The record label Audio Fidelity will release a newly remastered edition of Dio's classic debut album Holy Diver this month as part of its 24K Gold Compact Disc series. Although many remastered editions have been released, this edition promises to be a significant sonic upgrade over past releases of this timeless debut due to the use of the original 1983 Sound City studio analog 30 ips AES half-inch non-Dolby original stereo mix tapes along with the mastering expertise of renowned audiophile music restoration specialist Steve Hoffman. Most previous releases relied on post-EQ'ed cutting tapes.




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Posted: 02.01.2012 by kual21



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Silent Jay - 02.01.2012 at 13:10  
Great to hear that this classic album is getting the Hoffman treatment. I'm going to be all over this when it's out.
sabbatical - 02.01.2012 at 13:51  
This album would have been 100% brilliant if there weren't fillers like Gypsy and Invisible ...
Campbell is one gifted motherfucker ... Hopefully he and Dio will make up in Heaven ... or Hell.
Milena - 02.01.2012 at 15:08  
Written by sabbatical on 02.01.2012 at 13:51

This album would have been 100% brilliant if there weren't fillers like Gypsy and Invisible ...

I love those :3
BoxCar Willy - 02.01.2012 at 16:14  
Written by Milena on 02.01.2012 at 15:08

Written by sabbatical on 02.01.2012 at 13:51

This album would have been 100% brilliant if there weren't fillers like Gypsy and Invisible ...

I love those :3

Me too!
In Bone Factory - 02.01.2012 at 17:24  
A remastered of a master \m/
Cuca Beludo - 02.01.2012 at 20:30  
I was thinking of purchasing this album tomorrow... Better wait for the remaster....
Marcel Hubregtse - 02.01.2012 at 20:37  
Written by Guest on 02.01.2012 at 20:30

I was thinking of purchasing this album tomorrow... Better wait for the remaster....


The orignal mastering is great no need for it to be remastered.
Angelic Storm - 02.01.2012 at 21:09  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 02.01.2012 at 20:37
The orignal mastering is great no need for it to be remastered.


Agreed! Too many albums are remastered when there's absolutely no need for it. The original "Holy Diver" master is already perfect, so why try and improve on it? :\
Lit. - 02.01.2012 at 21:14  
I may get it just 'cause I love the album too much and want to hear what it would sound like remastered.
Cuca Beludo - 02.01.2012 at 21:40  
Written by Angelic Storm on 02.01.2012 at 21:09

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 02.01.2012 at 20:37
The orignal mastering is great no need for it to be remastered.


Agreed! Too many albums are remastered when there's absolutely no need for it. The original "Holy Diver" master is already perfect, so why try and improve on it? :\


Let them try. As long as this remaster include the tracks 10-19, perfect.
LeChron James - 03.01.2012 at 03:07  
Promises to be a "sonic upgrade" using 1983 tapes in conjunction with some "audiophile's" touch?

Seems legit.
RavenKing - 03.01.2012 at 03:13  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 02.01.2012 at 20:37

Written by Guest on 02.01.2012 at 20:30

I was thinking of purchasing this album tomorrow... Better wait for the remaster....


The orignal mastering is great no need for it to be remastered.


I don't see any reason to remaster this album. Imo, it's fine as it is. It's not even a raw record that a band would want to remaster to make it more accessible.
dismaleuphony - 03.01.2012 at 03:59  
I'm not sure how many versions have been released, but the one I've had since the 90s on CD is definitely in need of a remastering, and I've been waiting for a proper remaster to come out the in past 10 years. This album is currently part of my several dozen or so discs that I've increased the volume through a freeware program just so that I can listen to them in succession to any album released since 21st century mastering came out. No, I'm not a tech person with what constitutes what can be improved with a proper remaster, but I know well enough the version I have is inadequate, and blatantly shows the limitations of older software.

I'm baffled as to the response denouncing a remaster here, and fully plan to buy this if the price is reasonable.
Doc Godin - 03.01.2012 at 04:40  
A lot of it depends on the equipment. I've got a quasi-decent sound system for my computer (not hi-spec by any measure, but also not shit). But since the majority of my listening is done through earbuds on my Ipod while walking places, I'm not sure if the improvement will be noticeable enough on those speakers to warrant re-buying the album. I've noticed a lot of these remasters only sound like an improvement if you're playing them through stunning sound systems.
Troy Killjoy - 03.01.2012 at 04:50  
Written by Doc Godin on 03.01.2012 at 04:40
I've noticed a lot of these remasters only sound like an improvement if you're playing them through stunning sound systems.

