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Artist: Rainbow

Title: Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow

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Rainbow Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow Album Cover


Category: Hard Rock

Year: 1975

Label: Polydor

Catalog Number: 825 089-2


Ritchie Blackmore guitar
Ronnie James Dio vocals
Gary Driscoll drums
Craig Gruber bass
Mickey Lee Soule keyboards


1.  Man on the Silver Mountain  4:37
2.  Self Portrait  3:12
3.  Black Sheep of the Family  3:19
4.  Catch the Rainbow  6:29
5.  Snake Charmer  4:30
6.  The Temple of the King  4:43
7.  If You Don't Like Rock 'N' Roll  2:35
8.  Sixteen Century Greensleeves  3:29
9.  Still I'm Sad  3:52
Total Running Time:  36:46

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Emilio Date: April 17, 2003 at 14:39
Uno de los mejores discos de Rainbow. Mr. Blackmore se cargó Elf para hacerse con los servicios de Ronnie James Dio, dejando al guitarrista de dicho grupo sólo, para en el próximo trabajo de Rainbow quedarse únicamente con Dio. Una de mis favoritas es "The temple of the king". Espero ver pronto aquí comentarios elogiosos sobre este disco. 10

From: Gar Date: April 19, 2003 at 15:28
Pretty good debut. Doesn't really stand the test of time like some of their other albums, but there's good stuff to be had on this. "Man on the Silver Mountain" still gets radio play today.

From: Great Dane Date: April 19, 2003 at 17:18
Its way ahead of later releases. Along with Risin, Long Live R'N'R and On Stage, they made some of the best releases ever. Their later efforts like Straight Between The Eyes, Bent Out Of Shape are totally crap, and has the little 'faggot' sounding singer Joe Lynn Turner singing. Gar, go for the early stuff, thats when they had their 'peak'.

From: RR-Finland Date: August 28, 2003 at 12:09
Good debut, but I think couple of Joe Lynn Turners 80´s Rainbows beats this one up (not included Man On The Silver Mountain of course).

From: Edward Date: October 3, 2003 at 11:27
I love MAN ON THE SILVER MOUNTAIN, but in my opinion DIO's live version of this song is much better. Faster, louder, more cool. I still like the version that is in this album too.

From: Kirsty Date: October 28, 2003 at 10:49
I love Rainbow even they are not from my time.I was born a little bit later, but my brother made me love them. I still do, I know every single song they've ever made by heart.My favourite one is 'Can't let you go'. 'Rainbow' are the music ears want to hear.

From: bilboker Date: February 28, 2004 at 12:07
Rainbow es una de las bandas mas grandes que ha existido nunca y too ellos gracias a la genialidad de Ritchie y a su buen criterio para reclutar estrella. Un debut de 10.

From: Big Papa K Date: June 28, 2004 at 16:05
While the debut contains their signature song "Man On The Silver Mountain", this is a pretty dissapointing album. This albums moves along more slow and bluesy compared to the following records. 6/10

From: CheeseSooge24 Date: August 24, 2004 at 0:05
Been a Blackmore fan since Machine Head.Didn't really care much for this one.Aside from a few good songs, there's not much life here. The band, which were Dio's fomer band, Elf, really didn't seem to click with Blackmore, plus I hate the mix. It's dead, no life in it at all. Maybe would have been much better with a good mix. Compared to the next four that would follow this one, Rainbow came out of the gate slow, but they pick up steam after this one.This is not the only Rainbow you'd want to own

From: Propane Date: November 30, 2004 at 22:17
Definitely a must have, even if you've never heard of Rainbow. The musicianship is unparalleled. My rating: 10/10.

From: CHIRO Date: March 3, 2005 at 12:39
EXCELLENT ALBUM...nice beggining, i can hear this album all the time,and don't get tired of it

From: jeff Date: April 9, 2005 at 18:21
ronnie james dio can do no wrong.

From: juan carlos Date: June 10, 2007 at 0:51
Comienza la Saga RAINBOW. GRANDE DIO!!!!! 10000/10

From: underworld king Date: May 18, 2010 at 22:13
RIP Ronnie James Dio 16 May 2010. Your music is the soundtrack to my life.

From: Animal! Date: March 2, 2011 at 23:52
Dio and Blackmore have a magic that should have lasted longer. This was the start of some amazing albums.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: May 4, 2018 at 19:42
This is where all began...tracks #1(classic!),3,5,7,8 & 9 are the ones for me and sure for many others...recommended stuff...80/100

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