Straight Between the Eyes

Straight Between the Eyes

by Rainbow


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Straight Between the Eyes

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/25/1999
Label: Polydor / Umgd
UPC: 0731454736626
catalogNumber: 547366
Rank: 20432

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rainbow   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
François Dompierre   Conductor

Technical Credits

Ritchie Blackmore   Orchestral Arrangements,Marshall Amplifiers
Roger Glover   Producer,Audio Production
Nick Blagona   Engineer
David Rosenthal   Score
Jeff Cummins   Paintings

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