Blasphemy, oh sweet blasphemy. After Rainbow‘s resounding successes Rising and Long Live Rock’n’Roll, the master decided to take a different route. Down to Earth took a much more commercial tack that sent the mainstream haters into flight mode. In other words, Dio defected and landed in the bosom of Black Sabbath as a first step. One huge ego thrust into another bunch of huge egos, wow. But – quite predictably – not for long, ’cause he then got out of dodge relatively quickly to settle in his own gig. So, things were pretty simple back then. Right?
Well, not quite. The album should actually have a blood-red color, so sanguine were the ‘killings’ amongst the band. Ritchie Blackmore already got rid of Jimmy Bain (RiP) in 1977, kind of right after Rising finished touring. I read some rather snotty remarks from Mr. Blackmore about Bain not cutting it and whatnot. Well, he hired him in the first place, so I don’t quite get it. Also some words undermining his and other musicians’ work, just because he can. This kind of talk still gets my blood boiling after so many years. Blackmore sounded like an early version of present-day Trump. Not quite coherent and shooting off at the mouth for no good reason. And – besides – Bain went on to feature on many of Dio‘s future albums, so the quality of his bass work was probably pretty decent.
The replacement bass player Bob Daisley and David Stone (keyboards) were already on their parting legs shortly after Dio‘s demise. Blackmore then hired Roger Glover (ex Deep Purple at that time) as producer and impromptu bass player. Glover lasted until 1984 with the band and then joined Deep Purple again once this band reformed. So, the whole of Rainbow‘s history is intimately connected to Blackmore‘s alma mater, like it or not. [...]