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Rainbow - Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow



8.7 | 563 votes |
Release date: 4 August 1975
Style: Hard rock, Heavy metal

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01. Man On The Silver Mountain
02. Self Portrait
03. Black Sheep Of The Family [Quatermass cover]
04. Catch The Rainbow
05. Snake Charmer
06. Temple Of The King
07. If You Don't Like Rock 'N' Roll
08. Sixteenth Century Greensleeves
09. Still I'm Sad [Yardbirds cover]

Top 20 albums of 1975: 1

Line-up
Ronald James Padavona - vocals
Mickey Lee Soule - keyboards
Ritchie Blackmore - guitars
Craig Gruber - bass
Gary Driscoll - drums

Additional info
Recorded 20.02-14.03.1975 at Musicland Studios, Munich.
Released on Polydor.
Produced by Blackmore, Birch & Dio.

Guest review by
AndyMetalFreak
Rating:
9.0
The 70s brought us so many legends of hard rock, such as Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Led Zeppelin. Amongst those big names came Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, which, like those early hard rock bands, had a totally unique style, one that would would over time contribute to the formation of heavy metal. This debut certainly led to great things, both for the musicians that were involved and hard rock as a whole.

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published 02.01.2022 | Comments (9)

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17.11.2012 - 13:31
megadeath13
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Great Album, but more stuff to come, from this genious band.
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02.01.2013 - 19:17
Rating: 10
Bad English
Tage Westerlund
Best of Rainbow, best what Blackmore ever wrote, best of Dio to ... simply a 70's masterpiece, harmony, magic, weird inspiration, weird lyrics, muisc and feeling
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I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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06.05.2013 - 22:57
Rating: 7
Lumpcicle

Solid hard rock album riddled with some inconsistencies. Some tracks sound ahead of it's time while others sound like the track was cut in '69, six years before the record was made. Still, there's some can't miss songs on this album. "Self Portrait', "Catch the Rainbow" and "Temple of the King" really shows what this band was capable of.
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26.01.2015 - 20:11
Rating: 7
Ruchesko

Didn't tickle me.
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22.07.2015 - 01:22
Rating: 10
Bad English
Tage Westerlund
Written by Ruchesko on 26.01.2015 at 20:11

Didn't tickle me.


this is pure classic, how can you like some japs bands what is worthless comparing whit this ... if this album wont be out metal wont b as it is, if 30 jap bad never existed, MA would have more space on server
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Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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22.07.2015 - 17:40
Rating: 7
Ruchesko

Written by Bad English on 22.07.2015 at 01:22

this is pure classic, how can you like some japs bands what is worthless comparing whit this ... if this album wont be out metal wont b as it is, if 30 jap bad never existed, MA would have more space on server

I can like Galneryus, X Japan etc. without particularly liking this because it is possible to acknowledge the historical significance of a classic album without actually enjoying it.

I feel much the same way about Helloween's "Keeper of the Seven Keys".
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22.07.2015 - 17:43
Rating: 10
Bad English
Tage Westerlund
Written by Ruchesko on 22.07.2015 at 17:40

Written by Bad English on 22.07.2015 at 01:22

this is pure classic, how can you like some japs bands what is worthless comparing whit this ... if this album wont be out metal wont b as it is, if 30 jap bad never existed, MA would have more space on server

I can like Galneryus, X Japan etc. without particularly liking this because it is possible to acknowledge the historical significance of a classic album without actually enjoying it.

I feel much the same way about Helloween's "Keeper of the Seven Keys".


I don't like Keeper to , and whole Helloween concept band I so weak, but how many bands they inspired? Jap bands can inspire maybe Asians, but rainbow did whole....
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Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
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14.11.2015 - 16:32
Mountain King
K i K o
I understand the historical and influential value of this album but I consider early Deep Purple albums far more important and better than this one (being that Richie Blackmore was on them). I like 3 songs on this album and to me they're not even that great, apart from "Catch The Rainbow". Let's look at the songs, the two covers are average at most. "If You Don't Like Rock 'N' Roll" or "Self Portrait" are really just 70's rock songs that are good but that's it. So I don't see why this immense glorification of this debut album.
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02.10.2020 - 13:25
Rufus Valentine
Account deleted
Lovely album. I always go back to this.
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26.10.2020 - 22:16
Rating: 8
Redel

Temple of the king is just so beautiful.
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27.10.2020 - 17:35
JoHn DoE

