Another immortal record send me down in time back in 1996 when I bought this musical gem. Anyone with a true taste for original metal and got hard rock running down his/her vein will know that owning this album is a must. Recorded at the prime-time of Rainbow with the greatest lineup when Cozy Powel (RIP), Ronnie James Dio, Ritchie Blackmore, Jimmy Bain and Tony Carey graced the European stages with a life-sized Rainbow on their sets, continuous melodies, and purely old-school hard rock. Blackmore and Dio gave every listen the chance to be a shiny knight fighting off a dragon or an evil mage through the beautiful lyrics and the harmonic guitar riffs. Originally recorded on two LP’s, two tracks were omitted on the CD version for time constraints. The remastered version got it all baby! and surely Blackmore and Dio still rock like it was yesterday! I would sell my soul just to listen to that glorious lineup with Cozy playing ”Stargazer”. As I’m writing this post, and listening to this record, I remember buying this from Best Buy on my way coming back St. Louis, located on the highway going back to Carbondale. I surely spent money like crazy back then, but this was worth it!
Cozy Powell, this is my tribute for you, one of the greatest drummer in history. Rest in Peace, Cozy! We’ll always remember you!