RAINBOW Long Live Rock 'n' Roll (1999) (RMST) (POLYDOR RECORDS) (8 TRACKS) 320 Kbps MP3 ALBUM
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RAINBOW Long Live Rock ''n'' Roll (1999) (RMST) (POLYDOR RECORDS) (8 TRACKS) 320 Kbps MP3 ALBUM
Long Live Rock ''n'' Roll (1999) (RMST) (POLYDOR RECORDS) (8 TRACKS) 320 Kbps MP3 ALBUM
LONG LIVE ROCK ''N'' ROLL is the third studio album by hard rock band Rainbow, released in 1978. Although Bob Daisley & David Stone are listed on the album credits for their contributions they joined the band part way through the recording sessions and only appear on a couple of tracks. (Stone part wrote "Gates of Babylon" but was never credited). Blackmore played most of the bass parts himself for the album. "Kill the King" was already a staple part of the tour setlists, opening Rainbow concerts since mid - 1976. It first appeared on the live album ON STAGE in 1977. In the 1977-78 live concerts the title track and "Kill the King" were the only songs performed, although "L.A. Connection" did get a few airings on the U.S. tour before being dropped from the set. This was Rainbow''s last album to feature Ronnie James Dio on vocals. He left, later to join Black Sabbath, and was replaced by Graham Bonnet. Since 2004 Dio''s solo shows featured a live version of "Gates of Babylon." The title song was covered by the fictitious heavy metal band Steel Dragon for the 2001 movie Rock Star.
"Long Live Rock ''n'' Roll" is a fan favorite and one of the strongest tunes from this era - a heavy rock tune written for arenas. "Lady of the Lake" is a solid number featuring haunting background vocals. "L.A. Connection" features the piano tinglings of keyboardist David Stone. "Gates of Babylon" is a mammoth track featuring the Bavarian String Ensemble, as synthesizer and strings combine for a symphonic big-rock sound. Another standout is "Kill the King," a speedy, full force tune with Mr. Blackmore doing what he does best. Blackmore opens the thunderous "The Shed (Subtle)" with a fluid, effects-laden bluesy solo. "Rainbow Eyes" is a seven-minute epic that features a string quartet, flute, and Dio''s euphonic balladry. LONG LIVE ROCK ''N'' ROLL is a masterwork, a strong album that ends the Dio era on a high note.
Ritchie Blackmore guitars, bass
Ronnie James Dio lead vocals
Cozy Powell drums, percussion
David Stone keyboards
Bob Daisley bass on "Kill the King", "Sensitive to Light" and "Gates of Babylon"
Bavarian String Ensemble conducted by Rainer Pietsch on "Gates of Babylon"
Ferenc Kiss & Nico Nicolicv viola on "Rainbow Eyes"
Karl Heinz Feit cello on "Rainbow Eyes"
Rudi Risavy & Max Hecker flute on "Rainbow Eyes"
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Produced by Martin Birch.
1. Long Live Rock ''N'' Roll - 4:20
2. Lady of the Lake - 3:37
3. L.A. Connection - 4:58
4. Gates of Babylon - 6:47
5. Kill the King - 4:27
6. The Shed (Subtle) - 4:45
7. Sensitive to Light - 3:02 8. Rainbow Eyes - 7:31