I happened to catch these guys as an opening act for Uriah Heep at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago. I had no idea who they were and had no preconceptions. What I have just found out by reading these other reviews was that I was witnessing an early glimpse of Ronny James Dio. This act was OK. Not great. I liked some of the songs well enough that I went out and plopped down my $3.88 for the LP. (Am I showing my age)? Their guitarist had the (then) typical Les Paul through a Marshall stack that exemplified many of the British bands of the period. This guy (sorry...forgot his name) changed off on 3 different Les Pauls. The sad fact was that he couldn't carry the entire act. His playing wasn't explosive or wild at all. It was more measured. And since he played his les Pauls straight into his Marshall without any effects at all, he had little variance in his sound. Things just started to sound tired and the same as the set drew to a close. The drummer had a rather limited vocabulary. (which is strange, since I believe Deep Purple's drummer, Ian Paice, was their producer). And though it was nice seeing a grand piano on stage, it didn't lend enough texture to the music. What did stick out was Dio's singing. He had a powerful yet dynamic voice. When he had to sing softer passages, he didn't lose any of the emotion in his voice.
I must have been impressed enough because I bought the LP. I liked it well enough but, like the live show, I wasn't blown away. The 2 songs that stuck out on the album were the ones that stuck out in the show. Nevermore and I'm Comin' Back For You. These songs sill hold up for me, but the rest just isn't stand out enough for me. Dio went on to do some much more remarkable things with his career.