The Very Best of Rainbow

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All Music Guide - Mike DeGagne
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike DeGagne
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 group'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 group's changing lineup and as a good place to start for those who are inquisitive.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/15/1997
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • UPC: 731453768727
  • Catalog Number: 537687
  • Sales rank: 7,413

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Man on the Silver Mountain (4:37)
  2. 2 Catch the Rainbow (6:38)
  3. 3 Starstruck (4:06)
  4. 4 Stargazer (8:26)
  5. 5 Kill the King (4:28)
  6. 6 Long Live Rock 'N' Roll (4:23)
  7. 7 Gates of Babylon (6:46)
  8. 8 Since You Been Gone (3:17)
  9. 9 All Night Long (3:50)
  10. 10 I Surrender (4:01)
  11. 11 Can't Happen Here (4:57)
  12. 12 Jealous Lover (3:11)
  13. 13 Stone Cold (5:17)
  14. 14 Power (4:26)
  15. 15 Can't Let You Go (4:20)
  16. 16 Street of Dreams (4:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rainbow Primary Artist
Ritchie Blackmore Guitar
Graham Bonnet Vocals
Tony Carey Keyboards
Roger Glover Bass
Don Airey Keyboards
Jimmy Bain Bass
Chuck Burgi Drums
Bob Daisley Bass
Ronnie James Dio Vocals
Gary Driscoll Drums
Craig Gruber Bass
Ferenc Kiss Concert Master
Rainer Pietsch Conductor
Cozy Powell Drums
Bob Rondinelli Drums
David Rosenthal Keyboards
Micky Lee Soule Organ, Piano, Clavinet, Mellotron
Joe Lynn Turner Vocals
David Stone Keyboards
Technical Credits
Ritchie Blackmore Arranger, Producer
Roger Glover Producer
Munich Philharmonic Orchestra Contributor
Martin Birch Producer
Nick Blagona Engineer
Ronnie James Dio Producer
Gary Edwards Engineer
Flemming Rasmussen Engineer
Steve Fallone Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rainbow All Night Long!

    Almost All the classic in the album but where is "Tarot Woman"? Well if you like rock'n roll and you don't own Rainbow yet, I recommend you to buy this album. Listen tracks "I Surrender", "Stargazer", "Gates of Babylon" and "Since You Been Gone".

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