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Down To Earth
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on 15 January 2015
Firstly an admission, I don't think this album is in the same league as Rainbow Rising, or Deep Purple's In Rock, Machine Head or Made in Japan, but they are some of the very best albums ever. Unlike most albums with Ritchie Blackmore the guitar is not the stand out feature, the guitar playing is excellent, but as part of the song structure.
So why 5 stars? Well firstly there are 2 of the best AOR type singles made in "since you've been gone" and "All night long", not really my thing but very catchy. The main reason are 2 songs; "eyes of the world" and "lost in Hollywood", to my ears they are fairly unique I suppose they come under the general heading of "power ballads" but with a gritty hard edge.
I remember going to see this line up at Deeside ice rink (anyone else there and remember the ice melting?) and at Monsters of Rock, as a leather and denim clad youth I wanted to hate Bonnet for his super slick image, but couldn't, he was an exceptional vocalist and his vocal display is the 3rd reason for the five stars.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 5 February 2011
Rainbow Down to Earth Deluxe Edition

This rerelease comes as a double CD in a fold out digiipack. It comes complete with a 16 page booklet and on disc 2 "previously unreleased bonus tracks".

Disc one is the original album with "Bad Girl" and "Weiss Heim" added on from the single B sides. It's a long time since I listened to DTE all the way through and it has of course personal highs and lows. "Eyes of the World" and "Lost in Hollywood" went down very well as I drove down the M5 last night!

Disc two is interesting although I doubt many of us will listen to it more than once .. with the exception of one or two tracks. It's clearly labelled as "A work In Progress" and features instrumental outtakes of the main album tracks. There is also a very odd "All Night Long Cozy Powell mix" with Cozy faded up and Bonnet lost in the background. The booklet isn't clear as to where in the process of making the album these come from and that might frustrate some fans. Unless you are in a band their main use is for occasional karaoke rainbow sessions .. I doubt you'd want to listen to them in any other context.

The spice on the bonus disc are the tracks "Spark Don't Mean A Fire" and "Ain't A Lot of Love in the Heart of Me" These are actually "No Time to Lose" and "Loves No Friend" with completely different lyrics .. and for me "Ain't ..." is a better version. I suspect it was just a bit close to "Whitesnake" in both title and vocal style on the hook to make the cut at that time!

The booklet is 16 pages long and tells the back story of the album. As mentioned it doesn't reveal very much about the extra tracks and, whilst it features the alternate album cover design, doesn't give any explanation as to the final choice. Lyrics would have been a good edition to a "deluxe" edition as might some digital info on the CD itself for.

Good to hear you again then "Down To Earth" and you serve your purpose well in getting us ready for the Deluxe version of "Rainbow Rising" later this month.
Rising
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on 10 June 2015
AFTER THE L8 GR8 RONNIE JAMES DIO LEFT RAINBOW IN 1979 TO REPLACE OZZY OSBOURNE IN BLACK SABBATH RICHIE BLACKMORE RECRUITED " GRAHAM BONNET " TO FILL HIS SHOES .
THIS IS THE ALBUM THAT CATAPULTED RAINBOW IN TO THE LIMELIGHT WITH THE MAJOR HIT " SINCE YOU BEEN GONE " THE SONGS ON THIS ALBUM ARE ALL EXCELLENT & BONNET'S VOICE IS VERY POWERFUL . BUT ALEDGEDLY DUE TO BLACKMORE'S DISLIKE OF BIG COLLARED SHIRTS & LEATHER JACKETS WITH FLOWERS ON HE GAVE BONNET THE BOOT . SHAME REALLY BECAUSE THE JOE LYNN TURNER ALBUMS AREN'T A PATCH ON DOWN TO EARTH .

SINCE YOU BEEN GONE / ALL NIGHT LONG / LOST IN HOLLYWOOD / DANGER ZONE ~ ARE ALL CLASSICS . TO BE HONEST THERE ISN'T A BAD TRACK ON THIS . REAL SHAME RONNIE DIDN'T STOP AND RECORD THIS MASTERPIECE . 1 OF THE BEST 80s ROCK ALBUMS AROUND THAT WILL STAND THE TEST OF TIME
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 7 February 2011
this was the second album i ever bought way back in 1980 and still amazing after all these years and now with extras .Other reviews of the original release and re-issues say it all about this absolute rock classic so read them first and listen to history one more time . Disc 2 is classed as a work in progress , the tracks that become the masterpieces on disc 1 and in doing so you can dig the master at work as Mr Blackmore changes and refines his work . The sound is fantastic despite what some reviews may say as you have to read the booklet!!!!!!! to get the theme . Disc 2 shows Cozy and Ritchie at their best and for one who experienced all the Rainbow line ups this album with Bonnett /Carey/Glover remains a masterpiece . I can only hope that the reissue of Rising is as rewarding. Any "new" works by the minstral in his rock persona will always be welcomed.long live rock and roll!!!
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on 6 April 2015
If you like the Dio albums, you will like this. It is impossible to review without the context, and everyone will point out Dio has left, and the sound is more commercial.

