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  RAINBOW
'The Single Box Set 1975-1986'
(Universal Music)


Gary 'Rockulus' Clarke

Rockulus Maximus

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I cannot comment on the packaging unfortunately, but if you're here to read about the music and what is collated on the 19 discs contained within this box set, then I can tell you about that.

Do I need to remind you of this classic rock entity we know as Rainbow and let you know that the mighty Ronnie James Dio fronted them at one point, and how the highly regarded guitar legend Ritchie Blackmore was the central figure behind the juggernaut?

Probably not, considering that the first track to soak my listening experience is 'Man On The Silver Mountain [7" Edit]' which brings to light why the band was placed firmly on a pedestal during their humble beginnings. The 7" edit is included due to this being their singles collection.

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'Snake Charmer' finishes off this first single release showcased on this collection. Both this and the edited version of 'Man On The Silver Mountain' are from the band's debut 1975 studio album 'Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow'. Also linked to this family is the second disc which contains a cover version of the Yardbirds 'Still I'm Sad' (an instrumental) along with the well known 'Temple Of The King'.

Alas, I'm too young to have been appreciative of this attempt at elevating the universe of Rock when they were first unveiled, but sitting here and taking part in this journey of time travel is something to behold. The latter track is a melodic number that allows for swaying and shows off Blackmore's talents clearly.

The third disc is interesting. Taking the concept of a chronological order with the single releases, we are then invited to listen to 'Man On The Silver Mountain' again with the slight difference being how they share the album version. 'Snake Charmer' is yet again included as the other track. Luckily as I begin to ponder over how much this would have a wider appeal, I find out they also include 'If You Don't Like Rock 'n' Roll' and 'Sixteenth Century Greensleeves'.

Mind you, if you've purchased the debut studio album then by this point you're getting very little for your money content-wise, as the only treat is getting a slightly edited version of the BIG single 'Man On The Silver Mountain'!

'Starstruck' and 'Run With The Wolf' make up the fourth disc as we enter the second studio album 'Rising' from 1976. Following these studio recordings, disc number five offers up three live tracks. 'Kill The King' flows with constant crowd background noise directly into 'Man On The Silver Mountain' to reveal a band sounding really good, full of vitality and enthusiasm. The audience fades out and our ears are greeted by the stomp of Rainbow performing 'Mistreated' live.

I'm used to hearing Mr David Coverdale wrap his distinctive tones around this song for Deep Purple, so it's a refreshing and solid performance by Dio as Rainbow get cheeky playing this Deep Purple classic.

The song-writing partnership of Blackmore and Dio continues as we enter the realm of their third studio album 'Long Live Rock 'n' Roll'. My favourite Rainbow song is the title track, and it's one of those songs that never get tiresome. Wiggling and gyrating in a disgraceful display (don't tell my Mum, she thinks I'm a clean-living innocent!), I then get a shot of 'Sensitive To Light'.

Pushing forward to the front of the queue with its groove, 'L.A. Connection [7" Edit]' shaving off nearly a minute and a half off the album version swaggers forth. 'Lady Of The Lake' is the other part of this seventh CD and signals the end of the Ronnie James Dio-fronted era of the band.



Two tracks that identify the eighth disc within this epic collection are 'Since You've Been Gone' and 'Bad Girl' featuring Graham Bonnet on lead vocals. The song-writing dynamics are different too as Roger Glover co-writes with Blackmore for the material on 'Down To Earth', released in 1979. It is at this point that you feel the content is proving to be special as it includes a track that didn't appear on an album, not until they reissued them with bonus tracks at any rate!

'Bad Girl' is a good song with the usual Rainbow flair. In those days it wasn't unusual if the record company thought there was more potential in sales from a certain single to re-release it. Therefore, 'Since You've Been Gone' gets repeated amongst the tracks with the addition of 'No Time To Lose' on this next disc.

Who would have thought a 19 disc collection could be so elaborate? I can only imagine how wonderful the packaging would be as they replicate the artwork for these singles. This brings me to the 10th CD single which contains 'All Night Long' backed by 'Weiss Heim'.

The latter of these two songs initially only appeared on this single, and as mentioned above you can now find it on the reissued deluxe versions of these original albums. This instrumental composition was apparently recorded in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1980, sometime after the main recording sessions for the 'Down To Earth' album.

Russ Ballard, song-writer-supreme steps up to pen a song that rattled the Rock music fraternity at the time in the form of 'I Surrender', after he wrote 'Since You've Been Gone' the previous year. Overshadowing the B-side which was an instrumental that also appeared on their 1981 studio album 'Difficult To Cure', 'Vielleicht Das Nächste Mal (Maybe Next Time)' rounds off the 11th CD single.



Sticking with the music from the 1981 album, CD number 12 offers up three tracks. The guilty parties are 'Can't Happen Here [7" Edit]' alongside 'Jealous Lover' and the instrumental title track; reveal some top-notch musicianship in conjunction with their commercial appeal.

Joe Lynn Turner handles this era of the band with fine aplomb as he's also represented with the single 'Magic' backed by 'Freedom Fighter'. The notable re-release of 'Can't Happen Here' and 'Jealous Lover' is included here on the 14th disc.

With Turner still at the helm alongside Blackmore, Glover and the prominent David Rosenthal tackling all manner of keys and string arrangements, we reach the 1982 album 'Straight Between The Eyes'. First single 'Stone Cold' backed with 'Rock Fever' (not 'arf!) do the business and I suspect have grown in appreciation over time.

On CD single 16; 'Death Alley Driver' paired with 'Tite Squeeze'. To my ears, these latter two are still fairly disappointing when directly compared to what the band achieved previously.

The next disc contains three tracks as we begin the exploration of the 'Bent Out Of Shape' album. 'Street Of Dreams' and 'Can't Let You Go' were the two prominent singles from this album, and you'll find on the former of these singles two added tracks that arrive in the form of instrumental 'Anybody There' and the live version of 'Power' recorded at the Convention Center in San Antonio.

The original studio recording of 'Power' can be found on the previous album 'Straight Between The Eyes'. With the next single, you get the 7" edit of 'Can't Let You Go' and live renditions of 'All Night Long' and 'Stranded' record at the David's Hall in Cardiff.

Part of the title of this box set shares with the customer the timeline of this singles collection. So reaching 1986 there is one more release that is included which is 'Bad Girl'. The 19th disc contains once again a couple of live tracks. You get 'Spotlight Kid' and naturally the staple 'Man On The Silver Mountain'.

On the former of these, Joe Lynn Turner produces another consistent vocal performance in front of an audience in Tokyo of their 'Difficult To Cure' track. Regarding the latter live song which is originally associated with the Dio and occasional Black Sabbath front-man, surprisingly or not this live version isn't with Turner. Dio and the band are given the chance to showcase their energy and magic once more with this epic live version.



Without the benefit of witnessing the packaging in all of its glory, I cannot tell you whole-heartedly how cool this box set is. Going by the content alone, there are some cool tracks, but you'll have them all thanks to the albums and their bonus tracks. Another issue I find with singles collections is how they naturally focus on one side of a band.

The creative forces behind a band also encompass what album-related material is presented in order to get a fuller picture of their personality and quality. So this box set is slightly floored in respect of such a principle. On the other side of the coin, this box set will serve as something truly special to the completist; the true fan of Rainbow who longs for those glory days once more and has perhaps purchased most, if not all of these singles on original vinyl back in the day.

Vinyl can warp under duress, and sometimes you want to hear something without the added snap, crackle and pop under the stylus.


For the musical legacy....

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"We have written a very dark, yet melodic album, but this time many songs definitely have a death Metal edge, which is something we haven't done for a long long time ..."

ensiferum ENSIFERUM ADD MORE EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
We're really looking forward to the new Ensiferum album, 'One Man Army', here at MetalTalk...

airbourne AIRBOURNE SIGN WITH SPINEFARM RECORDS
"We're pumped up to have signed on the dotted line to the world's toughest and truest hard rock label..."

vader VADER BRING BLITZ! OVER EUROPE TOUR TO THE UK AND IRELAND IN MARCH
"We come together with our dudes from Hate. We can't wait to bring Hellfire to you soon..."

thy art is murder THY ART IS MURDER ANNOUNCE UK SHOWS SUPPORTING EMMURE
Tickets are on sale now for what promises to be the heaviest tour of the year...

horror holocaust CROSSOVER DEATH SUPERGROUP DENIAL FIEND RE-ISSUE 'HORROR HOLOCAUST' ON VINYL AND IN EUROPE FOR THE FIRST TIME
Ten tales of blood curdling horror that are anvil heavy thrashing death...

wacken EUROPE AND DREAM THEATER ANNOUNCED FOR WACKEN
The sold out legendary German festival announces more details of the mouth-watering bill...

camden rocks CAMDEN ROCKS 2015 ANNOUNCE THE FIRST ACTS
The bands include Trail of Dead, Funeral For a Friend, Heavens Basement, The Dictators, Black Spiders and more...

all that remains ALL THAT REMAINS LAUNCH #thisprobablywontendwell PICTURE COMPETITION
This unique competition marks the release of new studio album 'The Order Of Things' out on Feb 23rd...

titanfest TITANFEST ANNOUNCED FOR MAY IN LONDON - FIRST BANDS REVEALED
Titanfest now sees some of the most respected and time-hardened Metal musicians working side by side with the next generation of the emerging UK Metal scene...

joe lynn turner JOE LYNN TURNER ANNOUNCES UK AND NORTHERN IRELAND DATES THIS SPRING
Legendary rock and roll singer Joe Lynn Turner of Rainbow and Deep Purple fame is pleased to confirm details of his intimate acoustic 'An Evening With...' tour...

wildfire festival EXCLUSIVE: WILDFIRE FESTIVAL 2015 ANNOUNCES FIFTY BAND LINE-UP
Wildfire is known for bringing the best in Scottish talent to Wiston Lodge, and there is one name everyone at Wildfire HQ agreed should be on the bill...

kiss KISS GET ANIMATED IN COLLABORATION WITH J-POP IDOLS MOMOIRO CLOVER Z!
Just when you thought the Metal world had gone insane enough with Babymetal...

ronnie james dio RONNIE JAMES DIO FIFTH ANNIVERSARY MEMORIAL EVENTS ANNOUNCED
The weekend will include a public memorial service, a celebrity bowling tournament and the inaugural Ride For Ronnie motorcycle ride and BBQ...

walkway WALKWAY RELEASE SINGLE AND VIDEO FOR 'STREETWISE'
The single is the first release from their second studio album. Walkway will support Status Quo in June 2015...

motley crue MOTLEY CRUE REVEAL DATE OF FINAL SHOW AND FINAL TOUR LAST LEG DETAILS: NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO OUT NOW
Motley Crue are also in the process of putting together the ultimate collector's album package...

art of anarchy PRESENTING ART OF ANARCHY FEATURING SCOTT WEILAND, BUMBLEFOOT, JOHN MOYER OF DISTURBED AND JON AND VINCE VOTTA
Poised to become one of the biggest new bands of 2015, Art Of Anarchy is redefining the rock supergroup...

jettblack JETTBLACK RETURN WITH A BRAND NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO
Jettblack get serious in 2015, kicking things off with a headline tour and new single in February...

dead kennedys DEAD KENNEDYS FANS PERFORM PUBLIC SEX ACT LIVE ON STAGE
"This was something definitely different to see at a punk concert..."

evil scarecrow EVIL SCARECROW'S MISSING TRACK FINALLY RELEASED! A MESSAGE FROM DR HELL!
Evil Scarecrow have just released a new, old version of 'Robototron', which they feel is the definitive version of their most popular track...

eddie and the hot rods BREAKING NEWS: ORIGINAL EDDIE AND THE HOT RODS LINE-UP REFORM FOR 40th ANNIVERSARY
This will be the first time all original members have played a full show together for over thirty years...

carthagods CARTHAGODS TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM WITH SPECIAL GUESTS INCLUDING TIM "RIPPER" OWENS, RON THAL AND MARK JANSEN
"It's been a long time that we look for this occasion to finally satisfy our fans..."

paddy goes to holyhead EXCLUSIVE: PADDY GOES TO HOLYHEAD ANNOUNCE FINAL CONCERT FOR ST PATRICK'S NIGHT
Sadly it's the end of an era as Paddy Goes To Holyhead have announced that they are to play their final gig...

grateful dead BREAKING NEWS: GRATEFUL DEAD TO RE-UNITE FOR 50th ANNIVERSARY FAREWELL CONCERTS
The reunion, billed "Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead", will feature the band's surviving members...

nazareth BREAKING NEWS: VOCALIST LINTON OSBOURNE LEAVES NAZARETH
"I am no longer a member of Nazareth. It didn't work out, for me, or for the band..."

lordi LORDI ANNOUNCE UK DATES FOR TOUR FORCE ONE
Lordi bring 'Scare Force One' to the UK for ten dates in the Spring...

nightwish NIGHTWISH REVEAL TRACKLIST & FORMATS OF 'ENDLESS FORMS MOST BEAUTIFUL'
The new studio album, released on 30th March, is available in several tasty formats...

iron maiden IRON MAIDEN LEADER STEVE HARRIS' MANSION BACK ON THE MARKET AT KNOCKDOWN PRICE
The mansion boasts its own pub called the Horse and Cart as well as an indoor swimming pool...

pete way EXCLUSIVE: ALL PARTIES IN BATTLE BETWEEN FIN MUIR AND PETE WAY OF WAYSTED GIVE A RESPONSE
"I can confirm that this appalling defamation is completely without foundation..."

death angel DEATH ANGEL ANNOUNCE UK HEADLINE SHOW AND DATES WITH QUEENSRYCHE AND ARMORED SAINT
Los Angeles Heavy Metal legends Armored Saint will join both acts for a special London show at the Electric Ballroom...

