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Long Live Rock N Roll [Deluxe Edition]

Rainbow, Blackmore's Rainbow Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (5 Nov 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B0099ETLPS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,113 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Listen  1. Long Live Rock N Roll 4:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Lady Of The Lake 3:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. L.A. Connection 4:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Gates Of Babylon 6:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Kill The King 4:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Shed 4:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Sensitive To Light 3:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Rainbow Eyes 7:21£0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

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Listen  1. Lady Of The Lake (Rough Mix) 3:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Sensitive To Light (Rough Mix) 3:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. L.A. Connection (Rough Mix) 5:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Kill The King (Rough Mix) 4:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Shed (Subtle) (Rough Mix) 3:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Long Live Rock 'N' Roll (Rough Mix) 4:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Rainbow Eyes (Rough Mix) 6:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Long Live Rock N Roll (L.A. Rehearsal / 1977) 6:56Album Only
Listen  9. Kill The King (L.A. Rehearsal / 1977) 4:42Album Only
Listen10. Long Live Rock N Roll (Live On The Don Kirschner Show / 1978) 3:31Album Only
Listen11. L.A. Connection (Live On The Don Kirschner Show / 1978) 5:10Album Only
Listen12. Gates Of Babylon (Live On The Don Kirschner Show / 1978) 6:35Album Only
Listen13. L.A. Connection (Live On The Don Kirschner Show / 1978 (Outtake Version)) 5:11Album Only
Listen14. Gates Of Babylon (Live On The Don Kirschner Show / 1978 (Outtake Version)) 6:43Album Only

Product Description

RAINBOW Long Live Rock n Roll (2012 UK Deluxe Edition Double CD. The third studio album by the British hard rock band originally released in 1978 and the last one to include Ronnie James Dio on vocals. Featuring the original 8-track album remastered with a 14-track bonus disc featuring rough mixes studio rehearsals and live tracks. Fold-out digipak picture sleeve which is still factory sealed)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worlds Best Guitar Solo? 27 Aug 2004
Format:Audio CD
Nobody has mentioned that "Gates of Babylon" contains the worlds best guitar solo. Ritchie Blackmore at his best!
As for the rest of the album, the production is fantastic, but if I had to choose between this and "Rising" it would be "Rising" every time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Final Fling 15 Mar 2011
Format:Audio CD
Long Live Rock 'n' Roll was the end on an era for Rainbow as the now sadly departed Ronnie James Dio quit the band because he refused to tow the Blackmore line as the indomitable guitarist requested more 'love song' style lyrics. This would also mark the last time Ritchie would work with the legend Martin Birch.

The album itself features an interesting mix of songs and some of Ritchie's finest studio soloing. Although the music is trademark Rainbow in most respects the style is generally less mysterious and epic than 'Rising' but the songs themselves are equally as impressive.

The album kicks off with the title track, an interesting choice considering Kill The King was the set opener at the time, but a good starter. Cozy's machine gun drumming launches the whole affair followed by the catchy chorus swathed with Ritchie's recognisable run. An upbeat number much removed from the previous efforts.

Lady of the Lake is a beautiful evocative song with some amazing slide guitar, punchy drums and a haunting Dio vocal. The production by Marin Birth is pure brilliance resulting in one commentator thinking Ritchie's guitar was in fact keyboards.

LA Connection is one of those annoying songs which some days you love it and others you leave it. The stuttering riff intro segues into a mid-tempo song which just drags on a little. The bands three main men are all on form throughout, as they are everywhere on the album, but the two minutes of extended chorus to fade is a minute too much. Ritchie's solo is as measured and brilliant as ever but minus a minute and this song would be improved.

Never mind because Gates of Babylon is worth the wait. From David Stone's synth intro through to the single violin theme at the end this absolute gem captivates.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Long Live Rock 'N' Roll! 29 Feb 2004
By Peestie
Format:Audio CD
The third studio outing for the Rainbow boys, and the last one to include Ronnie James Dio on vocals, before Blackmore went for a more commercial style. This album is proper hard rock performed by a band of musicians that would be hard to rival. The legendary singer Ronnie James Dio, hailed by many (including me) as the best rock singer ever. Ritchie Blackmore, lead guitarist of hard rock legends Deep Purple (although his work with Rainbow is better). Cozy Powell, one of the best drummers to ever live.
The songs on this album are all hard-rockers with the exception of "Rainbow Eyes", which is, despite its different style, one of the best songs on the album.
The album kicks off with the title track which is one of Rainbow's best songs. Lively and energetic it is certainly a high point on the album and an excellent song that will get you hooked on the album as a whole.
After that comes "Lady Of The Lake" which, along with a great riff makes use of fantastic fantasy lyrics.
Then we move onto "L.A. Connection", which is in my opinion the worst song on the album. It is mid-paced song that chugs along quite enjoyably. Its a good song, just not as high a standard as the rest of the album.
"Gate of Babylon" is nearly seven minutes long and is another high point. It has a sort of Arabian feel to it and is a classic that seems to be forgotten by many people.
At the start of what was on vinyl the second side is LLRNR's best song. The blisteringly fast "Kill The King". This again makes use of the fantasy lyrics that Dio is so good with and the whole band shine on this song. The last 10 seconds is the best bit of the song, where
"Shed (Subtle)" starts off with a solo from Ritchie and then leads into a hard rocker with an amazing riff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars better than 'Rising' 2 April 2006
By Sebastian Palmer TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I disagree with the view that Rising is Rainbow's best release: LLR&R is far better!

Dio's voice is superb, Blackmore's guitar excites and the late Cozy Powell is as solid and rocky as the Himalayas. A favourite balls-out moment is the fabulously frenetic guitar solo and accompanying double bass drums and fills in Kill The King (winner of 'most exciting axe solo' on the album for my money).

There are no bad tracks at all on this album (which can't be said for Rising: Tarot Woman, Run With The Wolf and Do You Close your Eyes are all turgid and stodgy to my ears - only Starstruck and Stargazer really cut the mustard, tho' Light In The Black's okay, I guess). Even the weaker moments of LLR&R are damn good by anyone's standards: The Shed and Sensitive to Light ain't Rainbow's best, but they still rock righteously enough.

Blackmore's penchant for medieval tom-foolery rears it's head on the beautifully mellow (they use recorders for Christ's sake!) Rainbow Eyes, which Dio sings exquisitely.

Truly their finest hour, and a classic taste of heavy rock at it's best...
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Unfortunately this was the last studio album to feature Ronnie James Dio in Rainbow and for me the last classic Rainbow album made. In my view the rest that followed did not reach the same very high level set by the first three studio albums. This album caused some talking points at the time such as who did which bass tracks and the later revelation that the inside cover photograph was taken from a Rush concert. I manage to see this line-up of Rainbow playing live back in late 1977 and they were magnificent.

I still have an original copy of the 1978 vinyl record on the Polydor label but it is in very bad condition after extensive playing. I have been using the 1999 re-mastered CD version, which I consider to be more compressed and flat sounding compared to the original vinyl. For me vinyl still rules particularly with rock music and to find this album released on vinyl again was a dream come true.

So to this latest version, weighed in at 190g on clear vinyl vs the original standard black pigmented copy at 116g. Personally I prefer clear vinyl as adding black pigment to PVC always adds the risks of imperfections in the record due to the in-complete dispersion of the carbon black.

The double gatefold cover is perfectly restored to the original with relevant extra support in the cardboard structure to handle the heavier weight vinyl. The cover illustrations are tastefully re-printed on the record label. Unfortunately, as so often with record companies today, the weak link in the packaging is they try and save money by using a thin paper inner sleeve. This offers inadequate protection and high risk of marking the record surface when removed for playing. Very frustrating. I always replace this type of sleeve with a thicker, antistatic plastic coated paper sleeve.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ritchie and Ronnie's Rainbow risen to the peak.
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A well received gift for a family friend. Think he was very happy with the song list and the production quality.
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No regrets--it's just as good as ever, and drowns out the rest of the traffic. Dio's great vocals and lyrics with that classic Deep Purple drive.
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