Rainbow English Castle Magic. His name is Ritchie Blackmore and his reputation is legion!
But is it warranted? Find out now, as we look at the man’s career as reigning lord over the constantly evolving consortium of monster talents known as Rainbow. Ronnie James Dio, Joe Lynn Turner, Graham Bonnet, Roger Glover, Tony Carey, Bobby Rondinelli, Bob Daisley, Jimmy Bain, Doogie White, and of course Ritchie himself… they all get their say through pages and pages of previously unpublished interview footage, on what makes the Man In Black tick, his pranks, his sly hirings and swift firings.
And of course, there’s the music. From the raw and fiery Dio years, through the classic Down To Earth album, the smooth crooning Joe Lynn Turner era and into one final under-rated record fronted by Doogie White, it’s all examined here… track by track, fascinating tale by trick.
Rainbow English Castle Magic
Rainbow is the band that wrote Man On The Silver Mountain, Sixteenth Century Greensleeves, Stargazer, A Light In The Black, Tarot Woman, Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll, Gates Of Babylon, All Night Long, Eyes Of The World, Spotlight Kid, Can’t Happen Here, Stone Cold, Street Of Dreams, Can’t Let You Go and Hunting Humans, and this is the book you should read to find out WHY!
Rainbow (also known as Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow or Blackmore’s Rainbow) are a British rock band led by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, active from 1975 to 1984, from 1993 to 1997, and from 2015 to the present. They were originally established with Ronnie James Dio’s American rock band Elf, but after their first album, Blackmore fired the backing members and continued with Dio until 1979.
Three British musicians joined in 1979—singer Graham Bonnet, keyboardist Don Airey and then-former Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover—and this line-up gave the band their commercial breakthrough with the single “Since You Been Gone”. Over the years Rainbow went through many line-up changes with no two studio albums featuring the same line-up.
Other lead singers Joe Lynn Turner and Doogie White would follow, and the project consisted of numerous backing musicians. A pioneer to power metal, the band’s early work primarily featured mystical lyrics with a neoclassical metal style, but went in a more streamlined, commercial direction following Dio’s departure from the group.
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