Rainbow Studio Albums Ranked

8. Difficult to Cure (1981) This release feels like the weakest band effort. Great rhythm driven and riff heavy tracks like “I Surrender”, “Midtown Tunnel Vision”, and “Spotlight Kid”. The latter being one of the better Blackmore riffs. But outside of the aforementioned songs the album overall feels real average and uninspired. 7. Stranger in […]

Rainbow – Stranger In Us All, 1995

Stranger in Us All is the eighth and final outing album by Rainbow, released in 1995. Blackmore put together a new version of Rainbow with little-known musicians in 1994. Stranger in Us All was originally intended to be his solo album but it was billed as Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, making Stranger in Us All the […]

Rainbow – Bent Out of Shape, 1983

Bent Out of Shape is the seventh studio album released by Rainbow. Bent Out of Shape would be Rainbow’s final studio album before their twelve-year hiatus from the studio. It also proved to be the band’s final studio album with vocalist Joe Lynn Turner, bassist Roger Glover and keyboardist David Rosenthal, and their only one […]

Rainbow – Difficult to Cure, 1981

Difficult to Cure is the fifth studio album by Rainbow, released in 1981. The album marked further commercialization of the bands sound. It became the bands highest charting album on the UK charts, where it peaked at number three. American singer Joe Lynn Turner was recruited and sang over already completed musical tracks. The album’s […]

Rainbow – Down to Earth, 1979

Down to Earth is the fourth studio album by Rainbow. It is the last album to feature drummer Cozy Powell and the only album with vocalist Graham Bonnet. By 1978 Ritchie Blackmore had dismissed Bob Daisley and David Stone soon after Ronnie James Dio quit the band. Blackmore recruited former Deep Purple band mate Roger […]

Rainbow – Long Live Rock n Roll, 1978

Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll is the third studio album by Rainbow released in 1978 and it’s the final album featuring vocalist Ronnie James Dio, signifying the change towards a more main stream band. The song starts with the title track “Long Live Rock n Roll” which is similar in theme to “If You Don’t […]

Rainbow – Rainbow Rising, 1976

Following up with yesterdays album is the 1976 release of Rainbow Rising. Ritchie Blackmore only retained vocalist Ronnie James Dio for this album lineup and recruited drummer Cozy Powell, bassist Jimmy Bain, and keyboard player Tony Carey to complete the new line up. This album was recorded in less than a month and produced by […]

Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, 1975

Ritchie Blackmore‘s Rainbow is the first studio album by British rock band Rainbow, released in 1975. The musicians involved include guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, singer and lyricist Ronnie James Dio, drummer Gary Driscoll, keyboardist Mickey Lee Soule, and bassist Craig Gruber. It was originally planned to be a solo album but later progressed as a band […]

The Yardbirds: Studio Albums Ranked

5. Birdland, 2003 On the 2003 Yardbirds release of Birdland only two original remembers remain, drummer Jim McCarty and rhythm guitarist Chris Dreja. Most of the record consists of covers of their hits like Over Under Side Ways Down, For Your Love, and Shapes of Things. The production is overall good and sounds similar to […]