Rainbow – Long Live Rock n Roll, 1978

Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll is the third studio album by Rainbow released in 1978 and it’s the final album featuring vocalist Ronnie James Dio, signifying the change towards a more main stream band.

The song starts with the title track “Long Live Rock n Roll” which is similar in theme to “If You Don’t Like Rock n Roll” off the album Ritchie Blackmore‘s Rainbow. Following this is “Lady of the Lake”, which has a riff similar to Led Zeppelin’s “Wanton Song”. This song features operatic and dark vocals by Ronnie James Dio, and an ambient background instrumental. “L.A. Connection” is a song about coming off a long tour, this is decent hard rocking song but feels a bit weak against the rest of the album. “Gates of Babylon” kicks off with an atmospheric synthesizer intro. The rest of the instruments kick in and Dio starts singing, building this song with each verse. This is one of the defining songs of Rainbow along side “Stargazer” from Rising.

side b,

“Kill the King” is an up-tempo piece that starts with some fast arpeggios and leads into a room. Overall a good song with one of Blackmore’s best solos. “The Shed” is a good track due to the instrumentals. The lyrics are pretty throwaway and add nothing to this song. “Sensitive to Light” it’s similar to “Do You Close Your Eyes” from “Rising”. I believe the album could have done without this track but it is not bad at all. Finally is the ballad “Rainbow Eyes” an almost 7 minute and 30 second piece similar to “Catch the Rainbow” this song features beautiful atmospheric instrumentals and flutes to back Ritchie Blackmore’s lead guitar, accompanied by Dio’s light vocals. A good way to end this album.

Tracks:

1. “Long Live Rock n’ Roll” 4:21

2. “Lady of the Lake” 3:39

3. “L.A. Connection” 5:02

4. “Gates of Babylon” 6:49

side b,

5. “Kill the King” 4:29

6. “The Shed” 4:47

7. “Sensitive to Light” 3:07

8. “Rainbow Eyes” 7:11

Rating: 8.5/10

Genres: Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Power Metal

Personnel:
Ronnie James Dio- vocals
Ritchie Blackmore- guitar, bass on tracks 1-3, 6, 8
Tony Carey – keyboards
Bob Daisley – bass on “Gates of Babylon”, “Kill the King”, and “Sensitive to Light”.
Cozy Powell – drums, percussion
David Stone – Keyboards

Run Time: 39:27

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