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  • Audio CD (5 Nov. 2012)
  • Deluxe Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • 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 (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,636 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Product Description

Disc: 1

1. Long Live Rock N Roll
2. Lady Of The Lake
3. L.A. Connection
4. Gates Of Babylon
5. Kill The King
6. The Shed
7. Sensitive To Light
8. Rainbow Eyes

Disc: 2

1. Lady Of The Lake
2. Sensitive To Light
3. L.A. Connection
4. Kill The King
5. The Shed (Subtle)
6. Long Live Rock 'N' Roll
7. Rainbow Eyes
8. Long Live Rock N Roll
9. Kill The King
10. Long Live Rock N Roll
11. L.A. Connection
12. Gates Of Babylon
13. L.A. Connection (Live On The Don Kirschner Show, 1978
14. Gates Of Babylon (Live On The Don Kirschner Show, 1978

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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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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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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.
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