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Old 15th June 2004
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Take a listen to Rainbow's very aptly titled "Straight Through the Eyes" (The album with "Stone Cold" on it) from '82. First digital (DDD) hard rock album I'm aware of.

I remember trying to figure out what was so 'wierd' sounding at the time. Blackmore's rather piercing Strat, coupled with early digital medium makes for some absolutely deadly notes in those solos.

Strangely enough, the first time I listened to this record all the way through (and made these observations), I was listening through an audiophile, all tube system. And it probably lessened the pain, tremendously. I recall wincing, involuntarily through most of the guitar solos...

Other than Blackmore's painful frequencies, the overall production is actually quite good. Great drummer (Bobby Rondinelli)...