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Very Best of Rainbow Original recording remastered, Best of

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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
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
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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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Format: Audio CD
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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This remastered set contains an anthology of Ritchie Blackmore's work with his group Rainbow. He formed the group after tiring of the ego clashes in Deep Purple. The group had no stable line-up yet produced some great music during the seventies and eighties. The groups became progressively more commercial as more albums were released. The band had three different vocalists Ronnie James Dio (later of Black Sabbath and Dio), Graham Bonnett (later of MSG), and Joe Lynn Turner (later in Deep Purple). Other members of note have included the now deceased drummer Cozy Powell, Deep Purple mate Roger Glover on bass, and keyboardist Tony Carey among many others. The group's most well known songs (all here) are a cover of Russ Ballard's "Since You Been Gone", "Stone Cold", and "Street Of Dreams". There are no rarities on this set but other cuts such as "Jealous Lover", "Can't Happen Here", "Man On The Silver Mountain", and "Kill The King" are just as memorable as their hits. I wish the set were two discs and included such tracks as the single "LA Connection", "Sixteenth Century Greensleeves" and the concert favorites like "Spotlight Kid" and "Difficult To Cure". Blackmore's guitar playing shines throughout and I lament the fact that the band broke up. Listening to this set reminds me of my junior high and high school days. If you are a fan of Deep Purple, great guitar playing or more melodic hard rock then this set is a must. If you are still curious you might want to pick up a copy of the remastered 2 cd "Finyl Vinyl" which contains live versions of some of the tracks on this set and others plus some great studio non-lp b-sides like "Bad Girl" and Weiss Heim".
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Started as a side project, then the reason to leave Deep Purple, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow went through several incarnations from 1975 to 1983 (and was resurrected briefly again a couple of years ago with all new players and Blackmore). The first four albums introduced the world to an unknown little singer named Ronnie Dio, who would go on to replace Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath and eventually do well fronting his own metal band. After Dio left Rainbow, he was replaced by Graham Bonnet for one album, who was replaced by Joe Lynn Turner for several. Rainbow is best known for its bookends -- Man on the Silver Mountain (1975) and Street of Dreams (1983)are the two best-known songs here, but the 14 songs in-between are all excellent rock music. Here was the mainstream introduction of classicism and medieval (musical and lyrical) themes in rock and roll. Here was Hendrix encountering Beethoven on a misty mountainside. From the crunch of the early stuff to the power balladry towards the end, always underpinned by top-notch session players, Blackmore guided Rainbow through an evolution that is very well-represented here. A must for Purple fans, guitar fans, Dio fans, and fans of good old rock and roll with a slightly improved IQ. Fans will be wistful for several missing selections -- but fans will have the albums and casual listeners will be well-served by the singles collected here, including the classic 80s b-side and AOR staple "Jealous Lover."
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This compilation consist of two parts: 1. When Dio was vocalist 2.When he wasn't Rainbow's vocalist.
1. Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow isn't so good album but there's three good tracks: "Man on the Silver Mountain", a classic ballad "Catch the Rainbow"...and "Sixteeth Century Greensleeves", it's amazing that this track isn't in the very best of.
Rainbow Rising is better album. "Starstruck" and an ever-green "Stargazer" (very Long track) which shows how good Dio can sing. But where's "Tarot Woman"? It should be here. It's so magical track.
Rainbow's third album "Long Live rock'n'roll" is full of good hard rock track: "Gates of Babylon" (mystic song), "Kill the King" (very fast one) and the title track. Well chosen tracks.
The rest of the tracks are good choices. "Since You Been Gone", "All Night Long", "Street of Dreams", "Stone Cold" and especailly very rocking and enjoyable "I Surrender" are very rocking tracks!
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