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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Post Purple Blackmore Anthology
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...
Published on May 21, 2001 by J. E FELL

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3.0 out of 5 stars Solid, unspectacular hits collection
If your really a Blackmore or Rainbow fan, you already own all of the classic albums and there is no reason to pick up "Very Best Of." Aside from the interesting family tree, this collection adds nothing to the previous output. It is kinda fun to hear the progression of the music over 9 years rolled up into 77 minutes, though. But it also makes you realize...
Published on September 12, 1999


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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Post Purple Blackmore Anthology, May 21, 2001
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J. E FELL "boogaloojef" (Carterville, Illinois United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Very Best of Rainbow (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 Collecting the classics of an oft-overlooked powerhouse., December 1, 1998
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This review is from: Very Best of Rainbow (Audio CD)
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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have, July 5, 2003
This review is from: Very Best of Rainbow (Audio CD)
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My first Rainbow/Dio purchase, August 2, 2003
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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.
Then we get to the B-side of 'Can't Happen Here' called 'Jealous Lover' which still gets some rock airplay but it's not one of my favorite songs by Rainbow.
Next up is Rainbow's sixth studio album called 'Straight Between the Eyes' and it features 'Stone Cold' (which was Rainbow's only Top 40 hit in America) and 'Power'. (I would've put 'Death Alley Driver' on here instead of this song no offense.
Then we get to Rainbow's final studio album called Bent Out of Shape and it has 'Street of Dreams' and 'Can't Let You Go' and they're both one of the better songs with Joe Lynn Turner on vocals.
This album is recommended if you like classic rock, or if you're a Deep Purple fan, but if you like Dio, I would still check this album out.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid, unspectacular hits collection, September 12, 1999
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This review is from: Very Best of Rainbow (Audio CD)
If your really a Blackmore or Rainbow fan, you already own all of the classic albums and there is no reason to pick up "Very Best Of." Aside from the interesting family tree, this collection adds nothing to the previous output. It is kinda fun to hear the progression of the music over 9 years rolled up into 77 minutes, though. But it also makes you realize how fluffy the material had become in the Turner era. (Why did DP ever have him on for Slaves and Masters?) Two classic cuts from that era: Jealous Lover and Street of Dreams. Classic cuts from the Dio-era: too many to mention.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome metal classic of the time..., December 13, 2001
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The Bas (Columbia, MO) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Very Best of Rainbow (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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BLACKMORE KICKS ... AND THIS CD PROVES IT!, October 31, 2002
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Jay Siekierski (STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Very Best of Rainbow (Audio CD)
From the vaults of Polydor Records comes a killer 16 song retro The Very Best Of Rainbow on Polydor-Chronicles. On this
16 song anthology you will find out exactly what made on & off Deep Purple star guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and his band
Rainbow one of the leaders in the Hard Rock field from '75 & '82. This CD covers the best of their 8 Polydor albums issued
between '75 & '82 and I honestly feel no fan of this band or Blackmore will be disappointed. Through out Rainbows golden
years for Polydor, vocalist Ronnie James Dio, Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover & ace drummer Cozy Powell (for more on
Cozy's drum work checkout The Best Of Cozy Powell on Poydor-Chronicles) all shared ranks in the Rainbow army at one
time or another. Amongst the golden 'rainbows' you will find on this CD are "Stargazer," "Long Live Rock 'N' Roll," "Man On
The Silver Mountain," "I Surrender" & "Jealous Lover ( originally issued as the '81 b-side of "Can't Happen Here"). All the
material has digitally overhauled and the booklet opens up to a very cool foldout poster! Get this CD and ride the Rainbow
once again!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good career summary, January 9, 2007
This review is from: Very Best of Rainbow (Audio CD)
Anybody who has been into HR/HM for more than five minutes has heard about the progenitors of the genre such as Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Uriah Heep. And once you know of them you start hearing of Dio, Judas Priest and Rainbow, as bands in the second wave, so to speak. So because of his salient role in the building of the hard rock beast over the years there is more than just corporate cash in reasons for a release such as this look back at the career of Mr Blackmores solo vehicle as it allows subsequent generations of heavy rockers to explore the finest that Rainbow marque has given us over the years.

As far as the overall package is concerned this getns marks even before the disc hits your stereo. A neat band family tree, band history blurb and discography helps put the listener in the right grame of mind. Also the notations as to what album each track came from and the songs being in chronological order is a big plus.

