Next to the hymn of the same title, the album „Long Live Rock’n‘ Roll“ contains two other Rainbow songs which are often being covered: the rapid song ‚Kill the King‘ and the mysterious song ‚Gates to Babylon‘ which features oriental scales.
Tracklist - Long live Rock 'n' Roll
- 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
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Originally released in 1978, this album helped to shape the Heavy Metal as we know it today.
The opening is due to the exciting title track, a true Hard Rock/Metal anthem.
The rest of the album retains the high standard of quality, always with that 70's Hard Rock style, mixed with elements of what would come to be called Power Metal years later. Speaking of which, "Kill the King" can be considered the first song of this style, because it has several of the characteristics that would define the Power Metal, like speed and high vocals, mainly in the second part of the music, where it accelerates a little and the Vocal tone increases greatly.
Other highlights are the cadenced "Lady of the Lake", The engrossing "The Shed (Subtle)", which invites the listener to pound head with an exciting rhythm and the fantastic "Gates of Babylon".
Closing the album, we have the slow and emotional "Rainbow Eyes", which features a beautiful arrangement of strings accompanying the vocals.
Finally, this is one of the most important and influential metal albums of all time. Made by a band that includes two of the greatest musicians in rock history, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and vocalist Ronnie James Dio, both in top form.
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