The Ultimate A To Z Of Album Reviews By Gary Steel – R

Gary Steel is slowly compiling all his album reviews in one place. This is a work in progress, or what we call a “live document”. Today is the letter ‘R’.



Rainbow – Down To Earth (Polydor)

1979/Evening Post

Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore’s post-Deep Purple heavy metal vehicle is joined here by former pop singer Graham Bonnett and former Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover. Purple freaks will appreciate. 6/10


The Records – Shades In Bed (Virgin)

1979/Evening Post

The Records create expertly crafted new wave pop on Shades In Bed. 6/10


Linda Ronstadt – Mad Love (Asylum)

1980/In Touch

Ronstadt may be as sensitive as Mohammed Ali singing ‘Vincent’ and with about as much artistic commitment as a can of Dairy Whip, but Mad Love marks a change.

Here, she uses her considerable vocal cords to good effect on a more calculatedly ‘modern’ (as in Elvis C) collection than ever before.

There’s scarcely a ballad here, and that is no bad thing, but better material and a break from The Eagles does not necessarily good music make. Still, she should please the fans with this classy production. 6/10



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