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Rainbow: The Singles Box Set 1975-1986 (Box Set)

This 19 disc box set marks the first decade of Rainbow by pulling together their global singles from 'Man on the Silver Mountain' through to post-split live release of 'Spotlight Kid' and taking in everything in between. What you have here is a wonderfully presented collectors set which contains reproductions of the original vinyl singles' artwork and comes complete with a 32-page book detailing the band's release history from 1975 until 1986.

The Rainbow story is of course defined by the vocalists and everyone will have a preference from the 70's mystical sword and sorcery era fronted by the majestic Ronnie James Dio to the radio friendly melodic rock releases voiced by Joe Lynn Turner. Rounding out the trio is Graham Bonnet, who despite only lasting for one album is far more than just the George Lazenby of the story. Bonnet's time with the band bridged the gap between Dio and Turner and arguably made the transition all the easier with Down To Earth's 'Since you've been Gone' and 'All Night Long' being hits. The period also offered some tasty B-sides by way of the hard rocking 'No Time To Lose' and glorious instrumental 'Weiss Heim', both included here.

Dio's singles were some of the bands best known hard rocking moments from the trio of classic albums that we all came to know and love 'Man on the Silver Mountain'. 'Starstruck', 'Kill The King', 'LA Connection' and 'Long Live Rock n Roll' are all here in their glory together with assorted B Sides including an abbreviated live 'Mistreated' that comes close to capturing the essence of the original. Joe Lynn Turner's chapter was launched with 'I Surrender', arguably Rainbow's most commercially astute moment and also included 'Can't Happen Here', 'Stone Cold' and 'Jealous Lover', a song that started out as a B Side before taking on a life all of its own.

There is a genuine demand for all things nostalgic nowadays and anyone who remembers buying a Rainbow seven inch vinyl all those years ago will surely be tempted to own these CD replicas all these years later. And as for the music itself then it still stands as a timeless reminder of some of the great songs we grew up with in the 70's and 80's and that were an essential part of a never to be forgotten era.

Added: January 27th 2014
Reviewer: Dean Pedley
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Language: english

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