Sacred Heart is Dio's third studio album. It was released in August 15, 1985 on Warner Bros. Records. The record peaked at No. 29 on the Billboard200 chart.[3] It is one of Dio's most well-known albums, and includes singles such as "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 LeppardRiverdogsWhitesnake and Thin Lizzy. A rift occurred during the recording of this album between Dio and the guitarist - "...for me, he (Viv) wasn't even there for this record."[4] 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.[5]


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The accompanying stageshow was a spectacle involving a mechanised dragon and laser effects, as captured on the VHS (and later DVD reissue)Sacred Heart "The Video". Ronnie James Dio and his band referred to the dragon as Denzil (although originally it was called Dean).[6]


The cover art is by Robert Florczak. The inscription around the border of the cover is in Latin and reads FINIS PER SOMNIVM REPERIO TIBI SACRA COR VENEFICVS OSTIVM AVRVM. A possible rendering is Along the borders of dreams I found for you the sacred poisonous heart and golden door.More data useful for the interpretation could be contained within the lyrics to the song "Sacred Heart".

Track listing[edit]Edit

All lyrics written by Ronnie James Dio, music as stated

Side one
No. Title Music Length
1. "King of Rock and Roll"   Vinny AppiceJimmy BainVivian CampbellDio 3:49
2. "Sacred Heart"   Appice, Bain, Campbell, Dio 6:27
3. "Another Lie"   Dio 3:48
4. "Rock 'n' Roll Children"   Dio 4:32
Side two
No. Title Music Length
5. "Hungry for Heaven"   Bain, Dio 4:10
6. "Like the Beat of a Heart"   Bain, Dio 4:24
7. "Just Another Day"   Dio, Campbell 3:23
8. "Fallen Angels"   Appice, Bain, Campbell, Dio 3:57
9. "Shoot, Shoot"   Appice, Bain, Campbell, Dio 4:20
2012 Deluxe Edition CD 2
No. Title Music Original release Length
1. "Hide in the Rainbow"   Dio Iron Eagle soundtrack 3:56
2. "We Rock"   Dio live B-Side of "Rock 'n' Roll Children" 12' 4:49
3. "The Last in Line"   Bain, Campbell, Dio live B-Side of "Rock 'n' Roll Children" 12' 5:17
4. "Like the Beat of a Heart"   Bain, Dio live B-Side of "Hungry for Heaven" 12' 5:14
5. "King of Rock and Roll"   Appice, Bain, Campbell, Dio Intermission (1986) 3:41
6. "Rainbow in the Dark"   Appice, Bain, Campbell, Dio Intermission 4:42
7. "Sacred Heart"   Appice, Bain, Campbell, Dio Intermission 6:27
8. "Time to Burn"   Appice, Bain, Dio, Craig GoldyClaude Schnell Intermission 4:24
9. "Medley: "Rock 'n' Roll Children"

"Long Live Rock 'n' Roll" "Man on the Silver Mountain"  


Ritchie Blackmore, Dio Blackmore, Dio

Intermission 9:40
10. "We Rock"   Dio Intermission 4:58


Additional musicians


Year Chart Position
1985 UK Albums Chart[8] 4
Swedish Albums Chart[9] 6
Norwegian Albums Chart[10] 8
GfK Dutch Charts[11] 11
German Albums Chart[12] 12
Austrian Albums Charts[13] 13
Swiss Albums Charts[14] 14
Billboard 200 (USA)[3] 29
RPM100 Albums (Canada)[15] 35
2012 Oricon Japanese Albums Charts[16] 164
Year Title Chart Position
1985 "Rock 'n' Roll Children" Mainstream Rock (USA)[17] 26
UK Singles Chart[8] 26
"Hungry for Heaven" Mainstream Rock (USA) [17] 30
UK Singles Chart[8] 72
1986 UK Singles Chart[8] 56


The RIAA certified Sacred Heart Gold (500,000 units sold) on October 15, 1985.[18] 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.

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