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5.0 out of 5 stars
Nice Update on Rainbow's Venture Into Radio-Friendly Pop Rock, 22 April 2011
Nice bit of polishing on the 1980 offering from Rainbow. In late 1979 I bought the single Since You Been Gone c/w Bad Girl first and awaited eagerly the album release & I wasn't too disappointed with it - some nice radio friendly tracks (Since You Been Gone & All Night Long - well the radio does pay the bills!), a couple of tracks in the 'real Rainbow mode' (Lost In Hollywood & The Eyes of the World), a couple of love songs (Makin' Love & Love's No Friend) & a couple of fillers (Danger Zone & No Time To Lose) so there was something for everyone and most of the aforementioned tracks have stood the test of time.
Completing disc 1 are the B sides Bad Girl (why wasn't it on the album) & the instrumental Weiss Heim taped after the Down To Earth sessions...in my opinion one of the best moments Ritchie Blackmore has had on record.
Missing from disc 1 is the studio version of Will You Love Me Tomorrow (slated to be the 3rd single...and this recording must be somewhere - probably with Mr B.) & the remixed version of All Night Long that was used as the single...and these should be on album releases like these for completists like myself.
Onto disc 2...I like Graham Bonnet (a "Marmite" singer if ever there was one) and have followed his output ever since and his contributions actually make it a 5 star album (instead of the 4 star it deserves) as he only ever sang over the completed backing tracks - hence the available "rough mixes" on disc 2 - but it sounds like he is really contributing...the two 'demo' renditions of NTTL & LNF feel poor as we are all now familiar with the finished versions but show an insight into the way a song can go from a mundane song to a classic (LNF)with a different lyric.
Most of the "Rough Mixes" have been about on bootleg for a while and now we get a cleaned up version which is welcome as each has their own working title which maybe mentioned in the booklet but if you get the Mp 3 download you will not know about them...so here they are.
Stone (Bad Girl);
The Steamer (Lost In Hollywood) - different intro to finished version;
Bluesing(Aint a Lot of Love In the Heart of Me/Love's No Friend) - the 2nd version does have GB on it but very quiet (probably learning it?)
Mars (The Eyes of the World) - the 2nd version is better as the guitar is more prominent with no intro
The Plod (Makin' Love);
New York (Danger Zone) different intro (hey tone those maracas down!!!)
Once More With Feeling (All Night Long) nice heavy drums on this one - great instrumental!!
...the Since You Been Gone rough mix is great - lovely layered guitar then Mr B stops soloing and then the band carry on (for an extended version maybe???)
It would have been better to have vocal demos of all the tracks but I aint' complaining...just listening to the guitar is enough for me with Mr B.
...the Cozy mix, I agree, is a bit of a mess - drums way up, vocals down apart from the chorus parts which has an echo...some of the piano is bought up in the mix too (a bit of a mess really but was it for a 'wind up' as some reviwer has stated).
I guess that disc 1 is remastered - can't tell much different but sounds louder than my originals - I had it on vinyl, tape for the car and CD - if you like instrumentals get this; if you like to hear they way an album takes shape get this...or if you liked the Dio version of Rainbow and moaned about Down To Earth's commercial style...get it anyway.
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