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Down To Earth [Remastered] Original recording remastered
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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|
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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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.Read more ›
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.
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".Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on July 8 2004 by Wrathchild862000
Since Dungeons & Dragons singer Ronnie James Dio was gone (one of the best rock singers ever - one of the worst rock lyricists ever! Read morePublished on March 18 2004 by Kael
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). Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2004 by firebird phil
"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. Read morePublished on Oct. 4 2003
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 morePublished on April 2 2003 by Darian Dennison
This post-Dio release marks a detour from Metal Valhalla to a mundane AOR sound, trading art for the bucks. Read morePublished on March 31 2003 by Luis A. Rivera Rios
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