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This review is from: Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow (Audio CD)
I love Dio era Rainbow, and this album - his first with Ritchie Blackmore - is a treat! There are shades of Deep Purple about it to begin with (guitarist Blackmore's previous band), and that's no bad thing, but as the album progresses, things make a departure and you start to get a flavour of what's to come on future Dio/Blackmore Rainbow collaborations (there were only 3 studio albums in total). Opener 'Man On The Silver Mountain' is a DP type rocker - check those keyboards! - with fantastic vocal and guitar; 'Self Portrait' - a personal favourite - is a real strange mid-paced number with more Dio influence coming to the fore; 'Black Sheep Of The Family' rolls along with great harmonies - it's rockin'; 'Catch The Rainbow' is a beautifully sung melodic piece with a guitar intro a bit reminiscent of Hendrix (I thought); 'Snake Charmer' is a brilliant '70s funk rocker - listen to that wawah guitar! (another personal favourite); 'Temple Of The King' is simply awesome and majestic in every way, again, featuring superb lyrics and vocals and wonderful, catchy guitar parts layered with a bit of spanish style fingerpickin' in places - hear this tune once and you'll be humming it to yourself for a long time after! (possibly my favourite of the lot); 'If You Don't Like Rock N Roll' is something of a straight down the line meat and potatoes bar room rock workout with some nice flourishes - great stuff!; 'Sixteenth Cetury Greensleeves' I found very interesting and original, and with repeated plays only gets more interesting - a belter! The last song is a fast-paced instrumental cover of The Yardbirds 'Still I'm Sad'. I have to admit that while it's an interesting interpretation of the original, it's a bit superfluous and simply not as good. I felt the cowbell(?), clinking throughout, made it sound a bit pants really. May have been bettered with some Dio input? Who knows?; a curiosity nonetheless. The rest of the group (Dio's soon to be ex-bandmates 'Elf' - minus the guitarist already replaced, of course, by Blackmore) provide excellent backing. The musicianship, lyrics and powerful vocals - as one would expect from these fellas - are all utterly superb, and I'd certainly recommend this smokin' hot riff-peppered release, along with the other 2 Dio/Blackmore Rainbow albums, to anyone who loves classic rock. Groovy cover art too!