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Rainbow – Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow (1975)

Rainbow – Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow (1975)




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  • Man on the Silver Mountain
  • Self Portrait
  • Black Sheep of the Family
  • Catch the Rainbow
  • Snake Charmer
  • The Temple of the King
  • If You Don't Like Rock 'n' Roll
  • Sixteenth Century Greensleeves
  • Still I'm Sad

Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow (sometimes stylised Ritchie Blackmore’s R-A-I-N-B-O-W) is the first studio album by British rock band Rainbow, released in 1975.

The original vinyl release had a gate fold sleeve, although later budget reissues on Polydor reduced to a single sleeve. The album’s songs have been performed by subsequent Rainbow line-ups.

The album was widely praised for its fantasy/heroic-like lyrical content and the innovative rock style.

Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow was re-issued on CD in remastered form in the US in April 1999. The European release followed later in the year.

Vocalist Ronnie James Dio considered this release his favourite Rainbow album.

Despite the title implying the record being a Ritchie Blackmore solo release, in later years Blackmore has jokingly stated that Dio’s contributions warranted a re-titling of “Ritchie Blackmore and Ronnie James Dio’s Rainbow”.

Rainbow (also known as Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow or Blackmore's Rainbow) are a British rock band led by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, active from 1975 to 1984, from 1993 to 1997, and from 2015 to the present. They were originally established with more...

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