Like most classic rock bands, Rainbow has been the subject of countless compilations over the years, as 2002 saw yet another entry into the group's discography, the 13th import set Pots of Gold. Touching upon all era's of the band (the mystical, prog metal Ronnie James Dio phase, as well as the more radio friendly/arena, rock Graham Bonnet and Joe Lynn Turner periods), Pots of Gold includes most of Rainbow's highlights, but there are a few glaring omissions, which prevent it from being a definitive career overview. Sure, such early classics as the epic "Stargazer" and "Kill the King" are included, as well as the latter day radio faves "Since You Been Gone" and "Stone Cold," but where are such expected selections as "Man on the Silver Mountain," "Starstruck," "Long Live Rock N' Roll," "I Surrender," and "Street of Dreams"? Not here. All in all, Pots of Gold is not a bad compilation, but with so many other Rainbow releases already on the market (including 1997's superior Very Best of Rainbow), its release isn't really necessary.
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AllMusic Review by Greg Prato