- 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)
Carolina County Ball CD
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Don't expect typical Dio metal-sounds, 'though. This album is all about... well (hard) Rock and Roll. A must-have for the fans!
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.
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.Read more ›
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!)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've got all the Dio albums and stuff he did with Sabbath and Rainbow. He's a fantastic rock singer, what a voice. Until now I didn't have any of his early tracks with Elf. Read morePublished on 10 Jan. 2013 by Peter
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... Read morePublished on 3 Aug. 2010 by zepnut1