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Showcases Different Sides of Blackmore
on May 17, 2017
I had to have new copy of this. It was intended to be a one time solo project from Blackmore which apparently blossomed into an entirely seperate band from Deep Purple. There are some clear differences here betweenDP and Rainbow. Teh first being that this is pretty much Ritchie in control all the way through. While some songs are similar to DP the noticeable difference is classical influence, including the first recording of Ritchie on acoustic guitar. The album is strong all the way through. Especially impressive is the instrumental reworking of The Yardbirds 'Still I'm Sad' and the Hendrix-inspired 'CAth The Rainbow'. Dio's vocals are top notch on every cut. This album showcases some different sides of Ritchie's guitar playing and is my personal favorite Rainbow album. Many years later and even with the passing of Ronnie James Dio it still holds a place amongst greatest albums of the seventies if not of all time.