Long Live Rock 'n' Rollby Rainbow
Long Live Rock 'n' Roll may be singer Ronnie James Dio's last album with Rainbow, but at least he went out on a high note. While the material is not quite as strong as on the previous studio effort, Rising, Long Live Rock 'n' Roll maintains the momentum the band had built up. "Kill the King" had been previously heard on the live On Stage record, but here it sounds more fully realized. Also, the title track from the album stands as one of the best songs the band did, not to mention a noble sentiment. The chugging "L.A. Connection" is another highlight. As with all of their first four albums, this one was produced by Martin Birch (who produced everyone from Blue Öyster Cult to Wayne County), and he really knows how to get the best out of the band by this point. The result is that the songs couldn't sound any better, so even if some of the material isn't quite up to their best, the album is still very cohesive, steady, and, ultimately, satisfying. This would turn out to be the last great album Rainbow would ever make, although they did enjoy a great deal of chart success in the post-Dio era.
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- Polydor / Umgd
Performance CreditsRainbow Primary Artist
Ritchie Blackmore Bass,Guitar
Barvarian String Ensemble Strings
Bob Daisley Bass
Ronnie James Dio Vocals
Karl Heinz Feit Strings,Cello
Max Hecker Recorder,Wind
Ferenc Kiss Violin,Concert Master
Ottmer Machan Strings,Viola
Nico Nicoli Violin
Rainer Pietsch Conductor
Cozy Powell Drums
Rudi Risavy Flute
David Stone Keyboards
Technical CreditsMartin Birch Producer
Debbie Hall Illustrations
Bruce Payne Director
Rainer Pietsch Score
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Long Live rock'n'roll is of course a must, it is very popular radio song! Kill the king is very fast track. Gates of babylon brings you magic. Lady of the Lake, Gates of Babylon, L.A. Connection, and Sensitive to Light tell about the devil. Rainbow Eyes is a ballad, very boring one.
Some Blackmore fans have rightfully stated that "Kill the King" was the first power-metal song ever written, which means an uptempo song with lots of melody and propulsive double-bass drumming. From that point of view, this is a groundbreaking album, and it was the last with the great Ronnie James Dio on vocals. There isn´t a weak track on this album, and despite the somewhat dated sound, it has aged very well. Blackmore´s playing is maybe his best ever, and the late Cozy Powell delivers intense drumming. Rainbow would never reach these heights again, despite a couple of very fine albums to follow. The album closes with the extended ballad "Rainbow Eyes", which proves that Dio has a really soft voice whenever he wants to be very sensitive.
LONG LIVE ROCK N ROLL!!! Appropiate title because thats exactly what this A celebration of rock n roll. Theyve got every right to because bothh Dio and Blackmore were there at the start of rock n roll. Anyway this is a great heavy metal album and if your fan of this kinda music just get it
Ritchie Blackmore must still be rueing the day he broke up the Rainbow Rising band, as this last gasp which came afterward was the final Rainbow album that could be truly called a heavy metal album. Rumor has it that dismissed keyboardist Tony Carey was brought back as an uncredited keyboardist, but left due to Blackmore's constant abuse. Similarly, Jimmy Bain was said to have been asked to come back as a session bassist, but turned Blackmore down flat. So, Blackmore, Dio and Powell brought in two relative newcomers, and the LLR&R band was born for one album and one or two tours. "Gates of Bablylon", one of the band's most effective and epic numbers, seems to have Carey's touch on it, and it provided Blackmore with a fine springboard for some of his finest playing post-Deep Purple mk. III. To a lesser extent, "Rainbow Eyes" falls into this category as well. "Long Live Rock and Roll" is the requisite crowd pleaser, while "Kill the King" found a place of honor in the Rainbow concert set. I think that I can say with certainty that this is an album with no filler, and excellent performances from all involved. Liner notes would have been nice, as would bonus tracks, but that's Blackmore for you; give them just enough, and no more. By the way, Blackmore's soloing on "Lady of the Lake" has to be heard to be believed. I have never heard someone combine note shaping and sustain to such an extent. I've never heard such since, either.