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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 19 customer reviews
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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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By LeBrain HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on April 1 2011
Format: Audio CD
The liner notes reveal that Cozy Powell was not happy with the commercialization of Rainbow's sound, and that's why he quit the band. Indeed, Down To Earth sounds like a very different band from that who recorded Long Live Rock N' Roll. (And in fact only Cozy and Ritchie Blackmore remain from that album.)

Having said that, Down To Earth is a damn near perfect confection of Blackmore's sublime riffing and commercial rock. Yes, many of these songs could have been on the radio at the time, but the guitars are cranked, and new singer Graham Bonnet has grit and power to spare. In short, this is a fantastic album, majestic and grand, with all the hallmarks that make Ritchie Blackmore one of the most important guitarists in history.

From the opener "All Night Long" to the manic closer "Lost In Hollywood" and everything in between, there is not a weak track on this album. Everybody knows the hit, "Since You Been Gone," which still gets played on rock radio today. In a way I like to compare this album to Seventh Star by Black Sabbath -- a shift, but the elements are still in place. Except Down To Earth is still heavier than Seventh Star, it just lacks Dio's mysticism.

Two bonus tracks are here, "Weiss Heim", the instrumental, and "Bad Girl". Both songs were previously available on Finyl Vinyl and other compilations, but it is nice to have the sum total of the Graham Bonnet studio recordings here in one place.

The second disc contains a series of instrumental demos, which really highlight Cozy's incredibly solid drumming and Ritchie's picking. You can hear all the subtleties of Blackmore's playing, every note and every stroke of the pick ringing clear.
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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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