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Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED] [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Rainbow, Blackmore's RainbowAudio CD
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listen  1. Man On The Silver Mountain (Album Version) 4:41$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Self Portrait 3:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Black Sheep Of The Family 3:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Catch The Rainbow (Album Version) 6:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  7. If You Don't Like Rock N Roll 2:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 27, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • ASIN: B00000IMTE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,423 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Their 1975 debut (a #30 album!), with Sixteenth Century Greensleeves; Man on the Silver Mountain , and seven more.

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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rainbow's first! :) April 26, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Rainbow was formed in 1975 by lead guitar legend Ritchie Blackmore immediately after leaving Deep Purple. He met and struck up a friendship with Ronnie James Dio, who was fronting the bluesy hard rock band Elf. Ritchie was so impressed with Ronnie and the band that he formed Rainbow out of Elf. In other words, when they first began, Rainbow was basically Elf (minus their own lead guitarist, of course) plus Ritchie Blackmore.
Although Elf was basically a bar-room boogie band, both Ritchie and Ronnie envisioned Rainbow to be more of a progressive metal outfit with lyrics concentrating on mystical, medieval, and occult themes. This is why Rainbow's first record has both of these styles represented on it.
It begins with what might be the greatest Rainbow song ever (certainly one of their greatest anyway, as well as one of THE best songs from 1975), a 4 1/2-minute song called "Man On The Silver Mountain." This is the original song that defined Rainbow's music: it starts with a good basic electric guitar riff, then the bass, drums and keyboards join in for support, and when Ronnie James Dio starts to sing, it quickly begins to take shape as the progressive heavy metal song it is. And it has one amazing guitar solo by Ritchie Blackmore!
"Self Portrait" is also a dynamic prog-metal tune, but "Black Sheep Of The Family" is a straight-ahead, slightly bluesy hard rock tune with some great slide guitar work by Blackmore, and is obviously one of the Elf-penned contributions to this record. It is also quite infectious; once you hear it, you can't get it out of your mind for hours.
"Catch The Rainbow," at six and a half minutes long, is the only long song on this album, and is also the most progressive-sounding.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great guitar albums of all time November 18, 1999
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This is one of the most amazing guitar oriented albums of all time. Every guitar solo is an absolute masterpiece. Each solo is a song within itself, brilliantly done with incredible feeling and restraint. None of this pointless rambling up and down, and all over scales, that we hear so much of today. So melodic and so well done. Dio is amazing as well! I even like the bass playing by Craig Gruber. This album is one of those few albums that have a real "feel" that carries through every tune. I remember back in 1975 and how it never left my turntable for an entire summer. This is Blackmore's best effort in the heavy genre. Try "Rainbow Rising" as well. If your a real fan of his playing check out the acoustic "Shadow of the Moon". The album is quite unique and again projects a certian kind of "feel"consistent with those albums that will be remembered.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New throat for Blackmore September 12, 1999
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It was pretty obvious that Deep Purple was getting tired and a little over ripe by '75, so Ritchie Blackmore decided he needed a new vechcle to showcase his soloing and riffing talents. What better vocalist to compliment him than one dimunitive Ronnie James Dio. Though Ronnie was little-known at the time, in fact only known as lead honky-tonker of rollicking band Elf, Ritchie could hear the startling talent that was sure to blossom into something mighty fine. Anyway, this album pretty much sounds like Elf's previous "Trying to Burn the Sun" with Ritchie on leads and a little mysticism. The sound here is considerably more down to earth than the grand sound they would acheive (with a new band) on "Rising." I really like this album for the old world warmth is displays. The tempos are often slow to mid, and the solos usually more delicate and restrained. Songs like "Man on the SIlver Mountain," "Temple of the KIng" and "Sixteenth Century Greensleves" are as good as Rainbow ever put out. Though "Snake Charmer" and "Black Sheep..." are a couple of missteps. Dig those cowbells on "Still I'm Sad."
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Good Songs On Here Are Spectacular February 6, 2009
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This album was my first "official" heavy metal album. I inherited from my Dad (I got all his rejects) back in 1975 at the age of 9. Man on the Silver Mountain was the first song that completely fascinated me in the genre, and to this day it holds a very revered place in my heart. Ronnie James Dio's use of religious symbols in his lyrics make them particularly powerful for me; it doesn't hurt that his voice was the best in Rock/Metal at the time. Ritchie Blackmore's guitar solo on this song is one of those that is better left eternally unchanged; it is completely perfect for the song, spine chilling and monumentally BIG. Like Richard Wagner on guitar. Blackmore's Bach-ian patterns during the pre-chorus was a massive influence on the neo-classical movement in the '80's.

"Self Portrait" is an example of what an outstanding progressive band Rainbow could be. This song seems to set the bar higher than Deep Purple for extremely well crafted yet intricate songs.

"Black Sheep of the Family" is one of the stinkers on this one, a cover of a very goofy song by Quartermass that would have been embarassing on a Spooky Tooth album.

"Catch the Rainbow" is a hauntingly beautiful ballad; at least in part an ode to Jimi Hendrix' "Little Wing", but for me a far more effecting song than anything Hendrix ever did. Very beautiful and poetic. For the most emotionally moving version of this song, though, check out "Rainbow Live in Germany".

The second half of the disc opens with "Snake Charmer", an obvious leftover from Deep Purple, Coverdale could have written the vocal line for this, it's so close to his style. Fortunately for us, Dio writes some of his most clever lyrics, even more clever than Ian Gillans' own portrait of Blackmore, "Smooth Dancer".
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