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Dio’s “Magica” Gets Deluxe Treatment in June

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Magica DeluxeDio’s Magica album, released in 2000, is getting the deluxe treatment from the late singer’s Niji Entertainment Group label. Long out-of-print and a favorite for fans, the album will be released in June as a double-disc set with rare studio extras and unreleased live tracks.

Magica was a long time coming for Dio’s core fan base, who’d seen him drift away from the more fantastical storytelling elements he’d become known for since his days in Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow. Albums like Strange Highways (1994) and Angry Machines (1996) dealt with much more straightforward lyrical material, hewing much closer to the newer generation of metal bands without much of an effect on the band’s commercial outlook.

The album marked a change in more than just lyrics; the band’s constantly changing lineup saw guitarist Craig Goldy, who’d played on 1987’s Dream Evil, come back into the fold. Goldy joined bassist Jimmy Bain (formerly of Rainbow), ex-AC/DC drummer Simon Wright (who played on Dio’s Lock Up the Wolves in 1990) and keyboardist Scott Warren for what many saw as a return to form for the metal singer. (Dio was, in fact, recording two follow-ups to this album when he died of stomach cancer in 2010.)

This deluxe edition, newly remastered by original engineer Wyn Davis, pairs the album up with a bonus disc including a spoken-word narration by Ronnie James Dio (appended to the end of the original pressing), two studio bonus tracks (one from a Japanese pressing and one from the Magica II & III sessions, which was later released on The Very Beast of Dio Vol. 2) and six “official bootleg” live tracks. The set will be released on June 25; no order information has sprung up yet, but it will be provided as it comes in. In the meantime, hit the jump for the full track list.

Magica: Deluxe Edition (Niji Entertainment Group, 2013)

Disc 1: Original album (released as Spitfire CD SPTCD 1502, 2000)

  1. Discovery
  2. Magica Theme
  3. Lord of the Last Day
  4. Fever Dreams
  5. Turn to Stone
  6. Feed My Head
  7. Eriel
  8. Challis
  9. As Long As It’s Not About Love
  10. Losing My Insanity
  11. Otherworld
  12. Magica – Reprise
  13. Lord of the Last Day – Reprise

Disc 2: Bonus material

  1. The Magica Story (Narrated by Ronnie James Dio)
  2. Annica (Japanese bonus track – Spitfire/Polydor POCP-7465, 2000)
  3. Electra (from Tournado box set, 2010 and The Very Beast of Dio Vol. 2 – Niji Entertainment Group NEG-015, 2012)
  4. Feed My Head (Official Live Bootleg) *
  5. Fever Dreams (Official Live Bootleg) *
  6. Turn to Stone (Official Live Bootleg) *
  7. Lord of the Last Day (Official Live Bootleg) *
  8. As Long As It’s Not About Love (Official Live Bootleg) *
  9. Losing My Insanity (Official Live Bootleg) *

Written by Mike Duquette

April 16, 2013 at 13:42

Posted in Dio, News, Reissues

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  1. Please note that the Story of Magica (Dio narration) has already been released as track 14 on a limited edition version of the original CD.

    The Kollektionist

    April 17, 2013 at 00:21

  2. For Record Store Day, Magica is being released as a limited edition vinyl picture disc. Also coming out is a 7″ of Holy Diver with the Killswitch Engage version on the B Side.


    April 17, 2013 at 15:50

  3. Also on May 28th, the Sacred Heart DVD is being reissued and expanded with a CD and Vinyl soundtrack.


    April 18, 2013 at 20:45

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