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Elf [Import]

Elf Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Genlt Giant June 11 2004
Format:Audio CD
Ronald Padavona from Cortland, New York........
I met him once when he was with Sabbath during Mob Rules. He played bass on this. Some of my older friends remember seeing them at the Goblet in Auburn, NY. They said that their energy was incredible. Every song is a classic. That also includes everything they released. The first Rainbow(Ritchie blackmore's Rainbow) is Elf minus David Feinstein. Feinstein went on to create David Feinstein's Thunder and The Rods. anyways, I would recommend this to a stranger. It happens to be an unknown classic.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Dio stepping Stone March 26 2004
Format:Audio CD
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Mark Anderson TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
There seems to a major discovery/re-discovery of 1970s music among today's 15-25 year olds. Many of them tell me they consider most of today's new music to be total rubbish (no argument from me on that point) and that they consider 1970s music to far superior to today's new releases.

I grew up in the 1970s and I now find myself being repeatedly asked by my friends' teenaged sons and their friends for recommendations of 1970s bands they're not familiar with. They all know about Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and other major acts but they're totally unfamiliar with many of the lesser known 1970s bands.

To help them and others who are discovering/rediscovering 1970s music I'll start posting reviews of albums by some of these less well known 1970s bands whose music I think is worth the attention of a new generation of listeners.

This 1972 release by Elf is one such album that is worth a listen. The bass player and vocalist is billed as Ronald Padavona but it's actually Ronnie James Dio before he became well known. The vocals are unmistakable Dio.

This album was produced by Roger Glover and Ian Paice, at the time the bass player and drummer, respectively, of Deep Purple.

If you like Deep Purple and Ronnie James Dio's later work, you'll like this one.
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