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Straight Between The Eyes (Remastered) Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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And straight up the charts! This 1982 album peaked at #30 and produced the Top 40 hit Stone Cold -which also ranked as a #1 Album Rock hit. Also includes Miss Mistreated; Death Alley Driver; Tite Squeeze; Eyes of Fire , and more.

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  • Audio CD (May 25, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B00000J2SQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,828 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By C. Todaro on March 6, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Is there a better guitarist at placing his solos perfectly into his band's songs than the incomparable Ritchie Blackmore. He does it all over this album.
The reviews to this CD are an unfortunate mixed bag. In the context of its 1982 release it was a great album -- it stands alone and on its own merits. An Amazon reader can clearly be misled.
If you were in high school in the early 80's -- particularly 1982 you know MTV played "Stone Cold" nearly every hour. But Death Alley Driver was the better video. Where is the DVD of all those great Rainbow videos anyway??
I remember the MTV Saturday night concerts and the Rainbow weekend was a superb show. The one thing which was very true that senior year of high school was that although Van Halen blew through town in November '82 to support Diver Down -- .38 Special was touring to support the Special Forces album -- Def Leppard released the spectacular Pyromania album in Feb./March '83 and toured to support it then -- those bands had nothing on Rainbow. Stone Cold was the video of the year.
When Van Halen dumped Diamond Dave in 1985 I thought Joe Lynn Turner would have been a great fit.
Joe Lynn Turner and Ritchie Blackmore were a cut above those other frontmen. The one thing which was absolutely true about Rainbow fans was that they were more devoted to their band than fans of other bands were.
Though smaller in number -- true fans of this band had a genuine affection for Ritchie Blackmore and Roger Glover despite the sometimes musical chairs lead singers and keyboard players and drummers over the years.
Today, Ritchie has gone in a new direction with Blackmore's Night pursuing folk and medieval renaissance music --- but at a concert at the Patchogue Playhouse in November of 2000 -- Ritchie went into the archives to really rock out on some Rainbow and Deep Purple classics -- and the crowd loved it.
Listen to this record and you will be rewarded.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Fryer on November 22, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Straight Between The Eyes came out in 1982 and contains Rainbow's biggest hit, Stone Cold, a "power ballad" I have never gotten tired of hearing. This was Joe Lynn Turner's second album after the decent Difficult To Cure. The production is better and so are the songs. Highlights are the rockin Death Alley Driver (good chorus and solo), Tearin' Out My Heart (a ballad with great vocals), Power (upbeat rocker), Eyes Of Fire (mystical), and Stone Cold. Every Rainbow album including the last one, Stranger In Us All, has at least a few gems. If I had to choose the best three I would say Rainbow Rising, Straight Between The Eyes, and Bent Out Of Shape. I recommend Martin Popoff's latest book about Blackmore (English Castle Magic) if you can find it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Botnik Roller on November 9, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This album is the best Rainbow album featuring pop-metal singer Joe Lynn Turner, no doubt about that. This singer, owner of a potent and beautiful voice, unfortunately uses it mostly for singing pop metal tunes talking about love (in a kind of Steve Perry style).
Blackmore hired him with the clear intent of breaking mainstream America. The first result of this union was the catastrophic DIFFICULT TO CURE. Blackmore and Glover thought things over and decided to go back to hard rock. The result, STRAIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES, is a very efficient album, not one to make you stunned, but a really good album.
Blackmore is playing free and relaxed in it. His riffs are catchy and intelligent, albeit very simple. The nine songs are good, and there's not a feeling in any one of them of being a throwaway or filler.
Recommended for Rainbow fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John DeWald on March 13, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This seems to be a rather polarizing album among Rainbow fans. This is due to the fact that Rainbow wrote material based upon the strength of the vocalist. For instance, the Dio-era albums are worlds apart from either the Bonnet- or Turner-era records, or even the White-led group that recorded "Stranger In Us All". There's no question that Joe Lynn Turner's voice was well-suited for the lighter fare recorded for "Straight Between The Eyes". The album itself features a very polished production by bassist Roger Glover that was well-suited for airplay in the USA, which was Blackmore's goal in having Turner front Rainbow. So, seen in that light, the choice of material is understandable. But what I think is Blackmore's greatest strength comes through strongly here - his innate ability to drop in catchy lines, whether he has 8 or 8000 bars to do it in. His solo on the big single, "Stone Cold", just fits so well. For a more intense guitar workout, the song "Death Alley Driver" recalls Blackmore's playing on Deep Purple's "Highway Star". With the exception of the uptempo "Power", most of the songs are more laidback and balladesque. Overall, it's a pretty decent album as long as you don't expect to hear Dio-era songs. And there is still only one Ritchie Blackmore.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By curbach@sbcglobal.net on March 29, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Here Ritchie takes a step back from the pop precipice that he had been threatening to tumble over with "Down to Earth" and especially "Difficult to Cure" and delivers a solid hard rock album with only minimal pop flavorings.
This is easily the best album he made with Joe Lynn Turner--no real stinkers, just a few brushes with cliched metal cheese in the lyrics. Almost all of the guitar solos are frenzied and inspired. The album's highlight is the closing "Eyes of Fire" where Ritchie gamely attempts to recapture the epic feel of early Rainbow tracks like "Stargazer" and mostly succeeds.
In addition to "Eyes of Fire", "Power", "Miss Mistreated," "Stone Cold" and "Dreamchaser" are all especially strong. "Stone Cold" was even a moderate radio hit (thus encouraging Ritchie and co to rewrite it as "Street of Dreams" for the "Bent Out of Shape" album.)
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