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. After that is "Sensitive To Light" which is quite a short song (only 3 minutes) but it is still of very high quality. As you would expect from one of the best Hard Rock bands ever. The last song is not something you would expect though. This is a very slow, soft song and still one of the best. This is one of the best rock albums ever, by some of the best rock musicians ever. A must have for any rock fan.
29 people found this helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?