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Hear the Original Version of Every Track from the Ronnie James Dio Tribute Album

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Like many of you, we’re eagerly awaiting the release of the upcoming Ronnie James Dio tribute album ‘This is Your Life,’ which will feature a parade of hard rock and metal stars covering songs from across the singer’s long and storied career.

As a refresher course on just how awesome the original performances of the songs being covered on this collection truly were, we’ve assembled all 16 of the tracks below, in versions made famous by Ronnie as the singer of Rainbow and Black Sabbath, or as the leader of his own group Dio.

While we’re loving the covers that have emerged from the tribute album so far — especially Metallica‘s four song Rainbow-era medley ‘Ronnie Rising‘ — we’re sure everyone involved in this project would agree it’s important to remember where all this genius first came from!

Watch Black Sabbath Perform ‘Neon Knights’
(From 1980′s ‘Heaven and Hell’ — To Be Covered by Anthrax)

Hear Dio Perform ‘The Last in Line’
(From 1984′s ‘The Last in Line’ — To Be Covered by Tenacious D)

Hear Black Sabbath Perform ‘The Mob Rules’
(From 1981′s ‘The Mob Rules’ — To Be Covered by Adrenaline Mob)

Hear Dio Perform ‘Straight Through the Heart’
(From 1983′s ‘Holy Diver’ — To Be Covered by Halestorm)

Hear Rainbow Perform ‘Starstruck’
(From 1976′s ‘Rising’ — To Be Covered by Motorhead w/ Bill Byford)

Hear Rainbow Perform ‘The Temple of the King’
(From 1975′s ‘Rainbow’ — To Be Covered by Scorpions)

Hear Dio Perform ‘Egypt (The Chains Are On)’
(From 1984′s ‘The Last in Line’ — To Be Covered by Doro)

Hear Dio Perform ‘Holy Diver’
(From 1983′s ‘Holy Diver’ — To Be Covered by Killswitch Engage)

Hear Rainbow Perform ‘Catch the Rainbow’
(From 1975′s ‘Rainbow’ — To be Covered by Hughes / Wright / Goldy / Sarzo / Warren)

Watch Black Sabbath Perform ‘I’
(From 1992′s ‘Dehumanizer’ — To Be Covered by Logan / Bain / Robertson / Tichy)

Hear Rainbow Perform ‘Man on the Silver Mountain’
(From 1975′s ‘Rainbow’ — To Be Covered by Halford / Appice / Aldrich / Pilson / Warren)

Hear Rainbow Perform ‘A Light in the Black’
(From 1976′s ‘Rising’ — To Be Covered by Metallica)

Hear Rainbow Perform ‘Tarot Woman’
(From 1976′s ‘Rising’ — To Be Covered by Metallica)

Watch Rainbow Perform ‘Stargazer’
(From 1976′s ‘Rising’ — To Be Covered by Metallica)

Watch Rainbow Perform ‘Kill the King’
(From 1976′s ‘Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll’ — To Be Covered by Metallica)

Hear Dio Perform ‘This Is Your Life’
(From 1986′s ‘Angry Machines’ — To Be Performed by Dio)

Next: Top 10 Ronnie James Dio Songs

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