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JT’s Ultimate Mixtape: Dio edition

Dio Ultimate

Ronnie James Dio’s voice was silenced five years ago, but his legacy lives on through the recordings made during his lifetime. His solo career followed stints in Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow and Black Sabbath. It was very difficult to make this Ultimate Mixtape because there are so many great songs, but rules are rules.

  • Every studio album must be represented by one and only one song.
  • That song does not have to be an official “single” released by the band to promote said album.
  • Compilation albums can be included, but only songs that are new, previously unreleased, or remixed songs from prior albums are eligible for the list.
  • Live albums are a great way to sneak additional songs into the mix. Can you imagine a Dio Ultimate Mixtape without “Rainbow in the Dark” and “Holy Diver”? Me neither.

Click play on the YouTube video, review my list, make your own, and buy some Dio today.

JT’s Ultimate Mixtape: Dio edition

Of course, Ronnie James Dio did much more in his career than just Dio. He also sang with Elf, Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, Black Sabbath, and made several guest appearances on friends’ records. Below is just a small sampling of those projects. Explore more of Ronnie’s career at

Bonus tracks:

What’s missing? What is on your Ultimate Mixtape: Dio edition that is not on mine?

R.I.P. Craig Gruber

(June 22, 1951 – May 5, 2015)

Bass player for two Elf albums (Carolina County Ball and Trying To Burn the Sun) and the self-title Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow album, Craig Gruber passed away Tuesday from cancer.

25 Days of Christmas

ABC Family started their 25 Days of Christmas programming tonight with “The Year Without Santa Claus” and “Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause.” While some of the selections are questionable at best (what in the world does “The Incredibles” or “Cars” have to do with Xmas?), I’m really looking forward to “A Flintstone Christmas” next Thursday night and the “Holiday Classics Marathon” on Christmas Eve.

Of course, one program that is missing from the schedule is the He-Man/She-Ra “A Christmas Special.” Luckily, I have it on DVD, so I’m not at the mercy of ABC Family programmers. Other movie suggestions, for those nights that ABC Family doesn’t have a Christmas movie playing…

“Gremlins” – Who doesn’t love Gizmo? Seriously. This is one of the best Christmas movies out there, even though it’s not really a Christmas movie…it’s just set at Christmastime. Hopefully the movie isn’t ruined too badly when they remake it.

“Elf” – This may be the greatest Christmas movie ever made. I’m not a huge Will Ferrell fan, but this movie is hilarious…and it’s family-friendly to boot. The only real competition this movie gets in my mind is from…

“A Christmas Story” – A classic that always gets a 24-hour marathon on TBS each year. And the bunny suit is a riot.

“Santa’s Slay” – Definitely not a family-friendly flick, but one of the best Christmas horror comedies out there.

What are some of your “must watch” holiday selections?

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