ian mansfield

 
Helpful votes received on reviews: 90% (9 of 10)
Location: Belper, Derbyshire United Kingdom
 

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 2,208,159 - Total Helpful Votes: 9 of 10
Elf ~ Elf
Elf ~ Elf
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I bought this after acquiring the other two Elf albums on one CD. This being the first, I expected it to be a tentative first effort, so was pleasantly surprised to find it heavier than the later two Elf albums, albeit quite formulaic in its song writing approach. The boogie-woogie piano is there but the album is more guitar oriented than the latter two albums, and better for it! The production from Ian Paice and Roger Glover is excellent and brings out the skills of all players equally. For Dio fans, this is closer to his later work with Rainbow/Black Sabbath/Dio than the later Elf albums, for guitar players it's a good album to play along to!
The Collection ~ Steppenwolf
The Collection ~ Steppenwolf
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
If you like 'Born to be wild' and 'Magic carpet ride' there's a strong chance you'll like most of this album. There are a few forgettable songs but as a summation of this fairly influential band from the late 60's this is very well put together.
Carolina County Ball ~ Elf
The reviews I've seen on amazon that describe it as 'boogie-woogie' piano based rock are true - this is very reminiscent of early Lynyrd Skynyrd for me (not a bad thing - I love them!). I find the 'Carolina County Ball' album to be the more melodic of the two, with 'Trying to burn the sun' the more heavy rocking album. Recorded and released in the same year as Rainbow's first album, you can hear some influences crossing over into 'Trying to burn the sun', and indeed since the band is essentially Rainbow minus Ritchie Blackmore the playing styles are very similar.
I think both albums are great - amazing to think that one of the greatest heavy metal singers of the last 30 years started… Read more

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