Monday, May 17, 2010


By Del Tigre

On the heels of Shelby's memorial post, and in honor of the man himself, here is a collection of Dio's early work. Hopefully some of this is new to you. I've capped it at 1975, because let's face it, if you don't already own every album he recorded between 1975 and 1987 (at least), you're probably wondering what you're doing here. Hello there! Welcome to Illogical Contraption. My name's Erik, and I'll be your tour escort today. Allow me to show you around the campus. You're going to meet the most life-changing people of your life here, I just know it. Care for a diet cola? A moist towelette? A low-tar cigarette? Fantastic. Now have a seat right there while I cue up this explanatory video. Just relax...clear your mind...everything will be explained.

Sorry. Where was I? Oh right. "Magic."

Rock it:

Ronnie & The Red Caps (1958-59)
1. Lover
2. Conquest
3. An Angel Is Missing
4. What I'd Say

Ronnie Dio & The Prophets
1. The Ooh Poo Pah Doo
2. Love Pains

1. Gonna Make It Alone
2. Swingin Street

(1963) - Dio At Domino's
1. Follow Me
2. Blue Days
3. I Left My Heart In San Francisco
4. Red Top
5. An Angel Is Missing
6. Irresistible You
7. I Told You So
8. Everybody's Got A Dance
9. Don't Take Your Love From Me
10. Johnny Blue
11. Great Balls Of Fire
12. Love Pains

1. Mr. Misery
2. Love Potion #9
3. Will You Still Love Me
4. Our Year
5. Smiling By Day
6. Dear Darlin
7. Walking Alone
8. The Way Of Love
9. Walking In Circles
10. Days With Brenda

1. Where You Gonna Run
2. Say You're Mine Again
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The Elves - Live At The Beacon (1971)
1. The Scrambles
2. Driftin
3. Aqualung
4. 36 Year Old Lady
5. Mountain Venus
6. Simple Sister
7. The Rape of Andre Lucia

Elf - Elf (1972)
1. Hoochie Koochie Lady
2. First Avenue
3. Never More
4. I'm Coming Back For You
5. Sit Down Honey
6. Dixie Lee Junction
7. Love Me Like A Woman
8. Gambler, Gambler

Elf - War Pigs '72 (1972)
Disc 1
1. Wake Up Sunshine (Studio Demo)
2. Smile For Me Lady (Studio Demo)
3. Rosemarie (Studio Demo)
4. You Felt The Same Way (Studio Demo)
5. Driftin' (Studio Demo)
6. Saturday Night
7. Cross-Eyed Mary (Jethro Tull)
8. Stay With Me (The Faces)
9. Little Queenie / Johnny B Good/ Whole Lotta Shakin' (Medley)
10. An Old Raincoat Will Never Let You Down (Rod Stewart)
11. Cold Ramona
12. Black Dog (Led Zeppelin)
13. Lura Lura
14. Four Day Creep (Humble Pie)
Disc 2
1. Give Me A Chance
2. Rumble (Link Wray)
3. Aqualung (Jethro Tull)
4. Drown Me In The River
5. Simple Man (Graham Nash)
6. Won't Get Fooled Again/ Baba O' Riley (The Who)
7. Pisces Apple Lady (Leon Russell)
8. Dirty Dollar Bill
9. Buckingham Blues
10. So Long
11. You Shook Me / Rock's Boogie
12. War Pigs (Black Sabbath)
Disc 1, Disc 2

Elf - Return Nevermore Live (1973)
1. Love Me Like a Woman
2. Stone Cold Fever
3. Behind Blue Eyes
4. Sit Down Honey
5. Rockin' Chair Blues
6. Hoochie Koochie Lady

Elf - Carolina County Ball (1974)
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

Elf - Trying To Burn The Sun (1975)
1. Black Swampy Water
2. Prentice Wood
3. When She Smiles
4. Good Time Music
5. Liberty Road
6. Shotgun Boogie
7. Wonderworld
8. Streetwalker

NOTE: There are a few stragglers from the Prophets / Elf years that I didn't upload. Why? Because they can be found HERE. Check out the Elves and Electric Elves singles.

On a final note, I'm going to end with my personal favorite Dio song. I've loved this one for years. Not only are the vocals and guitar work top notch, but, as pointed out in a recent comment, the lyrics are strikingly appropriate. Rock on Dio.


Manslaughter said...

Thanks man. The self titled Elf is one of my favorites. Dio=God.

Peter said...

Hell yeah! Thank you Erik!

Cory said...

excellent post, del tigre!

Erik Del Tigre said...

No problem, team! Now let's shower up.

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