Down to Earth [Deluxe Edition]

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 have 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. Unfortunately, Bonnet tends to oversell his vocals, screaming a little bit too often, but he doesn't distract from the fact that 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. [A Deluxe Edition of the album was reissued in 2011, featuring a second disc of previously unreleased tracks and instrumental outtakes.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/22/2011
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • UPC: 600753313671
  • Catalog Number: 5331367

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rainbow Primary Artist
Ritchie Blackmore Guitar
Graham Bonnet Vocals
Roger Glover Bass
Don Airey Keyboards
Cozy Powell Drums
Technical Credits
Russ Ballard Composer
Ritchie Blackmore Composer
Roger Glover Composer, Producer
Gary Edwards Engineer
Cozy Powell Composer
Leigh Mantle Engineer
Hugh Gilmour Graphic Design
Bill Levy Art Direction
Ron Walotsky Illustrations
Andy Pearce Remastering
Michael Palmer Engineer
Greg Colby Mastering
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