Episode #146 – Elf – Carolina County Ball

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Lead up to the Album:

  • The first album had been recorded in the US but for the second album Roger Glover brought them over to England to record.
  • Recorded at The Manor which had opened in 1971 by Richard Branson.
  • Discogs lists over 1900 recordings taking place at The Manor.  This would have been one of the earlier recordings.
  • David Feinstein left the band after the first album and was replaced by Steve Edwards on this album.


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Album Art & Booklet Review

  • Photography By – Fin Costello
    • Legendary rock photographer.
  • Art Studio – Nesbit Phipps and Froome LTD
    • Worked on Deep Purple In Rock and Burn. 
  • Original US and Japanese release as “L.A. 59”
    • Art Direction – Sheri Leverich
      • Worked on albums for The Osmonds
    • Elf Illustration – Nigel Brook
      • Couldn’t find any additional information

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Album Tracks:

Side One:

  1. Carolina County Ball
  2. L.A. 59
  3. Ain’t It All Amusing
  4. Happy

Side Two:

  1. Annie New Orleans
  2. Rocking Chair Rock ‘N’ Roll Blues
  3. Rainbow
  4. Do The Same Thing
  5. Blanche

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Reception and Review

  • On some European releases the first song is listed as “Carolina Country Ball.”

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