Rainbow
Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow


5.0
classic

Review

by Shachar Sagui USER (26 Reviews)
August 9th, 2012 | 51 replies


Release Date: 1975 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Temple Of Richie Blackmore.

In 1974 Ritchie Blackmore decided he is going to leave Deep Purple. He apparently didnt like the new sound of the band, and was disappointed from the band latest Stormbringer. After leaving the band, Blackmore was looking forward to releasing a solo album. He met with the then-unkown Ronnie James Dio, and together with Dio's former band members (Elf), he recorded Rainbow's first self-titled album. Blackmore's intent behind the album was to combine Neo-Classical Metal with Mystical lyrics. Dio was just the man for the job, writing lyrics for the whole album, such as the medieval 'The Temple Of The King' and 'Sixteenth Century Greensleeves'.

The album starts off with 'The Man On The Silver Mountain', which is clearly one of the highlights here. This song follows(or should I say leads?) the classic Rainbow structure. Catchy and bluesy Blackmore riff accompanied by Dio's powerful singing and his mystical lyrics, followed by a Blackmore solo. The rest of the band dosent seem to do anything special, and they are just trying to keep up with Blackmore and Dio. This isnt that bad, though, as the two keep up the quality of the music.
The same structure goes on for most of the album, with 'Snake Charmer' and 'Self Portrait' being the best among these songs. The best part of the album, though, are the two ballads.
Dio proves that he can sing a ballad just as well as an Hard Rock piece. 'Catch The Rainbow' is a slow ballad, with great lyrics, and even though its chords are simple it carries on for six minutes pretty well. It ends with a two-minute long solo, which, with all due respect, gets sick of after a couple of listenings.
But then there is 'The Temple Of The King', the greater of the two ballads, and in my opinion the best song in the album. The lyrics are amazing, and Dio delivers them oh so well. Both the melody and the chords are so simple, yet so beautiful - and the solo is just as well. This is one of the songs you listen to when youre taking a long ride on the bus. Its raining outside and youre looking through the window, watching the obscure landscape changes. The song is sad and emotional, yet the epic lyrics create a glimmer of hope, and make your heart feel warm inside as your ears are weeping tears of joy.
The great production beneficent the incredible album, having the fine Martin Birch handling the engineering and the mixing.

Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow is one of the cornerstones of Heavy Metal. Rainbow was one of the most influential bands of the era, along with Deep Purple. This band also introduced to the world one of the best vocalist ever lived, which name will be remembered for many, many years.
The only thing there is to dislike about Rainbow is Blackmore's behavior; firing almost every bandmember after every album release, but god bless him can he play guitar.


Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow was released in August 4th, 1975. The record label is Polydor and it is 36:54 minutes long.

Personnel:

Ritchie Blackmore – guitar
Ronnie James Dio – lead vocals
Micky Lee Soule – piano, mellotron, clavinet, organ
Craig Gruber – bass
Gary Driscoll – drums
Shoshana – backing vocals

Production:
Produced by Ritchie Blackmore, Martin Birch, Ronnie James Dio
Mixed by Martin Birch
Recorded at Musicland Studios, Munich, Germany, February 20 – March 14, 1975



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Atari
Contributing Reviewer
August 9th 2012


19911 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love Dio. This could use some editing though. Also Rainbow's next album is much better than this.

Digging: Dornenreich - Freiheit

stabbler
August 9th 2012


1415 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

awesome album; not a classic, but awesome nonetheless. all the big songs off this LP sound much better live

ViperAces
August 9th 2012


12466 Comments


Rising is just as good in my opinion.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
August 9th 2012


19911 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ya rising kills

stabbler
August 9th 2012


1415 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Rising is better but a lot of people overlook this...it's pretty dated now too

DarthMann
August 9th 2012


13815 Comments


sweet

bloc
August 9th 2012


34915 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah this kills

Cipieron
August 10th 2012


3508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Rising > this > Long Live Rock&Roll

TheNotrap
August 10th 2012


8108 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Man On The Silver Mountain ftw. Need to recheck this.

Nice work man, have a pos.

Digging: Threshold - For The Journey

manosg
January 15th 2013


6249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great, great album. Very significant in the history of heavy metal. And yes, most songs sound better live but this is the case most of the times with Blackmore.

Digging: Acrimony - Tumuli Shroomaroom

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 15th 2013


19911 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

rising is better but yeah rainbow rules

manosg
January 15th 2013


6249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yes, Rising is a 5 for me. Nevertheless, Rainbow's first 3 albums are all awesome and highly influential.

And let's not forget "Stranger in Us All' which is very underrated.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 15th 2013


19911 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

meh never heard it there's no dio!

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
January 15th 2013


20984 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great album. Nowhere near as good as Rising though.

manosg
January 15th 2013


6249 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"meh never heard it there's no dio!"

True, but it's the best thing they've done since Long Live RnR. Take my word for it. One of the better
hard rock albums of the 90s.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
January 15th 2013


20984 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Stranger in Us All is a pretty good album. Need to listen to it again at some point.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
January 15th 2013


19911 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

okay i'll give it a chance eventually but i have like 1,000 albums to check out

Cipieron
January 15th 2013


3508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yep, and definitely listen to Sixteenth Century Greensleeves.. love that one

MNb
March 2nd 2013


9 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This review got a few facts wrong. Blackmore recorded it while still in Deep Purple, during a break in the Stormbringer tour. Made in Europe was recorded one, two months later. Because he was more pleased with this debut album than with Stormbringer he decide to leave - in 1975.
Neither did he meet Dio and Elf after his departure; Elf had been the supporting act for DP for a couple of years. And only a couple of weeks after his departure from DP he decided with Dio to form a new band; Cozy Powell joined in August and the two others in September. Rainbow started to tour in late 1975.
This album contains several of the best Rainbow songs, but the overall result is quite tame.

MrSirLordGentleman
April 22nd 2013


4548 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

if you don't like rock n roll is probably the only rainbow-dio-era that I don't like, and Black sheep of the family isn't THAT good, but the rest of the songs are excellent

self portrait FTW, so underrated



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