You also get to see how the very 70's rock concerns of early albums (D'n'D imagery etc) gave way to the more everyman lyrical interests of the later tracks. Both parts of the bands career are worthy additions to your collection and the vocalists here are all top drawer.

Now with all these type of projects there will always be those that quibble over the inclusion of this track or that song, but whoever compiled this has done a decent enough job. In fact the casual fan may choose to just buy this and be done with it. After all it has stuff like Man on the Silver Mountain, Starstruck, Kill the King, Long Live Rock 'n' Roll, Gates of Babylon and the big radio hits of Since You've Been Gone and All Night Long. Really, what more do you want?

My advice is that this is a very good buy. I'm not a huge fan of 70's rock/metal but have certainly never regretted picking this up. Blackmore and assorted vox masters are in full flight, blazing away from a place in time when a stack of marshalls and talent were the main consideration. And this disc deserves yours.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great example of musical schizophrenia., December 7, 2006
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Kevin H. Dudley (Roanoke, VA (USA)) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Very Best of Rainbow (Audio CD)
Ex-Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore recorded the 1st self title Rainbow album in 1975 while he was still (unhappily) at that time in Deep Purple. His backing band on this album was the American band Elf which happened to be fronted by a then unknown Ronnie James Dio.

Dio and Blackmore hit it off great and in 1976 Blackmore had quit Deep Purple and released their 2nd album (Rainbow Rising)followed by more Dio helmed album in 1978 (Long Live Rock 'n' Roll) before Dio would quit to join Black Sabbath.

1979 saw Rainbow with a new singer in the form of Graham Bonnet and a new album called Down to Earth that was a total 180 for the most part from the sound that Ritchie had cultivated with Dio. The new Rainbow sound was much more commercial and more in line with late 70's rock like Bad Company and Foreigner(!) but with Ritchie's trademark guitar bringing the sound forth.

In 1981 through 1983, Rainbow would have another singer in the form of Joe Lynn Turner before Ritchie disbanded the group and he re-formed Deep Purple in 1984.

From 1979 to 1983, the band would experience more commercial/mainstream success in the form of the top 40 singles like I Surrender and Stone Cold.

There are many hard rock fans that only swear by the 1st 3 albums with Dio at the helm. and there are the other group of people that swear by the more commercial stuff, especially from 1981 to 1983. You won't be likely to find people who like both equally.

So, this split makes this 16 track compilation that covers 1976 to 1983 kind of jarring to listen to, even though it's all great music.

The 1st 7 tracks have Dio at the helm and the remaining 9 tracks are the much more commercial/mainstream stuff.

I'll have to admit that I prefer the Dio stuff as I'm a huge fan of him as a vocalist/songwriter, especially his stuff with Rainbow and Sabbath. The 79 to 83 stuff is good music, but there's not much there to differentiate it from other similar type rock that was being churned out in droves at that point.

There's a later 2 disc anthology that came out a few years back that devotes an entire 1st disc to just the Dio stuff and the 2nd disc to the 79 to 83 stuff. Some people might be more inclined to pick that one up instead, but I recommend that collection for only the super hardcore fans.

This single disc compilation from 1997 is perfect for the most passive or inquisitive fan wanting to see what Rainbow was all about. The liner notes feature a great brief biography of the group as well as individual credits for each track and a great rock family tree that covers all of the members in both Deep Purple and Rainbow, past and present.

All of the tracks have also been remastered to crystal clear clarity.

While I can't give this a full 5 star rating due to how jarring it is going from track 7 (Dio) to 8 (post Dio), I guess that the band really can't be faulted.

but overall, this is a great deal for people wanting to get a quick Rainbow fix without buying all of the individual albums or paying double for the more pricey 2 disc anthology.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rainbow 's Best: A colorful Portrait!, March 2, 1999
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This review is from: Very Best of Rainbow (Audio CD)
An interesting pastiche of Rainbow songs with all the different personnel Blackmore used. Some of the older stuff really rocks however it can sound (a little) outdated. The latter stuff with Bonnet(Turner didnt sing Since you've been gone;Grahma Bonnet did on the album Down to Earth) and Turner in the vocal chairs and with Ex-Purple bass player Roger Glover sounds more commercial and in some cases very American oriented if not just downright slick. However the interesting part stays ofcourse the Man in Black(another guy in black) who puts his stamp thruout the album by playing his signature guitar solos on his trademark Fender Stratocaster.
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