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The Chris Rainbow Anthology 1974 - 1981

Well done itunes for making this available!! It's a collection of brilliant work by Chris R - who I was first introduced to via Kenny Everett and CAPITAL Radio back in the early /mid 70's. In fact I bought this album a couple of years ago at huge cost - purely to get hold of 'Solid State Brain' arguably the most successful recording on here. Another classic from then though would be 'Give me what I cry for.' If you enjoy fabulous, crisp, clean harmonies - this is for you. Only a small handful of tracks disappointed me - but that's not surprising in an anthology. (Needless to say the Kenny Everett takes are a huge pleasure too).

The Chris Rainbow Anthology

Awesome sounds! Had all his albums on vinyl and been trying to find something for a while. All we need now is a re-release of White Trails. Gotta love those harmonies!


OK, an over-used descriptor. But richly deserved when reviewing the songcraft of Chris Rainbow. Thanks to Kenny Everett's incessant promotion on London's Captial Radio I bought an early copy of 'Looking Over My Shoulder' (all tracks included on this anthology); ever since I've hoped that Brian Wilson got to hear the poignant, beautiful tribute paid to him on 'Dear Brian'.

A few years ago, I met Pete Zorn, who played bass, sax and flute on 'Looking Over My Shoulder' and asked him to sign the album sleeve. "Wow, that brings back distant memories," he exclaimed. "My first studio gig when I came over from the US," he added. "Chris's one-man harmonies are pure genius."

Yup. A breathtakingly creative musical talent. Shame he's so under-rated.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s

Before he sang lead for the Alan Parsons Project, Chris Rainbow had embarked on a solo career in 1974. For six years, he recorded in the U.K. for EMI Records and Polydor Records, and he also acted as producer and wrote his own material. His first experience in a band occurred just two years before he went solo, in his hometown of Glasgow in a group known as Hope Street. He and his bandmates had been given a contract to record and publish with a London company; but in 1973, Polydor's Nicky Graham...
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  • £13.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music
  • Released: 19 April 2010

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