Stranger in Us All

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Stranger in Us All
Studio album by
Released21 August 1995
StudioLong View Farm Studios, Brookfield, Massachusetts,
Cove City Sound Studios, Long Island, New York,
Sound on Sound, Unique Studio and Soundtrack Studios, New York City
GenreHard rock
ProducerPat Regan & Ritchie Blackmore
Rainbow chronology
Bent Out of Shape
Stranger in Us All
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal6/10[2]

Stranger in Us All is the eighth studio album by the reformed British hard rock band Rainbow, released in 1995. Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore put together a new version of Rainbow with little-known musicians in 1994. It was originally intended to be his solo album, but due to the label BMG pressures, the record was billed as Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow.[1] This line-up only released the one album before Blackmore decided to pursue different musical styles and formed Blackmore's Night with his companion Candice Night. As such, this album marked his final rock and roll recordings for two decades, before putting together a reincarnation of Rainbow in 2016. The album takes its name from a line in the song "Black Masquerade".

Released in the post-grunge mid '90s, Stranger in Us All achieved a modest success, particularly in Europe.


Much of the album was featured in the live concert sets. Drummer John O'Reilly was replaced for the tour by the returning Chuck Burgi. John Miceli joined the band for the U.S. shows, from February to May 1997, plus one in Denmark. A live performance recorded at Philipshalle Düsseldorf for German TV 'Rockpalast' on October 9, 1995 was released on the DVD Black Masquerade in 2013.

A few songs off the album were played live by the band Over the Rainbow in 2008 and 2009, as the line-up featured Greg Smith and Paul Morris, who played in Rainbow in 1995.

The songs have been also performed occasionally by Doogie White, for example in 2004 with a band called White Noise, and 2010 presentations with Rata Blanca. An official DVD recording of White Noise titled In the Hall of the Mountain King was released in 2004. The song "Ariel" was performed live by Blackmore's Night on their 2007 Paris Moon tour.

Track listing[edit]

1."Wolf to the Moon"Ritchie Blackmore, Doogie White, Candice Night4:16
2."Cold Hearted Woman"Blackmore, White4:31
3."Hunting Humans (Insatiable)"Blackmore, White5:45
4."Stand and Fight"Blackmore, White5:22
5."Ariel"Blackmore, Night5:39
6."Too Late for Tears"Blackmore, White, Pat Regan4:50
7."Black Masquerade"Blackmore, Paul Morris, White, Night5:35
8."Silence"Blackmore, White4:04
9."Hall of the Mountain King"Edvard Grieg, lyrics by Night, arrangement by Blackmore5:34
10."Still I'm Sad" (The Yardbirds cover)Paul Samwell-Smith, Jim McCarty5:22
Japanese edition bonus track
11."Emotional Crime"Blackmore, White, Regan3:49


Additional musicians
  • Pat Regan - producer, engineer, mixing
  • Fran Flannery, Jesse Henderson, Ed Miller, Steve Moseley, John Reigart, David Shackney, Steve Sisco and Dug - assistant engineers
  • Vlado Meller - mastering at Sony Music Studios, New York


Year Chart Position
1995 Finnish Albums Charts[3] 6
Swedish Albums Chart[4] 8
German Albums Chart[5] 36
Norwegian Albums Charts[6] 38
Swiss Albums Chart[7] 40
GfK Dutch Charts[8] 70
1998 Oricon Japanese Albums Charts[9] 7


  1. ^ a b Adams, Bret. "Rainbow Stranger in Us All review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2013-12-18.
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (August 1, 2007). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 3: The Nineties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 361. ISBN 978-1-894959-62-9.
  3. ^ "Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow – Stranger in Us All (album)". Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2013-12-18.
  4. ^ "Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow – Stranger in Us All (album)". Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2013-12-18.
  5. ^ "Album – Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, Stranger in Us All". (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2013-12-18.
  6. ^ "Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow – Stranger in Us All (album)". Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2013-12-18.
  7. ^ "Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow - Stranger in Us All". (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2013-12-18.
  8. ^ "Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow – Stranger in Us All (album)". GfK Dutch Charts (in Dutch). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2013-12-18.
  9. ^ レインボー レインボーのアルバム売り上げランキング (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2013-12-03.

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