RAINBOW “The Very Best Of Rainbow” /CD/



Fourth compilation album by the legendary British Hard Rock/Heavy Metal/AOR band.
"The Best Of Rainbow" compiles 16 of the best tracks from Rainbow's first seven studio albums, wisely avoiding 1977's live "On Stage" release. The first two tracks from their debut album, 1975's "Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow", showcases the instant bond that was formed between Blackmore and Ronnie James Dio, especially on "Man on the Silver Mountain." Blackmore changed the band for the following year's "Rainbow Rising", with Jimmy Bain replacing bass player Craig Gruber, and Cozy Powell taking percussion duties away from Gary Driscoll. Adding keyboard player Tony Carey helped tracks like "Starstruck" and the lengthy "Stargazer" to sound a little more dimensional and fluent than the band's first effort. All of 1978's "Long Live Rock and Roll" have Rainbow settling in to a heavier sound with faster guitar riffs, proven on the frantic "Kill the King" and on the string accompanied "Gates of Babylon." With Dio leaving in 1978, Graham Bonnet filled in on vocals for "Down To Earth", with Roger Glover playing bass. Although the album gave the band a number 40 hit with "Since You've Been Gone," one of Russ Ballard's creations, Bonnet left thereafter and was replaced by Joe Lynn Turner for the "Difficult To Cure" album. The album sold on the strength of "I Surrender," one of their best tracks, but the remaining tunes marked the beginning of Rainbow's recession. "Jealous Lover," the B-side to 1981's "Can't Happen Here" is a nice addition to the collection, while the next four tracks from Rainbow's most disappointing releases are best heard here than on their parent albums. For a hits package, "The Very Best Of Rainbow" doubles as both a handy sift through the band's changing lineup and as a good place to start for those who are inquisitive!
The front cover comes from the inside of the first Rainbow album, "Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow", and is actually a picture of Ritchie Blackmore playing with his previous band, Deep Purple.
PolyGram Records, Inc., 1997 (537 687-2). Made in Germany.


Tracklist:
1. Man On The Silver Mountain     4:37 
2. Catch The Rainbow     6:38 
3. Starstruck     4:06 
4. Stargazer     8:26 
5. Kill The King     4:28 
6. Long Live Rock 'n' Roll     4:23 
7. Gates Of Babylon     6:46 
8. Since You Been Gone     3:17 
9. All Night Long     3:50 
10. I Surrender     4:01 
11. Can't Happen Here     4:57 
12. Jealous Lover     3:11 
13. Stone Cold     5:17 
14. Power     4:26 
15. Can't Let You Go     4:20 
16. Street Of Dreams     4:26
Total playing time: 77:09

Tracks 1,2: from “Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow” (1975)
Tracks 3,4: from “Rainbow Rising” (1976)
Tracks 5,6,7: from “Long Live Rock 'n' Roll” (1978)
Tracks 8,9: from “Down To Earth” (1979)
Tracks 10,11: from “Difficult To Cure” (1981)
Track 12: B-side of “Can't Happen Here” (1981)
Tracks 13,14: from “Straight Between The Eyes” (1982)
Tracks 15,16: from “Band Out Of Shape” (1983)

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