not all.  After listening to the rock icon tell the tale, there are six never before released live tracks from the 2000/2001 tour and two bonus tracks, “Annica” and “Electra” which was a song meant for the sequel to Magica.

At the end of the day, this is a double-disc that all of Ronnie’s fans will want in their collection, as it is a tribute to one of the truly great and important figures in Heavy Metal history.

Track Listing:
CD 1

01. Discovery
02. Magica Theme
03. Lord Of The Last Day
04. Fever Dreams
05. Turn To Stone
06. Feed My Head
07. Eriel
08. Challis
09. As Long As It's Not About Love
10. Losing My Insanity
11. Otherworld
12. Magica- Reprise
13. Lord Of The Last Day - Reprise

CD 2
01. The Magica Story (narrated by Ronnie James Dio)
02. Annica (Japanese-only bonus track)
03. Electra (recorded for "Magica 2" & "3")
04. Feed My Head (official live bootleg)
05. Fever Dreams (official live bootleg)
06. Turn To Stone (official live bootleg)
07. Lord Of The Last Day (official live bootleg)
08. As Long As It's Not About Love (official live bootleg)
09. Losing My Insanity (official live bootleg)

By Jeb Wright