Rock 'n' Roll Children Medley: Long Live Rock 'n' Roll/Man on the Silve - Dio, Blackmore, Ritchie
We Rock - Dio, Dio, James Ronnie
Unavailable in the U.S., this is a pressing of their 1986 album for Vertigo. Features the rockin' metal hit 'Rainbow In The Dark' and a medley featuring 'We Rock' & a cover of Rainbow's 'Man On The Silver Mountain'. Six tr... more »acks total.« less
Unavailable in the U.S., this is a pressing of their 1986 album for Vertigo. Features the rockin' metal hit 'Rainbow In The Dark' and a medley featuring 'We Rock' & a cover of Rainbow's 'Man On The Silver Mountain'. Six tracks total.
Great for die-hard fans!! Casual fans may leave now
Lunar Strain | United States | 03/12/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"... It's an excellent E.P. All 5 live recordings sound great and are of very high quality. The Rock 'N' Roll Children Medley is the most awsome, as it contains Man on the Silver Mountain, a classic tune from Dio's Rainbow days done faster and up to date (for the 1986 that is). But don't let the word LIVE fool you in the the name of this CD. Not everything is live on this EP, there is actually one excellent Studio track...Time To Burn. Time To Burn was an excellent suprise because it is a studio track stuck in the middle of all the live tracks. So you fans that don't like live stuff, here is another reason to buy the disc, for another great studio track! Intermission was popular back in 1986 because it was the only to get some live dio, but since the release of Dio's live album Inferno: The Last in Live, Intermission has sadly been forgotten. So if your a die-hard dio fan, pick up this little live E.P. plus one studio track for you collection, you won't be disappointed! (Hint for die-hard fans: Make sure to get the German Import Diamonds: The Best of Dio or the Russian Import of Lock Up The Wolves, as they both contain the rare studio track Hide in the Rainbow, another classic lost Dio song!)"
S. Baker | Phoenix, Arizona United States | 02/26/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"First of all, this was originally released as an EP in 1986, with the five live tracks taken from the final tour with guitarist Vivian Campbell, and the studio cut "Time to Burn", a particularly unmemorable introduction of new guitarist Craig Goldy. Second, I have to say that the this one has one of the most no-it's-not-Spinal-Tap,-it's-serious album in heavy metal history. Third, this relatively expensive and rare CD does not appear to be a remaster.That said, it is not all bad. Namely, it has definitive versions of "Sacred Heart" (although the remastered live version is included on the new 'Anthology') and "Rock and Roll Children", complete with a medley of Rainbow tunes, "Long Live Rock and Roll" and "Man on the Silver Mountain"."
Dio at his prime
G. A Booth | Santa Barbara, CA USA | 05/09/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I would like to state that after having seeing RJD first on the Heaven and Hell tour with the Sab and then many other subsequent live shows including this tour and the rare show Hear'N'Aid, RJD gave us a glimpse of what was happening on stage at that time with the band. For me the biggest disappointment was that it was not a longer disc. I remember getting this when it first came out and I bought it on casette. The album was put together to give the band some time to let the band have a bit of a break during their almost constant touring AND to show people what the shows were all about. Dio at his prime with the most elaborate stage show was just a rockers dream come true. with regard to the music, judge for yourself, but dio was fantastic and the band tight. Time to Burn was a radio hit at that time and is still an excellent song. As an import it is pricey but for the diehard fan, i think this is a great addition to the collection. RJD has weathered decades of musical changes and has remained a vital part of rock and roll and has continued to stick to his guns and deliver music he believes in. This cd is a great opportunity to hear his voice during the early years in dio. as anyone who has sang professionally knows it is hard enough to hit notes dead on standing still yet RJD has no problem keeping his voice exactly where it needs to be while dancing and rocking out (fellow singers may agree). Another excellent choice to hear RJD give a great vocal concert is the live DVD at the spectrum. In a word, if you want to capture the magic of a time when Dio was at his peak, this is a must have. Rock the vote and Rock on!!!!!!!!!!!"
A forgotten classic, but too short!
Schenker is God | Los Angeles, CA United States | 04/30/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Intermission" is an excellent EP that all true Dio fans will want to own. It is a bit pricey for an EP with only 6 tracks (5 live and one new studio track), but in my opinion it is worth it.
The Live Tracks: The best track on this EP is a truly awesome live version of the song "Sacred Heart". Ronnie really pushes his vocals to the limit on this track, and the climax of the song, which incorporates a few bars of "The Last In Line", is stunning. You also get a great, high energy take on "We Rock" with Ronnie pushing his voice into the stratosphere. "Rock'n'Roll Children" is better than the studio version in my opinion, but unfortunately the Rainbow medley smack in the middle really kills the whole song for me. "Long Live Rock'n'Rol" and "Man on the Silver Mountain" are both played too fast, and just seem uninspired compared to other versions out there. "King of Rock and Roll" is pretty much identical to the version on the Sacred Heart album, and "Rainbow in the Dark" is also a pretty basic no-frills version. I've never honestly known for sure if it is Vivian Campbell or Craig Goldie playing on these live tracks, but if it is Goldie he sounds great and does an admirable job of recreating the guitar solos from the studio versions of these songs lick-for-lick. Overall, this could have been a five-star live album if they'd just included more tracks.
Then we have the new studio track, "Time To Burn". This was the first new Dio song with guitarist Craig Goldie, and while it is decent, it's really not anything to write home to mom about. If you are thinking about buying this EP just for the studio track, don't worry, you are not missing a classic or epic RJD track anywhere along the lines of "Heaven and Hell" or "Holy Diver". "Time to Burn" is very similar in style to "Mystery" or "Hungry For Heaven", but is slightly slower and less memorable in my opinion. The chorus and guitar solo are both strong, it's mainly the slow pace and average verse that drag this song down. It's actually very good for your typical major-key, '80s pop-metal track, but this would really just be filler on a regular Dio studio album. I also don't think this was a good track on which to introduce Craig Goldie to the fans. It's definitely not a shred-fest. If I were a Dio fan in 1986/1987, I would have been VERY WORRIED about where Dio was headed. Fortunately for all of us, Craig and Ronnie stepped up and delivered some real Dio-style metal on "Dream Evil".
Finally, the production and sound quality is great on both the live tracks and the new studio track. In fact, "Time to Burn" has a much better production quality than both the "Sacred Heart" and "Dream Evil" albums.
This is an EP that true Dio fans should have in their collection, and that casual Dio fans should think about picking up if they can get it for a reasonable price."
Dio - 'Intermission' (Universal)
Mike Reed | USA | 04/16/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Originally released in 1986 as one reason this lp was put out is to showcase new guitarist Craig Goldy on the cut "Time To Burn".An EP,with a running time of 34 minutes.Years ago,this would've been considered to be a full-length lp.I mean,it's nice to hear the live versions of "King Of Rock And Roll","Sacred Heart" and "Rock And Roll Children",but for some reason(s),this album never did much for me.It's okay.Pretty much for die-hards."