Lock Up the Wolves

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Lock Up the Wolves
Studio album by
Released May 15, 1990
Recorded Granny's House, Reno, Nevada
Genre Heavy metal
Length 60:43
Label Reprise (North America)
Vertigo (rest of the world)
Producer Tony Platt, Ronnie James Dio
Dio chronology
Dream Evil
Lock Up the Wolves
Strange Highways
Ronnie James Dio chronology
Dream Evil
Lock Up the Wolves
Singles from Lock Up the Wolves
  1. "Hey Angel" / "Why Are They Watching Me"
    Released: September 1990
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 5/10[2]

Lock Up the Wolves is the fifth studio album by the American heavy metal band Dio, released on May 15, 1990. It displayed a complete change of musician line-up over the previous Dream Evil album, including eighteen-year-old guitarist Rowan Robertson, and Simon Wright on drums who had played with AC/DC from 1983-89. The song "Evil on Queen Street" takes its title from a deli in Toronto which had a sandwich with that name – per Dio on Much Music in 1990.

Guitarist Rowan Robertson states that two more songs were written and demoed for the album but left off at the decision of Wendy Dio: "‘Hell wouldn’t take her’ and ‘The River Between Us".[3]

Track listing

All lyrics and melodies by Ronnie James Dio, music as stated

Side one
No. Title Music Length
1. "Wild One" Dio, Rowan Robertson 4:05
2. "Born on the Sun" (Track 8 between "Walk on Water" and "Twisted" on cassette and vinyl versions) Dio, Robertson, Jimmy Bain, Vinny Appice 5:36
3. "Hey Angel" Dio, Robertson 5:00
4. "Between Two Hearts" Dio, Robertson 6:30
5. "Night Music" Dio, Robertson, Bain 5:05
6. "Lock Up the Wolves" Dio, Robertson, Bain 8:33
Side two
No. Title Music Length
7. "Evil on Queen Street" Dio, Robertson, Teddy Cook 6:04
8. "Walk on Water" Dio, Robertson, Jens Johansson 3:44
9. "Twisted" Dio, Robertson, Bain, Appice 4:45
10. "Why Are They Watching Me" (Omitted from cassette and vinyl releases) Dio, Robertson 5:04
11. "My Eyes" Dio, Robertson, Johansson 6:36


  • Executive Producer - Ronnie James Dio
  • Arranged by Dio
  • Produced by Tony Platt and Ronnie James Dio
  • Recorded by Tony Platt (at Granny's House, Reno, Nevada); assisted by Don Evans
  • Mixed by Tony Platt and Nigel Green (at Battery Studios, London)
  • Originally mastered by George Marino



  1. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Lock up the Wolves - Dio". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-03-18.
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (August 1, 2007). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 3: The Nineties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 121. ISBN 978-1-894959-62-9.
  3. ^ bravewords.com. "ROWAN ROBERTSON - "Unreleased RONNIE JAMES DIO Songs Might Not See The Light Of Day"". bravewords.com. Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  4. ^ "Album – DIO, Lock Up the Wolves". Charts.de (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2013-11-09.
  5. ^ "Dio – Lock Up the Wolves (album)". Swedishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2013-11-09.
  6. ^ "Dio – Lock Up The Wolves". Hitparade.ch (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2013-11-09.
  7. ^ "Dio Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2013-10-28.
  8. ^ "Lock Up the Wolves Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-11-06.
  9. ^ ロニー・ジェームス・ディオのアルバム (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2013-10-28.
  10. ^ "Dio – Lock Up the Wolves (album)". GfK Dutch Charts (in Dutch). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2013-11-09.
  11. ^ "Dio – Hey Angel Chart Stats". Chart Archive.org. Retrieved 2013-11-13.

External links

  • "Hey Angel" video clip
  • "Wild One" video clip
  • Lock Up the Wolves song lyrics
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