- Product Code: 547 364-2
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Remastered re-release of the fourth full-length studio album by legendary British Hard Rock band.
Band’s last album to feature drummer Cozy Powell and their only album with vocalist Graham Bonnet. Released in 1979, it contains Rainbow's first hit single "Since You Been Gone", marking a more commercial direction of the band's sound.
The departure of Ronnie James Dio gave Ritchie Blackmore a chance to reinvent Rainbow, which he does to a certain extent on "Down To Earth". Adding former Deep Purple colleague Roger Glover as bassist and Graham Bonnet as vocalist, Blackmore tones down some of the excess of the Dio years, particularly in terms of fantastical lyrics, and turns to straight-ahead Hard Rock, only occasionally adorned by prominent synthesizers.
In general, their material is fairly solid, and "Since You Been Gone" easily ranks among the band's best songs, but overall the record is a little generic and sounds very much of its time - namely, the late '70s, when Album Rock still ruled the arenas. Nevertheless, Rainbow has a distinct idea, primarily through the guitar artistry and mystical sensibility of Ritchie Blackmore. He sounds invigorated on the album, turning in muscular performances and strong solos on each cut; clearly, the reunion has revitalized him.
Blackmore, Glover, and drummer Cozy Powell turn "Down To Earth" into a fine Hard Rock platter. It might not offer anything unique, but it delivers the goods!
Polydor Records, A Universal Music Company, 1979/1999 (547 364-2). Made in EU.
1. All Night Long 3:53
2. Eyes Of The World 6:43
3. No Time To Lose 3:45
4. Makin' Love 4:38
5. Since You Been Gone 3:20
6. Love's No Friend 4:55
7. Danger Zone 4:32
8. Lost In Hollywood 4:51
Total playing time: 36:37 min.