Thursday 8/4/22 11pm ET: Feature LP: Dio – Sacred Heart (1985)

Sacred Heart is the third studio album by American heavy metal band Dio. It was released on August 13, 1985 on Warner Bros. Records in North America, and Vertigo elsewhere. The record peaked at No. 29 on the Billboard 200 chart. It includes the singles “Sacred Heart”, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Children” and “Hungry for Heaven”.

This was the last Dio album to include guitarist Vivian Campbell, who was fired midway through the album’s tour. Campbell went on to join several other bands, most notably Def Leppard, Riverdogs, Whitesnake and Thin Lizzy. A rift occurred during the recording of this album between Dio and the guitarist, Dio stating in an interview “…for me, he (Viv) wasn’t even there for this record.” The album, along with Holy Diver and The Last in Line, was released in a new 2-CD Deluxe Edition on March 19, 2012 through Universal for worldwide distribution outside the U.S. Clocking in at 38 minutes, Sacred Heart is the band’s shortest album.

The RIAA certified Sacred Heart Gold (500,000 units sold) on October 15, 1985. It was for a long time the last Dio album to receive this certification, until The Very Beast of Dio was certified gold on November 3, 2009.

  1. “King of Rock and Roll” 3:49
  2. “Sacred Heart” 6:27
  3. “Another Lie” 3:48
  4. “Rock ‘n’ Roll Children” 4:32
  5. “Hungry for Heaven” 4:10
  6. “Like the Beat of a Heart” 4:24
  7. “Just Another Day” 3:23
  8. “Fallen Angels” 3:57
  9. “Shoot, Shoot” 4:20

Ronnie James Dio – vocals
Vinny Appice – drums
Jimmy Bain – bass
Vivian Campbell – guitar
Claude Schnell – keyboards
Craig Goldy – guitar on “Time to Burn”

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