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Ritchie Blackmores Rainbow [Limited Edition, SHM-CD, Import]

Rainbow, Blackmore's Rainbow Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (24 Sep 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition, SHM-CD, Import
  • Label: Universal Japan
  • ASIN: B001BLSECI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

1. Man on the Silver Mountain
2. Self Portrait
3. Black Sheep of the Family
4. Catch the Rainbow
5. Snake Charmer
6. Temple of the King
7. If You Don't Like Rock 'N' Roll
8. Sixteenth Century Greensleeves
9. Still I'm Sad

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must own 30 April 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is an absolute must for all of you out there who like your rock "old school" style. The first album from Blackmore post Purple, recorded with a little known bunch of Californians who went under the name of Elf, this album set the pattern for the classic Rainbow sound.
With a lovely British R&B feel to it, Blacmore's fretwork is among the best he has ever produced on his ever present white Strat. Catch the Rainbow is an exercise in subtlety whilst the frantic cover of The Yardbirds Still I'm Sad is guaranteed to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.
Team this up with Ronnie Dio's faux operatics and penchant for all things medieval sounding, and you could be in an audio version of a classic fantasy tale.
It may sound a little dated now, but that is no excuse not to own a slice of good old honest rock 'n' roll.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Richie Blackmore's Rainbow Vinyl Release 2010, 22 Aug 2010
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Looks like another excellent year for classic rock vinyl releases with the majority of the Rainbow collection now available. This is one of the few original Rainbow vinyl releases from the 70s I no longer have in my collection. Unfortunately it was played to destruction on release back in 1975 on then my state of the art `Low-Fi:' `Pye Black Box' record player. I have been listening to this album on CD from the 1999 re-mastered version, which in my view is excellent quality and worth having if vinyl is not your preferred music format. Although for me I missed the vinyl version so it was excellent news to find that it was being released again via the `Back On Black Rock Classic' series. Not having an original copy to compare against any vinyl re-issue or re-master I consider an advantage, as typically I have found so often they sound sonically compressed when compared back to back vs the 70s original.

It took a few weeks to arrive after ordering as I understand there was a delay on the release date but it was certainly worth the wait. Pressed on purple, ca 180g vinyl (this copy weighs 186g), containing the original nine tracks. I am still not convinced about the advantages claimed with heavy weight vinyl as they are never perfectly flat. I always use a record clamp whatever the weight is to ensure maximum record contact with the player's platter. The quality of the recording in my experience is more important than purely the vinyl weight and often there is no correlation. It is interesting to see it says 100% pure vinyl on the back cover, which is surprising, as it must contain a small amount of pigment to be coloured purple. No doubt they mean it contains no recycled PVC.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must own 30 April 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is an absolute must for all of you out there who like your rock "old school" style. The first album from Blackmore post Purple, recorded with a little known bunch of Californians who went under the name of Elf, this album set the pattern for the classic Rainbow sound.
With a lovely British R&B feel to it, Blacmore's fretwork is among the best he has ever produced on his ever present white Strat. Catch the Rainbow is an exercise in subtlety whilst the frantic cover of The Yardbirds Still I'm Sad is guaranteed to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.
Team this up with Ronnie Dio's faux operatics and penchant for all things medieval sounding, and you could be in an audio version of a classic fantasy tale.
It may sound a little dated now, but that is no excuse not to own a slice of good old honest rock 'n' roll.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ritchie and Ronnie. What a masterpiece 6 Dec 2003
By Peestie
Format:Audio CD
The first of the Rainbow albums and it is a good start to the bands career. This album is full of tracks with wonderful fantasy/Dungeons and Dragons lyrics.
Ronnie James Dio sounds excellent on this album and is reaching the height of his creative powers (which he finally reached in 1980-1984).
Ritchie Blackmore is also on top form. His guitars just make you want to listen to the album over and over again.
The strongest track on the album in 'Man On The Silver Mountain' and the fantasy style is peerless. None who have used a fanstasy rock style can even compare to this album (with the possible exception of Black Sabbath in the 80s)
'Sixteenth Century Greensleeves' is my personal favourite with an awesome Metal riff and great vocals.
This album is a must for anyone who likes good old fashioned metal performed by two of the biggest legends in metal. Full of great riffs and excellent vocals this album is a must for anyone who likes rock music, not just metal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Iridescence 22 May 2008
By D. J. H. Thorn TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Fleeing Deep Purple after the anaemic 'Stormbringer' enabled Ritchie Blackmore to mould a version of the band which was nearer to his own musical persona. 'Man On The Silver Mountain' opens this album like a blueprint for what was to follow, a Gothic take on hard rock. Even so, this is a fairly diverse album, featuring the soft, beautiful 'Catch The Rainbow' and 'The Temple Of The King,' which has a slightly oriental slant. Rock, though, is still the main order of the day. There is one curious inclusion, a cover of The Yardbirds hit, 'Still I'm Sad.' Where the original was a slow, cavernously echoing song made portentous by a Gregorian-style chant, Rainbow's version is a fast instrumental, recognisable only by Blackmore's jazzed-up take on the melody.

As for the rest of the band, though Elf, as they were, do a fine job, only vocalist Ronnie James Dio remained for the 'Rising' album, suggesting that Blackmore was only interested in him. Certainly, Cozy Powell coming in on drums would give their music more steel than it already had. Rainbow's debut isn't perfect but contains so much great rock that it rates as a classic.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic item well worth the price
Published 2 months ago by Rik Burek
4.0 out of 5 stars Rainbow
A few of the classic songs on this CD. Well worth a listen if this is your type of music. Good price to replace my vinyl copy
Published 3 months ago by ron
5.0 out of 5 stars more tunes than your grampa's garage
rediscovered new songs that I forgot about this magnificent band, black sheep of the family is one of those, you never know when are you going to listen to an album like this
Published 5 months ago by Ramon Polidura
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant album. For rock, Deep Purple, Deo or Rainbow fans
This takes me back a few years. I saw Rainbow play at Granby Hall in Leicester.
I went as I was a Deep Purple fan, they had just split and Richi Blackmoore had formed Rainbow. Read more
Published 6 months ago by the rabbit slayer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant album
It is a great album, and the chorus and the songs are infectious I like the record cover as it colourful and magical definitely I will by more albums from rainbow in the future.
Published 7 months ago by Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album, but one song is damaged
It's a great album, but if you're buying this from Amazon you might want to consider getting the CD, not the download. Read more
Published 7 months ago by M. Cochrane
5.0 out of 5 stars It is what it is.
This is a great collection of songs from Rainbow.If you haven't got this album, then you are missing out.It's fantastic, buy it.And don't forget to play it loud.
Published 8 months ago by Mr. V
5.0 out of 5 stars Last of the Dinosaurs
Probably the last great Metal album of that prolific era. No HM fan should ever try to live without it!
Published 9 months ago by Mr. W. Murray
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid debut album spoiled by appalling drumming and too much filler!
Can't fault Blackmore's performance on this or Dio's, although he hasn't totally developed the Demonic Roar he is known and loved for at this point, that would come on the next... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Basskenstein
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Big fan of Ritchie Blackmore and Ronnie Dio what a match made in Heaven.So tragic that Dio no longer with us what a voice the album is superb.
Published 14 months ago by Mrs. Judith A. Russell
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