Elf (album)

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Studio album by Elf
Released August 1972
Recorded April–July 1972
Length 33:02
Label Purple Records
Epic Records
Producer Ian Paice, Roger Glover
Elf chronology
Carolina County Ball
(1974)Carolina County Ball1974
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

Elf is the first album by Ronnie James Dio's blues rock band called Elf. Produced by Ian Paice and Roger Glover of Deep Purple, the record was released in 1972. In this album, Dio is listed by his birth name Ronald Padavona. Though Dio had used "Padavona" for songwriting credits on earlier singles, Dio explained in an interview in 1994 that he used his birth name on this album as a tribute to his parents so that they could see their family name on an album at least once.[2]

After this album, Steve Edwards replaced David Feinstein on guitar, and Craig Gruber took over bass duties, leaving Dio solely as the lead singer. This future lineup, minus Edwards, became the first incarnation of Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow when guitarist Ritchie Blackmore formed it after leaving Deep Purple.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Gary Driscoll, Mickey Lee Soule, David Feinstein & Ronald Padavona.

No. Title Length
1. "Hoochie Koochie Lady" 5:32
2. "First Avenue" 4:23
3. "Never More" 3:50
4. "I'm Coming Back for You" 3:27
5. "Sit Down Honey (Everything Will Be Alright)" 3:48
6. "Dixie Lee Junction" 5:09
7. "Love Me Like a Woman" 3:47
8. "Gambler, Gambler" 4:26