My friend and band mate John Dunbar and I often talk about that endless supply of music yet to be discovered. We both agree that there is a certain type of thrill hearing something for the first time and finding out that this artist you only just discovered has a dozen records to his credit.
Well, Elf only has three records to their credit, but I somehow managed to hear none of them. This coming from a long time fan of the late great Ronnie James Dio. The records he recorded with Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow have been in my collection since they were released with "Rainbow Rising" in particular being a personal fave. His solo records with Dio are fine for what they are, but "Holy Diver" in particular, is one of the greatest heavy metal records of all time. And what about "Heaven & Hell?" Ozzy Osbourne's shoes could not have been easy to fill, but Dio delivered on what many consider to be one of Black Sabbath's best.
So Elf? How did I not bother all these years?
No explanation, really. I just didn't. But lately, John Dunbar has been listening and talking them up, so I went in and I was surprised to find music that was nothing like any of the bands or releases mentioned above. Elf played rock and roll, the blues and boogie, not unlike the Faces or Leon Russell.
If you've known this all these years, why the hell didn't you tell me?
If you hadn't known, ladies and gentlemen, Elf.