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Bent Out Of Shape Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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Released in '83 and featuring their last chart hit, Street of Dreams . The album was a hit, too, topping out at #34. Other hightlights: Stranded; Drinking with the Devil; Make Your Move , and Can't Let You Go .

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  • Audio CD (February 21, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Universal Special Products
  • ASIN: B00000J2SR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,683 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Brad Penson on November 25, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I was first introduced to Ritchie Blackmore through this CD, and it remains one of my favorites. This shows Ritchie and Joe Lynn Turner's songwriting skills at their height - a height, unfortunately, that Blackmore has sadly not surpassed since.

This is a dark album - almost all the songs here are written in minor keys, so there's a menacing atmosphere throughout the release. It starts off with the ominous, charging riff of "Stranded," in which Joe Lynn Turner's vocals are damn near operatic, a performance he repeats masterfully on the powerful "Can't Let You Go." This is a GREAT song - from the classical, horror-film organ intro to the sweeping chorus.

"Fool For the Night" is the closest the group treads to the pop-metal prevalent of this era (Loverboy, Def Leppard), but it's still enjoyable, if not a bit dated.

"Fire Dance" is a vicious guitar and organ duel that's not quite speed metal, but it is ferociously fast. Not sure what the hell the lyrics are about, but one doesn't buy Rainbow albums for the poetry. That's what U2's for.

"Anybody There" is a dark, dark instrumental that eventually gets lighter toard the end. Blackmore does some excellent soloing on the tune, and keeps it short, which is nice, 'cause it's one of the more depressing tracks on the CD.

"Desperate Heart" is good, melodic 80s pop metal, featuring a frantic, over-the-top guitar solo that ranks as one of Blackmore's best. Dave Rosenthal's keyboard flourishes are interesting, too - the closest the band ever comes to sounding like Prince (!)

"Street of Dreams" is a masterpiece, a moody song full of melody, great vocals from Turner and a killer chorus. One of the band's classics.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By PROBLEM CHILD on September 19, 2007
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It stays intense, song after song, but not by relying on sheer guitar power so much like you find with, say, Rainbow's previous Straight Between the Eyes album. Turner can't really scream it out as much as other vocalists Blackmore has recorded with, so Turner's screaming it out on some places in SBTE was pushing it a bit. The vocals and adjusted heavier sound there may have come as overcompensation for the distinctly pop-sounding "Difficult To Cure" album before it. But here, the vocals and intrumentals finally come together beautifully, and for the whole disk, not just a song or two. The creative use of keyboards rounds out the music really nicely and doesn't date it - no more than it dates Deep Purple's "Perfect Strangers" - as overuse of keyboards has often done with music from the 80s (hence the term "80s Butt Rock"?!).
Not only is this much too intense to be written off as pop (and too awesome to be "written off" as anything) you get all the great style and influence that you've come to expect with Ritchie Blackmore and the great musicians he has worked with over the years. I usually go after staight forward hard rock and roll (AC/DC, VAN HALEN, UFO, etc.). While some might say this disk may have a "softer" approach in some ways, it definitely isn't missing anything for pace or intensity, and each song brings something new to the table: VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for anyone with even just a casual interest in Deep Purple, Rainbow, or Joe Lynn Turner.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 7, 2002
Format: Audio CD
1983 proved to be an interesting year in music. As a junior in high school, Rainbow finally hit my ears on a metal compilation cassette I had purchased in a store. When 'Street of Dreams' moved through my headphones, my musical interests found a different direction from the new wave music that permeated the radio. Joe Lynn Turner and Ritchie Blackmore are inseperable on this album. Listen to the gritty yet melodic 'punch' of 'Stranded' and then ease into the classically tainted keyboard opening of 'Can't Let You Go'. The emotional intensity of Turner's vocals and Blackmore's guitar are complemented impressively by David Rosenthal's melodic and haunting keyboards.
I found myself lost in the emotion expressed in the album's two wonderful instrumentals 'Anybody There' and 'Snowman'. The rest of the songlist provides variety in a hard rock direction, mixing guitar-driven rhythms and keyboard interplay.
Don't let the other reviews mislead you..There is much to be admired here from the album as a whole and even though Rainbow no longer exists, this CD always finds its way into my player.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Quinn Miller on November 7, 2001
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The last Rainbow project prior to the Purple reunion in '84, Bent Out of Shape has taken some hard knocks over the years as the Rainbow album that finally degenerated the band to a second rate Journey-quality status (not saying that Journey is a bad band, mind you). It's easy to why; the once majestic, bombastic and medieval rock has been totally replaced with a radio friendly pop sound here. Ritchie had been pursuing this direction ever since late '78 when he hired Graham Bonnett on vocals for the Down to Earth project. And when he acquired Joe Lynn Turner the year after that, the AOR deal was signed, sealed and delivered!
The previous year's Straight Between the Eyes hinted at what was to lie ahead. Songs like "Stone Cold" and "Rock Fever" were definitely mainstream by any standards, let alone those of classic (Dio-era) Rainbow. Bent out of Shape starts off with the fairly lackluster "Stranded" which seems to be lacking muscle and breadth, although it does contain a slippery atmospheric solo by the Man in Black. The Rosenthal keyboard intro on "Can't Let You Go" is very cool, almost churchy, and reminds me a lot of Don Airey's on "Centre of the Universe" by Ozzy Osbourne's Bark at the Moon (also released in '83). But things generally go up in a cloud of smoke for the rest of side one as "Fool for the Night" is color-by-numbers AOR and "Fire Dance" shows Turner trying to pull off silly gothic imagery. The beautiful instrumental "Anybody There" closes side one, possibly even eclipsing the heights acheived on the superb "Weiss Heim" on Finyl Vinyl.
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