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The Best Of Rainbow

15 Dec 2000 | Format: MP3

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6:38
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4:06
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8:26
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4:29
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4:23
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6:46
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4:01
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4:57
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4:26
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4:26


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  • 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,316 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By FenderBlues on 9 Aug 2004
Format: Audio CD
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tony on 3 Feb 2005
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The Very Best Of Rainbow covers the whole spectrum of the group between 1975 - 1983 on one disk. It kicks of with 7 tracks fron the Ronnie James Dio period between the 3 albums, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, Rainbow Rising & Long Live Rock 'N' Roll. Ronnie James Dio leaves for Black Sabbath and he his replaced by Graham Bonnet only on one album Down To Earth, 2 tracks are lifted from the album, he is then replaced by Joe Lynn Turner who covers the last 3 Rainbow albums Difficult To Cure, Straight Between The Eyes and Bent Out Of Shape, 7 tracks are drawn between the last three. Overall the Dio period is the best, there are some OK highlights from the post Dio period hence the 4 stars. Dont be put of by that its worth purchasing just for the Dio period and the excellent liner notes with all the line up changes put in to fine detail, highly recommended.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kentspur VINE VOICE on 11 May 2004
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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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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By emmanuel_thep@yahoo.com on 12 Feb 2001
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This truly is a phenomenal collection! I bought this album really only to get 'I Surrender', 'Stargazer' and 'Since You Been Gone'; some of my favourite tracks ever. I thought that they would be the only good tracks on the album. How wrong I was. Every track on this album is worth a listen. The worst tracks on the album are just plain good! Ritchie Blackmore is a wonderfully subtle guitarist and Rainbow featured three of the finest rock vocalists of the 70s and 80s: Ronnie James Dio, Graham Bonnet and Joe Lynn Turner. The above mentioned tracks are superb but others deserve a mention too. 'Man on the Silver Mountain' is an example of pure riff genius and fantasic vocals and lyrics. 'Rainbow Rising' is a wonderfully woeful and melodic ballad, reminiscent of Hendrix's 'Little Wing'. 'Stargazer' is the ultimate rock epic, eight minutes of pure heaven (or hell?) with Dio's vocal performance in particular being superb. 'All Night Long' is a wonderfully rousing anthem while 'Can't Happen Here' is a tongue in cheek look at western attitudes to the world. Perhaps the most impressive track of all though is 'Jealous Lover'. This track is so brilliant I can't believe it wasn't even ever an album track, let alone a single! Basically, I cannot rave enough about this album. Just buy it.
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