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The Last in Line is the second studio album by the American heavy metal band Dio, released on July 13, 1984. It is the first Dio album to feature former Rough Cutt keyboardist Claude Schnell.

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Reissues[edit]Edit

The album, along with Holy Diver and Sacred Heart, was released in a new 2-CD Deluxe Edition on March 19, 2012 through Universal for worldwide distribution outside the U.S.[1]

Critical reception[edit]Edit

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic [2]
Martin Popoff [3]
Rock Hard (de) 9.5/10[4]

In 2005, The Last in Line was ranked number 372 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[5]

Track listing[edit]Edit

All lyrics written by Ronnie James Dio, music as stated.

Side one
No. Title Music Length
1. "We Rock"   Dio 4:36
2. "The Last in Line"   Jimmy BainVivian Campbell, Dio 5:40
3. "Breathless"   Campbell, Dio 4:04
4. "I Speed at Night"   Vinny Appice, Bain, Campbell, Dio 3:22
5. "One Night in the City"   Appice, Bain, Campbell, Dio 5:15
Side two
No. Title Music Length
6. "Evil Eyes"   Dio 3:38
7. "Mystery"   Bain, Dio 3:46
8. "Eat Your Heart Out"   Appice, Bain, Campbell, Dio 3:49
9. "Egypt (The Chains Are On)"   Appice, Bain, Campbell, Dio 6:57
2012 Deluxe Edition CD 2
No. Title Music Length
1. "Eat Your Heart Out" (live B-side of "Mystery" 12') Appice, Bain, Campbell, Dio 5:11
2. "Don’t Talk to Strangers" (live B-side of "Mystery" 12') Dio 6:03
3. "Holy Diver(live B-side of "We Rock") Dio 4:23
4. "Rainbow in the Dark(live B-side of "We Rock" 12') Appice, Bain, Campbell, Dio 4:43
5. "One Night in the City" (live at Pinkpop FestivalGeleen, Netherlands, 11 June 1984) Appice, Bain, Campbell, Dio 5:55
6. "We Rock" (live at Pinkpop Festival, Geleen, Netherlands, 11 June 1984) Dio 5:05
7. "Holy Diver" (live at Pinkpop Festival, Geleen, Netherlands, 11 June 1984) Dio 4:28
8. "Stargazer(live at Pinkpop Festival, Geleen, Netherlands, 11 June 1984) Ritchie Blackmore, Dio 1:53
9. "Heaven and Hell(live at Pinkpop Festival, Geleen, Netherlands, 11 June 1984) Geezer Butler, Dio, Tony IommiBill Ward 13:03
10. "Rainbow in the Dark" (live at Pinkpop Festival, Geleen, Netherlands, 11 June 1984) Appice, Bain, Campbell, Dio 5:11
11. "Man on the Silver Mountain(live at Pinkpop Festival, Geleen, Netherlands, 11 June 1984) Blackmore, Dio 8:14
12. "Don’t Talk to Strangers" (live at Pinkpop Festival, Geleen, Netherlands, 11 June 1984) Dio 5:38

Personnel[edit]Edit

Dio
Production
  • Recorded at Caribou Ranch, Colorado, USA
  • Produced by Ronnie James Dio
  • Engineered by Angelo Arcuri
  • Assistant engineering by Rich Markowitz
  • Mixed on Westlake Audio BBSM6 monitors
  • Originally mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound, New York, USA
  • Remastered by Andy Pearce (2012 Universal Deluxe Edition)
  • Remastered by Steve Hoffman (2012 Audio Fidelity 24K edition)
  • Illustration by Barry Jackson

Charts[edit]Edit

Album
Year Chart Position
1984 UK Albums Chart[7] 4
Swedish Albums Chart[8] 6
Norwegian Albums Chart[9] 7
GfK Dutch Charts[10] 11
German Albums Chart[11] 23
Billboard 200 (USA)[12] 24
RPM100 Albums (Canada)[13] 51
2012 Oricon Japanese Albums Charts[14] 154
Singles
Year Title Chart Position
1984 "Mystery" Mainstream Rock (USA)[15] 20
UK Singles Chart[7] 34
"We Rock" Mainstream Rock (USA)[15] 14
UK Singles Chart[7] 42
"The Last in Line" Mainstream Rock(USA)[citation needed] 10

Certifications[edit]Edit

It was certified Gold (500,000 units sold) by the RIAA on September 12, 1984, and was the first Dio album to be certified Platinum, achieving the feat on February 3, 1987.[16]

In the UK, it attained Silver certification (60,000 units sold) by the British Phonographic Industry, achieving this in January 1986, at the same time as Holy Diver.[17] To date, these are the only two Dio albums to be so certified.

Country Organization Year Sales
USA RIAA 1987 Platinum (+ 1,000,000)[16]
UK BPI 1986 Silver (+ 60,000)[17]

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