|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|
DOWN TO EARTH is a plesant album to listen, very well produced, but can't hold a candle to LONG LIVE ROCK'n ROLL, for example. Graham Bonnet's performance is amazing, man this guy can sing, but the "love lyrics" are utterly boring, and all of a sudden we have in a Rainbow album a song title "Since You Been GOone" (Not a bad song, by the way), "Love Is Not A Friend", "Making Love"...
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.