Rainbow – Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll

This album was part of the stack of stuff Mike gave me, innocuous-seeming, at the time…

I don’t swear much, generally, and hardly ever in these pages. But after hearing this record today, all I can say is HOLY SHIT! THIS WAS SO FRIGGIN’ GOOD!

Seriously, why have I not had this album in my life forever? Oh man, this one blew me away.

There follows my field notes, written as things occurred to me while I listened…

The title track, as album opener, is a full-on blues rocker. Holy crap, that was awesome, just a monster of a song. The guitar solo, the drums throughout (and yes this time I shout-out Cozy Powell, as I should have last time), you’ve got Dio’s vocals… the works.

Lady Of The Lake keeps up the rawk assault, this time a heavier start-stop riff that was built for headbanging. The chorus gets more melodic yet it still fits. Great instrumental bit in the middle. And, as testimony to what a geek I am, I did not immediately think of Arthurian legend here. No, I thought of Monty Python’s bit about “just because some watery tart threw a sword at you…” Incrongruous with the might of the song, I know, I know.

L.A. Connection is a bluesy stomper with Dio in full wail. This is fully drenched in that heavy blues rock that only a few bands ever mastered. An excellent track.

Gates Of Babylon, once past its synth intro, takes off at a good clip with a slinky riff. It has the feel of a proper rock epic track. “The devil will take you away!” Of course he will! Glorious track.

Kill The King is a track I heard (for the first time) recently, on the On Stage live album (see review). The studio version here ups the ante… it make me want to just go really fast and yell and revel in the release of it all. So great. Am I wrong for hearing Maiden in the instrumental bit, here? (1:45 – 3:06) Ah who cares, this is a gigantic track.

The Shed (Subtle) isn’t all that subtle, is it? Another straight-up blues rock stomper that’s actually pretty in-your-face. “Out of my way!… Streetwalkin’… Nightstalkin’…” Oooo yeah. And I love Blackmore’s slide guitar solo, here.

Sensitive To Light ramps it up again with another sweaty barroom blues rocker that is just unrelenting. I just loved this.

… and as if all of that wasn’t enough…

Rainbow Eyes is seven minutes of gentleness, beautiful and melodic. Flutes! It’s all proof that our man Ronnie James Dio could really do it all, vocally. Damn. Despite being the only quiet track here, this totally fits. A superb closer.

In sum? It’s clear to me that the band was swinging for the fences, with this record. All killer, no filler. An instant place-of-honour favourite.

My HUGE thanks to Mike for bringing this incredible collection of songs into my life.


Posted on February 12, 2014, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. You’re hearing so many great records here for the first time. It’s pretty exciting.


  2. Rainbow Eyes was I think the first Dio-era Rainbow song I ever heard.


    • Wow, what a first song to hear! Out of all the rock tracks, and you hear that one!


      • Well my highschool buddy Andy was the biggest Dio fan. He was going through a breakup at that time and that was his song for his breakup 🙂

        So we were talking about songs with violin solos in them and I mentioned Only My Soul by David Coverdale. He said, “You wanna hear good violin in a song? Listen to Rainbow Eyes. It’ll blow away anything from Coverdale.”


  3. Don’t shoot me fellas but I was a late follower to the Rainbow deal.
    My intro to Dio was Mob Rules and than a friend of mine was all over Rainbows Straight Between The Eyes and so I heard that and than he had bought some of the Dio Rainbow stuff and yep now this music has stood the test of time and I realized what a talent Dio was and right around that time came Holy Diver and I was hooked……
    Solid career Dio had and what a legacy left behind…


Have Your Say!

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Cincinnati Babyhead

Speaks his mind on music & movies!

Steve For The Deaf

Certain Songs Get Scratched Right In


The World Revolves Around Mars

Aphoristic Album Reviews

Personal Album Review Website

My (life in) music lists

These are the songs that have and will continue to soundtrack my life.


This world's so mixed up everywhere you go

Buns Are All That You Require

Naughty Stories and Mature Content

Little Bits of Gaming & Movies


Blog All Night

Rhyme All Night

Stuff and That.

We do reviews, ya dig?


chilled out music

Every number one

Journey through all the songs that topped the charts

Resurrection Songs

music makes the people come together. yeah.

The Audible Stew

Salt to Taste

KingcrimsonBlog - The official Blog of Kingcrimsonprog

A Metal Nerd's Blog... Well, What did you expect, porn?


Vinyl, Vidi, Vici

Crash And Ride Music

The latest album reviews, concert reviews, and interviews of progressive and alternative rock and metal.


... and classic rock too!

Metal Odyssey > Heavy Metal Music Blog

Welcome to Metal Odyssey, it will be quite the Metal trip!

This is the story of the overly ambitious eagle...

...who evidently found a deer head in the landfill.

The Ü

On film, fiction, odds and ends.

Songs on a Theme

pop, jazz, & other by subject

Living a Beautiful Life

~ Short Stories, Flights of Fancy and Everyday Anecdotes ~


conversations about life, music, and the alien overlords...


Movie reviews and anything else that comes to mind


music is life, music is breath, music is us

A (Mostly) Music Blog

Some other stuff too, but mostly music.

Boppin's Blog

Albums, concerts, reviews, audio gear, how to's

Tangled Up In Music

Music Reviews (and other things)

Music Insanity!

The ramblings of a self-confessed music addict.

Mike Slayen ~ Guitarist

Guitarist For Your Weddings, Private/Corporate Events & More

LP on 45

Celebrating how rock music sends us, saves us, and shows us our true selves—one single at a time

Free City Sounds

Album Reviews by Marshall Gu

80smetalman's Blog

Just another WordPress.com site


LeBrain's Record Store Tales & Reviews

Every record tells a story

A Blog About Music, Vinyl, More Music and (Sometimes) Music...


Revisiting my extensive music collection, one artist at a time

CD & Festival reviews

by Jon Wilmenius


"to be average scares the hell out of me"


Just another WordPress.com site

Stick It In Your Ear

Rock Album, Concert Reviews And The Odd Book Review

Caught Me Gaming

Confessions of a Casual Core Gamer

%d bloggers like this: