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Post Purple Blackmore Anthology
on May 21, 2001
This remastered set contains an anthology of Ritchie Blackmore's work with his group Rainbow. He formed the group after tiring of the ego clashes in Deep Purple. The group had no stable line-up yet produced some great music during the seventies and eighties. The groups became progressively more commercial as more albums were released. The band had three different vocalists Ronnie James Dio (later of Black Sabbath and Dio), Graham Bonnett (later of MSG), and Joe Lynn Turner (later in Deep Purple). Other members of note have included the now deceased drummer Cozy Powell, Deep Purple mate Roger Glover on bass, and keyboardist Tony Carey among many others. The group's most well known songs (all here) are a cover of Russ Ballard's "Since You Been Gone", "Stone Cold", and "Street Of Dreams". There are no rarities on this set but other cuts such as "Jealous Lover", "Can't Happen Here", "Man On The Silver Mountain", and "Kill The King" are just as memorable as their hits. I wish the set were two discs and included such tracks as the single "LA Connection", "Sixteenth Century Greensleeves" and the concert favorites like "Spotlight Kid" and "Difficult To Cure". Blackmore's guitar playing shines throughout and I lament the fact that the band broke up. Listening to this set reminds me of my junior high and high school days. If you are a fan of Deep Purple, great guitar playing or more melodic hard rock then this set is a must. If you are still curious you might want to pick up a copy of the remastered 2 cd "Finyl Vinyl" which contains live versions of some of the tracks on this set and others plus some great studio non-lp b-sides like "Bad Girl" and Weiss Heim".