Rainbow - Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow - Gatefold 12" Vinyl LP Album

  Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow (1975) is the first album released by Rainbow. "Black Sheep of the Family" was a cover of an old Quatermass song, "Still I'm Sad" a cover of a Yardbirds track. Despite the only moderate chart success this album provided to the band, many musicians consider this album to be one of hard rock's finest moments. Backing singer Shoshana Feinstein was Blackmore's girlfriend at the time.


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Album Description:

In the realm of hard rock and heavy metal, few guitarists have left as indelible a mark as Ritchie Blackmore. His eponymous band, Rainbow, made their debut in 1975 with the release of the album "Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow".

"Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow" served as a testament to Blackmore's musical brilliance and vision. The album showcased a fusion of hard rock and classical influences, creating a unique sound that captivated listeners. Tracks like "Man on the Silver Mountain" and "Catch the Rainbow" demonstrated Blackmore's exceptional guitar skills, blending intricate riffs with melodic solos, while frontman Ronnie James Dio's powerful vocals elevated the band's compositions to new heights.

The gatefold 12" vinyl LP format added an element of grandeur to the album's presentation. Opening the gatefold cover revealed a visually stunning canvas that extended the album's artistic expression beyond the music itself. The design incorporated intricate illustrations, band photographs, and additional information, offering fans a more immersive experience.

The front cover of "Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow" featured a striking illustration that evoked a sense of mystique and adventure. It depicted a mystical gate guarded by a castle tower, inviting listeners to embark on a musical journey through the gates of Rainbow. The intricate details and vivid colors captured the album's epic and imaginative themes, adding a visual dimension that complemented the music within.

Decades after its release, "Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow" remains a seminal album in the world of rock music. It not only solidified Rainbow's place in the genre but also served as a stepping stone for the careers of its talented members. Ronnie James Dio, in particular, established himself as one of rock's greatest vocalists, leaving an indelible mark on the music world.

Furthermore, the vinyl LP format has experienced a resurgence in recent years, with enthusiasts and collectors appreciating the warm sound quality and tactile experience it offers. The gatefold edition of "Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow" embodies the nostalgia and authenticity that vinyl enthusiasts cherish, creating a connection between the listener and the music that digital formats often lack.

Music Genre:

  70s British Hard Rock


  Gatefold (FOC) album cover design.

Album Production Information:

  Produced by Ritchie Blackmore, Martin Birch, Ronnie Dio
Recorded during 20 February till 14 March 1975 at the Musicland Studios, Munich, Germany

Record Label Information:

  Oyster OYA 2001

Media Format:

  12" LP Vinyl Gramophone Record 

Year & Country:

  1975 Made in Gt Britain
Band Members and Musicians on: Rainbow - Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Ritchie Blackmore - Guitar

    Ritchie Blackmore, born Richard Hugh Blackmore on April 14, 1945, in Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset, England, is an iconic English guitarist known for his contributions to the world of rock music. With a career spanning several decades, Blackmore has left an indelible mark on the genre and has been a driving force behind legendary bands such as Deep Purple and Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow.

    Born to parents Lewis J. Blackmore and Violet Short, Ritchie Blackmore showed a passion for music from an early age. He began playing the guitar as a teenager and quickly developed his skills, drawing inspiration from various musical styles. His dedication to the instrument paid off when he joined the band Shades of Deep Purple in 1968, which later became simply Deep Purple.


    As the lead guitarist of Deep Purple, Blackmore played a pivotal role in shaping the band's sound and achieving commercial success. During his time with Deep Purple, from 1968 to 1994, Blackmore contributed his distinctive guitar playing to numerous albums, including "In Rock" (1970), "Machine Head" (1972), and "Made in Japan" (1972). These albums showcased his exceptional talent for crafting powerful riffs, melodic solos, and intricate guitar arrangements that became hallmarks of Deep Purple's music.

    In 1994, after years of creative differences and lineup changes within Deep Purple, Ritchie Blackmore decided to leave the band to explore new musical horizons. He formed his own rock band called Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, which allowed him greater creative freedom. With Rainbow , Blackmore continued to captivate audiences with his guitar prowess and released several successful albums, including "Rising" (1976) and "Straight Between the Eyes" (1982).

