Rainbow – Long Live Rock 'n' Roll (1978) (@256)
27 Jul 2007
(Review from amazon, wikipedia)
The line-up for Rainbow was never a stable one, with Ritchie Blackmore being the one constant. After firing Bain and Carey, Blackmore had difficulty finding replacements he liked. Blackmore originally chose Mark Clarke from the band Tempest, but once in the studio Blackmore disliked his playing so much that he fired Clarke on the spot and played bass himself on all but three songs on this album. For these tracks he finally settled on Australian Bob Daisley (of later Ozzy fame).
The title track is a fan favourite and one of the strongest tunes from this era–a heavy rock tune written for arenas. As for Lady Of The Lake – here the band goes for an ultra-melodic rock assault on the senses, which speaks of the devil being personified as a woman. L.A. Connection is more of a straight-up kind of rock and roll song, featuring 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-rocksound.
The second side kicks off with “Kill The King”, which 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, this was the first time it was done in the studio. Blackmore opens the thunderous “The Shed (Subtle)” with a fluid, effects-laden bluesy solo. With this track the band gives us a mid-fast hard rocker with a slightly more “raw” sound than the other tracks featured here. “Sensitive To Light” is one of the most interesting tracks on the album because, while it is obviously a straight-up power rocker, Dio’s vocal style hints back at the work he did in Elf, this fusion of styles only makes this track better. The album closes with “Rainbow Eyes” — a seven-minute epic that features a string quartet, flute, and Dio’s euphonic balladry.
After the release and extensive world tour in 1977–78, Blackmore decided that he wanted to take the band in a new commercial direction away from the “sword and sorcery” theme. Dio did not agree with this change and left Rainbow. He would go to replace Ozzy Osbourne as the lead singer in Black Sabbath. Dio would later form his own self-titled band.
* Ronnie James Dio – vocals
* Ritchie Blackmore – guitar/bass
* David Stone – keyboard
* Bob Daisley – bass
* Cozy Powell – drums
01. Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll – 4:21
02. Lady of the Lake – 3:39
03. L.A. Connection – 5:02
04. Gates of Babylon – 6:49
05. Kill the King – 4:29
06. The Shed (Subtle) – 4:47
07. Sensitive to Light – 3:07
08. Rainbow Eyes – 7:11
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