The Very Best of Rainbow

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The Very Best of Rainbow
Greatest hits album by Rainbow
Released July 1997
Recorded 1975-1983
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 77:40
Label Polydor
Rainbow compilation albums chronology
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Professional ratings
Review scores
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Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

The Very Best of Rainbow is a greatest hits compilation album by the British hard rock band Rainbow. It features material ranging from 1975's Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow to their 1983 release, Bent Out of Shape.

The front cover comes from the inside of the first Rainbow album, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, and is actually a picture of Ritchie Blackmore playing with his previous band, Deep Purple.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Man on the Silver Mountain" (Ritchie Blackmore, Ronnie James Dio) - 4:37 (from Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, 1975)
  2. "Catch the Rainbow" (Blackmore, Dio) - 6:38 (from Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, 1975)
  3. "Starstruck" (Blackmore, Dio) - 4:06 (from Rising, 1976)
  4. "Stargazer" (Blackmore, Dio) - 8:26 (from Rising, 1976)
  5. "Kill the King" (Blackmore, Dio, Cozy Powell) - 4:28 (from Long Live Rock 'n' Roll, 1978)
  6. "Long Live Rock 'n' Roll" (Blackmore, Dio) - 4:23 (from Long Live Rock 'n' Roll, 1978)
  7. "Gates of Babylon" (Blackmore, Dio) - 6:46 (from Long Live Rock 'n' Roll, 1978)
  8. "Since You Been Gone" (Russ Ballard) - 3:17 (from Down to Earth, 1979)
  9. "All Night Long" (Blackmore, Roger Glover) - 3:50 (from Down to Earth, 1979)
  10. "I Surrender" (Ballard) - 4:01 (from Difficult to Cure, 1981)
  11. "Can't Happen Here" (Blackmore, Glover) - 4:57 (from Difficult to Cure, 1981)
  12. "Jealous Lover" (Blackmore, Joe Lynn Turner) - 3:11 (from Jealous Lover, 1981)
  13. "Stone Cold" (Blackmore, Glover, Turner) - 5:17 (from Straight Between the Eyes, 1982)
  14. "Power" (Blackmore, Glover, Turner) - 4:26 (from Straight Between the Eyes, 1982)
  15. "Can't Let You Go" (Blackmore, Turner, David Rosenthal) - 4:20 (from Bent Out of Shape, 1983)
  16. "Street of Dreams" (Blackmore, Turner) - 4:26 (from Bent Out of Shape, 1983)

Tracks 1-7 feature Ronnie James Dio on lead vocals. Tracks 8-9 feature Graham Bonnet. Tracks 10-16 feature Joe Lynn Turner.


  1. ^ DeGagne, Mike. "The Very Best of Rainbow review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-12-19.