Rainbow Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow on LP
Rainbow Catalog Reissued Separately Following the Polydor Years Box Set!
Ritchie Blackmore is one of the genuine guitar gods of heavy metal, first gaining fame with Deep Purple and then with his own Rainbow. For nearly a decade Rainbow was one of the most popular hard rock bands in the world. Initially album-oriented, the group's acclaim grew exponentially with the success of singles like "Since You Been Gone," "I Surrender," "Stone Cold" and "Street Of Dreams."
Blackmore formed Rainbow in 1975 after exiting Deep Purple, which he co-founded in 1968. At first he teamed with the New York band Elf, whose lead singer was Dio. That lineup debuted with Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow in 1975. Featuring what would prove to be Rainbow's signature tune, "Man on the Silver Mountain," Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow is one dynamic voyage.
Blackmore's somber, melodic playing weaves a mystical tapestry over which Dio's tales of drawbridges, crossbows, and kings settle like a knight on his steed. This influential classic concludes with a flourish, as a cover of the Yardbirds' Gregorian chant-influenced instrumental "Still I'm Sad" proves a perfect pulpit for Blackmore's rhapsody-like soloing.
Rainbow Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow Track Listing:
1. Man on the Silver Mountain
2. Self Portrait
3. Black Sheep of the Family
4. Catch the Rainbow
5. Snake Charmer
6. The Temple of the King
7. If You Don't Like Rock 'n' Roll
8. Sixteenth Century Greensleeves
9. Still I'm Sad