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Rainbow's Original Period From 1975 - 1983
on 3 February 2005
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.
If you are a hardcore Rainbow fan and you like all periods I would recommend this otherwise it's also worth it for the Ronnie James Dio period, the liner notes are excellent, it has a diagram taken from the Rock Family Trees book with all the groups connected to Rainbow and all the complicated personnel changes in fine detail, take note Blackmore reformed Rainbow in 1995 and released a new album called Stranger In Us, also there was an American band from Anaheim, California who were called Rainbow and they released an album in 1968 called After the Storm.