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3.0 out of 5 stars A Turbulent Line-up., 29 May 2007
This review is from: Down To Earth (Audio CD)
Compared to the first two Prog cornerstone Rainbow albums, "Down to Earth" is as far

away from Prog as any straight rock album could get, but despite the cheesy artwork on

the cover the albums contains some good songs, including their most well-known monster

mainstream hits "All Night Long" and "Since You Been Gone".

With the addition of keyboard player Don Airey, bass player Roger Glover and "cool'n'snappy dude" singer Graham

Bonnet the band achieved a more AOR sound, though Ritchie sneaked in one or two

classical bits here and there, especially on "Eyes of the World" starting with a synthesised

snippet from what sounds to me like Holst's "Mars" from "The Planets" suite but is only

momentary. Graham Bonnet is a very strong vocalist, and had huge (vocally, not literally!)

shoes to fill from Ronnie Dio's. Having taken on the job, he soon lit Ritchie's short fuse

when doing a less than professional job remembering song lyrics, but all came good except

his services were only used on this Rainbow album. Graham made many

friends, though, as he went on to make the underrated pop/rock album "Line-up", which

had Micky Moody on guitar,Cozy Powell on drums and Jon Lord on keyboards.

"No Time to Lose" is a straight rock song, "Makin' Love" is a nice ballad with a

catchy "Perfect Strangers" style guitar sig from Ritchie, "Love's No Friend" is a good song

in the David Coverdale mould, and which I feel would have been better done by

him. "Danger Zone" contains some eastern style riffing from Ritchie and "Can't Happen

Here" style "Lost In Hollywood" rounds the album off, though the band's live set would

have only included two songs from this album I would guess!

Difficult to rate, as I think only three songs really hold this album together, two brilliant

ones, but...
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Initial post: 11 Aug 2012 15:01:22 BDT
Cubby Kovu says:
Rainbow were not a prog band anyway last time I checked dude they just a straight up awesome band

Posted on 4 Dec 2012 15:04:17 GMT
S. Lornie says:
Rainbow a prog band is quite a funny thing to say. Uh who taught you to type by the way?
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