Before Ronnie James Dio sang in Rainbow, Black Sabbath/Heaven and Hell and Dio, he fronted Elf, whose rare 1971 tracks now are being released.
Posted on Jul 20, 2011 02:06 pm
Ronnie James Dio was famously the frontman for Rainbow, Black Sabbath/Heaven And Hell and, of course, Dio.
But before he sang in those legendary bands, he fronted Elf (previously Electric Elves), whose rare 1971 tracks now are being released. Described as the work of a "rock/honky tonk/blues band", Elf's forthcoming release, "And Before Elf... There Were Elves", shines a light on Dio's early vocal skills.
Set for an October release via the Niji Entertainment Group, "And Before Elf..." features 12 previously unreleased tracks from 1971, both in the studio and live. The album will feature a lenticular/3D/hologram cover on which, when you turn it, you will see two alternating images: Ronnie from the first Elf LP as well as a vintage group shot from 1971. Longtime Dio engineer wyn Davis remastered the original tapes.
Elf made three albums before Dio left, in 1975, to co-form Rainbow with Deep Purple's guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. Elf guitarist David "Rock" Feinstein (Dio's cousin) would go on to front The Rods.
The tracklisting for "And Before Elf... There Were Elves" is:
01. You Shook Me
02. Stay With Me
03. Four Day Creep
04. Buckingham Blues
05. Wakeup Sunshine
07. Smile For Me Lady
08. You Felt The Same Way
09. Simple Man
10. Drown Me In The River
11. Cold Ramona
12. Little Queenie
Thanks for the report to Michael Leonard, Gibson.com.