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    Posted: July 03 2012 at 16:54
 Love His work with Sabbath and Rainbow. Is Elf worth checking out? What are their best songs ? But I'm very interested in His Solo work but afraid of investing into 80's Cheese. What are His best solo Albums/Songs ?

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I like the first four of his solo albums, and don't think they are too cheesy (but a certain amount comes with them).  They certainly rock, though.
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Not sure he should be in the prog music section of this forum.
Anyway, Sabbath's Live Evil and Dio's Holy Diver are must-haves.
I am not very acquainted with Elf, but I don't think they recorded anything outstanding.
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Originally posted by JesusisLord

 Love His work with Sabbath and Rainbow. Is Elf worth checking out? What are their best songs ?
ELF is worth to listen to, their records in many ways are similar to Rainbow debut album (songs like "If You Don't Like Rock 'n' Roll"), but without hits like "Catch the Rainbow", "Temple of the King"or "Sixteenth Century Greensleeves".  

And Dio shined on Roger Glover's "Butterfly Ball" album, highly recommended.
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First two Dio albums are pretty fantastic, and I have yet to hear Elf but they're on my list.
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He did an awesome job on "Mask of the Great Deceiver" on Kerry Livgren's first solo album. A very surprising collaboration considering that was Livgren's christian 'coming out' record.
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First three Dio solo albums are the classic of hard rock and heavy metal, so feel no indecision before listening to them.

I'm not very keen on Elf stuff, though I think it's worthwile to listen everything from this band. It's better to start with debut album, some nice bluesy songs on here.
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Originally posted by ClemofNazareth

He did an awesome job on "Mask of the Great Deceiver" on Kerry Livgren's first solo album. A very surprising collaboration considering that was Livgren's christian 'coming out' record.
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'strange highways' is a great hard rock/heavy metal record... made right after black sabbath's 'dehumanizer'-he quit the band because, apparently, they wanted ozzy to do some songs on tour/a certain concert?... anyway, lots of drama; but both of these albums are good... heavy(not prog)... I think 'strange highways' is one of dio's best recs

i think this period was fertile for dio because of the promise/challenging musical/commercial landscape... it ended up being a bust for dio's efforts=but produced some very good heavy metal... great lyrics... great playing on these albums... the band was hot


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Thanx for the input Gentlemen. Will be investigating all suggestions. 
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From the 80's, I think both Holy Diver and he Last in Line are worth getting. Not cheesy in my opinion, certainly not when compared to a lot of rock that was about at the time.
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No more cheesy than Sabbath or Rainbow for sure.
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What he achieved on Holy Diver, he built on for Last In Line - both of these are not only great Dio albums, but classics of the genre.

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Elf is interesting for Dio fans. Other than that I put it firmly in the for completionists only category. Honesly its been two decades since I listened to an Elf album. My memories of it are that it wasn't all that hard. Not really light rock either. Just garden variety rock. Nothing terribly inventive either. There was some cheese though.. some silly song about rainy days with the horrid line " its been found. You can't get brown. rain go away". It was well sung with a nice sing songy broadwayesque melody but the lyrics... ugh. Even I cannot ignore lyrics when they are like that.
 
Also I give another thumbs up for Holy Diver and Last in Line. Especially Last in Line. Must have for metal fans. Must have for Dio fans.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote lazland Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 04 2012 at 15:43
Originally posted by Jim Garten

What he achieved on Holy Diver, he built on for Last In Line - both of these are not only great Dio albums, but classics of the genre.
 
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Elf can be seen as a loose template for Rainbow, who became a great band with Rising. I would say that they are for completists only.


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Originally posted by lazland

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What he achieved on Holy Diver, he built on for Last In Line - both of these are not only great Dio albums, but classics of the genre.
 
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No more cheesy than Sabbath or Rainbow for sure.


80's Rainbow was pretty cheesy. I still liked most of it though..

Sabbath, cheesy?? When was that? They've been sh*t, but I wouldn't describe them as cheesy.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Snow Dog Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 06 2012 at 06:22
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No more cheesy than Sabbath or Rainbow for sure.


80's Rainbow was pretty cheesy. I still liked most of it though..

Sabbath, cheesy?? When was that? They've been sh*t, but I wouldn't describe them as cheesy.

That's my point.
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Killing The Dragon is a great album as well. Every bit as good as his first 2 solo albums, imo.
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