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Album Review

By the time he came to prominence as the lead singer of Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, Ronnie James Dio had accumulated an extensive rock & roll résumé (longer than he'd like to admit, actually) performing with a number of groups, ranging from doo-wop in the late '50s to psychedelic rock in the '60s. But it wasn't until he founded Elf in the early '70s that Dio, or Ronald Padavona as he was then called, took his first tentative steps toward hard rock. Still, with the honky tonk piano playing of Mickey Lee Soule dominating many of its songs, Elf's self-titled Epic Records debut (produced by Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover) hardly qualifies as a bona fide heavy metal record. In fact, tracks like "Hoochie Koochie Lady," "First Avenue," and "Sit Down Honey" sound more like the Rolling Stones than Black Sabbath, and it's only occasionally ("I'm Coming Back to You," "Gambler Gambler") that the band produces truly stripped-down, gritty hard rock. "Never More" is perhaps the album's most interesting track, starting with lilting piano and a dramatic delivery from Dio (sounding rather like Freddie Mercury) before launching into a driving hard rock riff in the vein of his best work with Rainbow and Sabbath in later years. A must-own for Dio fanatics only.

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I love Elf. Elf detractors are sorely misguided.

My brother introduced me to the music of Elf back in the 80's. I could hardly believe it was Ronnie James Dio singing. I've loved 'em ever since and am glad I-tunes is starting to make some of their stuff available. I won't rest 'til the entire Elf catalogue is here.

Elf

First hear Elf in a bar in Olean, NY in the late 60s. Dixie Lee Junction brings back memories of younger, wilder days and a tear to my eye !!!

Elf's Slf-titled Album

It's actually southern rock, more than pop. Anyway, if you're a hard-core Ronnie James Dio fan, then this album is essential,considering it's the only Elf album iTunes has. If you're a fan of classic rock and aren't an RJD fan, you probably won't like this album, but you will like Never More (my favorite track on this album).

Biography

Formed: 1970

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s

The early-'70s rock outfit Elf is best-known as the group that gave singer Ronnie James Dio his start and he would eventually set his sights on a tougher, metallic sound, fronting the likes of Rainbow, Black Sabbath, and his own solo band, Dio. The group went through several name changes in the late '60s (the Electric Elves, the Elves), before settling simply on Elf and issuing a self-titled debut recording for Epic in 1972, produced by Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover. The group's best-known lineup...
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