For this year’s Record Store Day (April 21), Niji Entertainment Group, the record label Wendy Dio and her late husband Ronnie James Dio (DIO, BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL, RAINBOW, ELF) formed before his untimely passing, will release a deluxe picture disc of RAINBOW‘s “Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll“. Each picture disc is numbered and only 2,500 were made. 250 units will be held back for fans that live outside the USA and will be made available via the Niji webstore.
About Record Store Day: Record Store Day is managed by the Music Monitor Network and is organized in partnership with the Alliance Of Independent Media Stores (AIMS), the Coalition Of Independent Music Stores (CIMS) and celebrates the culture of independent record stores by playing host to in-store events/performances, signings and special product releases on a global scale.
Record Store Day takes place annually on the third Saturday of April.
Bassist Bob Daisley, who was a member of RAINBOW from 1977 to 1979, in August 2010 posted high-quality video footage of of RAINBOW performing the songs “Gates of Babylon“, “Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll” and “L.A. Connection” at a New York studio prior to the release of the band’s third studio album, 1978‘s “Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll‘. You can watch the clips below.
Although Bob Daisley and David Stone are listed on the “Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll” credits for their contributions, they joined RAINBOW after the recording sessions had already commenced and only appear on a couple of tracks. Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore played most of the bass parts himself for the album.
“Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll” was remastered on CD for the U.S. market in April 1999, with the European version following later. The U.S. version had a matte booklet/insert, which matched the original vinyl sleeve for all markets, whereas the European issue was the standard glossy type.
This was RAINBOW‘s last album to feature Ronnie James Dio on vocals. He left, later to join BLACK SABBATH, and was replaced by Graham Bonnet.
In June 2009 a CD-size book about the making of album was released in the series “Rock Landmarks” called “Long Live Rock N’ Roll Story“. It was written by RAINBOW and Blackmore expert Jerry Bloom.