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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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  • Audio CD (May 25, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B00000J2SO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,170 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 19, 1999
Format: Audio CD
By the time Rainbow began in the mid-seventies, many of heavy metal's prime architects began to ape the habits of their progressive-rock brethren by becoming an institution of traveling, revolving-door musicians, all of whom have played on albums by other top-tier bands. As such, Rainbow could be considered the ultimate supergroup because it became a pit stop or even a launching pad for the careers of many of the most lauded names in heavy metal history. By the time Richie Blackmore and Company released "Down to Earth," Rainbow was at the pinnacle of its revolving-door policy and in a period of relative transition.
Exit Ronnie James Dio, the diminutive frontman who gave operatic voice to Blackmore's magically gothic and netherworld vision. Enter Graham Bonnett, former pop singer and neo-metal James Dean with flat top and shades to match. Fans expecting another Dio must have been quite surprised by the almost pop and r&b leanings of this street-tough posing with open shirt on the album sleeve. Gone were the stargazers and men on silver mountains. Blackmore, together with former Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover, incorporated some pop and r&b into their philosophies and provided a vehicle for Bonnett to front a leaner, meaner and more concise Rainbow.
And it is good. "All Nite Long" is the love song at its most anthemic with the kind of sing-along chorus Blackmore would never have dared before. "No Time To Lose" is a dirty, fast little rocker reminiscent of Deep Purple's "Speed King," while "Makin' Love" sounds like the kind of pop metal that became a chart topper less than a decade later.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By herb on March 14, 2011
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12/8/2012 * This 2 disc set is going out of print, so if you are on the fence better act quick!

This review pre-supposes the folowing things...

#1. That what is on the release is what is on it, not what "isn't" on it. (We all have hopes of what could
have been included, but they may not exist or may not be finnancially realistic for this re-issue)

#2.That this isn't compared to other Rainbow albums, because each one and each line -up must be compared within the context of what personnel are involved and what style/direction the music is.(e.g. This is not Rainbow "Rising")

#3. That an understanding of sound quality exists in order to compare your expectations to that of what actually is on the tape! (e.g. Some Rainbow albums were recorded better technically than others, and Rainbow often recorded in "unconventional" environments. Also, who produced the album. Big difference in Martin Birch and Roger Glover.

"Down to Earth" was never my favorite Rainbow album. It is a very commercial album. The lyrics, written by Roger Glover are just horrendous. Having said that, here are my thoughts. I look at this release, and the added expense, as being able to get a glimpse into the recording process. It will probably be the final time I buy this album, unless they re-do the catalog in 5.1 surround. (Which would be awesome) So until or if that happens this is the definiive version for me. The bonus tracks are not just the tracks without the vocals such as "some" of the Black Sabbath "Paranoid" bonus tracks. These are various renderings with the emphasis on different combinations of instruments. To me the most interesting was "Making Love" as it reveals many Blackmore licks that were otherwise buried.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ultimate Air Guitarist on December 13, 2005
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*Down To Earth* is probably the most underrated and overlooked of the Rainbow albums, it's stuck right between the infamous Dio albums and the radio-freindly Turner years.

Graham Bonnett is one of the greatest voices in rock period. I don't know why he isn't more well-known in the realm of rock, as after Rainbow he went on to work with other famous guitarists (i.e. Schenker, Malmsteen). This austrilian ex-pop singer does himself proud on tracks like "All Night Long", "Makin Love" and "Lost in Hollywood". I hope one day they release a "Best Of" CD with all of bands Graham has worked with, that would be ridculous. Unfortunatly, Blackmore only kept him for one album, and this is what we have, *Down To Earth*. The album has Ritchie playing at a much more controlled and refined direction, much more feeling and emotion in the solos and riffs. I know it marks the end with the "Medival" theme the band had earlier, but this is non the less a perfect rock album; lots of memorable riffs, cool vocals, pounding drums and 70's sounding keyboards. You really can't go wrong if you are looking for hard driving blues rock. It certainly beats the junk thats paraded as "rock" these days, polluting radio airwaves.

Also, keep in mind that this came out in 79, the dawn of the 1980s was right around the corner, so this was the last hurrah of qaulity 70s hard-rock before the gendre became artifical, sanitized commercial shlock on MTV. Even Rainbow themselves would get a little too much sugary for my taste after this. Rainbow's last really spectacular album IMHO.
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