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Very Best of Rainbow Best of, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (Nov. 30 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Best of
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000001EZ4
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,290 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Man On The Silver Mountain
2. Catch The Rainbow
3. Starstruck
4. Stargazer
5. Kill The King
6. Long Live Rock 'N'Roll
7. Gates Of Babylon
8. Since You Been Gone
9. All Night Long
10. I Surrender
11. Can't Happen Here
12. Jealous Lover
13. Stone Cold
14. Power
15. Can't Let You Go
16. Street Of Dreams

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16 remastered tracks on one CD. Tracks include: Man on the Silver, Catch the Rainbow, Since You Been Gone, Street of Dreams.


Founded by Deep Purple's founding guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, and originally called Blackmore's Rainbow, Rainbow was a revolving-door supergroup, in which artists like Ronnie James Dio, Cozy Powell, Joe Lynn Turner, and Tony Carey entered just long enough to establish themselves and bolster their resumes. Considering the band's instability, Rainbow created a number of surprisingly strong tunes over its 10-year career. The first half of The Best of Rainbow features Dio's inimitable vocals on such Deep Purple-styled stormers as "Man on the Silver Mountain," "Stargazer," and "Kill the King." The second part of the disc is from the later and more commercially oriented part of the band's career, and contains the Turner classic "Since You've Been Gone" as well as "Stone Cold" and "Power." If nothing else, The Best of Rainbow is loaded with the kind of mind-bending solos that earned Blackmore and Rainbow their stripes. --Jon Wiederhorn

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This collection does a wonderful job of showing a band going from one point of view to another. Ronnie James Dio brought a more dark-agish and cutting edge approach; while Joe Lynn Turner brought a more soulfull and meloncholic approach. To go from, "The Man on the Silver Mountain," to "Street of Dreams," is a wonderful and enjoyable ride to any ears.
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I'll never forget the day that I bought this CD at Shopko and it was the day just before my senior graduation and I had a lot of fun times listening to this album, I originally bought this album for 'Man on the Silver Mountain' but when I listened to the rest of the songs, I was amazed.
The songs from Rainbow's debut album are the aforementioned 'Man on the Silver Mountain' and a beautiful ballad 'Catch the Rainbow', both of those songs are classics and the former should've been another classic like Deep Purple's 'Smoke on the Water', 'Woman From Tokyo' and 'Highway Star'.
The songs from their second album Rainbow Rising are 'Starstruck' and 'Stargazer' which clocks in at over 8 minutes, that song is one hell of a song and it could've easily been a Deep Purple classic.
The songs from Long Live Rock 'N' Roll and it would also be Ronnie James Dio's final album with Rainbow ( before he would replace the immortal Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath) and the songs for this album are the title track, 'Kill The King' and 'Gates of Babylon' I also felt that 'LA Connection' should've been included for this album.
Next up is Down to Earth which is the first and only album to feature Graham Bonnet on vocals and he would later join MSG and Alcatrazz, the whole album isn't that great but it contains two very good songs, the radio staple 'Since You Been Gone' and 'All Night Long' (not to be confused with Joe Walsh's version).
The songs for Rainbow's fifth studio album called Difficult to Cure are 'I Surrender' (Rainbow's biggest hit in England) and 'Can't Happen Here', this album would be Joe Lynn Turner's first album with Rainbow.
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This cd is a must have for Deep Purple fans; if you love hard rock/heavy metal, then check it out as well, too. Rainbow is often criticized as a Deep Purple-lite band. Not true. Ritchie Blackmore pursued a different sound with this band, and while his guitar is unmistakable, the songs explore themes from medieval/magic to love and romance. Gillan (of Deep Purple) often sang of different themes.
I don't have a complaint with any of the songs; they're all appealing, and the early songs are quite different from the 80's era music. All three vocalists delivered. I am of the (perhaps unpopular) opinion that Joe Lynn Turner's vocals are better than Ronnie James Dio's. If you're not a big fan of the gothic sound, certainly don't let that deter you from this album. The introduction of Graham Bonnet (on song 8, here) brought an end to that era. Similarly, if the gothic sound is what you crave, there are seven wonderful songs to satisfy that urge. I've heard people argue that Turner brought too much of a mainstream appeal to the band. This may be true, but the songs are no less appealing. "Stone Cold" conveys musically all of the emotion it delivers lyrically. So to, "Street of Dreams" is a dramatic anthem of break-up songs.
This album is well worth a listen-to. There is something to please all on it, and Ritchie Blackmore's guitar work is not to be missed.
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From the vaults of Polydor Records comes a killer 16 song retro The Very Best Of Rainbow on Polydor-Chronicles. On this
16 song anthology you will find out exactly what made on & off Deep Purple star guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and his band
Rainbow one of the leaders in the Hard Rock field from '75 & '82. This CD covers the best of their 8 Polydor albums issued
between '75 & '82 and I honestly feel no fan of this band or Blackmore will be disappointed. Through out Rainbows golden
years for Polydor, vocalist Ronnie James Dio, Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover & ace drummer Cozy Powell (for more on
Cozy's drum work checkout The Best Of Cozy Powell on Poydor-Chronicles) all shared ranks in the Rainbow army at one
time or another. Amongst the golden 'rainbows' you will find on this CD are "Stargazer," "Long Live Rock 'N' Roll," "Man On
The Silver Mountain," "I Surrender" & "Jealous Lover ( originally issued as the '81 b-side of "Can't Happen Here"). All the
material has digitally overhauled and the booklet opens up to a very cool foldout poster! Get this CD and ride the Rainbow
once again!
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From the opening track to the close, this single CD does what not many other 'best of' types do - it *really* delivers. Being a Rainbow fan from Day 1 (I mean, how many could not resist the Man on the Silver Mountain?), I was pleased with this collection. Mind you, all my Rainbow is on vinyl, however I did not find myself wanting this cut or that one that 'they' forgot...And if you are a major fan of Rainbow, you would get all the CD's anyway, right?
This fan of most all metal bands loved this collection, from the 'black magic' sound when Dio was in, right up to their later commercial days - which produced what I believe is some of the 'best of breed' stuff for the time (Since you've been gone, Jealous Lover, Stone Cold, Street of Dreams, etc).
This underrated and under-exposed band of the late 70's/early 80's deserves the attention of any metal/hard rock fan. No, they are not some Deep Purple clone - Ritchie had his thing and sound to share with the world, and despite the rotating door of musicians that he worked with, the music and vision was strong on all of Rainbow's work. Hail to one of the greatest guitarists of the decade and this significant part of his career that got him there!!
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