Rainbow – Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll (1978) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2010 # UIGY-9040]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 39:40 minutes | Scans included | 1,6 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 797 MB
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.
01 – Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll
02 – Lady Of The Lake
03 – L.A. Connection
04 – Gates Of Babylon
05 – Kill The King
06 – The Shed (Subtle)
07 – Sensitive To Light
08 – Rainbow Eyes
DSD Transferred from analogue master tapes by Manabu Matsumura (Universal Studio Mastering).