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Rainbow - Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow review



Reviewer:
9.0

547 users:
8.76
Band: Rainbow
Album: Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow
Release date: August 1975


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]


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.

Rainbow's highly impressive debut signalled the start of the hard rock supergroup, which would go on to produce some of the best music in hard rock history. This was all down to such a classic line-up of course, most notably the legendary lead singer, Ronnie James Dio, who joined Blackmore and the band after leaving his former band Elf. Although Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow was originally set to be released as a solo album by Deep Purple's lead guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, Blackmore himself stated he should havecalled it Ritchie And Dio's Rainbow instead, due to Dio's massive contribution to the band.

Although the majority of hard rockers consider Rainbow's next release, Rising, to be their true masterpiece (myself included, in fact), Ronnie James Dio himself considered his favourite Rainbow release to be the debut, and you can understand why. Although I personally found Rainbow's Rising as their finest work, this debut was full of great moments and set the benchmark for what was to become.

The album contained several cover songs; "I'm Still Sad" which was a song originally by The Yardbirds, which Rainbow performed as a short instrumental track, and "Black Sheep Of The Family", which was a song originally by Quartermass. Rainbow also performed their very own take on the famous medieval classic, "Sixteenth Century Greensleeves", and provided us with the soft classic ballad, "Catch The Rainbow", one of the earliest examples of a classic heavy metal ballad, with an outstanding vocal performance from Dio. My personal favourite song, "Temple Of The King", for me showed the band's true greatness; it's an incredibly well-written ballad, inspired by far Eastern folklore, and with some beautiful acoustic melodies by Blackmore, which showed his capability in playing various guitar styles. "Man On The Silver Mountain", also a common favorite, is probably the most signature-sounding Rainbow song on the album, with the heavy melodies, cool main riff and catchy lyrics that would come to define the sound of Rainbow.

This album was a real turning point in hard rock, and in Dio's career also; from here, Dio would begin his long line of songs in which he would use the imagery of a rainbow; he even continued the rainbow imagery later in his own band. Dio's powerful vocal range, and the fantasy and heroic lyrical content, would later go on to inspire the early power metal scene much later down the line. Rainbow would go on to a more glam route after Dio's departure after Long Live Rock 'N' Roll, leaving behind the legacy of Rainbow's original line-up.


Rating breakdown
Performance: 10
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 9
Production: 9

Written by AndyMetalFreak | 02.01.2022




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Comments

Comments: 9   Visited by: 36 users
02.01.2022 - 23:38
Rating: 8
F3ynman2000

Great review of a classic lineup!
Dio + Blackmore = magic (and rainbows!)
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03.01.2022 - 00:36
Rating: 9
IH8Hipsters

An all time classic album and band. Underappreciated IMO.
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03.01.2022 - 06:41
Rating: 9
AndyMetalFreak
The Nice Guy
Written by IH8Hipsters on 03.01.2022 at 00:36

An all time classic album and band. Underappreciated IMO.

I couldn't agree more
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03.01.2022 - 06:44
Rating: 9
AndyMetalFreak
The Nice Guy
Written by F3ynman2000 on 02.01.2022 at 23:38

Great review of a classic lineup!
Dio + Blackmore = magic (and rainbows!)

Thanks One of the best vocalists ever, with one of the best guitarists ever, and both are excellent songwriters.
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03.01.2022 - 10:11
Rating: 10
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Tage Westerlund
One of my fav album, one of best album ever, and best Dio album ever. Pure classic, out of time and essential, never will die.
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03.01.2022 - 10:57
Rating: 9
AndyMetalFreak
The Nice Guy
Written by Bad English on 03.01.2022 at 10:11

One of my fav album, one of best album ever, and best Dio album ever. Pure classic, out of time and essential, never will die.

I agree this album is essential. It's one of the first albums that began my journey from hard rock to heavy metal. First it was bands like Led Zeppelin, and then Deep Purple's In Rock, and Machine Head. It was the amazing guitaring by Blackmore that prompted me to listen to this, and then I discovered Dio's amazing vocals, and well, my journey went from there.
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03.01.2022 - 11:02
Rating: 10
Bad English
Tage Westerlund
Written by AndyMetalFreak on 03.01.2022 at 10:57

Written by Bad English on 03.01.2022 at 10:11

One of my fav album, one of best album ever, and best Dio album ever. Pure classic, out of time and essential, never will die.

I agree this album is essential. It's one of the first albums that began my journey from hard rock to heavy metal. First it was bands like Led Zeppelin, and then Deep Purple's In Rock, and Machine Head. It was the amazing guitaring by Blackmore that prompted me to listen to this, and then I discovered Dio's amazing vocals, and well, my journey went from there.

This is better as purple, led has ever created
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04.01.2022 - 00:27
DystopianWonder

It's so funny, all those huge bands mentioned right off and so many people are like..."oh yeah, there was also Rainbow".
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04.01.2022 - 15:56
Rating: 9
AndyMetalFreak
The Nice Guy
Written by DystopianWonder on 04.01.2022 at 00:27

It's so funny, all those huge bands mentioned right off and so many people are like..."oh yeah, there was also Rainbow".

The 70's was a great era for hard rock, and the NWOBHM, you had the major bands I mentioned, but also had great bands that are easily forgotten like; Hawkwind, Motörhead, Judas Priest, Budgie, Saxon, Uriah Heep, and Venom, all from from the UK alone.

Amazingly most NWOBHM bands are still going strong.
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