Stranger in Us All

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Stranger in Us All
Studio album by
Released21 August 1995
Studio Long View Farm Studios, Brookfield, Massachusetts,
Cove City Sound Studios, Long Island, New York,
Sound on Sound, Unique Studio and Soundtrack Studios, New York City
Genre Hard rock
Producer Pat Regan & Ritchie Blackmore
Rainbow chronology
Bent Out of Shape
Stranger in Us All
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 6/10 [2]

Stranger in Us All is the eighth and most recent studio album by the reformed British hard rock band Rainbow, released in 1995. Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore put together a new version of Rainbow with little-known musicians in 1994. Stranger in Us All was originally intended to be his solo album, but due to pressures from BMG, it was billed as Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, making Stranger in Us All the band's first studio album in twelve years. [1] As Blackmore decided to pursue different musical styles (forming Blackmore's Night with his companion Candice Night), this was his final recording as a rock artist for two decades, until he put together a reincarnation of Rainbow in 2016 and released a series of new singles. The album takes its name from a line in the song "Black Masquerade".


Released in the post-grunge mid-1990s, Stranger in Us All achieved a modest success, particularly in Europe.


Much of the album was featured in the live concert sets. Drummer John O'Reilly was replaced for the tour by the returning Chuck Burgi. John Miceli joined the band for the U.S. shows, from February to May 1997, plus one in Denmark. A live performance recorded at Philipshalle Düsseldorf for German TV show Rockpalast on October 9, 1995 was released on the DVD Black Masquerade in 2013.

A few songs off the album were played live by the band Over the Rainbow in 2008 and 2009, as the line-up featured Greg Smith and Paul Morris, who played in Rainbow in 1995.

The songs have been also performed occasionally by Doogie White, for example in 2004 with a band called White Noise, and 2010 presentations with Rata Blanca. An official DVD recording of White Noise titled In the Hall of the Mountain King was released in 2004. The song "Ariel" was performed live by Blackmore's Night on their 2007 Paris Moon tour.

Track listing

1."Wolf to the Moon" Ritchie Blackmore, Doogie White, Candice Night 4:16
2."Cold Hearted Woman"Blackmore, White4:31
3."Hunting Humans (Insatiable)"Blackmore, White5:45
4."Stand and Fight"Blackmore, White5:22
5."Ariel"Blackmore, Night5:39
6."Too Late for Tears"Blackmore, White, Pat Regan4:50
7."Black Masquerade"Blackmore, Paul Morris, White, Night5:35
8."Silence"Blackmore, White4:04
9."Hall of the Mountain King" Edvard Grieg, lyrics by Night, arrangement by Blackmore5:34
10."Still I'm Sad" (The Yardbirds cover) Paul Samwell-Smith, Jim McCarty 5:22
Japanese edition bonus track
11."Emotional Crime"Blackmore, White, Regan3:49



Additional musicians



1995Finnish Albums Chart [3] 6
Swedish Albums Chart [4] 8
German Albums Chart [5] 36
Norwegian Albums Chart [6] 38
Swiss Albums Chart [7] 40
GfK Dutch Chart [8] 70
1998 Oricon Japanese Albums Chart [9] 7


RegionCertification Certified units/sales
Japan (RIAJ) [10] Gold100,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

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