    However, in 1997, Blackmore made a surprising shift in musical direction. He transitioned from rock to folk rock and embarked on a new journey with his girlfriend and later wife, Candice Night. Together, they formed the duo Blackmore's Night, fusing elements of Renaissance music, folk, and rock. With Blackmore's masterful guitar playing and Night's enchanting vocals, the duo garnered a loyal following and released a string of albums, including "Shadow of the Moon" (1997) and "Ghost of a Rose" (2003).

    Ritchie Blackmore's ability to adapt to different musical styles and his unwavering commitment to his craft have solidified his status as one of the greatest guitarists in rock history. Known for his electrifying live performances and his unique blend of blues, classical, and hard rock influences, Blackmore has inspired generations of musicians and continues to be revered as a guitar virtuoso.

    Throughout his life, Blackmore has been married multiple times. He married Margit Volkmar sometime between 1965 and 1969, Bärbel between 1969 and 1971, and Amy Rothman between 1981 and 1983. However, his most notable and enduring marriage has been to Candice Night, whom he married on May 8, 2008, when he was 63 years old and Night was 37 years old.

    Ritchie Blackmore's musical journey has been one of constant exploration and reinvention. From his influential years with Deep Purple to the establishment of Rainbow and his subsequent foray into folk rock with Blackmore's Night, he has left an indelible mark on the rock music landscape. His virtuosity, innovative playing style, and enduring passion for music have earned him a rightful place among the legends of rock guitar.

    Candice Night, While best known for her enchanting vocals and lyrical contributions to Blackmore's Night, Candice Night is an accomplished singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who adds a captivating element to every project she touches.

    From Long Island to a Renaissance Fair of the Heart


    Born in Long Island, New York, Candice Night's early life included a brief stint as a model. Music, however, was her true calling. A fateful meeting with legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore in 1989 led to not only a romantic connection, but the seeds of what would become their long-running collaborative project, Blackmore's Night.

    Blackmore's Night: A Journey Through Time

    Blackmore's Night has crafted a unique sonic blend merging Renaissance and folk influences with modern instrumentation. Night's ethereal vocals and poetic lyrics are central to their sound. She often plays woodwind instruments like the pennywhistle, adding another layer of delicate beauty to songs like "Shadow of the Moon" and "Under a Violet Moon." Blackmore's Night has released over ten studio albums, transporting listeners to a simpler time with their enchanting music.

  • Ronnie James Dio - Vocals

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  • Gary Driscoll - Drums
  • Craig Gruber - Bass
  • Mickey Lee Soule - Keyboards
Track Listing of: Rainbow - Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow

The Song/tracks on "Rainbow - Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow" are:

  • Man on the Silver Mountain 4:42
  • Self Portrait 3:17
  • Black Sheep of the Family (Steve Hammond) 3:22
  • Catch the Rainbow 6:27
  • Snake Charmer 4:33
  • The Temple of the King 4:45
  • If You Don't Like Rock 'n' Roll 2:38
  • Sixteenth Century Greensleeves 3:31
  • Still I'm Sad (Paul Samwell-Smith, Jim McCarty) 3:51
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RAINBOW - Bent Out of Shape (French & German Releases)  album front cover vinyl record


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RAINBOW - Difficult to Cure album front cover vinyl record


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RAINBOW - Down To Earth album front cover vinyl record


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RAINBOW - Finyl Vinyl album front cover vinyl record


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RAINBOW - Long Live Rock 'n' Roll ( Netherlands, German and West-German Releases )  album front cover vinyl record


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RAINBOW - On Stage  album front cover vinyl record


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RAINBOW - Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow 12" Vinyl LP
RAINBOW - Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow album front cover vinyl record


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RAINBOW - Rising (Austria, German and USA Releases) 12" Vinyl LP
RAINBOW - Rising (Austria, German and USA Releases) album front cover vinyl record


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