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Long Live Rock N Roll [Import]

Rainbow, Blackmore's RainbowVinyl
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)

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  • Vinyl (July 20, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Rock Classics
  • ASIN: B003ODL3M4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,552 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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STUNNING 180 GRAM 1000 ONLY LIMITED EDITION GATEFOLD VINYL REISSUE OF RAINBOWS THIRD ALBUM. Long Live Rock 'n' Roll is the third studio album released by 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. PLEASE NOTE AFTER INITIAL PRESSING SUBSEQUENT PRESSINGS MAY DIFFER IN COLOUR Side A 1. Long Live Rock N Roll - 4:25 2. Lady Of The Lake - 3:39 3. L.A Connection - 5:02 4. Gates Of Babylon - 6:51 Side B 5. Kill The King - 4:31 6. The Shed (Subtle) - 4:48 7. Sensitive To Light - 3:08 8. Rainbow Eyes - 7:27

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underated but essential Rainbow! March 24, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Long Live Rock and Roll is an album every bit as good as its predecessors and in some ways better. While Rising contained two masterpieces in Stargazer and Light In The Black, some of the shorter songs had an "outtake" feel to them. The 1975 debut suffered from Elf playing workmanlike behind the two obvious stars, Blackmore and Dio. Long Live Rock and Roll, however, rocks from start to finish. The title track has been criticized by some, but never was there a better bluesy shuffle. Lady of The Lake crushes you with its powerful, Zeppelin-ish riff, mystical lyrics, and a slide guitar solo so smooth that one reviwer thought it was a synthesizer. On to LA Connection, another bluesy number telling the tale of why Tony Carey left the band. Then Gates of Babylon, with one of Blackmore's finest solos, full of texture changes and exotic scale-use. Kill The King is one off-with-their-heads stomper, right to its "Ah! Kill! Ah!" ending. The Shed (Subtle) is heaviness personfied, Dio's voice menacing yet enticing all at once. Sensitive To Light would have sounded great on Rising, its quick tempo causing one to bang one's head until...yes...the grand finale, the soft and romantic Rainbow Eyes. One of Dio's finest vocal performances, the tune is only enhanced by Blackmore's Hendrix-like backing. By the end of 1978, the original Rainbow was history--and legendary. Dio went on to Sabbath, and Blackmore started getting more commercial. But the most enduring image of the guitarist will always be the '70s one, pilgrim hat, dressed all in black save his white boots, sliding his pick hand down the neck of a Stratocaster sure to be smashed at show's end. Yeah, I guess he da man!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars End of an Era April 6, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This album marks the last of the "classic" Rainbow sound which included medieval, rock and metal styles meshing into a signature Blackmore/Dio led form. This album is also much heavier than the two previous Rainbow studio LP's. Thanks to the re-mastering, the production sounds a little better on this version. Ritchie's guitar playing is stellar on this album, especially the solo to "Gates of Babylon". There are several highlights of the album. "Gates of Babylon" with it's hard driving middle eastern influences mixed with strings for great effect. "The Shed (subtle)", a bruising, stomp-in-your-face metal tune. "Lady of the Lake" is a traditional Dio metal tune and of course, the title track. Also, "Rainbow Eyes" is a beautiful medieval-sounding ballad that showcases Ritchie's diverse songwriting skills as well as Ronnie James Dio's voice. All in all, this is a great album and would be the last truly great Rainbow album due to Dio's departure after the tour to support this album. Anyone who likes melodic hard rock/metal should buy this cd.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dio's swansong, Long Live Rock 'n' Roll indeed July 18, 2007
Format:Audio CD
When anyone looks back at the time Ronnie James Dio sang with Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, the album Rising is the one mentioned as the masterpiece. I have to admit that the 6 track album or CD is definitely on my top 100 list, but the group's follow-up effort, Long Live Rock `n' Roll is a very good to great album in its own way. The opening title track announces what is in store and the following songs with Blackmore's riffing, Cozy Powell's imaginative drum beats and of course Dio's vocals just drive home the 8 songs contained within this release home. The Gates of Babylon happens to be my favorite track with the moody and atmospheric keyboard opening to the memorable guitar riffs throughout. Hell, even Yngwie Malmsteen covered this song a few years back. Kill the King was the opening song for oh so many Rainbow shows, even though the opening guitar riff sounds very much like an early Rush riff. Great song though and always announced the band with power and might. The album closer, Rainbow Eyes is just a Dio vocal with orchestral backup, kind of the direction of Blackmore's Night has gone 3 decades later. The song does take some getting used and I have to admit that I usually skip it after the onslaught of the other guitar/drum heavy tracks. Check out a few snippets of the songs online and I am sure that you will want to here each one in their entirety! I recommend this album highly and this will add to the ever increasing back catalogue of Ronnie James Dio's career.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 2 CD Deluxe Edition November 16, 2012
