Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Rainbow "Long Live Rock and Roll" (Vinyl

By 1978 people had figured out what rock n' roll was. The Beatles were long gone, Zeppelin had reached its apex and Black Sabbath lost the first spectacle front man. Metal was coming into its own in the industry having discovered the musicians, producers and audiences that wanted to bask in the spikey, leather-clad operatic drama that was heavy metal. Rainbow was a supergroup of sorts, featuring Richie Blackmore (of Deep Purple) and Ronnie James Dio (um, of Dio.) Sadly, like many metal records of the era, there isn't a great mix on this album. Dynamics feel flat and everything feels far away. Like the Pretenders' album earlier today, this is an album I would like to hear in its remastered release.

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