Straight Between the Eyes

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Straight Between the Eyes
Straight between the eyes.jpg
Cover art by Jeff Cummins and Hipgnosis
Studio album by
Released10 June 1982
Recorded Le Studio, Morin-Heights, Quebec, Canada, December 1981
Genre Hard rock
Length40:58
Label Polydor
Mercury (North America)
Producer Roger Glover
Rainbow chronology
Jealous Lover
(1981)
Straight Between the Eyes
(1982)
Bent Out of Shape
(1983)
Singles from Straight Between the Eyes
  1. "Stone Cold" / "Rock Fever"
    Released: March 1982
  2. "Death Alley Driver" / "Power"
    Released: 1982 (Japan only)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 8/10 [2]
Rolling Stone Star full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [3]

Straight Between the Eyes is the sixth studio album by the British hard rock band Rainbow, released in 1982. A remastered CD reissue, with packaging duplicating the original vinyl release, was released in May 1999.

Contents

History

The band line-up was the same as had recorded the previous year's Difficult to Cure album, with the exception of David Rosenthal, who replaced Don Airey on keyboards.

The title allegedly came from a phrase from Jeff Beck, describing Jimi Hendrix to Blackmore. [4]

The sleeve-art is by British artist Jeff Cummins and Hipgnosis. The original vinyl issue had the lyrics printed on the inner sleeve.

In an April 1982 interview with British rock magazine Kerrang! , Blackmore stated of "MISS Mistreated", "Well it's to avoid confusion that the 'Miss' is written three times bigger than the 'mistreated' but I expect we'll have someone who shall remain nameless coming up to us saying 'I wrote that song'!" [4] That someone being David Coverdale, with whom Blackmore had co-written "Mistreated" for the 1974 Deep Purple album Burn . Blackmore had this issue with Coverdale previously when a rendition of "Mistreated" was included on the Rainbow live album On Stage .

Videos were shot for the songs "Stone Cold" and "Death Alley Driver", which featured Sega's video game Turbo . They were occasionally still aired on VH1's Metal Mania program, but have not been aired since 2005. However, they can be found on YouTube or on the band's "Final Cut" 1985 home video.

Tour

The tour featured a giant pair of moving mechanical eyes as part of the stageset, with spotlights shining from the pupils. This is captured on the video release Live Between the Eyes. The tour, although extensive, did not include the UK, which rankled with British fans.

Track listing

All tracks are written by Ritchie Blackmore, Joe Lynn Turner, and Roger Glover except where indicated.

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Death Alley Driver"Blackmore, Turner4:42
2."Stone Cold" 5:17
3."Bring On the Night (Dream Chaser)" 4:06
4."Tite Squeeze" 3:15
5."Tearin' Out My Heart" 4:03
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
6."Power" 4:26
7."MISS Mistreated"Blackmore, Turner, David Rosenthal 4:27
8."Rock Fever"Blackmore, Turner3:50
9."Eyes of Fire"Blackmore, Turner, Bobby Rondinelli 6:37

Personnel

Rainbow
Additional musicians
Production

Charts

Certifications

CountryOrganizationYearSales
UK BPI 1982Silver (+ 60,000) [15]
Finland Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland 1982Gold (+ 25,000) [16]

In other media

The song "Stone Cold" was featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories on the radio station Emotion 98.3.

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