Rainbow release Stranger in Us All
Stranger in Us All is a 1995 album by the reformed Rainbow.
Ritchie Blackmore put together a new version of Rainbow with little-known musicians in 1994. It was originally intended to be his solo album, but due to the label BMG pressures, the record was billed as Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow. This line-up only released the one album before Ritchie decided he wanted to pursue different musical styles and formed Blackmore's Night with his companion Candice Night. As such, this album marks Blackmore's final hard rock and roll recordings (to date.)
Released in the post-grunge mid '90s, Stranger in Us All was some success, particularly in Europe.
Much of the album 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 US shows, from February to May 1997, plus one in Denmark.
The album takes its name from a line in the song "Black Masquerade".
A few songs off the album were played live by Over the Rainbow in 2008 and 2009, as the line-up of the band 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. An official DVD recording of the band titled In the Hall of the Mountain King was released in 2005.