udo dirkschneider U.D.O. TO PLAY ENGLAND FOR THE FIRST TIME IN DONKEY'S YEARS
Germany's favourite rock god Udo Dirkschneider has announced three exclusive shows for the UK...

california breed CALIFORNIA BREED HAS GONE THE WAY OF BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION
After a great first album, the departure of a superstar drummer, and very little touring, California Breed is extinct...

kamelot KAMELOT SIGNS TO NAPALM RECORDS; NEW ALBUM AND TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED
In support of this highly anticipated release, Kamelot will hit the road for select UK shows, followed by a massive North America Tour...

the gentle storm ARJEN LUCASSEN AND ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN'S NEW BAND THE GENTLE STORM REVEAL TOUR DATES AND ALBUM DETAILS
"We'll perform some Ayreon classics together and premiere a couple of songs that will be on our upcoming album..."

jimmy page JIMMY PAGE IN FIGHT WITH ROBBIE WILLIAMS OVER HOUSE RENOVATION
The pair are neighbours and have fallen out over Williams' plans to revamp his multi-million pound mansion...

hard rock hell SAXON ANNOUNCED FOR HARD ROCK HELL 9 WITH ROCK GODDESS, PIG IRON AND MORE
Hard Rock Hell, aptly titled 'House of Horrors', are pleased to welcome Heavy Metal Titans Saxon back into their realm...

dark funeral DARK FUNERAL TO RELEASE 7INCH & DIGITAL SINGLE 'NAIL THEM TO THE CROSS' IN FEBRUARY
The single is available as a hand-numbered 7inch limited edition of which 500 copies are on black vinyl and 500 on blue vinyl...

santa cruz SANTA CRUZ TO RELEASE BRAND NEW SELF-TITLED ALBUM ON MARCH 9th VIA SPINEFARM RECORDS
Santa Cruz will also play five UK dates as main support to Amaranthe...

tygers of pan tang TYGERS OF PAN TANG TO HEADLINE GARAGE DAYZ RE-VISITED ALL DAYER IN LONDON
A mouth watering bill not only from bands that were a huge influence to bands like Metallica and Megadeth....

truffle TRUFFLE TO PLAY SPECIAL SOUTH COAST GIG WITH SIEGE, TOLEDO STEEL AND KODIAK JACK
Tickets are priced at only $7.50 for a night that promises to be full of faces from the area past and present....

ensiferum ENSIFERUM UNLEASH TWO NEW VIDEOS ON EVE OF LAUNCH ON NEW ALBUM
Today Ensiferum unveils the official new video for 'One Man Army''s title track as well as an in-depth "making of" clip...

autograph AUTOGRAPH RELEASE FIRST NEW SONG IN OVER 25 YEARS
Simply put, a reunion was both inevitable and essential...

steve hackett STEVE HACKETT ANNOUNCES NEW SOLO STUDIO ALBUM 'WOLFLIGHT' OUT ON 30th MARCH
The ten tracks take the listener through a journey in space and time looking at the different faces of the endless fight for freedom...

adrian smith IRON MAIDEN'S ADRIAN SMITH ROCKS UP IN CHISWICK WITH DOOGIE WHITE, ANDY BARNETT AND DAVE 'BUCKET' COLWELL
MetalTalk's first Gig Of The Week for 2015 turned up two major surprises as a great night was had by all...

sabaton SABATON ANNOUNCE "SABATON OPEN AIR" WITH POWERWOLF AND CIVIL WAR
Tickets are on sale now for this special event in Germany in July...

pig iron PIG IRON ANNOUNCE RELEASE DATE FOR FIFTH STUDIO ALBUM
'Sermons From The Church Of Blues Restitution' will be released worldwide via OYR on 2nd March and will be preceded by a high value four track EP...

sonata arctica SONATA ARCTICA ANNOUNCE EXCLUSIVE LONDON SHOW FOR 'ECLIPTICA OVER EUROPE TOUR 2015'
"On these shows we'll perform 'Ecliptica' in its entirety as well as assorted hits from our catalog..."

skalmold SKALMOLD UNVEIL NEW SPRING TOUR DATES WITH ELUVEITIE AND WIND ROSE
For those who didn't catch the Viking/Pagan Metallers live on tour, here's another chance...

tony iommi BLACK SABBATH LEGEND TONY IOMMI TELLS ALL ABOUT HIS CANCER BATTLE
"In the good old days there was cocaine everywhere. This time we had tea and coffee and health drinks..."

def con one DEF CON ONE ANNOUNCE CRUSHING HEADS TOUR
British Metallers Def Con One can be seen across the UK in 2015...

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