Listened to this yesterday evening, as great as ever
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24.09.2021 - 12:15
Rating: 9
AndyMetalFreak
The Nice Guy
This album is so diverse, from the slow beautiful ballad of "Catch The Rainbow", to the magnificent "Temple Of The King" to the brilliant Man On The Silver Mountain, to the great instrumental Yardbirds cover, "Still I'm Sad", and I still stand by what I say, Ritchie Blackmore is the greatest guitarist in heavy metal history
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12.01.2022 - 13:50
Rating: 8
F3ynman2000
Nocturnal Bro
"Man on the Silve Mountain", "Catch the Rainbow", and "Temple of the King" are absolute musical masterpieces!
However, I find the rest of the album only average
In total, I guess my rating rounds up to an 8. I like that Rainbow got even more epic on Rising
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12.01.2022 - 14:01
JoHn DoE

Written by F3ynman2000 on 12.01.2022 at 13:50

"Man on the Silve Mountain", "Catch the Rainbow", and "Temple of the King" are absolute musical masterpieces!
However, I find the rest of the album only average
In total, I guess my rating rounds up to an 8. I like that Rainbow got even more epic on Rising


If You Don't Like R'n'R is the weak song here, although it's still listenable. Everything else is top notch.
Catch the Rainbow is average? It's one of the most beautiful ballads ever created.
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12.01.2022 - 18:02
Rating: 9
AndyMetalFreak
The Nice Guy
Written by JoHn DoE on 12.01.2022 at 14:01

Written by F3ynman2000 on 12.01.2022 at 13:50

"Man on the Silve Mountain", "Catch the Rainbow", and "Temple of the King" are absolute musical masterpieces!
However, I find the rest of the album only average
In total, I guess my rating rounds up to an 8. I like that Rainbow got even more epic on Rising


If You Don't Like R'n'R is the weak song here, although it's still listenable. Everything else is top notch.
Catch the Rainbow is average? It's one of the most beautiful ballads ever created.

"If You Don't Like Rock And Roll" is the only song I find myself skipping, I thought the rest for me is highly enjoyable, and I agree that "Catch The Rainbow" is one of the best ballads ever, it's my second favourite song Dio has ever sung behind "Stargazer".
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12.01.2022 - 18:36
Rating: 8
F3ynman2000
Nocturnal Bro
Written by JoHn DoE on 12.01.2022 at 14:01

Written by F3ynman2000 on 12.01.2022 at 13:50

"Man on the Silve Mountain", "Catch the Rainbow", and "Temple of the King" are absolute musical masterpieces!
However, I find the rest of the album only average

Catch the Rainbow is average? It's one of the most beautiful ballads ever created.

Did you read my comment correctly? I said that "Temple of the King", "Catch the Rainbow" and "Man on the Silver Mountain" are masterpieces. Saying that Catch the Rainbow is average is blasphemy, and I would never dare say that
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12.01.2022 - 18:48
JoHn DoE

Written by F3ynman2000 on 12.01.2022 at 18:36

Written by JoHn DoE on 12.01.2022 at 14:01

Written by F3ynman2000 on 12.01.2022 at 13:50

"Man on the Silve Mountain", "Catch the Rainbow", and "Temple of the King" are absolute musical masterpieces!
However, I find the rest of the album only average

Catch the Rainbow is average? It's one of the most beautiful ballads ever created.

Did you read my comment correctly? I said that "Temple of the King", "Catch the Rainbow" and "Man on the Silver Mountain" are masterpieces. Saying that Catch the Rainbow is average is blasphemy, and I would never dare say that


ok, my bad.
Still think your assessment of the album is harsh.
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12.01.2022 - 19:15
Rating: 8
F3ynman2000
Nocturnal Bro
Written by JoHn DoE on 12.01.2022 at 18:48

ok, my bad.
Still think your assessment of the album is harsh.

I wouldn't call an 8 harsh at all But yeah, maybe it'll grow on me more.

I like when Dio does epic songs like Stargazer, Holy Diver, Gates of Babylon, or Heaven and Hell.
I like his emotional ballads like Catch The Rainbow, All the Fools Sailed Away, Lonely is The Word, or Children of the Sea.
I like his heavier songs like Sign of the Southern Cross, Shadow of the Wind, or Lock Up The Wolves.

I really find Dio was exceptionally special at doing the aforementioned epic ballads with his majestic voice - but I dont really like his sing-along "Rock 'n' Roll"-style songs like Stand Up and Shout or Do You Close Your Eyes. I find they sound pretty cheesy.

I guess I'm biased, but I prefer Judas Priest's "fun-oriented" songs. I find Rob's voice and the fast guitar playing of Glenn and KK create a more catchy style. Dio's voice was suited for more epic things in my opinion.
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29.03.2022 - 15:09
Rating: 9
nonZero

Interesting that Long Live Rock 'N' Roll has a higher rating than this when this is clearly the better album
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