Difficult to Cure
|Difficult to Cure|
|Studio album by Rainbow|
|Released||February 3, 1981|
|Recorded||Sweet Silence Studios, Copenhagen, Denmark|
|Genre||Hard rock, Album-oriented rock|
Difficult to Cure is the fifth studio album by the British rock band, Rainbow, and was released in 1981. The album marked the further commercialization of the band's sound, with Blackmore once describing at the time his like of the rock band, Foreigner.
The album material was started with Graham Bonnet still in the band, getting as far as recording an early version of "I Surrender", before Bonnet left the band due to his dissatisfaction over the material. American singer Joe Lynn Turner, formerly of Fandango was recruited and sang over backings already completed. Turner stated that, because of this, he was singing in higher keys than he would do normally (and would do subsequently).
The cover design is by Hipgnosis. A remastered CD reissue was released in May 1999, with packaging duplicating the original vinyl release. Jealous Lover, the first track written by Turner and Blackmore, was the non-album B-side to Can't Happen Here.
- All Songs Published By Panache Music, Ltd., except where noted.
- "I Surrender" (Russ Ballard) – 4:10 (Island Music Ltd.)
- "Spotlight Kid" (Ritchie Blackmore, Roger Glover) – 5:04
- "No Release" (Blackmore, Glover, Don Airey) – 5:42
- "Magic" (Brian Moran) – 4:15 (Becket Music)
- "Vielleicht Das Nächste Mal (Maybe Next Time)" (Blackmore, Airey) – 3:23
- "Can't Happen Here" (Blackmore, Glover) – 5:09
- "Freedom Fighter" (Joe Lynn Turner, Blackmore, Glover) – 4:28
- "Midtown Tunnel Vision" (Turner, Blackmore, Glover) – 4:44
- "Difficult To Cure (Beethoven's Ninth)" (Beethoven, arr. by Blackmore, Glover, Airey) – 5:58
- "Jealous Lover" - 3:12
This track listing is as it appears on the 1999 CD release. The original 1981 LP and cassette releases had the title of the fifth track as "Vielleicht Das Nachster Zeit (Maybe Next Time)". This was a mis-translation from the German, which was corrected on later releases. However, the "corrected" version still contains multiple spelling errors.
Additionally the final track, Difficult to Cure, was originally credited as arranged by Blackmore/Glover/Airey. The laughter at the end of this track is unmistakably that of Oliver Hardy. On the original LP, the laughter is an endless loop as it plays in the run-out groove, while on the CD it loops a few times before stopping.
I Surrender would be the band's highest charting single in the UK, reaching #3.
- Joe Lynn Turner - vocals
- Ritchie Blackmore - guitar
- Don Airey - keyboard
- Roger Glover - bass, percussion
- Bobby Rondinelli - drums
- Produced By Roger Glover
- Recorded & Engineered By Flemming Rasmussen
- Assistant Engineers: Thomas Brekling, Clay Hutchinson
- Mastered By Greg Calbi
- 1981 - "I Surrender/Vielleicht Das Nachste Mal (Maybe Next Time)"
- 1981 - "Can't Happen Here/Jealous Lover"
- 1981 - "Magic/Freedom Fighter" (Japan)
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Gold||100,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
- Allmusic review
- Sputnikmusic review
- In an interview in Sounds (July 25th 1981), a UK music paper
- In a 1982 interview with British Rock magazine Kerrang!
- "British album certifications – Rainbow – Difficult to Cure". British Phonographic Industry. Enter Difficult to Cure in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
- The first web page presents the sales figures, the second presents the certification limits: