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Down To Earth [Remastered] [Original recording remastered, Import]

Rainbow Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Rainbow's Best - In the Shadows of Ronnie Oct. 4 2003
By A Customer
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Solid hard rock / commercial album March 18 2004
By Kael
Format:Audio CD
Since Dungeons & Dragons singer Ronnie James Dio was gone (one of the best rock singers ever - one of the worst rock lyricists ever!) Blackmore decided to make some money fast (as if he did not have enough of it, apparently...) and went for a totally commercial sound with DOWN TO EARTH. The trouble (or advantage) is that, with a line-up of Bonnet, Blackmore, Glover, Airey and Powell, even a half-baked album has a lot of moments of brilliance, given the amazing skills of these musicians.
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"...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Rainbow's weakest album Feb. 27 2004
Format:Audio CD
After three hard rock albums Blackmore thought it was time to get a bit more poppy in order to reach a larger audience (at this time he was very much into Abba). He changed the line-up, the sound and the songwriting and the result was an album that disappointed many a Rainbow fan. Graham Bonnet's a great singer, but you can't do an album without the help of the other musicians and they sure sound tired & uninspired here. With this line-up Rainbow was still a strong live-act though; just listen to the live compilation album "Monsters of Rock" if you can find it ! But Blackmore quickly realized that he had made a mistake and reformed the band with new singer Joe Lynn Turner and hot shot drummer Bobby Rondinelli. The album that would follow, "Difficult to Cure", got the band back on the right track with a good compromise between commercial songwriting and interesting playing. But he epical Dio-era would never return again !
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4.0 out of 5 stars The last strong Rainbow album Dec 9 2003
By Meteor
Format:Audio CD
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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2.0 out of 5 stars ASS
This album blows. The only thing that saves this album from a 1 is our favorite assheaded control "guitar elitist" Ritchie Blackmore. Gram Bonnet's voice really sucks. Read more
Published on July 8 2004 by Wrathchild862000
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the previous albums
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... Read more
Published on April 2 2003 by Darian Dennison
3.0 out of 5 stars The Beginning Of The End
This post-Dio release marks a detour from Metal Valhalla to a mundane AOR sound, trading art for the bucks. Read more
Published on March 31 2003 by Luis A. Rivera Rios
3.0 out of 5 stars ROCK-N-ROLL RAINBOW..
I was a big RAINBOW fan in the late 70's and I was quite dis-
appointed when I heard RONNIE JAMES DIO had left. Read more
Published on Oct. 27 2002 by R. Recchia
4.0 out of 5 stars "Down to Earth" Shines Like the Colors of the Rainbow
Appropriately titled, this is unpretentious, hard-driving rock and roll at its best. There's plenty here to satisfy the palate. Read more
Published on April 4 2002 by bogubundus2
4.0 out of 5 stars the ephemeral Bonnet era
As in 1973, Ritchie was placed in a difficult quandary in 1979 to replace a singer who had epitomized the sound and style of his group. Read more
Published on Dec 16 2001 by Peter
4.0 out of 5 stars since you been gone, all night long!
Graham Bonet was the 2nd Rainbow singer, replaced DIO in 1979. the whole songs are excellent and cool. Read more
Published on Aug. 5 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good one
Much as I would like to, I just can't give 5 stars to any of Rainbow's albums. Blackmore never quite managed to release a complete masterpiece under the Rainbow moniker, although... Read more
Published on April 18 2000 by curbach@sbcglobal.net
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