Well, that is nonsense

If you had told me this was a Dio album, I would not have known better, vocals, the sound the themes are all the same, just look at the cover!
There is more songs about sex, but there were plenty in the Dio era, and "eyes of the world" is one of the most epic songs Blackmore's Rainbow did (and an amazing use of 70's keyboards) the only thing I can say is that it was released in 1979, but sounds much older. I suppose the Dio Rainbow albums always sounded older too. Now it is 35 years later, that means almost nothing, but its still worth mentioning
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Pop-metal, pop-rock, soft-rock, call it what you like. This is the first Rainbow album I ever heard, back in the late '80s, and although it saw the band taking a different direction away from the Dio era, DOWN TO EARTH certainly lives up to its title by being a meaty rocker. It is perhaps the addition of Ritchie's ex-Purple cohort, bassist Roger Glover which gives the album an air of slickness. 'All Night Long', 'Eyes Of The World', 'No Time To Lose', 'Danger Zone' and 'Lost In Hollywood' are all great, showcasing the brilliant fretwork of Blackmore, while 'Since You Been Gone' is a throwaway top 10 single which paved the way for subsequent hits like 'I Surrender'. This is a must for any Rainbow fan or any other person who likes good '70s metal-rock.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 June 2011
Came back to this after a long time when the album was re-released. Acknowledging the change in style with Bonnet singing, this is still a classic rock album - everyone should own it.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 28 June 2005
Down to Earth played a major part in the history of Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow.It was a transitional album, falling between the classic heavy rock period of albums such as 'Rising' and 'Long Live Rock & Roll';and the later AOR sound of 'Straight Between The Eyes' et al. The departure of original vocalist, Ronnie James Dio,led to Blackmore recruiting ex-Marble Graham Bonnet who added a new dimension to the style and sound of the band.Bonnet's throaty roar and 'James Dean' image allied to the more commercial songs penned for this album (predominantly by Blackmore and Roger Glover)provided Rainbow with two top ten singles in 'All Night Long' and the perrenial 'Since You Been Gone', the latter written by Russ Ballard.Notwithstanding this, the album still rocked hard and classics such as 'Eyes of the World' and 'Lost in Hollywood' would not have been out of place on 'Rising'. Some die-hard fans considered this album to be something of a sell-out and certainly, it did introduce Rainbow to a new sector of fans.In truth, however 'Down to Earth' was a natural progression from it's predecessor 'Long Live Rock & Roll'(the last to feature Dio).Indeed, it has been reported that Dio himself actually liked this album.Following the 1979/80 tour to promote the album, which culminated in a headline spot at the inaugral 'Monsters of Rock' festival at Donington Park,Graham Bonnet and drummer, Cozy Powell left the band.With a new vocalist, Joe Lynn Turner,as well as a revolving door of other musicians, Blackmore's Rainbow subsequently pursued a path of Americanised AOR, in the mode of Foreigner, Journey etc.As a consequence, they would never sound this good again.In a nutshell, this is hard rock at it's very best.Go buy it...and while you're at it, treat yourself to 'Rising' and 'Long Live Rock & Roll' as well!
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on 1 May 2014
Rainbow had great success with its first 3 Albums featuring Heavy Metal Legend Ronnie J. Dio, and are instant Classic's, then Dio left to join Black Sabbath (My Fav Band) and Blackmore hired Graham Bonnet with a totally different Vocal style to Dio, however it was a right choice Bonnett does amazingly this Album has no Filler tracks or terrible ones...yes its more commercial but it still ROCKS! And It is Rainbow's Last great English Sounding Rock Album before Blackmore "Americanized" the Band :/ nonetheless this is an Album to buy whether your a Rainbow fan or a Rock Fan... BUY IT!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 16 November 2008
This is an album much maligned by many of the rainbow purists who cant get over the departure of Dio but depart he did going on to do a stellar job with sabbath. Blackmore was wanting to go for a more commercial approch at this time wanting to hear his songs on the jukebox and stunned the rock world when he hired former marbles singer Graham Bonnet. Now you will probably read by many here that he was a bit of a misfit and was no replacement for Dio but truth be told the guy had an amazing vocal range, actually greater than Dio's, capable of pulling off the most extraordinary key changes and hitting notes such as F,G's in full voice! Bonnet's dynamic approch and macho tone makes this album a must have. He really shines on all the songs contained here and I wish he stayed with the band longer, it was always going to be a tough gig for anyone one to replace Dio, but Graham was the perfect choice for the commercial direction Blackmore wanted to take the band and judging by the success and longevity of the 2 singles the gamble paid off. This is an excellent rock album from a great rainbow lineup, buy it!
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