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- Rainbow: Ronnie James Dio, Graham Bonnet, Joe Lynn Turner (vocals); Ritchie Blackmore (guitar); Mickey Lee Soule (piano, Clavinet, organ, Mellotron); Tony Carey, David Stone, Don Airey, David Rosenthal (keyboards); Jimmy Bain, Bob Daisley, Roger GloverCraig Gruber (bass); Gary Driscoll, Cozy Powell, Bob Rondinelli, Chuck Burgi (drums).
- Additional personnel: Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Bavarian String Ensemble, Japanese Symphony Orchestra.
- Producers: Martin Birch, Roger Glover.
- Compilation producer: Bill Levenson.
- Recorded between 1975 & 1984. Includes liner notes by Jerry Bllom and Mark Welch.
- Personnel: Graham Bonnet, Joe Lynn Turner, Ronnie James Dio (vocals); Ritchie Blackmore (guitar); Ferenc Kiss (violin); Ottmer Machan (viola); Rudi Risavy (flute); Max Hecker (recorder); Micky Lee Soule (piano, Clavinet, organ, Mellotron); David Rosenthal, Don Airey, David Stone, Tony Carey (keyboards); Cozy Powell, Bob Rondinelli , Chuck Burgi, Gary Driscoll (drums).
- Recording information: Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan (02/20/1975-03/??/1984); Japan (02/20/1975-03/??/1984); La Chateau, Paris, France (02/20/1975-03/??/1984); Le Studio, Morin Heights, Canada (02/20/1975-03/??/1984); Maison Rouge Mobile Studio (02/20/1975-03/??/1984); Musicland Studios, Munich, Germany (02/20/1975-03/??/1984); Sweet Silence Studio, Copenhagen, Denmark (02/20/1975-03/??/1984).
- Photographers: Anthony Loew; Jim Houghton; Fin Costello.
- Unknown Contributor Role: Munich Philharmonic Orchestra.
- Arranger: Ritchie Blackmore.
- Released in 2003, the exceptional two-CD Rainbow collection Catch the Rainbow: The Anthology provides a deeper understanding of how the band influenced the direction of hard rock and heavy metal. Between 1975 and 1984, former Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore guided his new band (which had dizzying revolving-door lineup changes) through visions of mystical heavy metal and polished, radio-friendly hard rock. Blackmore's employment of vocalists Ronnie James Dio, Graham Bonnet, and Joe Lynn Turner created three distinct periods, all of which Catch the Rainbow: The Anthology expands upon further than 2000's perfunctory 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Rainbow and 1997's stellar The Very Best of Rainbow. Indispensable songs such as "Man on the Silver Mountain," "Catch the Rainbow," "Stargazer," "Long Live Rock 'n' Roll," "Since You Been Gone," "Stone Cold," and "Street of Dreams" are included, of course. Other tracks that will enlighten Rainbow neophytes are "Sixteenth Century Greensleeves," "A Light in the Black," "Gates of Babylon," "Rainbow Eyes," "Eyes of the World," "Spotlight Kid," and "Jealous Lover." All the previously mentioned songs are excellent, but the two that fully showcase Blackmore's technical prowess are live epics -- the 13-minute, blues-oriented Deep Purple holdover "Mistreated" and the 11-minute "Difficult to Cure," based on Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and featuring the Japanese Symphony Orchestra. Although die-hard fans might suggest substitutions, it's hard to quibble too much about the song selection on a comprehensive two-CD, 28-track compilation like Catch the Rainbow: The Anthology. ~ Bret Adams
|Format:||CD (2 Disc); Stereo|
|Release Date:||28 April, 2003|
|Guest Artist: ||Munich Philharmonic Orchestra|
1. Man On The Silver Moutain
2. Sixteenth Century Greensleeves
3. Catch The Rainbow
4. Tarot Woman
7. Light In The Black
9. Long Live Rock N Roll
10. Gates Of Babylon
11. Kill The King
12. Rainbow Eyes
13. Eyes Of The World
14. Since You Been Gone
15. All Night Long
16. Weiss Heim
17. I Surrender
18. Spotlight Kid
19. Can't Happen Here
20. Jealous Lover
21. Death Ally Driver
22. Stone Cold
23. Tearin Out My Heart
25. Can't Let You Go
26. Desperate Heart
27. Street Of Dreams
28. Difficult To Cure
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When "The Very Best Of Rainbow" came out in 1997, I thought it was the ultimate Rainbow compilation. If I had been asked to pick 2 to 3 songs from each album, those are the ones I would have picked.
Now someone says, "pick 3 to 4 songs from each album" and again they've hit the nail right on the head. I also like how the Dio years are on disc 1 and the rest on disc 2. It nicely separates the "album oriented" tracks from the more commercial ones.
I can't find anything in the liner notes regarding remastering, but the sound is excellent and seems a notch above "The Very Best Of Rainbow".
For those of you who had the import double-album, "The Best of Rainbow", released around 1981 on JEM records, you can finally replace it. This compilation encompasses almost every track on that collection and includes material released after 1981. I'm not sure, but this may be the first appearance of "Wiess Heim" on CD.
Let's hope Ritchie decides to rock again and reunites with some former Rainbow members
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