Rainbow   Down To Earth
3.3
great
Release Date: 1979
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3.0 goodRobbit | May 3rd 16

DOWN TO EARTH was a transitional record for Rainbow, both in terms of the bands lineup and
their musical direction. They were starting to incorporate more radio oriented fare alongside
their trademark epic length cuts.

While I did enjoy many of Graham Bonnet's contributions, hie tendency to shout & scream
through most of the songs does get a bit tiresome. ("No Time To Lose" would be a prime
example.) His lyrics also weren't all that inspired.

I'd hesitate to rate it as anything more than simply good. When it succeeds, it does so
marvelously. I love the way Blackmore and Powell play together here. Highlights include "All
Night Long", "Eyes Of The World", "Since You're Been Gone" and "Lost In Hollywood".Despite its
faults, it is still a worthwhile record that I enjoy revisiting from time to time.

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3.0 goodDemolitionizer | November 14th 13

stand out tracks:r"All Night Long"r"Since You've Been Gone"r"Danger Zone"

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3.0 goodorBouzoukiandDefiJunkieforjujo | May 11th 11

DTE is a good Rock 'n' Roll commercial album but it can't be compared with their 3 previous releases. Graham Bonnet is suprisingly good but he ain't Ronnie. Roger Glover is a very useful addition and Ritchie delivers yet again some good guitar riffs.

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0.0 | July 4th 10

Rainbow's Down to Earth is up there with all the Ronnie James Dio albums except for Rainbow Rising. Listen closer to the songs, they were very well written. An example is the choir-like backing vocals in Since You Been Gone, which help elevate the track to a far more musical level than any of the uber pop drivel of the Joe Lynn Turner years.
For songs, Eyes of the World is without question right up there with Man on the Silver Mountain, Stargazer and Gates of Babylon, and Danger Zone, Lost in Hollywood, and Love's No Friend aren't terribly far behind.
Graham Bonnet was a fully adequate replacement for Ronnie James Dio (and this is coming from a lifelong, voracious fan of Dio). His performance is completely original and individual, there's no one who could have delivered those vocal melodies as well as Bonnet. Blackmore mostly toned down to speedy playing on this album, but there are tasty bits all over here, easily matching Van Halen, Ulrich Roth, Gary Moore, and Michael Schenker as the best of that year.
To compare this with the '80's Rainbow is to do this album a terrible disservice. This was the last Rainbow album, period.

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2.5 averageevilcrusher | November 15th 09

After releasing some amazing rock n' roll albums, Ronnie James Dio left Rainbow and they never were the same.

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