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Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow
Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow
(sometimes stylised Ritchie Blackmore's R-A-I-N-B-O-W) is the first studio album by British rock band Rainbow, released in 1975.


1 Recording 2 Release and reception 3 Track listing 4 Personnel 5 Charts 6 Certifications 7 Covers 8 References

Recording[edit] During studio sessions in Tampa Bay, Florida on 12 December 1974, Blackmore originally planned to record the solo single "Black Sheep of the Family"- a cover of a track by the band Quatermass from 1970 - and the newly composed "Sixteenth Century Greensleeves", which was to be the B-side.[citation needed] Other musicians involved included singer/lyricist Ronnie James Dio
Ronnie James Dio
and drummer Gary Driscoll of blues rock band Elf, and cellist Hugh McDowell of ELO. Satisfied with the two tracks, Blackmore decided to extend the sessions to a full album.[1] The other members of Elf, keyboardist Micky Lee Soule and bassist Craig Gruber, were used for the recording of the album in Musicland Studios in Munich, West Germany during February and March, 1975. Though it was originally planned to be a solo album, the record was billed as Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, and later progressed as a new band project. Blackmore and Dio did promotional work for the album. Shortly after the album was released, all Elf members (except Dio) were sacked and Blackmore recruited new musicians for subsequent Rainbow albums. This first line-up never performed live, and the live photos used in the album art are of Blackmore while with Deep Purple and of Elf playing live.[citation needed] The last track of the album, "Still I'm Sad", is an instrumental cover of a song by The Yardbirds
The Yardbirds
from their 1965 album Having a Rave Up with The Yardbirds. Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings

Review scores

Source Rating

AllMusic [2]

Rolling Stone (unfavorable)[3]

Sputnikmusic [4]

The original vinyl release had a gate fold sleeve, although later budget reissues on Polydor reduced to a single sleeve. The album's songs have been performed by subsequent Rainbow line-ups. The album was widely praised for its fantasy/heroic-like lyrical content and the innovative rock style. Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow
Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow
was re-issued on CD in remastered form in the US in April 1999. The European release followed later in the year. Vocalist Ronnie James Dio
Ronnie James Dio
considered this release his favourite Rainbow album.[5] Despite the title implying the record being a Ritchie Blackmore
Ritchie Blackmore
solo release, in later years Blackmore has jokingly stated that Dio's contributions warranted a re-titling of " Ritchie Blackmore
Ritchie Blackmore
and Ronnie James Dio's Rainbow".[6] Track listing[edit] All music written by Ritchie Blackmore
Ritchie Blackmore
and Ronnie James Dio
Ronnie James Dio
except where noted

Side one

No. Title Writer(s) Length

1. "Man on the Silver Mountain"   4:42

2. "Self Portrait"   3:17

3. "Black Sheep of the Family" (Quatermass cover) Steve Hammond 3:22

4. "Catch the Rainbow"   6:27

Side two

No. Title Writer(s) Length

5. "Snake Charmer"   4:33

6. "Temple of the King"   4:45

7. "If You Don't Like Rock 'n' Roll"   2:38

8. "Sixteenth Century Greensleeves"   3:31

9. "Still I'm Sad" ( The Yardbirds
The Yardbirds
cover) Paul Samwell-Smith, Jim McCarty 3:51

Note: On the cassette version of the album Side One features the last five tracks while Side Two plays the first four. On the case insert and on the cassette itself, "Sixteenth Century Greensleeves" is written as "Sixteen Century Greensleeves". Personnel[edit]


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


Shoshana – backing vocals


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



Year Chart Position

1975 UK Albums Chart[7] 11

Swedish Albums Chart[8] 24

Billboard 200
Billboard 200
(USA) [9] 30

New Zealand Albums Charts[10] 40

RPM100 Albums (Canada)[11] 83


Country Organization Year Sales

UK BPI 1975 Silver (+ 60,000)[12]


Blackmore's Night
Blackmore's Night
have released a folk rock cover version of "Self Portrait" on their second studio album Under a Violet Moon
Under a Violet Moon
in 1999, and "Temple of the King" on 2013's Dancer and the Moon. They also performed a live cover of "Sixteenth Century Greensleeves" (titled as "16th Century Greensleeves") on their 2002 live album Past Times with Good Company. Bible Black, whose membership included Craig Gruber and Gary Driscoll, would occasionally cover "Man on the Silver Mountain" live. In 2011 Gruber's new band, ED3N (which also contained his Bible Black bandmate Jeff Fenholt) recorded a cover of "Man on the Silver Mountain" as a tribute to Dio and Driscoll. German guitarist Axel Rudi Pell
Axel Rudi Pell
covered the song "Still I'm Sad" on the tribute album Holy Dio: Tribute to Ronnie James Dio, which later appeared on his "best-of" The Wizard's Chosen Few. A cover of "The Temple of the King" appeared on his career compilation The Ballads III. Opeth
played "Catch the Rainbow" live in concert as a tribute to the recently deceased Ronnie James Dio. Jack Starr's Burning Starr also recorded a version on their 2009 album Defiance, which was also featured on the Dio tribute album Magic: A Tribute to Ronnie James Dio. Spanish folk metal band Mägo de Oz
Mägo de Oz
covered "The Temple of the King" (albeit with different lyrics, in Spanish) as "El Templo del Adiós" on their 1998 album La Leyenda de la Mancha. Also, by Mägo de Oz, a cover of "Man on the Silver Mountain" is included in their compilation album Rarezas, though this album is somewhat unrecognised by the band itself due to some unresolved disagreements with the album's producer Locomotive Music. Swedish power metal band HammerFall
covered "Man on the Silver Mountain". The song was collected in their album Masterpieces. German heavy metal band Angel Dust covered "The Temple of the King" on the tribute album Holy Dio: Tribute to Ronnie James Dio. Turkish singer Müslüm Gürses covered "The Temple of the King" on his 2006 cover album Aşk Tesadüfleri Sever. Rainbow included an updated version of "Still I'm Sad" (itself a cover of a 1965 The Yardbirds
The Yardbirds
track from their album Having a Rave Up with The Yardbirds) on their 1995 album Stranger in Us All.


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Ronnie James Dio
Web Site. Retrieved 22 September 2011.  ^ Kent-Abbott, David. " Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow
Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow
review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-11-24.  ^ Altman, Billy (23 October 1975). " Album
Reviews: Rainbow - Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2 October 2007. Retrieved 2013-11-24.  ^ Sagui, Shachar. " Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow
Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow
review". Sputnikmusic. Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2015-03-31.  ^ Popoff, Martin. The Very Beast of Dio (liner notes). p. 11.  ^ Jon Hotten (1988). "Black Sabbath : The Dio Years" (PDF). Web.archive.org. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 January 2009. Retrieved 2016-01-24.  ^ "Rainbow Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2013-11-26.  ^ "Rainbow – Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow
Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow
(album)". Swedishcharts.com. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2013-11-26.  ^ "Top LPs & Tape" (PDF). Billboard. 87 (43): 74. October 25, 1975.  ^ "Rainbow – Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow
Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow
(album)". Charts.org.nz. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2013-11-26.  ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 24, No. 9, October 25, 1975". Library and Archives Canada. 25 October 1975. Retrieved 2013-12-04.  ^ "Search for Artist Ritchie Blackmore". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2013-11-26. 

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Ritchie Blackmore Jens Johansson David Keith Bob Nouveau Ronnie Romero

Ronnie James Dio Gary Driscoll Craig Gruber Micky Lee Soule Cozy Powell Jimmy Bain Tony Carey David Stone Mark Clarke Bob Daisley Roger Glover Don Airey Graham Bonnet Joe Lynn Turner Bobby Rondinelli David Rosenthal Chuck Burgi Paul Morris Greg Smith Doogie White John O'Reilly John Miceli

Studio albums

Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow Rising Long Live Rock 'n' Roll Down to Earth Difficult to Cure Straight Between the Eyes Bent Out of Shape Stranger in Us All


Jealous Lover

Live albums

On Stage Finyl Vinyl Live in Germany 1976/Live in Europe Deutschland Tournee 1976 Live in Munich 1977 Black Masquerade Memories in Rock - Live in Germany

Compilation albums

The Best of Rainbow The Very Best of Rainbow 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Rainbow Classic Rainbow Pot of Gold All Night Long: An Introduction Catch the Rainbow: The Anthology Winning Combinations: Deep Purple
Deep Purple
and Rainbow Anthology 1975 – 1984

Video albums

Live Between the Eyes The Final Cut Live in Munich 1977 Black Masquerade Memories in Rock - Live in Germany


"Man on the Silver Mountain" "Catch the Rainbow" "Stargazer" "Since You Been Gone" "Street of Dreams"

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