By herb
Format:Audio CD
This 2 DISC DELUXE EDITION. I do not think this edition is for everyone. Serious Blackmoe/Dio collectors would want this, but if money is tight (and it is for most of us) you may want to keep your previous remaster. Casual fans wouldn't need this version. The reason I bought this was for the "Rough Mix" of "Rainbow Eyes." Without the overdubs it is a very "alone" and poignant sounding which has extra significance with the passing Of Ronnie James Dio. The remastering is ok/good, a bit more top- end clarity, but it is no revelation. The extra top -end may bother some, but remember Rainbow were never recorded that well in a technical sense. Martin Birch was awesome but the band often recorded in unconventional places. The very first Rainbow album was recorded better than the several that followed. Although that first album was recorded very dry and was a bit under-produced. The extras here are "ok" so it's really a matter of do you want the extras and the slightly better mastering? I find it to be an improvement over my Japanese Mini LP version (especially on the drum sound) but the bass, like on many Rainbow albums, lacks clarity and definition. The most noticable differences on the extra mixes are the intro on "Lady of the Lake", the sparse "Rainbow Eyes", and the more noticable bass lines on "kill the King". You are not going to get any substantial or new Blackmore solos on the extras. Where there are new Blackmore solos they are a bit buried in the mix. I cannot believe they included those "Don Kirshner" tracks!?? I believe those are just Ronnie singing live over a studio backing tracks! (With alot of reverb on the vocals) The liner notes are okay, with a few stories about the haunting of the studio. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A milestone in the history of hard rock and its younger brother -...
There is no doubt about it. I guess that "Long Live Rock & Roll" is the most impressive LP by Rainbow. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Peter68
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 21 days ago by ADRIAN ROBERTSHAW
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic CD every hard rock fan should own.
My favorite album with the late Ronnie James Dio RIP.
Published 1 month ago by dlutkin
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best songs ever written
Respect the classics baby! Besides being a timeless album with Dio on the mic, this CD features the track "kill the king". One of the best songs ever written. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michael Ellis
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept being told this was a let down… now I'm Mad.
I didn't get into Rainbow for the longest time, when I did I was blown away by the first album and Rising. They were just tremendous rock n' roll. Read more
Published 2 months ago by D.Richmond
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
My favorite Rainbow album. A classic example of 70's rock that goes beyond the usual standard fare of classic rock stations today. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Randolph O. Saluga
5.0 out of 5 stars DIO and Ritchie Blackmore together.....AMAZING!!!!!
a, the first 3 albums from RAINBOW are simply AMAZING!!!!Well, it's Ronnie James DIO and the fantastic Ritchie Blackmore together.....AMAZING albums!!!!! TOTALLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!!!
Published 3 months ago by FLUMINENSE
5.0 out of 5 stars Rainbow
This is early RJD and you have to be a hardcore fan to like and appreciate where he come from. His solo suff is where it is but i love the picture disc and will be buying more... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Chris H.
5.0 out of 5 stars New CD to replace an old favorite
I had to get me a new CD to finally replace my lost favorite Rainbow CD's with the one and only Ronnie James Dio! Love it like the first day I got it the first time!
Published 6 months ago by Misterhm
3.0 out of 5 stars About what I expected.
A little excessive for my 50 + ears...but was a big Ronnie James D and still a Blackmore fan. If you are a fan of both then worth a listen
Published 6 months ago by Chris Oliver
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