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Rainbow Hit The US ‘Straight Between The Eyes’

The powerhouse rock outfit’s new set was bolstered by the rock radio hit ‘Stone Cold.’

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Ritchie Blackmore and his Rainbow bandmates had already made the UK top ten with their sixth studio album Straight Between The Eyes when it took its bow on the Billboard 200 on 8 May 1982. Bolstered by a track that didn’t become a big pop hit but was a rock radio smash, the LP became the best performer in the group’s US chart history.

Listen to Straight Between The Eyes right now.

The song in question was the brooding ‘Stone Cold,’ which reached No. 34 on the UK singles chart, and No. 40 on the Hot 100. But it was a major rock radio hit, going all the way to No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock chart, on which it replaced Scorpions‘ ‘No One Like You’ at the top. Written by Blackmore, Joe Lynn Turner and Roger Glover, the song would have a different sort of radio endorsement of the virtual kind many years later, when it was featured in the Grand Theft Auto video game Vice City Stories.

The album came during a stable period in Rainbow’s personnel history. The only change to the Difficult To Cure line-up of the year before was the arrival of David Rosenthal on keyboards to replace Don Airey, the man who these days fills that role for Deep Purple. Turner continued as lead vocalist, while Blackmore’s once and future Purple colleague Glover carried on his linchpin role as bassist, producer and co-writer.

Straight Between The Eyes, recorded in Canada, at Le Studio in Morin-Heights, Quebec, entered the US album chart at No. 94. It went on to reach No. 30, matching the performance of their debut release Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow in 1975, but outstripping it for longevity, with 23 weeks on the chart compared to 15. The band toured the album around the world, although the UK was, perhaps oddly, excluded from the itinerary.

Straight Between The Eyes can be bought here.

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4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Nancy zacco

    March 10, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    Rainbow has always been an awesome band, great songs n great musicians, Ronnie R.I.P. has always been great, with rainbow, R.J.D.band, n with Sabbath, Heaven n Hell is one real awesome album, m9b Rules would have been such a better album had the great Mr. Bill Ward was on the album, one or two album put out by rainbow were not that good at all between the eyes n the eyes of the world song i can not recall the name of that album, that is about it all other were, N.B.L. NANCY N GLEN †♥♪

  2. bibidu50

    May 9, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    FAN OF RAINBOW I LIKE TOO MUCH

  3. Paul

    January 8, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    The album was Down to Earth. Just thought I’d let you know.

  4. T. Bone

    May 28, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    I remember when I first heard “Stone Cold” on the radio as my brother and I were working in the garage. “What the heck is this?” I asked. “A slow song?”. I was used to songs like “Stargazer” and “Man on the Silver Mountain.”

    But I was wrong. My brother told me not to be so quick to judge. In time, the song became better and better, and today, the full extent of that era of Rainbow–undeniabky the most successful–can be appreciated. In addition, the guitar solo in “Stone Cold” remains a stunning piece of work.

    About a year later, Rainbow would do it again with “Street of Dreams” from the Bent Out of Shape album, showing that Rainbow could pump out a hit in demand.

    It ended when Deep Purple reformed…but that is another story.

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