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Elf Albums [Import]

Elf, DioAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 30, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Import [Generic]
  • ASIN: B000005REW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,080 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Carolina County Bail
2. L.A.59
3. Ain't It All Amusing
4. Happy
5. Annie New Orleans
6. Rocking Chair Rock 'n' Roll Blues
7. Rainbow
8. Do the Same Thing
9. Blanche
10. Black Swampy Water
11. Prentice Wood
12. When She Smiles
13. Good Time Music
14. Liberty Road
15. Shotgun Boogie
16. Wonderworld
17. Streetwalker

Editorial Reviews

UK collection brings together Elf's second & third albums, Carolina County Ball & Trying To Burn The Sun (1974 & 1975), featuring Ronnie James Dio, before Rainbow. 17 tracks with fold-out sleeve containing detailed notes & photos. Connoisseur Collection. 1991.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dio @ his best, audio @ it's worst March 15, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I am a huge fan of Dio's. These 2 Elf albums are both in my top 5 Dio albums of all time, and I have all of his albums, Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, and Dio. I was extatic when I found this 2 CD set. Then I listened to it. The audio quality is horrible. It sounds like it was recorded from a cassette tape, an OLD cassette tape! At one point (Liberty Road) the music actually DRAGS. It slows down for a couple of seconds before coming back to the original tempo. I stongly suggest buying "Trying to Burn the Sun" and "Carolina County Ball" seperately. As for the content of the albums, well, what can I say? AMAZING(5 stars)!!! Dio captures the emotion of each song like it was his only child. Dio calls this music "honkey-tonk-rock", and, though, if you are a fan of Dio's later work, you might think, "How in the world is THAT voice going to be anything but heavy-HEAVY metal?", it works. And it works brilliantly. Dio should get back to his roots and try another album like these. The voice of an angel and the voice of a devil coming from one man. You must experience Dio. And the best way to do that is to buy these albums. The Rainbow albums that follow are also a must. Through Elf, Rainbow, and Black Sabbath, you can actually hear the graduation (ever so suddely) from honkey-tonk, to medievel, to full blown knock you off your seat metal, i.e. "Falling Off the Edge of the World" from The Mob Rules. These Elf albums are a great place to start a journey that is the life of Ronald Padavona(Dio).
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for the music 3 stars for the transfer March 25, 2004
Format:Audio CD
These two albums are definitely among Dio's best work,along with rainbow and a couple of the Sabbath recordings.Both are better than the first Elf album..It has more diverse styles of music than any of the other bands mentioned.Boogie shuffles to blues-rock to soothing spacey ballads to swaggering beats.The problem with this release is that there is a glitch at the beginning of Liberty Road.This is an official release so the only excuse for this is if something damaged the original master since the original release.If so ,I think it should be easy enough to fix by lifting that second or two of music from later in the song as it is repeated ,or from a copy of the vinyl.I have the original and it doesn't have that glitch.Any way it's pretty much inexcusable for an official release.Although personally, out of all of the songs from the Tryin'to Burn the Sun album ,liberty road isn't particularly a stand out so I'll only deduct one star over all.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dio before his days as evil rock wizard... May 15, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I've been into Ronnie's music for several years now and own about 90% of his output from his days with Rainbow through his latest, "Angry Machines" with his own band. I've known about how he started his career with Elf for a while but have never seen any of these albums in the music stores until just the other day when I found this compilation of his final two Elf albums. Wow, I had no idea what a shock I was in for when I popped this in the CD player! The shock being two-fold: 1) this is drastically different stylistically and musically than anything he subsequently released, 2) this is some of the finest, most cohesive (as a band) music I've ever heard! At first, I have to admit, I laughed a little at hearing Ronnie sings lyrics like "Annie's on her fanny" from Annie New Orleans, etc. But after that initial reaction, I got right down to the music itself... which just kills pretty much everything else I own (in a good way)! Elf was a great band who deserved a lot more attention back in their heyday. It's damn fortunate that Ritchie Blackmore discovered this band and paved the way for Ronnie's future fame. Otherwise, these albums would probably be long time gone; only to be found on vinyl in some garage sale. I can't understand it either... this band had better arrangements of songs and more interesting lyrics (although often pretty silly and lax) than three-quarters of the bands out in the early-70s. Most of the influences here are '50s and '60s southern style music (some honky tonk and hoochie coo) complete with rolicking piano and sweet vocal harmonies. Some songs on "Trying to Burn the Sun" come close to early Rainbow output... such as Streetwalker. Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dio at his best early at his career March 14, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
What can anybody say about this CD ? 2 records in one made by Ronnie's first group, later to become the backbone of Rainbow. It is safe to say these two records are equal to, if not better, than the Rainbow albums. If you are reading this you should already have an idea about Dio's work. Well this is completely different: boogie, ballads, rock and great interaction of guitar and piano, these albums will not disappoint you. To explain my point of view, I am bying this CD a second time because my first copy decided to start scratching at the two best songs, Wonderworld and Streetwalker !! I also highly recommend the Elf album, which was their first, also a masterpiece.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
A good 2 lp's-on-one CD release of Elf's second and third albums,'Carolina County Ball'('74)and 'Trying To Burn The Sun'('75).A should-have for most Dio fans.One thing you need to keep in mind is that the material here isn't as well written or as strong sounding as,say his solo efforts or the CD's he'd done with Rainbow or Sabbath.It's decent early '70's hard rock.Some of the tracks I thought were impressive were "Annie New Orleans","Do The Same Thing","Black Swampy Water","When She Smiles" and "Liberty Road".See what you think.Line-up:Ronnie James Dio-vocals,Mickey Lee Soule-keyboards,Steve Edwards-guitar,Craig Gruber-bass and Gary Driscoll-drums.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Miss his voice
Published 11 days ago by John Burt
5.0 out of 5 stars This would easily rate 6 stars if it were remastered
This would easily rate 6 stars if it were remastered. Elf was a band that deserved a much wider audience than they garnered as they were an amazing live act. Read more
Published 2 months ago by B. Stowers
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A must for any true Dio fan!
Published 3 months ago by Thomas Munson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is really much better than anything he ever did...too bad Ritchie broke them up.
Published 3 months ago by Bill Simolaridis
5.0 out of 5 stars ELF ALBUMS-DIO
Published 9 months ago by hellbillyandy
5.0 out of 5 stars Early Dio
Here is another side of Dio you do not here on the radio! So much different that what people hear from Rainbow, Sabbath, or Solo
Published 9 months ago by D. Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Looked like an elf, sang like a giant!
The Elf years were fun years musically for Ronnie Dio as this was the period where his style changed from crooner to power singer. The songs were lots of fun as well. Read more
Published 9 months ago by The Foyle
4.0 out of 5 stars wow
sounds like a southern rock music, never heard Ronnie sound like this and has some light hearted and humorous songs.
Published 9 months ago by todd allan
5.0 out of 5 stars The man with the golden voice
This was a great addition to my ever growing Dio collection. Some really great stuff here. Sort of a piano heavy blues Southern rock feel to most of the songs. Read more
Published 13 months ago by White Chicken
3.0 out of 5 stars good but not great 2
Like the first Elf record this has Dio singing but the music isn't the Dio I have come to know and love. The music is Rock and Roll blues and some of the songs are quite good. Read more
Published 15 months ago by James E. Knapp
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