What does it sound like?:
These two reissues, from 1974 and 1975 respectively, showcase the second and third (and final) albums by Ronnie James Dio’s early band Elf.
Both albums are produced by Deep Purple’s Roger Glover, and show Dio in the infancy of what was to be a long and successful career with Rainbow, Sabbath and in his own right of course.
Don’t expect any Rainbow style music here though – there’s not a wizard, demon or dragon in sight! Instead you get in the main a piano led brand of Stonesy type blues rock – there’s even a few laid back moments of introspection in there too, not something Dio was noted for in his glory days!
What does it all *mean*?
The Deep Purple connection obviously brought the band to the attention of Richie Blackmore, and before long Dio and his Elf cohorts were joining him in the early incarnation of Rainbow.
Goes well with…
Early seventies rock, Stones, that sort of thing…..just don’t expect the hard rock/metal sound that Dio became famous for.
Might suit people who like…
Investigating obscurities, digging into the early formative days of Dio’s career.