Rainbow / Down to Earth

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Hard-rock was in a transitional phase, punk was taking no prisoners, tastes were shifting, new metal bands were emerging.

 Roger Glover, Graham Bonnet

Roger Glover, Graham Bonnet

Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow was in flux too, and session cat / ex-Jeff Beck Group bassist Clive Chaman was in consideration for a new line-up. Eventually ex-Purple bassist / producer Roger Glover assumed the position – however his master stroke was to bring veteran short haired shouter Graham Bonnet into the fold for Down to Earth (1979).

 Graham Bonnet

Graham Bonnet

Though the material is average at best; Blackmore, Don Airey, Cozy Powell, Glover, and Bonnett knock it out of the park. Roger works the pocket with his usual expertise and oft doubles Ritchie’s prog-rockish riffage - pity this band couldn’t pull it together and hire a decent album illustrator, and habersdasher!    

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