May 26, 2010 – 10:18 am

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Captured Live! 1983 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Civic Center, Santa Monica, October 7, 1983. Broadcast on February 13, 1984. Very good soundboard.

On May 16, 2010, Ronnie James Dio died of stomach cancer. He was 67. With his powerful and stirring vocals, here is one show to remember him by.

Dio was an American heavy metal vocalist and songwriter. He performed with, amongst others, Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, and his own band Dio. He was widely hailed as one of the most powerful singers in heavy metal, renowned for his consistently powerful voice and for popularizing the “devil’s horns” hand gesture in metal culture. - wikipedia

Recorded from Captured Live! syndication LPs, the group was touring behind its debut album, Holy Diver, performing songs from that album, plus earlier Ronnie James Dio hits from his years with Rainbow and Black Sabbath. - Philip Cohen

Thanks to Phil for sharing the tracks.

Note: A longtime music fan, Philip Cohen was a contributor to the now-defunct ICE Magazine and compiled the boxsets for The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, Humble Pie and Nice.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Stand Up And Shout (5.9MB)
Track 02. Straight Through The Heart (5.9MB)
Track 03. Shame On The Night (7.9MB)
Track 04. Stargazer (6.0MB)
Track 05. Heaven And Hell (18.4MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 06. Holy Diver (7.8MB)
Track 07. Rainbow In The Dark (6.0MB)
Track 08. Man On The Silver Mountain (10.1MB)

Ronnie James Dio - vocals
Vivian Campbell - guitar
Jimmy Bain - bass
Vinnie Appice - drums

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  2. hey bigo, thanks!!! i really don’t much care for the generic captured live! title. it should be called dio rules! i know it says civic center, but i’m not sure if that’s right or santa monica civic auditorium. maybe dio says it during the show so mine is just called santa monica till i play it

    i saw dio jan 87 here in bham, al at the midfield fairgrounds on the dream evil tour with savatage and megadeth. ruled, and it was my very first concert.

    write me on venue please. most on the net have civic center, but free and derek and the dominos play at civic auditorium. i’m thinking dio did too.


    By Ed Saad on May 26, 2010

  3. midfield fairground arena. sorry.

    By Ed Saad on May 26, 2010

  4. Admittedly, Captured Live’s compressed mix, (with the bass drum heavily noise-gated & the guitar too low) leaves a lot to be desired, but the performance is fine.

    By Philip Cohen on May 26, 2010

  5. oh, it rules, philip! i will put civic center, but the guy at the end says captured live! so i can leave that off my tags. i don’t like it anyway.

    i have another dio boot as filler on a cd-r from san jose. post that, if you have it!

    best and thanks,

    By Ed Saad on May 26, 2010

  6. Great post… just remembering taping every live radio thing back in those days… it was like getting a free live album… same goes today in this technology. I saw Dio on this tour and he was so enthusiastic and happy to be his own “man”, so to speak - it showed his optimism and grace… no longer in the shadow of Blackmore and Iommi. His fanbase and audience was ready for it and the new wave of metal was riding high. The sadder part was as time went on, his material slipped out of style and by 1990, the genre was becoming cliche… hence the departure for the reform of Black Sabbath in 1992. Ronnie was a professional and a true metal elder who can never be replaced… One truly for the ages. Death may have silenced that voice, but it will be heard forever… Long Live RJD!

    By Woodstock on May 27, 2010

  7. Thank you SOOOO Much for this offering…. it helps ease our pain.

    I saw this tour…. just a few weeks after this on the VERY last night of the HOLY DIVER tour….12/16/83 at the Civic Center here in Atlanta. He was so good. I had seen him on Heaven & Hell tour 1980 and Mob Rules 82…. he did look relieved to finally be solo and do his very own thing. Please post anymore DIO or Dio-Sabbath if you have them.

    Yours in Allegiance,

    By The Russian Assassin on May 27, 2010

  8. With all due respect to OZZY…. and YES, those first 4 SABBATH lps are METAL CLASSICS…. but there was something about DIO that TRULY brought out the best in Tony Iommi. Even when Tony was on teh verge of burnout in 1980…. Ronnie stimulated him and like I said, challenged him and brought out the best in him.

    Thank you so much for posting this


    PS: Do you have any really good early 80’s SCORPIONS soundboards or FM broadcasts?

    Ever hear of a band called BELFEGORE? They did one lp on Elektra back in 84 and did one of the BEST music videos ever for their song ALL THAT I WANTED….go check it out on YOUTUBE. I’d love to have their lp or any live stuff on MP3…. their one lp has never been issued/re-issued on cd

    By The Russian Assassin on May 27, 2010

  9. This recording reminds me of just what was lost when Dio passed. Great performance that kicked Metal up a notch and swatted new wave aside. Wonder what Vivian Campbell is doing?

    By Dave on May 28, 2010

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