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Re: Rainbow Anthology 1975-1984 (Universal 2009)


Thanks Andy.

It's really odd Barton sees JLT as "timeless" but Dio is an old automobile from 1976. I mean, I Surrender came out in 1981. Surely cars of that year are just about as dated as cars from 1976 when compared to current cars? What about TV sets?

I can only guess Barton at some point thought it was perhaps a hasty judgement in 1976 to declare Rising as the greatest thing ever. I also believe RB's (mostly self-propelled) marginality in current rock business(*) has helped to reach such conclusion. And like Big J wrote above, Barton was really impressed by OTR's show, so that probably influenced his review as well.

(*) "Current" being a slightly ironic term here. The bands on the cover of the magazine: Kiss, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Pearl Jam, Cheap Trick, Alice in Chains, Mott the Hoople. Yes, it's a "comeback special" but I suppose you can only tell that from the absence of a Led Zeppelin feature.
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It's interesting to contemplate where Barton is coming from. While JLT-era Rainbow followed the Foreigner and Bad Company trends started in the late '70's, Rising was such a phenomenally original, groundbreaking release in heavy metal. Only the first Black Sabbath album could be seen as equally influential in the genre. With Black Sabbath there was the doomy end of metal, Rising the progressive/virtuosic, Stained Class the extreme, vicious, and speedy/extreme.

Imagine output even RESEMBLING early Iron Maiden, Metallica, Malmsteen, Slayer, Trouble, Motorhead, ad infinitum, without the three albums mentioned above. Then try to think of how much music was as obviously influenced by the 1981-1984 era of Rainbow. Most of the late '80's Glam bands were more influenced by Zeppelin, UFO, AC/DC, Scorpions. One rarely if ever hears that era of Rainbow being mentioned as having an impact on their sound/style.

So, it's hard for me to take Barton in any way seriously. He favors AOR over innovation, yawn. He should go hide, break out his headphones, and listen once again to his beloved White Lion records.

Okay, I'm being mean.

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