Exactly. Maybe my 8000 dollar stereo system can pinpoint the differences but my laptop speakers can't.
dismaleuphony - 03.01.2012 at 05:12  
I certainly do not own a sound system that is terribly expensive
slinx - 03.01.2012 at 09:33  
Don't talk to strangers
'Cause they're only there to do you harm
Don't write in starlight
'Cause the words may come out real

Don't smell the flowers
They're an evil drug to make you lose your mind
Don't dream of women
'Cause they only bring you down


How the hell can you make this any better?
Troy Killjoy - 03.01.2012 at 09:43  
Written by slinx on 03.01.2012 at 09:33
How the hell can you make this any better?

Mr. Doctor - 03.01.2012 at 14:43  
Written by Troy Killjoy on 03.01.2012 at 09:43

Written by slinx on 03.01.2012 at 09:33
How the hell can you make this any better?




Do you know where that video comes from or you just found it recently?
Troy Killjoy - 03.01.2012 at 20:06  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 03.01.2012 at 14:43
Do you know where that video comes from or you just found it recently?

It was a popular commercial on TV when I was a kid, on PBS.
Angelic Storm - 03.01.2012 at 20:30  
Written by Guest on 02.01.2012 at 21:40
Let them try. As long as this remaster include the tracks 10-19, perfect.


Do you mean the extra "tracks" that were Dio telling the story of the album and it's songs? I own the CD that has that on it, and it is nice to have.

As for remastering, I just tend to find that a lot of times, it makes the album sound worse, not better. Many ocassions I've listened to remastered versions of albums were much of the charm and warmth of the original's sound is lost.
Cuca Beludo - 04.01.2012 at 19:54  
Written by Angelic Storm on 03.01.2012 at 20:30

Written by Guest on 02.01.2012 at 21:40
Let them try. As long as this remaster include the tracks 10-19, perfect.


Do you mean the extra "tracks" that were Dio telling the story of the album and it's songs? I own the CD that has that on it, and it is nice to have.

As for remastering, I just tend to find that a lot of times, it makes the album sound worse, not better. Many ocassions I've listened to remastered versions of albums were much of the charm and warmth of the original's sound is lost.


Yeah, I mean these tracks. The 2005 version (with those tracks) is already a remaster, right?
Angelic Storm - 04.01.2012 at 20:23  
Written by Guest on 04.01.2012 at 19:54
Yeah, I mean these tracks. The 2005 version (with those tracks) is already a remaster, right?


It is, yep.
Cuca Beludo - 05.01.2012 at 01:18  
Written by Angelic Storm on 04.01.2012 at 20:23

Written by Guest on 04.01.2012 at 19:54
Yeah, I mean these tracks. The 2005 version (with those tracks) is already a remaster, right?


It is, yep.


Then we don't need another remaster.
Angelic Storm - 05.01.2012 at 03:39  
Written by Guest on 05.01.2012 at 01:18
Then we don't need another remaster.


Absolutely we don't. I can't see any logical reason for this release really...
Troy Killjoy - 05.01.2012 at 04:04  
Written by Angelic Storm on 05.01.2012 at 03:39
Absolutely we don't. I can't see any logical reason for this release really...

Angelic Storm - 05.01.2012 at 13:39  
^^ I meant aside from a money grabbing record company...
The Shape 1973 - 06.01.2012 at 20:56  
I've got the recent re-master and it sounds great. How about remastering Last In Line, Sacred Heart and Dream Evil. I have thought the sound quality on those lacked a bit of bass, especially Dream Evil.
NortheRnmost - 08.01.2012 at 13:07  
I bet it doesn't beat 180gr remastered vinyl reissue I recently bought. It sounds very lively, and even songs like "Straight through the heart" and "Invisible" are very listenable. And yeah, I also wish they would reissue Last in Line and Dream Evil instead, as I think they are better albums than Holy Diver.

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