Difficult to Cure

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Difficult to Cure
Difficult to cure.jpg
Cover design by Hipgnosis
Studio album by
Released3 February 1981
RecordedSweet Silence Studios, Copenhagen, Denmark,
Kingdom Sound Studios, Long Island, New York
GenreHard rock
ProducerRoger Glover
Rainbow chronology
Down to Earth
Difficult to Cure
Jealous Lover
Singles from Difficult to Cure
  1. "I Surrender" / "Vielleicht Das Nachste Mal (Maybe Next Time)"
    Released: January 1981
  2. "Can't Happen Here" / "Jealous Lover"
    Released: June 1981
  3. "Magic" / "Freedom Fighter"
    Released: 1981 (Japan only)
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal6/10[2]

Difficult to Cure is the fifth studio album by the British hard rock band Rainbow, released in 1981. The album marked the further commercialization of the band's sound, with Ritchie Blackmore once describing at the time his appreciation of the band Foreigner.[3] The album artwork is designed by British graphic design company Hipgnosis.


The album material was started with singer 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 already completed musical tracks. Turner stated that, because of this, he was singing in higher keys than he would do normally (and would do subsequently).[4]


"I Surrender" would be the band's highest charting single in the UK, reaching No. 3.[5]

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, as the correct German for "Maybe Next Time" is "Vielleicht beim nächsten Mal".

The laughter at the end of the last track is a sample 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.

A remastered CD reissue was released in May 1999, with packaging duplicating the original vinyl release.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."I Surrender"Russ Ballard4:01
2."Spotlight Kid"Ritchie Blackmore, Roger Glover4:54
3."No Release"Blackmore, Glover, Don Airey5:33
4."Magic"Brian Moran4:07
5."Vielleicht Das Nächste Mal (Maybe Next Time)" (instrumental)Blackmore, Airey3:17
Side two
6."Can't Happen Here"Blackmore, Glover4:57
7."Freedom Fighter"Blackmore, Glover, Joe Lynn Turner4:21
8."Midtown Tunnel Vision"Blackmore, Glover, Turner4:31
9."Difficult to Cure (Beethoven's Ninth)" (instrumental)Ludwig van Beethoven, arr. by Blackmore, Glover, Airey5:57


  • Flemming Rasmussen - engineer
  • Thomas Brekling, Clay Hutchinson - assistant engineers
  • Greg Calbi - mastering



Country Organization Year Sales
UK BPI 1981 Gold (+ 100,000)[12]
Finland Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland 1981 Gold (+ 25,000)[13]


The song "Spotlight Kid" was covered by the German power metal band Angel Dust for their album Border of Reality (1998). A live cover recorded by Finnish Stratovarius was released in their b-sides and rarities compilation Intermission.


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  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (November 1, 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 279. ISBN 978-1-894959-31-5.
  3. ^ Makowski, Pete (25 July 1981). "Hotter Than July". Sounds: 14, 15, 48. Retrieved 2013-12-11.
  4. ^ Bonutto, Dante (6 May 1982). "The Rainbow Story Pt. 2". Kerrang! (15): 22. Retrieved 2013-12-11.
  5. ^ a b c d "Rainbow Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2013-11-26.
  6. ^ "Rainbow – Difficult to Cure (album)". Swedishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2013-12-11.
  7. ^ "Album – Rainbow, Difficult to Cure". Charts.de (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2013-12-11.
  8. ^ "Rainbow – Difficult to Cure (album)". GfK Dutch Charts (in Dutch). Media Control Charts. Archived from the original on 2013-12-12. Retrieved 2013-12-11.
  9. ^ "Rainbow – Difficult to Cure (album)". Norwegiancharts.com. Media Control Charts. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2013-12-11.
  10. ^ "Difficult to Cure Billboard Albums". Allmusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2013-12-11.
  11. ^ "Down to Earth Billboard Singles". Allmusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2013-12-08.
  12. ^ "Search for Artist Rainbow". British Phonographic Industry. Archived from the original on 2014-06-25. Retrieved 2013-11-26.
  13. ^ "Search for Artist Rainbow" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 2013-12-11.