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Blackmore is on fire!!,
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This review is from: Long Live Rock 'n' Roll (Audio CD)
It's a close call for best Rainbow Album. My preferred era is the Dio/Cozy incarnation of the band 1976-1978 and 'Rising and 'Long live... are within a hair's breadth for most classic album of rainbow's carreer. Many punters go for 'Rising' on the strength of the phenominal 'Stargazer' and 'Light in the Black; but I always plump for LLRAR. From Cozy's opening drum break in the title track, right through to Track 7, Sensitive to light, it is rockin at full tilt. There's Blackmore's trademark classical licks where he combines sweet and sustained tone as well as fast and furious flurries on the fretboard. 'Lady of the Lake' has a riff to die for, punctuated by Cozy's precise drumming. LA Connection has a great groove, a throwback to Blackmore's excursions in Blues and Funk circa Burn and Stormbringer, with Dio in fine voice. 'Gates of Babylon' has 'epic' stamped all over it, from the eerie keyboard intro to Blacknore's classical style riff, through Dio's sword and sorcery lyric to a storming climax, to fade out to a lone violin.
TRACK 5 (OR SIDE 2 in former days begins with a roar with the revved up killer riff of 'Kill the King' which contains arguably Blackmore's greatest solo with some deft interplay between guitar and drums. The Shed (Subtle) has a sleazy, greasy absolutely gorgeous groove, followed by some good time rock and roll with sensitive to light. Closing the album is one of the most beautiful rock ballads ever, Rainbow eyes which would bring a tear to your eyes. Dio shows he can do sensitive as well as total screaming rock out and Ritchies playing is tasteful, yet understated, leaving room for the strings to weave their magic and tear at your heartstrings.
One of the greatest classic rock/metal albums ever. Dio and Powell sadly no longer with us, but the key players, Blackmore, Powell and Dio absolutely at the top of their game. Probably neither ever got it as good again (with the possible exception of Dio on Sabbath's 'Heaven and Hell' so....if you like fast fluid guitar, thundreing drums, and air raid siren vocal classic rock/metal and you're not familiar with Ritchie Blackmore and Rainbow then this is the perfect place to start.