Straight Between the Eyes

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Straight Between the Eyes undoubtedly has one of the worst album covers in rock history, but the record is an unexpected return to form from the journeyman hard rockers. Just a record before, Rainbow sounded as if they were verging on Billy Squier territory, but here, they reverse course and deliver a solid, no-frills hard rock record. It isn't just that the material is stronger, though it certainly is, it's that Roger Glover abandoned his smoothed-out, radio-ready production that marred Difficult to Cure. That's not to say that Straight Between the Eyes doesn't sound dated -- Rainbow was a band that was forever tied to its era -- but the album does have a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Straight Between the Eyes undoubtedly has one of the worst album covers in rock history, but the record is an unexpected return to form from the journeyman hard rockers. Just a record before, Rainbow sounded as if they were verging on Billy Squier territory, but here, they reverse course and deliver a solid, no-frills hard rock record. It isn't just that the material is stronger, though it certainly is, it's that Roger Glover abandoned his smoothed-out, radio-ready production that marred Difficult to Cure. That's not to say that Straight Between the Eyes doesn't sound dated -- Rainbow was a band that was forever tied to its era -- but the album does have a harder-hitting, muscular sound that is more appropriate for the band. Similarly, vocalist Joe Lynn Turner sounds more comfortable with the group, and the entire band just seems to gel, turning even the generic numbers on the album into enjoyable, straight-ahead hard rock. There may not be any specific showcases for Ritchie Blackmore, but his playing is better heard in this setting, where he's not only soloing, he's propelling the band with his powerful riffs. As always, he's the driving force behind the band, but this is truly a band effort, which is one of the reasons why Straight Between the Eyes is one of the strongest albums the group ever cut.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/25/1999
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • UPC: 731454736626
  • Catalog Number: 547366
  • Sales rank: 21,208

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Death Alley Driver (4:45)
  2. 2 Stone Cold (5:19)
  3. 3 Bring On The Night (Dream Chaser) (4:08)
  4. 4 Tite Squeeze (3:15)
  5. 5 Tearin' Out My Heart (4:05)
  6. 6 Power (4:27)
  7. 7 Miss Mistreated (4:30)
  8. 8 Rock Fever (3:52)
  9. 9 Eyes Of Fire (6:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rainbow Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Ritchie Blackmore Bass, Guitar, Performing Ensemble, Fender Stratocaster
Roger Glover Bass, Percussion, Electric Guitar, 8-string Bass
Don Airey Keyboards
Tim Kelly Drums
Bob Rondinelli Cymbals, Drums
David Rosenthal Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Electric Piano, Moog Synthesizer, oberheim, Roland Synthesizer
Joe Lynn Turner Vocals
Fran├žois Dompierre Conductor
Technical Credits
Ritchie Blackmore Orchestral Arrangements, Marshall Amplifiers
Roger Glover Producer, Audio Production
Nick Blagona Engineer
Bob Rondinelli Contributor
David Rosenthal Score
Jeff Cummins Paintings
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