Episode #269 – Dio – The Last In Line

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  • Producer – Ronnie James Dio
  • Recorded At – Caribou Ranch
    • Caribou Ranch was a recording studio built by producer James William Guercio in 1972 in a converted barn on ranch property in the Rocky Mountains near Nederland, Colorado, on the road that leads to the ghost town of Caribou. The studio was in operation until it was damaged in a fire in March 1985.
  • Engineer – Angelo Arcuri
    • Previously worked on “Holy Diver.”
  • Engineer [Assistant] – Rich Markowitz
    • Previously worked with Al Di Meola, went on to work on Michael Jackson’s album “Bad.”
  • Mastered By – George Marino

Album Art & Booklet Review

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Album Tracks:

All lyrics written by Dio.

Side One:

  1. We Rock (Dio)
  2. The Last in Line (Dio, Bain, Campbell)
  3. Breathless (Dio, Campbell)
  4. I Speed at Night (Dio, Appice, Bain, Campbell)
  5. One Night in the City (Dio, Appice, Bain, Campbell)

Side Two:

  1. Evil Eyes (Dio)
  2. Mystery (Dio, Bain)
  3. Eat Your Heart Out (Dio, Appice, Bain, Campbell)
  4. Egypt (The Chains Are On) (Dio, Appice, Bain, Campbell)

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Bustin’ Out The Spreadsheet

Reception and Charts:

  • From Wikipedia:
  • It became the band’s highest-charting album in both the UK and the U.S., reaching number 4 and number 23, respectively (Sacred Heart would later reach number 4 in the UK as well).
  • 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.[3] 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.[4] To date, these are the only two Dio albums to be certified at least platinum.
  • 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.[9]


  • Kerrang’s alliteration-filled thoughts on the album.

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