(2003) Catch The Rainbow: The Anthology

Rainbow

... read moreReleased 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...

02:36′:05″ 28 Songs

Disk 1

1
Man On The Silver Mountain
Rainbow
4:36
2
Sixteenth Century Greensleeves
Rainbow
3:35
3
Catch The Rainbow
Rainbow
6:36
4
Tarot Woman
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6:11
5
Starstruck
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4:06
6
Stargazer
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8:25
7
A Light In The Black
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8:12
8
Mistreated (Live In Japan, 1976)
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13:07
9
Long Live Rock N Roll
Rainbow
4:20
10
Gates Of Babylon
Rainbow
6:47
11
Kill The King
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4:27
12
Rainbow Eyes
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7:28

Disk 2

1
Eyes Of The World
Rainbow
6:36
2
Since You Been Gone
Rainbow
3:16
3
All Night Long
Rainbow
3:49
4
Weiss Heim
Rainbow
5:10
5
I Surrender
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4:01
6
Spotlight Kid
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4:54
7
Can't Happen Here
Rainbow
4:56
8
Jealous Lover
Rainbow
3:09
9
Death Alley Driver
Rainbow
4:36
10
Stone Cold
Rainbow
5:17
11
Tearin Out My Heart
Rainbow
4:00
12
Power
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4:35
13
Can't Let You Go
Rainbow
4:19
14
Desperate Heart
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4:00
15
Street Of Dreams
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4:24
16
Difficult To Cure (Live At The Tokyo Budokan, 1984)
Rainbow
11:13
Released 18 March 2003, A Motown Records Release; This Compilation ℗ 2003 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Review

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