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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars As much as i'm a big Ronnie James Dio fan I must admit that RAINBOW really failed to capture my imagination. Sure "Rising" was a very good album but it's the only one from that band I still listen to. And even then I much prefer Dio's work with BLACK SABBATH along with his "Holy Diver" album. I don't know why exactly but I can't get into the organ work on this live release at all. This album consists mostly of tracks from their debut, and it's hard to believe this was a double album when it came out as it's only 64 minutes long.

"Kill The King" has a DEEP PURPLE vibe to it with the guitar and organ. It's an uptempo track with some samples to begin with. Next up is a medley of "Man On The Silver Mountain" / "Blues" / "Starstruck". The latter is the only "Rising" track on here for some reason. "Man On The Silver Mountain" is such a great tune. Nice guitar to end it too. They reprise it after "Starstruck" as well.

"Catch The Rainbow" is slow to get going much like the opening song on this album. It kicks in before 6 1/2 minutes. "Mistreated" has bluesy lyrics and Blackmore shines on it. An excellent track. "Sixteenth Century Greensleeves" again is slow to get going until after 2 1/2 minutes when the organ and drums kick in. Great sound before 5 1/2 minutes, I like the guitar. "Still I'm Sad" opens with some amazing guitar the rest is just okay.

I'm sure RAINBOW fans will love this record, i'll stick with "Rising" though as this didn't impress me a whole lot.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |


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