Catch the Rainbow!

For years I have been miffed about the absence of decent-sounding Rainbow reissues.

Soundwise, Rainbow’s releases weren’t that great in the first place (I have the original LPs), but, lo and behold, the relatively recent Deluxe editions managed to make them sound even worse. All those of you who subscribe to the “bright=better” formula of remastering, go ahead and by them, but if you are a CD aficionado and want to get an idea of what Rainbow can/could sound like on CD, there has only been one option to turn to, a double-CD compilation, remastered by Steve Fallone released in 2003. His remastering of the Rainbow material is what the Deluxe Editions, which aren’t really that bad (when compared to horrible botch jobs like 99% of the Judas Priest remasters, which are usually more akin to weapons of mass destruction), should have sounded like.

If you read the reviews around the global Amazon sites for “Catch the Rainbow”,  some customers complain about the (“old”) sound, but what they are in fact complaining about is a) the often somewhat muddled sound of the original releases and b) the absence of overly “enhancing” mastering “techniques” so rampant in today’s reissue programs (by virtually any label).

So, if you want the best available sound for Rainbow, unfortunately you only have the compilation (details below) to turn to. The second CD has the “Down to Earth” tracks I wanted. The rest of the second CD has music I didn’t buy into any more ages ago when it was first released … for a good reason.

Rainbow: Catch the Rainbow – The Anthology

Released: March 18, 2003
Recorded: 1975-1984
Length: 157:09
Label: Polydor
Compiled by: Bill Levenson
Mastered by: Steve Fallone
Essay by: Mark Welch and Jerry Bloom

CD01:
01. “Man on the Silver Mountain”(Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, 1975) – 4:37
02. “Sixteenth Century Greensleeves” (Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, 1975) – 3:29
03. Catch the Rainbow” (Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, 1975) – 6:38
04. “Tarot Woman” (Rising, 1976) – 5:59
05. “Starstruck” (Rising, 1976) – 4:06
06. “Stargazer” (Rising, 1976) – 8:26
07. “A Light in the Black” (Rising, 1976) – 8:13
08. “Mistreated” [live] (On Stage, 1977) – 13:06
09. “Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll” (Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll, 1978) – 4:23
10. “Gates of Babylon” (Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll, 1978) – 6:46
11. “Kill the King” (Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll, 1978) – 4:28
12. “Rainbow Eyes” (Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll, 1978) – 7:31

CD02:
01. “Eyes of the World” (Down to Earth, 1979) – 6:38
02. “Since You Been Gone” (Down to Earth, 1979) – 3:17
03. “All Night Long” (Down to Earth, 1979) – 3:50
04. “Weiss Heim” (B-side of the single “All Night Long” , 1980) – 5:13
05. “I Surrender” (Difficult to Cure, 1981) – 4:01
06. “Spotlight Kid” (Difficult to Cure, 1981) – 4:53
07. “Can’t Happen Here” (Difficult to Cure, 1981) – 3:08
08. “Jealous Lover” (B-side of the single “Can’t Happen Here”, 1981) – 3:11
09. “Death Alley Driver” (Straight Between the Eyes, 1982) – 4:42
10. “Stone Cold” (Straight Between the Eyes, 1982) – 5:17
11. “Tearin’ Out My Heart” (Straight Between the Eyes, 1982) – 4:04
12. “Power” (Straight Between the Eyes, 1982) – 4:26
13. “Can’t Let You Go” (Bent Out of Shape, 1983) – 4:20
14. “Desperate Heart” (Bent Out of Shape, 1983) – 4:03
15. “Street of Dreams” (Bent Out of Shape, 1983) – 4:26
16. “Difficult to Cure” [live] (Finyl Vinyl, 1984) – 11:14

Posted by Volkher Hofmann

Volkher Hofmann (deus62) has been blogging on and off since the 1990s and deus62.com is all that is left. He loves music, literature, drumming and, most of all, real life. He thinks the open web is much more important than social networks, closed-in ecosystems and other severely commercialized online endeavors.

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