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Got one to sell? But it was the perfect soundtrack for parties at the lake - or the mall parking lot. The album opens with Ritchie Blackmore's great riff for All Night Long , then Graham Bonnet's great growl of a voice, but bassist and producer Roger Glover's very dated lyrics demote it to rank of guilty pleasure. Same problem with the otherwise stellar Makin' Love: great music, embarrassingly vapid lyrics. Side two yes, I'm old generally rocks harder and has aged better than side one.
Add anguished ballad Love's No Friend , and the closing two rockers, Danger Zone , and Lost In Hollywood , and you can see how Rainbow was this close to making all the pieces fit to build a U. And what a band it was.
This lineup is a who's who of "Hey, that's the guy from And poor Graham Bonnet The Michael Schenker Group and Alcatrazz didn't get him there either. Maybe too many pairings with temperamental guitar gods. Ultimately, given Bonnett's short tenure, this ends up being a transition album before Rainbow finally had a string of hits with equally powerful and mainstream singer Joe Lynn Turner.
Colin Livesey: Bonnet is a great vocalist but, like most, suffers when compared to Dio. This album is Richie turning to more 'pop' oriented music. If Down To Earth hadn't have come after those Dio albums it would be seen as a better album but Rainbow with Dio had set an expectation.
I sit with those who prefer the Dio albums but there is still much to be liked about this album. For many it marked the beginning of the decline of Rainbow but it is far and away the best of the post Dio Rainbow output. Jonathan Novajosky: If I had to recommend one great, underrated rock artist to someone, it might just be Rainbow.
The first three albums with Dio are all fantastic especially Rising. Under Graham Bonnet, the band took on a much more radio-friendly sound. This was something Blackmore wanted, and it definitely shows. The opening track All Night Long is unique in that it doesn't contain a single rhyme, yet it somehow flows together so well.
It is one of the best songs on Down To Earth. I'm sure there are plenty who hate the song for its pop-y hook and sappy lyrics, but I absolutely love it. Down To Earth is short and to the point--there really isn't a bad song on the album. Eyes Of The World includes an impressive buildup, Makin' Love has a light groove to it, and Bonnet's vocals in Danger Zone climb up to a very nice high pitch. If you're a big Rainbow fan, this album probably won't blow you away like Rising or the debut does, but it is still solid throughout.
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Streams Videos All Posts. Release Date October 10, Recording Date February, - June, Imagination Late Night Night Driving.Mar 12, · RAINBOWStraight Between The Eyes (, Polydor K.K., P28P , Japan) CD vs. RAINBOW Straight Between The Eyes (, Polydor K.K., POCP, Japan) CD Not that impressed with either of these CDs; the a bit louder. I have now idea whether this is how the orig. engineers / producers wanted this album to sound.