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The 2 CDs chronologically go through the 70s and 80s, taking tracks from 9 of the Rainbow albums. The first disc covers the Ronnie James Dio era - titles such as 'Sixteenth Century Greensleeves', 'Tarot Woman', 'Starstruck' and 'Kill the King'. Not to mention 'Stargazer' - only a true Rainbow fan can appreciate its sheer brilliance, which breaks through late in the song. Disc 1 also contains Rainbow's share of slower songs - 'Catch the Rainbow' and 'Rainbow Eyes' which don't possess the stunning rhythms of the heavier tracks, but still bring Rainbow to life. All of the songs were written by Ritchie Blackmore, who in my opinion, remains one of the greatest guitarists of all time, and can even give Hendrix a run for his money.
Disc 2 starts from 1979 - Dio is no longer with the band, and his small-time replacement, Graham Bonnet, opens up with 'Eyes Of The World', which shows a sign of moving away from Blackmore's "vision of creating a medieval ambience within a hard rock framework". Shortly following is "Since You Been Gone" and "All Night Long" and in my opinion, are some of the greatest tracks Rainbow have ever done. 'Weiss Heim' is an interesting one, no lyrics, a nice peaceful melody. 'I Surrender', 'Jealous Lover', 'Stone Cold', 'Tearin Out My Heart' and 'Power' all follow. All are simply amazing. 'Jealous Lover' is just outstanding, and 'Power' feels like it's come straight from a movie. By this time Joe Lynn Turner has replaced Bonnet for Rainbow's later work. The compilation finishes with 'Difficult To Cure', recorded live from Tokyo, Japan in 1984.Read more ›