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This review is from: Anthology 1975-1984 (Audio CD)
This is a tale of 3 Rainbows, covering a musical spectrum to suit most rock fans tastes. The genius of Ritchie Blackmore shines throughout, having been frustrated in the funkadelic dying embers of Deep Purple, he really lets his creative juices flow from start to finish. And nowhere better will you find the domineering power of Cozy Powell behind the sticks.
The first CD covers my favourite period (5/5), the Ronnie James Dio era. This era covers Rainbow's best work, it really doesn't get much better than this for a heavy rock fan. Dio's voice is strong, powerful yet warm and mellow, illustrated best on Temple of the King. Stargazer, taken from one of classic rock's all time killer albums shines like a diamond, and Blackmore's eastern influenced guitar riff's are exemplified on Gates of Babylon. My only moan is the inclusion of the live material. One of my all time favourites is Catch the Rainbow, but here we are given an inferior live version from that on Rainbow's first album.
The second CD covers the more commercial side to Rainbow, with singers Graham Bonnet and Joe Lynn Turner. This is the Rainbow most people will recognise, displaying their lighter colours. Bonnet lets rip with Eyes of the World and Lost in Hollywood, but its Since You've been Gone which poptastically gave Rainbow a top 10 too many years ago to mention. Makin' Love should be here but is overlooked. Turner's era is less impressive but still has some noteworthy songs, especially Blackmore's version of the Snowman, which should keep the kids interested. Again, Rainbow scored a chart success with I Surrender, but their lesser known and better single Can't Happen Here is not included. Record companies, please pack in the live stuff on these compilations, unless it's Frampton or UFO!
If you want a good overview of Rainbow's talents, then this should suffice without buying the whole catalogue.
Long live rock'n'roll - oh no, it can't happen here!