Following the success of last November’s vinyl LP box set ‘The Polydor Years,’ which contained all eight of the band’s albums for the label released between 1975 and 1983, each of the discs is being released separately on vinyl. The titles are the ‘Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow’ debut of 1975, the following year’s ‘Rising,’ 1978’s ‘Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll,’ ‘Down To Earth’ (1979), ‘Difficult To Cure’ in 1981, ‘Straight Between The Eyes’ (1982) and ‘Bent Out Of Shape’ in 1983. They’re all back on vinyl from February 23.
Meanwhile, out now is the release of ‘A Light In The Black,’ which reaches far beyond the regular album catalogue and augments it with a host of rare material. The set features five CDs and a DVD of Rainbow’s performance at the Monsters of Rock Festival at Castle Donington in 1980, with lead singer of the time Graham Bonnet.
The five CDs include additional live performances from Osaka, Munich, Hammersmith Odeon in London, Cardiff and other locations, non-album B-sides and other treats. There’s also a 60-page booklet with rare photographs and a new essay.
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