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Dio's lyrics are also pretty good on here. His mystical lyrics and his more down to earth lyrics co-exist perfectly on here. There are several songs on here that survive mainly because of these two guys. There really isn't anyone else that stands up to these two guys on here. Cozy is a very good drummer, but not for his performance on here.
Kill the King is the only special song from him on here. The rest of the time, he's pretty stock. I'm not saying he's overrated, just that this is not one of the albums that built his reputation. The rest of the instrumentation is solid at best. It seems likely that Ritchie did much of the keyboard and bass work himself, so they never take center stage. As to the song quality, it's not very high on the whole.
Gates of Babylon and Kill the King are metal classics. More bands than I care to count have covered those songs. They're awesome. The last two on the other hand suck, and that essentially ruins a quarter of the album. The other forty or so percent of the album is average or a little above. I am fond of L. Connection for its fun riff and good groove, but its far from the first two songs.
This somewhat leads into my statement about Dio albums. They're never very consistent. They essentially throw various amounts of ballads, hard-rock, and metal to see what sticks. Generally the more metal tracks work, the hard-rock is hit or miss, and the ballads are boring. This is the rule on the Rainbow albums as well. As an influence, this is pretty high. The top tracks on here inspired many power metal bands, and are some of the best songs these people ever did.
This somewhat functions as a changing of the guard in a sense. As the 80's came in, Ritchie pretty much lost relevance. He ran Rainbow into the ground, and then he cashed in on a mediocre Deep Purple reunion. This is his last great performance as a meaningful force in rock music. Dio on the other hand went on to do a couple of praised albums with Sabbath, and then have a successful solo career.
In a poetic way, this is their intersection. Does all of this make the album better? No, not really. There is a ton of mediocre or worse music on here, that the greatness can only do so much for. I would recommend the two great songs to any metal or hard-rock fan, but the album as a whole would only be interesting to fans of hard-rock, early, and power metal. After bringing the genoma for future power metal or expanding it, actually, as Deep Purple would be the primary ancestor in the bloodline of that cited genre in the magical and overwhelming Rainbow Rising, Blackmore decided to slow down a little bit while keeping the feeling that turned his band into a major force specially recognized, in that time, in Europe.
That's why we can find in this record the same early metal touch with a bit of trying-to-sound like everybody. But, hey, Rainbow wasn't a band like other ones. The rest of the band is expendable. And actually, as far as we know, Blackmore did the bass work and a little bit of the keyboarding so, we are talking about a power trio, with the full letters of the expression in every semantic, metaphoric and literal sense, with a couple of guys filling the chartier.
Anyway, this is not as heavy as Rising, but stands still as an example of early power metal. And besides of it, we can find in here a couple of evergreen heavy metal anthems like "Long Live Rock n Roll" with Ronnie James shattering it with the catchy lines in the piece and "Kill the King", that unique song, with a resemblance of what has been created by Blackmore's previous band a couple of years ago and making a confirmation of the lines that would construct modern power metal.
Yeah, from the keyboarding solo opening til the frenzy riff and Powell's insaniac drumming, this song is ahead of it's time. And then, we found after these brilliancies a couple of very good metal pieces: "The Shed" and "Gates of Babylon", both similar in many things but with a different approach.
The first one has a beyond-earth-as-usual solo by Ritchie, with a ballsy beat by Cozy and singing by Dio. The lyrics are one of the best written ones by Dio. The second has a kinda atmospheric organ intro, picturing us the middle east moods and with Dio's singing as a top notch, lifts us to the finest examples of power metal in their time, oh yes it is.
With the nice ballad "Rainbow Eyes", a return to the roots planted in Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, we witness a very good and solid album. The main issue here is the weaker perspective taken by Blackmore, leaving the metal-at-all-costs style and trying to return slowly into the hard rock patterns. They have nices riffs, nice singing and "Sensitive to Light" is even a speedy one. But they simply fail to deliver and that's because they were not for intending traditional heavy metal.
Au contraire, Blackmore reduced Dio's influence and dragon-medieval themes to the minimum, so they could try to reach a larger audience. That's why precisely, "L. Connection" was a single release even before "Kill the King" in some places. If there is a weak spot among these nice but overall-weak fillers, it's precisely this. Trying to look cool and failing in the attempt.
Blackmore would later hit it, with Bonnet and Turner, releasing maybe three or four hit singles in both sides of the Atlantic, but that's not heavy metal and that's not of our concern. We would have to wait until for a little bit of Rainbow's classic power metal. Ronnie James disliked the musical direction taken by Blackmore and left. Cozy didn't stand for very long either. And this is the last great album by the band, talking metally and creatively. As stated before, they reached a middle range popularity later, doing AOR stuff, but that's not of our business.
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Track Listing. Long Live Rock 'N' Roll. Lady of the Lake. All Things Hyped: Last. Tuesday 30 July Wednesday 31 July Thursday 1 August Friday 2 August Saturday 3 August Sunday 4 August Monday 5 August Tuesday 6 August Wednesday 7 August Thursday 8 August Friday 9 August Saturday 10 August Sunday 11 August Monday 12 August Tuesday 13 August Wednesday 14 August Thursday 15 August Friday 16 August Saturday 17 August Sunday 18 August Monday 19 August Tuesday 20 August Wednesday 21 August Thursday 22 August Friday 23 August Saturday 24 August Sunday 25 August Monday 26 August Tuesday 27 August Wednesday 28 August Thursday 29 August Friday 30 August Saturday 31 August Sunday 1 September Monday 2 September Tuesday 3 September Wednesday 4 September Thursday 5 September Friday 6 September Saturday 7 September Sunday 8 September Monday 9 September Tuesday 10 SeptemberThe last Dio album! I bought all these albums at one time or another. Thisis the last Rainbow cd with Ronnie James Dio as lead singer. The cd starts with the title classic Long Live Rock N Roll, and Lady of the lake is a very good song, LA Connection is okay!/5(16).
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