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New posthumous Dio albums span vocalist’s career

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Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 12:01 am

Three years after his death, Ronnie James Dio remains one of heavy metal's most popular and enduring vocalists, and the stream of posthumous album releases shows no signs of slowing.

Three albums and two videos have been released in recent weeks, spanning his career from the frontman for Rainbow in the 1970s through his successful solo career.

“Rainbow Live In Munich 1977” (Eagle Rock) features a full concert from Rainbow at its best.

Led by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, the band rips into the incendiary concert opener “Kill The King,” then settles into an extended groove on “Mistreated,” which features intricate and delicate interplay between Blackmore's Fender Strat and Dio's voice.

“Finding The Sacred Heart: Live in Philly 1986” (Eagle Rock) finds Dio, his post-Black Sabbath solo band, at the height of its popularity. The 1986 show at the Philadelphia Spectrum showcases Dio's flair for showmanship.

Both those releases are available on CD, DVD and Blu-ray.

“Magica: Deluxe Edition” (Niji Entertainment) is a re-release of Dio's 2000 concept album about a plant of wizards and magicians that was overrun by evil, requiring an epic battle to save the few remaining souls there. Other releases include a pair of albums put out in the months after Dio's May 2010 death: “At Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987,” and “Neon Nights: 30 Year of Haven & Hell,” a live album from his final tour in 2009 with Black Sabbath.