Straight Between the Eyes

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Straight Between the Eyes
Cover art by Jeff Cummins and Hipgnosis
Studio album by Rainbow
Released 10 June 1982
Recorded Le Studio, Morin Heights, Quebec, Canada, December 1981
Genre Hard rock
Length 40:58
Label Polydor
Mercury (North America)
Producer Roger Glover
Rainbow chronology
Jealous Lover
(1981)
Straight Between the Eyes
(1982)
Bent Out of Shape
(1983)
Singles from Straight Between the Eyes
  1. "Stone Cold" / "Rock Forever"
    Released: March 1982
  2. "Death Alley Driver" / "Power"
    Released: 1982 (Japan only)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 1.5/5 stars[2]
Martin Popoff 8/10 stars[3]

Straight Between the Eyes is the sixth studio album by the British hard rock band Rainbow, released in 1982. A remastered CD reissue, with packaging duplicating the original vinyl release, was released in May 1999.

History[edit]

The band line-up was the same as had recorded the previous year's Difficult to Cure album, with the exception of David Rosenthal, who replaced Don Airey on keyboards.

The title allegedly came from a phrase from Jeff Beck, describing Jimi Hendrix to Blackmore.[4]

The sleeve-art is by British artist Jeff Cummins and Hipgnosis. The original vinyl issue had the lyrics printed on the inner sleeve.

In an April 1982 interview with British rock magazine Kerrang!, Blackmore stated of "MISS Mistreated", "Well it's to avoid confusion that the 'Miss' is written three times bigger than the 'mistreated' but I expect we'll have someone who shall remain nameless coming up to us saying 'I wrote that song'!"[4] That someone being David Coverdale, with whom Blackmore had co-written "Mistreated" for the 1974 Deep Purple album Burn.

Videos were shot for the songs "Stone Cold" and "Death Alley Driver", which featured Sega's video game Turbo. They are still occasionally aired on VH1's Metal Mania program.

Tour[edit]

The tour would feature a giant pair of moving mechanical eyes as part of the stageset, with spotlights shining from the pupils. This is captured on the video release Live Between the Eyes. The tour, although extensive, did not include the UK, which rankled with British fans.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Ritchie Blackmore, Joe Lynn Turner, and Roger Glover except where indicated. 

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Death Alley Driver"   Blackmore, Turner 4:42
2. "Stone Cold"     5:17
3. "Bring on the Night (Dream Chaser)"     4:06
4. "Tite Squeeze"     3:15
5. "Tearin' Out My Heart"     4:03
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Power"     4:26
7. "MISS Mistreated"   Blackmore, Turner, David Rosenthal 4:27
8. "Rock Fever"   Blackmore, Turner 3:50
9. "Eyes of Fire"   Blackmore, Turner, Bobby Rondinelli 6:37

Personnel[edit]

Rainbow
Additional musicians
  • Francois Dompierre - orchestra conductor
  • Raymond Dessaint - orchestra lead
Production
  • Engineered by Nick Blagona (assisted by Robbie Whelan)
  • Recorded at Le Studio, Morin Heights, Canada
  • Digital mixing by Roger Glover and Nick Blagona
  • Digital mastering by Greg Calbi, Sterling Sound, New York

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Country Organization Year Sales
UK BPI 1982 Silver (+ 60,000)[12]
Finland Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland 1982 Gold (+ 25,000)[13]

In other media[edit]

The song "Stone Cold" was featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories on the radio station Emotion 98.3.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Rainbow Straight Between the Eyes review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 
  2. ^ Considine, J. D. (24 June 1982). "Album Reviews: Rainbow - Straight Between the Eyes". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 12 May 2009. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 
  3. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. ISBN 978-1-894959-31-5. 
  4. ^ a b Bonutto, Dante (22 April 1982). "The Rainbow Story". Kerrang! (14): 21–23. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 
  5. ^ a b "Rainbow Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2013-11-26. 
  6. ^ "Rainbow – Straight Between the Eyes (album)". Swedishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 
  7. ^ "Rainbow – Straight Between the Eyes (album)". Norwegiancharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 
  8. ^ "Rainbow – Straight Between the Eyes (album)". GfK Dutch Charts (in Dutch). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 
  9. ^ "Album – Rainbow, Straight Between the Eyes". Charts.de (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 
  10. ^ "Straight Between the Eyes Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 
  11. ^ a b c "Straight Between the Eyes Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 
  12. ^ "Search for Artist Rainbow". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2013-11-26. 
  13. ^ "Search for Artist Rainbow" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 2013-12-11.