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Carolina County Ball CD

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Product details

  • Audio CD (21 Oct. 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Connoisseur Collection
  • ASIN: B000005REW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,213 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Carolina County Ball
  2. L.A 59
  3. Ain't It All Amusing
  4. Happy
  5. Annie New Orleans
  6. Rocking Chair Rock 'N' Roll Blues
  7. Rainbow
  8. Do The Same Thing
  9. Blanche
  10. Black Swampy Water
  11. Prentice Wood
  12. When She Smiles
  13. Good Time Music
  14. Liberty Road
  15. Shotgun Boogie
  16. Wonderworld
  17. Streetwalker

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Format: Audio CD
The early career of Dio is featured here with the second and third album releases of 'Elf', the band were RJD started out.
Don't expect typical Dio metal-sounds, 'though. This album is all about... well (hard) Rock and Roll. A must-have for the fans!
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The music's great: enough said.

This CD is the only way to get 'Trying To Burn The Sun' on CD. 'Carolina County Ball' was available in the USA but that has been discontinued. Unfortunately, the transfer of 'CCB' on 'RJD: The Elf Albums' is not as good as that on the stand-alone, sounding slightly, I don't know, more 'distant'. However, that's not to say that it is bad: I simply prefer the transfer on the stand-alone. What is unfortunate is that 'TTBTS' has what seems most likely to be a tape-flaw at the start of 'Liberty Road', briefly warbling. Briefly, but noticeably, especially to those of us who had the vinyl. This is unusual from the Connoisseur label, which admirably handled releases from the Deep Purple family tree. This CD was released in 1991 and maybe the technology (or budget) was not then in place to rectify a fault with the tape used as the source for this release. Giving the label the benefit of the doubt, I have docked just the one star. The release comes with extensive sleeve-notes, as was Connoisseur's wont.
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I bought this album as two seperate albums several years ago. They are certainly not what you would expect from Dio, it's more boogie, coutry rock 'n' roll. However, interesting fact, this band is actually Rainbow; the guitarist was sacked and the rest of the band siezed by Ritchie Blackmore.
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Elf was a band that Dio was in early in his career; before his solo band, before Black Sabbath and even before Rainbow, although the early line-up of Rainbow was made up primarily of members from Elf. Ronnie James Dio The Elf Albums is a compilation album released in the early nineties that features the second and third studio albums by Elf together on one disc. The albums in question are 1974's Carolina Country Ball and 1975's Trying To Burn The Sun.

There are a few flaws with the package that a lot of people can sometimes have a problem with; the artwork doesn't fully replicate either album's artwork, there is a slight audio flaw on one of the tracks and the mastering isn't especially good. For a lot of people this will only be a set of minor inconveniences, but if you are usually upset strongly by similar circumstances then it may be worth avoiding this set.

As for the albums themselves, the quality is relatively strong although arguably not on the same level as any of the bands for which Dio would later become famous.

Musically the albums are driven primarily by piano and vocals, with guitar taking something of a back seat for the most part. There is a very clear influence of blues, country and 1950s Rock n Roll on display and it would not be unreasonable to call them more indebted to Honkey Tonk than Hard Rock.

If you can imagine the more boogie orientated tracks by bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd and Foghat, such as `I Know A Little' and `Trouble Trouble' respectively, mixed with the more 1950s influenced moments by Deep Purple and Queen like `Freedom' and `Crazy Little Thing Called Love' respectively, then you can get some idea of the material on offer here.
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I was a little put off initially at this as it is so different from Dio's other material (I'm assuming since you've come this far, you already know of Dio from his Rainbow/Sabbath/Solo music). However, when I did actually listen to the tracks, they are incredible; RJD showing the world how it's done! It really is amazing how much one man (man? god? Who knows?!) can do, in that he can turn his hand to so many different styles of music and always make amazing songs!

I am a somewhat die-hard Dio fan, but I'm not viewing the album through rose tinted specs and am the first to admit not every track is super (what album ins't like that though?). It isn't just Dio's talent, but the brilliant musicians supporting him that make the whole package really something unique and special to listen to. Recoring quality is fine (equal to any of his other albums; sadly not flawless but still good enough to crank up).

A fantastic cross between country-rock and blues, this album is different to his other material (i.e. not heavy), but still has that Dio vocal magic!

If you are a Dio fan, you won't be dissapointed, and if you like the above genres, you'll wonder why you have't come across this before.

Buy it now! (Worth mentioning that this is actually two albums in one... Even better!)
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