Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbowby Rainbow
Perhaps the first example of "dragon rock" -- a style perfected by bands like Iron Maiden and Dio in the early to mid-'80s -- was Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, a 1975 collection from the guitarist's first post-Deep Purple project. Fittingly enough, a young Ronnie James Dio provides the goblin-like frontman presence required by the increasingly Baroque Blackmore. The young Dio is at his best when he fully gives in to his own and Blackmore's medieval fantasy leanings in hard-rocking tracks like "Sixteenth Century Greensleeves" and "Man on the Silver Mountain." The dark, trudging doom rock of "Self Portrait" most clearly showcases what they were capable of. The album's ponderous lyrics are occasionally punctuated by poetic phrases such as "crossbows in the firelight." Although Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow provides a few listenable tracks, its primary value is historical. Look to Rainbow's next album, Rainbow Rising (1976), to grasp the heavy metal potential that is only hinted at here.
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- Polydor / Umgd
Performance CreditsRainbow Primary Artist
Ritchie Blackmore Bass,Guitar
Ronnie James Dio Vocals
Gary Driscoll Drums
Craig Gruber Bass,Bass Guitar
Micky Lee Soule Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Clavinet,Mellotron
Technical CreditsTed Nugent Composer
Ritchie Blackmore Producer
Martin Birch Producer
Ronnie James Dio Composer,Producer
Fin Costello Cover Design
David Willardson Cover Design
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I can't believe there isn't a review for this. This is one of the best rock albums ever. Dio's vocals are, well...pure Dio. Ritchie Blackmore's guitar is great as always. If you don't have this album you are missing out.
This is by far the best Rainbow album! Blackmore and Dio have given a powerful performance. Being in my mid-30s, I enjoyed it back in my young days, and it still makes my day whenever I listen to such great songs. My personal favs are "Temple of the King", "Catch the Rainbow" & "Man on the Silver Mountain".
Well, this Rainbow Album Isn't the best. There are a couple of good songs "Catch the Rainbow", "Sixteenth Century Greensleevs", and Man on the Silver Mountain (maybe The Temple of the King too) but the rest of it is so boring material. Especially "If you don't like rock'n'roll" is terrible. It would be awful to hear this as your first rock song. You wouldn't like to hear rock anymore.