Rainbow Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow LP (Yellow/Gold Vinyl)
1975 Debut Album On Yellow/Gold Vinyl Pressed At RTI! Dead Quiet Surfaces!
Group's 1975 Debut Includes Signature "Man on a Silver Mountain" and Heralds
Beginning of Powerful Combination of Ritchie Blackmore and Ronnie James Dio
Wax Cathedral Reissue Comes Replete With Faithful Replication of Original
Gatefold Sleeve; Pressed at RTI, America's Best Record Plant
In 1974, Ritchie Blackmore's bandmates in Deep Purple refused his request to cut
a cover of Quatermass' "Black Sheep of the Family." Demonstrating impressive
commitment to the song, Blackmore set out to record it with the help of
then-emerging vocalist Ronnie James Dio and members of his band Elf. To have
enough material to release this as a single, Blackmore and Dio collaborated on
"Sixteenth Century Greensleeves." Pleased with the results, the two fleshed out
a full album and Blackmore formally parted ways with Deep Purple. Blackmore and
Dio named their new band after the location where they initially discussed their
collaboration: the legendary Rainbow Bar and Grill on West Hollywood's Sunset
Strip. Rainbow was born.
Drawing on medieval classical progressions for inspiration, Blackmore paired
textured playing paired with Dio's fantastical lyrical imagery and inimitable
vocals. The combination set Rainbow apart from its hard rock contemporaries.
Featuring what would prove to be Rainbow's signature tune, "Man on the Silver
Mountain," Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow is a dynamic voyage. Blackmore's somber,
melodic playing weaves a mystical tapestry over which Dio's tales of
drawbridges, crossbows, and kings settle like a knight on his steed. This
influential classic concludes with a flourish, as a cover of the Yardbirds'
Gregorian chant-influenced instrumental "Still I'm Sad" proves a perfect pulpit
for Blackmore's rhapsody-like soloing.
Complete with a faithful replication of the original gatefold sleeve and
featuring dead-quiet surfaces, this Wax Cathedral reissue is pressed at RTI,
America's best record plant. Even better, it's on yellow/gold vinyl.
• Yellow/Gold Vinyl LP
• Pressed at RTI
• Dead-Quiet Surfaces
• Faithful Replication of the Original Gatefold Sleeve
1. Man on the Silver Mountain
2. Self Portrait
3. Black Sheep of the Family
4. Catch the Rainbow
1. Snake Charmer
2. The Temple of the King
3. If You Don't Like Rock 'n' Roll
4. Sixteenth Century Greensleeves
5. Still I'm Sad