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Very Best of Rainbow [Original recording remastered]

Rainbow, Blackmore's RainbowAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (July 15, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: July 15, 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • ASIN: B000001EZ4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,485 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

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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16 remastered tracks on one CD. Tracks include: Man on the Silver, Catch the Rainbow, Since You Been Gone, Street of Dreams.

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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Post Purple Blackmore Anthology May 21, 2001
Format:Audio CD
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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have July 5, 2003
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This cd is a must have for Deep Purple fans; if you love hard rock/heavy metal, then check it out as well, too. Rainbow is often criticized as a Deep Purple-lite band. Not true. Ritchie Blackmore pursued a different sound with this band, and while his guitar is unmistakable, the songs explore themes from medieval/magic to love and romance. Gillan (of Deep Purple) often sang of different themes.
I don't have a complaint with any of the songs; they're all appealing, and the early songs are quite different from the 80's era music. All three vocalists delivered. I am of the (perhaps unpopular) opinion that Joe Lynn Turner's vocals are better than Ronnie James Dio's. If you're not a big fan of the gothic sound, certainly don't let that deter you from this album. The introduction of Graham Bonnet (on song 8, here) brought an end to that era. Similarly, if the gothic sound is what you crave, there are seven wonderful songs to satisfy that urge. I've heard people argue that Turner brought too much of a mainstream appeal to the band. This may be true, but the songs are no less appealing. "Stone Cold" conveys musically all of the emotion it delivers lyrically. So to, "Street of Dreams" is a dramatic anthem of break-up songs.
This album is well worth a listen-to. There is something to please all on it, and Ritchie Blackmore's guitar work is not to be missed.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My first Rainbow/Dio purchase August 2, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I'll never forget the day that I bought this CD at Shopko and it was the day just before my senior graduation and I had a lot of fun times listening to this album, I originally bought this album for 'Man on the Silver Mountain' but when I listened to the rest of the songs, I was amazed.
The songs from Rainbow's debut album are the aforementioned 'Man on the Silver Mountain' and a beautiful ballad 'Catch the Rainbow', both of those songs are classics and the former should've been another classic like Deep Purple's 'Smoke on the Water', 'Woman From Tokyo' and 'Highway Star'.
The songs from their second album Rainbow Rising are 'Starstruck' and 'Stargazer' which clocks in at over 8 minutes, that song is one hell of a song and it could've easily been a Deep Purple classic.
The songs from Long Live Rock 'N' Roll and it would also be Ronnie James Dio's final album with Rainbow ( before he would replace the immortal Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath) and the songs for this album are the title track, 'Kill The King' and 'Gates of Babylon' I also felt that 'LA Connection' should've been included for this album.
Next up is Down to Earth which is the first and only album to feature Graham Bonnet on vocals and he would later join MSG and Alcatrazz, the whole album isn't that great but it contains two very good songs, the radio staple 'Since You Been Gone' and 'All Night Long' (not to be confused with Joe Walsh's version).
The songs for Rainbow's fifth studio album called Difficult to Cure are 'I Surrender' (Rainbow's biggest hit in England) and 'Can't Happen Here', this album would be Joe Lynn Turner's first album with Rainbow.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Rainbow Compilation
I've always wanted a Rainbow Greatest Hits CD. Finally bought this one and was not disappointed. It has the hits and the sound quality is good.
Published 1 month ago by johndoebro
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent!
even my wife likes it! I lost the one I had and HAD to get another one. And the price was great.
Published 1 month ago by Richard Kjelstad
4.0 out of 5 stars Great sound!
Was purchased for my brother who really likes the music. He was quite surprised that I was able to locate this album so quickly and it was in excellent condition.
Published 2 months ago by John A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Ritchie Blackmore's music Just gets better with age
This review is very late in coming for me. I heard Ritchie Blackmore in the 1970's and brushed him off in favor of the music played/pushed by the radio. How dumb could I have been. Read more
Published 3 months ago by campy
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed by all the post-Dio songs
I grew up listening to Rainbow with Dio and wrongly assumed (my fault) that this greatest hits would be collected from the albums with Dio. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Djammer
4.0 out of 5 stars Just awesome.....
Great compilation of some of Rainbows greatest hits. Early Ronnie James Dio greatness with a whole host of fantastic hits...definite buy.
Published 7 months ago by Steven Ries
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best All-Time Albums
A hard rocking CD from first track to last, The Very Best of Rainbow doesn't let up. The closest thing to a ballad would be Track 2--Catch The Rainbow. Read more
Published 8 months ago by SimpsonsFan99
5.0 out of 5 stars All of RAINBOW's Best Tracks!
From Ronnie James Dio to Joe Lynn Turner on vocals and all of the line-up changes in between...this set of songs is Great for the casual Rainbow fan to get started with! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Troy Adcox
5.0 out of 5 stars Ah, memories of my youth!
Good rockin' album for a compilation. Brings back lots of concert memories. I'm not getting bored with this in my car cd player.
Published 8 months ago by catlover52
5.0 out of 5 stars tinkerbell
This is an awesome tune. I had forgotten all about it and it came on the radio the other day and I remembered what awesome tuneage it was!
Published 9 months ago by April M Myers
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