Long Live Rock 'n' Roll

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Long Live Rock 'n' Roll
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Studio album by
ReleasedApril 9, 1978 [1]
RecordedMay–July and December 1977
StudioThe Strawberry Studio, Château d'Hérouville, France
Genre
Length39:27
Label Polydor
Producer Martin Birch
Rainbow chronology
Rising
(1976)
Long Live Rock 'n' Roll
(1978)
Down to Earth
(1979)
Singles from Long Live Rock 'n' Roll
  1. "Long Live Rock 'n' Roll / Sensitive to Light"
    Released: 24 March 1978 [3]
  2. "L.A. Connection / Lady of the Lake"
    Released: 22 September 1978 [4]

Long Live Rock 'n' Roll is the third studio album by the British hard rock band Rainbow, released in 1978 and the last to feature original lead vocalist Ronnie James Dio.

Contents

Background

Recording of the album commenced in April 1977 at a studio in Château d'Hérouville, France, featuring Ritchie Blackmore, Ronnie James Dio and Cozy Powell. Keyboards were initially played on a session basis by former Rainbow member Tony Carey, while bass parts were started by Mark Clarke. [5] Clarke was soon dismissed, however, and the bass parts were recorded by Blackmore himself. By July 1977 seven tracks that ended on the album were in demo form. Recording was suspended while the band recruited Bob Daisley and David Stone and thereafter commenced extensive touring of Europe in the summer and fall of 1977. A return to the Château d'Hérouville studio in December saw the band finish the album and also yielded a final track, "Gates of Babylon".

Although Daisley and Stone are listed on the album credits for their contributions, they joined the band partway through the recording sessions and only appear on three and four songs, respectively. Stone wrote parts of "Gates of Babylon" but was never credited.[ citation needed ]

"Kill the King" was already a staple part of the tour setlists, opening Rainbow concerts since mid-1976. It first appeared on the live album On Stage in 1977. In the 1977–78 concerts the title track and "Kill the King" were the only songs performed, although "L.A. Connection" did get a few airings on the US tour before being dropped from the set. From 2004 to his death in 2010, Dio's solo shows featured a live version of "Kill the King", "Gates of Babylon", and the title track.

Artwork

The original vinyl release was in a gatefold-sleeve cover illustrated by Debbie Hall, with a lyric-sheet insert. The crowd picture is actually from a Rush concert, with the wording on the banner the fans were holding replaced by the Rainbow album title and the visible Rush T-shirts airbrushed to black. [6]

Release and reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [7]

Geoff Ginsberg of AllMusic wrote that Long Live Rock 'n' Roll "would turn out to be the last great album Rainbow would ever make, although they did enjoy a great deal of chart success in the post-Dio era." [7]

The album, among other Rainbow releases, is often cited as a strong influence on formation of the power metal genre, especially on its fantasy-themed lyrics and aesthetics. [8]

Reissues

Track listing

All songs written by Ritchie Blackmore and Ronnie James Dio except where noted. All lyrics by Dio. [9]

Side one
No.TitleLength
1."Long Live Rock 'n' Roll"4:21
2."Lady of the Lake"3:39
3."L.A. Connection"5:02
4."Gates of Babylon"6:49
Total length:19:51
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
5."Kill the King"Blackmore, Dio, Cozy Powell 4:29
6."The Shed (Subtle)" 4:47
7."Sensitive to Light" 3:07
8."Rainbow Eyes" 7:11
Total length:19:34

2012 Deluxe Edition

Disc one contains the original album with no bonus tracks

Disc two
No.TitleOriginal sourceLength
1."Lady of the Lake"Rough mix, 4 July 19773:50
2."Sensitive to Light"Rough mix, 4 July 19773:03
3."L.A. Connection"Rough mix, 4 July 19775:33
4."Kill the King"Rough mix, 4 July 19774:27
5."The Shed (Subtle)"Rough mix, 4 July 19773:36
6."Long Live Rock 'n' Roll"Rough mix, 4 July 19774:19
7."Rainbow Eyes"Rough mix, 4 July 19776:55
8."Long Live Rock 'n' Roll" Shepperton Film Studios rehearsal, August 19776:56
9."Kill the King"Shepperton Film Studios rehearsal, August 19774:42
10."Long Live Rock 'n' Roll"Live on the Don Kirschner Show, May 19783:31
11."L.A. Connection"Live on the Don Kirschner Show, May 19785:10
12."Gates of Babylon"Live on the Don Kirschner Show, May 19786:35
13."L.A. Connection"Outtake from the Don Kirschner Show, May 19785:11
14."Gates of Babylon"Outtake from the Don Kirschner Show, May 19786:43
Total length:1:10:31

Personnel

Rainbow
Additional musicians
Production

Singles

These two singles were also re-released in the UK in July 1981. "Long Live Rock 'n' Roll" was also used for many years as a jingle by the British radio DJ Alan Freeman.

Charts

Certifications

CountryOrganizationYearSales
UK BPI 1978Silver (+ 60,000) [19]

Cover versions

Accolades

PublicationCountryAccoladeYearRank
Record Collector United Kingdom"Classic Albums from 21 Genres for the 21st Century" [22] 2000No order
Classic Rock United Kingdom"The 100 Greatest Rock Albums of All Times" [23] 200129
Rock HardGermany"Top 300 Albums" [23] 2001105

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