Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll is the third studio album released by the British hard rock band Rainbow, released in 1978, and the last to feature original lead vocalist Ronnie James Dio.
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. 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.
“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.
The original vinyl release was in a gatefold-sleeve, with a lyric-sheet insert. The crowd picture is actually from a Rush concert, with the wording on the banner the fans were actually holding replaced by the Rainbow album title and the visible Rush T-shirts airbrushed to black. (by wikipedia)
Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll may be singer Ronnie James Dio’s last album with Rainbow, but at least he went out on a high note. While the material is not quite as strong as on the previous studio effort, Rising, Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll maintains the momentum the band had built up. “Kill the King” had been previously heard on the live On Stage record, but here it sounds more fully realized. Also, the title track from the album stands as one of the best songs the band did, not to mention a noble sentiment. The chugging “L.A. Connection” is another highlight.
As with all of their first four albums, this one was produced by Martin Birch (who produced everyone from Blue Öyster Cult to Wayne County), and he really knows how to get the best out of the band by this point. The result is that the songs couldn’t sound any better, so even if some of the material isn’t quite up to their best, the album is still very cohesive, steady, and, ultimately, satisfying. This 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. (by Geoff Ginsberg)
Ritchie Blackmore (guitar, bass)
Tony Carey (keyboards on 01., 02. + 08.)
Bob Daisley (bass on 04., 05. + 07.)
Ronnie James Dio (vocals)
Cozy Powell (drums, percussion)
David Stone – keyboards on 03. – 05.)
Bavarian String Ensemble conducted by Rainer Pietsch on 04.
Karl Heinz Feit (cello on 08.)
Ferenc Kiss (violin on 08.)
Ottmar Machan (viola on 08.)
Nico Nicolic (violin on 08.)
Rudi Risavy (flute on 08.)
01. Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll (Blackmore/Dio) 4.22
02. Lady Of The Lake (Blackmore/Dio) 3.39
03. L.A. Connection (Blackmore/Dio) 5.03
04. Gates Of Babylon (Blackmore/Dio/Stone) 6.50
05. Kill The King (Blackmore/Dio/Powell) 4.30
06. The Shed (Subtle) (Blackmore/Dio/Powell) 4.47
07. Sensitive To Light (Blackmore/Dio) 3.08
08. Rainbow Eyes (Blackmore/Dio) 7.13
My copy was signed by Cozy Powell