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Enjoyable but needs a remix
on 12 April 2017
Long Live Rock 'n' Roll is an interesting album. The album has a lot of hype around it due to the fact it followed up from the magnificent Rising. Because of this, the record gets a lot of praise. A lot of which it doesn't deserve.
The thing with this album is not that it is bad, but half of it is filler material. Sure, songs like L.A. Connection, The Shed and Sensitive To Light have plenty of quality musicianship, especially from Mr Ritchie Blackmore. But it does not detract from the fact that each one of these songs are not very original, repeat already used ideas and leave the album with a big hole in it.
Long Live Rock 'n' Roll itself is held today by a group of four classics. The legendary title track, the live favourites Gates of Babylon and Kill The King as well as the beautiful closing ballad Rainbow Eyes. These four songs make the album, they are classics by the very definition of the word.
Unfortunately each song on the album suffers from poor production. The band don't sound very powerful and the music sounds thinner than a vegan. It is horribly dated and just kills a lot of the magic. The low end of the sound is completely missing making the tunes near as flat as can be. The bass and drums do not pop out like on the previous album. It is most definitely feels underwhelming.
As far as Rainbow songs go, this is not the greatest. It is worth having as it is reasonably enjoyable and does house four rock classics. But Rising and the albums that followed were far more inspired and had vastly superior sound.
Published by Steven Lornie of Demonszone