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Down To Earth [Remastered] Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (May 25 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polydor - Universal Special Imports
  • ASIN: B00000J2SO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,028 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. All Night Long
2. Eyes Of The World
3. No Time To Lose
4. Makin' Love
5. Since You Been Gone
6. Love's No Friend
7. Danger Zone
8. Lost In Hollywood

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Ronnie James Dio's departure prior to the recording of this 1979 album didn't halt the band's success-in fact, this one brought them their first charting single, Since You Been Gone . Deep Purple bass man Roger Glover was now in the mix, and this is the only Rainbow album featuring the vocals of Graham Bonnet.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Oct. 4 2003
Format: Audio CD
"Down to Earth" is probably Rainbow's most controversial album, and for only one reason: it was the first without founding vocalist Ronnie James Dio. People who don't like the album - for the most part - just can't let go of Ronnie. He was replaced by Graham Bonnet and his unbelievable vocal pipes. Some people like Bonnet, others don't, but after Rainbow introduced him to the hard rock world, he went on to perform with such hard rock royalty as Michael Schenker, Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai, Chris Impelliteri and others. And for me, Bonnet makes the album. He's got the craziest set of vocal chords you've ever heard, and I've since gone around collecting everything he's ever recorded (this was his only album with Rainbow). But the rest of the album is equally excellent: it's got great melodies, clean production, and excellent musicianship. Some of the lyrics seem written by a hormone-crazed school boy, it's true, but a small weakness for eight solid, hard rock songs. Down to Earth is more consistent than the first three Rainbow albums, less commercial than the final three. Had this been Rainbow's debut, or the debut by another band, it would have received kudos all around.
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Rainbow fans are rarely neutral about this album. Some say it provides a different-but-good bridge from the incomparable Dio years to the Americanised Joe Lynn Turner years.
Count me among the former. Yes, it IS different. It's not "Rainbow Rising" or "Long Live Rock 'N Roll". It IS a bit more commercial (in fact, the one star knocked off is for the terrible hit single "Since You Been Gone" - but Rainbow didn't write that anyway). Yes, Graham Bonnett's voice is an acquired taste (suited me just fine with the Michael Schenker Group, too).
But there is strong music here. "Eyes Of The World" is more like older Rainbow than anything else on the disc. The songs are more concise, and though Ritchie displays less of his amazing solo wizardry, he still does quite well within the song styles here (even sounding a little like Tony Iommi on "Love's No Friend").
And, of course, there is the incomparable Cozy Powell. No-one, for my money, has ever topped this British skinbasher (it's odd that Rainbow were generally thought of as a British band, though they never had an all-UK lineup - well, this album lineup comes close since Aussie Graham Bonnett comes from a British Commonwealth country!) and he provides his always rock-solid, no-frills pounding here. Rest in peace, Cozy.
Get this album, plus anything with Dio on it, and that will be all the Rainbow you really need, though there are good tracks here and there on the Joe Lynn Turner albums.
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A lot of people seem disappointed with this album because it's not a Dio album, but Graham Bonnet is an excellent singer in his own right and this album has many great merits of its own. It's hard to say which album is Rainbow's best, because their albums sound so different from each other that it comes down to a matter of taste. While I feel that "Long Live" was their best album with Dio, I prefer this album overall because it is so different from anything else. I don't think that this is an attempt at a commercial album, other than "Since You've Been Gone", but it had to be very different because the personnel changed so drastically from the previous album. Graham Bonnet's voice is nothing like Dio's, or anyone else's for that matter. He's got a unique sound and style, leather lungs, and is a better lyricist than Dio. (Quick: name any album with any band containing Dio that doesn't have a song with a "life is like a wheel" lyric.) Don Airey writes the book on hard rock keyboard playing on this album: rather than relying on the old standby organ, he uses a variety of keys and synths, leaning towards their harder sounds. The result is a more colorful but not softer sound.
Just as Dio recycles lyrics, Blackmore recycles riffs. "All Night Long" is the rerun here, with life kicked into it by Bonnet's energetic vocals. "Eyes of the World" is a great keyboard-driven track, with another great vocal and killer guitar lead. The keyboards are much more up front on this album, as Airey is the first (only?) Rainbow keyboardist who was up to the task of complementing Blackmore. I remembered "No Time To Lose" and "Makin' Love" as throwaways, though listening recently made me change my mind about "Makin' Love".
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I think that the departure of Ronnie James Dio was the beginning of the end of Rainbow when they decided to be a AOR band like Journey and Boston rather than Deep Purple (Ritchie Blackmore and Roger Glover's former band) and Black Sabbath.
All Night Long is a fast paced rocker and intro sounds a little like the classic Man on the Silver Mountain and it is the best song off of this album. 5/5
Eyes of the World is a dark tune resciment of the band's early days like the intro of Tarot Woman and Gates of Babylon and it is a killer track. 5/5
No Time to Lose is a fast paced rocker but it's rather a forgettable pop/rock song with a little shade of blues. 3/5
Makin' Love is a love song with a very good chorus if not anything else. 4/5
Since You Been Gone is a Russ Ballard composition and he would later go onto fame in 1982 with a Top 10 hit You Can Do Magic by America and this song is a classic rock staple. 5/5
Love's No Friend is the ballad off of this album. 5/5
Danger Zone is a rather forgettable tune with background vocals. 3/5
Lost in Hollywood has great drums but the song itself isn't that great. 3/5
Sadly, this was the last album with singer Graham Bonnet who would later join MSG and Alcatrazz (with Yngwie Malmsteen who is influenced by Ritchie Blackmore) and the late great Cozy Powell who would later join Whitesnake, MSG and Black Sabbath and it's too bad that he's dead and if you love radio friendly hard rock music, then you must get this album and if you liked Rainbow with Ronnie James Dio, then be prepared for a dissapointment cause the music isn't like the way they were in the early days.
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