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The Best Of Rainbow
 
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The Best Of Rainbow

15 Dec. 2000 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1997
  • Release Date: 15 Dec. 2000
  • Label: Polydor Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 1997 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 1:17:11
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  • ASIN: B001KRG25Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,044 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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The Very Best Of Rainbow was released in 1997 on PolyGram Records (Polydor) which covers Rainbow's period from 1975 - 1983 on one disk, to give you a little background of the group, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore leaves his own band Deep Purple in 1974 after the release of Stormbringer and hooks up with American band Elf led by Ronnie James Dio and they change their name to Rainbow.

The first seven tracks that kick of this compilation are taken from the first three albums led by vocalist Ronnie James Dio which are Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, Rainbow Rising & Long Live Rock 'N' Roll then in 1978 Ronnie James Dio leaves for Black Sabbath.

Former Marbles vocalist Graham Bonnet (by this point released three solo albums) steps into Dio's shoes in 1979, he only lasted for one album Down To Earth, two tracks are lifted from the album then he leaves for The Michael Schenker Group then later Alcatrazz.

Former Fandango guitarist/vocalist American Joe Lynn Turner takes over from Bonnet in 1981 for the last three Rainbow albums, Difficult To Cure, Straight Between The Eyes and Bent Out Of Shape which makes up the last seven tracks on this compilation.

Overall the first seven tracks with Dio are very good, I did not like the Bonnet songs I found them tacky, as for the Joe Lynn Turner period there was redemption with only two songs, "Jealous Lover" (the b-side to "Can't Happen Here") and "Stone Cold" even though they sounded like they belonged to an 1980's Hollywood movie, this was the reason why I gave it three stars.
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I first started listening to Rainbow during the 'Down to Earth' era, when Graham Bonnet was strutting his not inconsiderable stuff as lead singer. Back then - I was fifteen - it seemed great. Now - I'm older - you can see just what a catastrophe Ronnie James Dio leaving the band was.
The first three studio albums are just brilliant. Musically very impressive and lyrically superb. It's easy to sneer at the fantasy/mythology elements of heavy rock of the Seventies, but there's still a massive market for this sort of thing, just look at the Lord of the Rings cycle. 'Stargazer' manages to get a whole fantasy novel into eight minutes (including a guitar solo) and it creates a universe, two compelling characters and makes real, allegorical statements about purpose, ambition and freedom. It stands up - lyrically - far better than the Led Zep stuff of the same era (or Rush).
I also love the fact Dio works 'Rainbow' into the lyrics 'Fly Like a Rainbow' ??? You know, like you do. The musical subtlety of these early tracks is also impressive like in 'Gates of Babylon'
Then Dio leaves and you get 'All Night Long' ('I need a girl who can keep her head - All Night Long - naturally changed when sung live) and 'Since You Been Gone' (Since You Been Gone, Since You Been Gone, I'm out of my head, can't take it.) Fine when you're a teenager.
Musically things go from bad to worse when Bonnet leaves and Joe Lynn Turner comes in, by which time Rainbow are an ok, American-type AOR band. Like Bon Jovi. Certainly not worth remembering.
So why five stars? Because of those early tracks. Buy this. Give it to someone (my ten year old daughter's getting mine) and then buy the first three albums and enjoy......
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Let me first just say that Ritchie Blackmore is a genius. He stands today as my favourite guitarist of all time. After playing for Deep Purple, he later left to form his own band in the early '70s, and thus, Rainbow was born. Listen to the songs he has recorded for both bands and you'll see that he has no doubt shredded the greatest riffs ever (who can doubt Smoke On The Water or Mistreated?).
But it is the combination of Blackmore and Ronnie Dio, the famous 'elf' on vocals (then later Graham Bonnet and Joe Lynn-Turner) with fantastic drummers such as Cozy Powell, and Roger Glover (also a former Deep Purple member) and Jimmy Bain on bass, which catapult Rainbow to their magic heights of rock. Blackmore's original vision of creating a medieval ambience within a hard rock framework, has formed the greatest records of rock.
Rainbow followed Blackmore's vision up to 1979. Then Dio left the band to go solo, and all presence of Rainbow's unique style of medieval hard rock vanished. Dio was replaced by Graham Bonnet, and throughout the 80s Rainbow were transformed into more of a pop/rock band. 1979 marked the end of 'Rock Rainbow' and the beginning of 'Pop Rainbow'.
Anyway, the album is one hell of a disc. Essentially 'The Very Best of Rainbow' is one half Rock Rainbow (tracks 1-7) and the other half Pop Rainbow. Every single classic written by Blackmore, Dio, Glover and Turner is here on this album.
1. Man On The Silver Mountain - An early classic for Rainbow, Blackmore shredding a great riff on the guitar with Dio screaming at the vocals. Superb. 10/10
2. Catch The Rainbow - A slow, tender melody. Brilliant performance all-round. 9.5/10
3. Starstruck - Perfect vocals by Dio and awesome work by Blackmore. A fantastic song. 10/10
4. Stargazer - RAINBOW'S BEST TRACK EVER!
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