- Audio CD (March 1 2008)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: SBME
- ASIN: B0012GN454
- Other Editions: Audio CD | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
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Few singers can claim to have fronted three world class rock bands that have made game-changing, genre-defining music; but with Rainbow, Black Sabbath and his own band, Dio, the late, great Ronnie James Dio could proudly claim to have made his mark on rock history with all three. But not everyone will be aware that prior to 1975's Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow debut, Ronnie had fronted his own rock band ELF for three LPs. Founded by Ronnie on bass guitar as well as inimitable lead vocals, and then going by his birth name Padavona, he was joined by his guitar-slinging cousin David Rock Feinstein (later of The Rods), and future Rainbow alumni Mickey Lee Soule on piano and Gary Driscoll on drums. Coming to the attention of Epic Records in the States, ELF's 1972 debut was co-produced by none other than Deep Purple's bassist Roger Glover and drummer Ian Paice, then the hottest rock property on either side of the Atlantic, leading to support tours with Deep Purple. Rather than the hard rock or metal of Dio's later bands, on songs such as the single 'Hoochie Koochie Lady', 'First Avenue' and 'Never More', ELF's debut has a more honky-tonk, laid back, bluesier flavour, honed in and around the clubs of the band's native New York and New Jersey. This version features a brand new and extensive liner note by Classic Rock and Metal Hammer's Malcolm Dome, based on new interviews conducted with band members David Rock Feinstein and Mickey Lee Soule, as well as Deep Purple's Roger Glover and Ian Paice.
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R.I.P Ronnie James Dio. July 10th 1942 - May 16th 2010
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.
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.
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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