The Best of Rainbow

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The Best of Rainbow
The Best of Rainbow Album.jpg
Cover design by Hipgnosis
Greatest hits album by Rainbow
Released November 1981
Recorded 1975–1981
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 82:11
Label Polydor
Producer Martin Birch, Roger Glover
Rainbow compilation albums chronology
The Best of Rainbow
The Very Best of Rainbow
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

The Best of Rainbow is the first compilation album from British hard rock group Rainbow, released in 1981.

It featured only previously released studio cuts, taken from the five studio LPs released at that point. However, "Jealous Lover", the first song written by Blackmore and Turner, had been available only as a B-side in Europe (to "Can't Happen Here") and on the Jealous Lover EP in the USA.

The original vinyl-release was a 2-LP set, in a gatefold-sleeve which contained photos of the band during its various incarnations, and reached No. 14 in the UK Albums Chart in 1981.[2]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Original release Length
1. "All Night Long" Ritchie Blackmore, Roger Glover Down to Earth (1979) 3:53
2. "Man on the Silver Mountain" Blackmore, Ronnie James Dio Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow (1975) 4:39
3. "Lost in Hollywood" Blackmore, Glover, Cozy Powell Down to Earth 4:53
4. "Jealous Lover" Blackmore, Joe Lynn Turner B-side of the single "Can't Happen Here" (1981) 3:10
5. "Long Live Rock 'n' Roll" Blackmore, Dio Long Live Rock 'n' Roll (1978) 4:23
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Original release Length
6. "Stargazer" Blackmore, Dio Rising (1976) 8:26
7. "Kill the King" Blackmore, Dio, Powell Long Live Rock 'n' Roll 4:29
8. "A Light in the Black" Blackmore, Dio Rising 8:12
Side three
No. Title Writer(s) Original release Length
9. "Since You Been Gone" Russ Ballard Down to Earth 3:20
10. "Sixteenth Century Greensleeves" Blackmore, Dio Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow 3:31
11. "Catch the Rainbow" Blackmore, Dio Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow 6:36
12. "Eyes of the World" Blackmore, Glover Down to Earth 6:42
Side four
No. Title Writer(s) Original release Length
13. "I Surrender" Ballard Difficult to Cure (1981) 4:03
14. "Gates of Babylon" Blackmore, Dio Long Live Rock 'n' Roll 6:49
15. "Can't Happen Here" Blackmore, Glover Difficult to Cure 4:59
16. "Starstruck" Blackmore, Dio Rising 4:06



Country Organization Year Sales
UK BPI 1981 Gold (+ 100,000)[3]


  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "The Best of Rainbow review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-12-17. 
  2. ^ "Rainbow Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2013-11-26. 
  3. ^ "Search for Artist Rainbow". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2013-11-26. 

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