Rainbow
Long Live Rock & Roll


4.5
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Review

by Holy Diver USER (3 Reviews)
June 22nd, 2006 | 53 replies | 19,568 views


Release Date: 1978 | Tracklist


4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Rainbow was quite possibly the best 70's hard rock band few people have ever heard of, which totally escapes me. Their first 3 albums could compete with anything anybody else was offering during that period and at times totally surpasses them. The band was led by guitarist virtuoso Ritchie Blackmore (of Deep Purple), who had a horrible habit of firing or pushing out the large majority of people who joined a band with him. It's a shame too, because for awhile they really had something amazing going.

Long Live Rock 'n' Roll is Rainbow's last album with Ronnie James Dio, which signified a complete change in the band into a more mainstream pop-metal outfit. This album, however, is one of hell of a last hurrah for the original group. They keep the sound and style developed on their previous record, Rising, and expand on it a bit. Rising had a strong beginning and end, but the middle section couldn't quite keep up. Plus the album itself was extremely short. LLR&R has a weak spot here and there as well, but overall it's a much more solid effort.

The album starts off with the title track, Long Live Rock 'n' Roll, a catchy sing-along rocker which Dio plays in concert even today. The song itself sounds similar to Starstruck from the previous album, with Blackmore using the same guitar technique in the verses. It's a fun song and a good way to start the album. (4.5/5)

Up next is Lady of the Lake, which is a bit of a slow down from the previous song. It chugs along with some great riffs from Blackmore and a haunting chant that appears underneath Dio's vocals throughout the song. The verses are dark and dreary, then when the chorus comes in its instantly uplifting. Great use of mood and ambience. (4/5)

L.A. Connection is more of a straightforward rock song, slow and riff-heavy. It sounds like something that would fit well with the music from the band's first album, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow. Compared to the other songs on this album, however, it feels a bit weak. (3/5)

If there's a centerpiece to this album, it's easily this next song. Gates of Babylon runs in the same vein as Stargazer from the previous album, except with a more pronounced Arabic flare. The song starts with a synth intro, instantly giving off a feeling of mystique and wonder. Once the rest of the instruments come in and Dio starts singing, you know this will be good. The song builds and builds with each verse and releases the power during the chorus. "Sleep the devil, the devil will take you away! Oh Gates of Babylon!" If you're looking for a song to define really epic rock, look no further. (5/5)

For most bands, it would have been impossible to top the previous song, but Rainbow manages to do it. Here, they introduce the studio version of their concert opener Kill the King, a powerful piece of proto-metal that flat out rocks. It starts out with some sweep arpeggios, which soon leads into a catchy Blackmore guitar riff. Dio's voice comes roaring in with some medieval-inspired lyrics all the while Cozy Powell is furiously pounding on the drums. By the time Blackmore starts his manic guitar solo the song is rolling along at break-neck speed. Finally, the song ends with several bangs and Dio gets a few last minute screams of "Oh! Kill! Oh! Kill! Ohhoh!" in. Awesome. (5/5)

The album starts to cool off at this point, which the song The Shed (Subtle). It has a nice echoed guitar intro, which turns into another great riff from Blackmore. While slower than the 2 previous songs, this song is still pretty catchy. The lyrics basically consist of Dio telling you how awesome he is and that you'd better stay the hell out of his way (hah). (3.5/5)

Sensitive to Light is the next song up to play. This sounds kind of like Do You Close Your Eyes from the previous album (both musically and lyrically). It seems like I've said that a lot throughout the review, but it is true. I like this song better than the formerly mentioned one however. Its relatively brisk-paced and fun to sing along with. (3.5/5)

A ballad called Rainbow Eyes ends the album. I'm not a big fan of ballads, but this one is extremely beautiful. String instruments and flutes back Ritchie's clean guitar arpeggios, while Dio softly sings of a lost love. Absolutely stunning way to end this album. (4.5/5)


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Comments:Add a Comment 
Holy Diver
June 22nd 2006



8 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The 'n' somehow got messed up in the title. Could a mod change it to an "&" and place it under the "Long Live Rock & Roll" album on the band's album review page?

morrissey
Moderator
June 23rd 2006



1688 Comments


For sure.

temporary
June 23rd 2006



207 Comments


Hurray, more Rainbow reviews! I love Rainbows first three albums, though Rising is my favorite, this is great too. Kill the King and Gates of Babylon are some of my favorite songs ever. Nice review, too.

freudianslipknot
November 28th 2006



803 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review, wish more people were aware of rainbow's first three albums. Gates of Babylon is epic. It reminds me of a slightly more upbeat version of Zeppelin's Kashmir - it is that good.

stargazer76
October 4th 2008



218 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review. Rainbows first three albums (and their live album ON STAGE) are all excellent. Rainbow went downhill after this, when Ronnie James Dio left to join Black Sabbath!!
Gates of Babylon is the best track here, followed closely by Kill The King.

freudianslipknot
October 4th 2008



803 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I need to listen to this right now, it's been too long

shindip
July 28th 2009



3536 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Gates Of Babylon is one of the best Rainbow songs by far.

MetalMassacreAttack
November 22nd 2009



424 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Man, Dio and Blackmore were so awesome together.

TheNotrap
September 1st 2011



7988 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

LONG LIIIVE ROCK'N'ROOOLL
LET IT LIVE LET IT LIVE LET IT LIVEE!!!
m/

TheNotrap
September 2nd 2011



7988 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

The previous is slightly better in my opinion but Long Live Rock & Roll still a memorable record. The best songs here are Long Live Rock 'n' Roll, Gates of Babylon, Kill the King and Rainbow Eyes.

Classic line-up.

rockandmetaljunkie
September 18th 2011



3302 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Stunningly beautiful !!!
Rainbow eyes is surely one of the greatest ballads i have ever heard.

JustSomeRandomGuy
October 29th 2011



3 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"This album, however, is one of hell of a last hurrah for the original group."
sorry to nitpick but this isnt the original group, blackmore fired everyone in the original lineup except dio after the debut album.

13themount
January 17th 2012



173 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

A good collection of songs that work well together to make for a good listen.

Weesnaw
August 8th 2012



450 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

omg gates of babylon rules so hard

Chortles
September 30th 2012



17909 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i might like this more than rising, this fuckin rules omg

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menawati
Contributing Reviewer
September 30th 2012



15800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

is hard to choose between this and rising ye

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menawati
Contributing Reviewer
September 30th 2012



15800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

tarot woman wins it for me tho i think

Chortles
September 30th 2012



17909 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

gates of babylon is so epic

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
September 30th 2012



15800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

not wrong

ViperAces
September 30th 2012



12376 Comments


Kill the King awesome introm/ still need to check



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