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  1. Blackmore originally planned to make a solo album, but instead in 1975 formed his own band, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, later shortened to Rainbow. Featuring vocalist Ronnie James Dio and his blues rock backing band Elf as studio musicians, this first line-up never performed live.

  2. Ritchie Blackmore web site, with Deep Purple, Blackmore's Night and Rainbow. Contains 750 pages, latest news, 600 pictures, tour information, reviews, interviews ...

  3. Ritchie Blackmore is a legend on the electric guitar. Check out 10 great moments that defined Rock music.

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    • Deep Purple Official
    • Deep Purple – Flight of The Rat
    • Deep Purple – Perfect Strangers
    • Rainbow – All Night Long
    • Rainbow – Catch The Rainbow
    • Deep Purple – Highway Star
    • Deep Purple – Black Night
    • Deep Purple – Child in Time
    • Rainbow – Stargazer
    • Deep Purple – Burn
    • Deep Purple – Smoke on The Water

    After completing Jon Lord’s neo-classical Concerto For Group And Orchestra, the Mark II line-up of Blackmore-Gillan-Glover-Lord-Paice got down to serious business with 1970’s Deep Purple In Rock album. The sessions spawned Child In Time and Black Nightbut nothing so brutal as this eight-minute bulldozer that showcased all five members yet somehow never made their live setlist.

    The title-track to 1984’s Mark II re-formation album saw Blackmore showing that anything Jimmy Page could do with Eastern scales he could match effortlessly. Unusually, though, the song structure sees him eschew a traditional solo spot so you’ll have to listen hard as he weaves in some clever noodlings and whammy bar divebombs.

    Roger Glover’s lyrics are irredeemably sexist, but Blackmore’s hook is irresistible. The band’s recruitment of singer Graham Bonnet heralded a run of three consecutive top five hits that made Rainbow Top Of The Pops regulars. Sandwiched between Russ Ballard covers Since You Been Gone and I Surrender(with Joe Lynn Turner singing) this self-penned hit peaked at No.5 in the UK in February 1980.

    In which Blackmore slows it right down and shows his mastery of the blues. Paying subtle tribute to Jimi Hendrix, he gives free rein to singer Ronnie James Dio, allowing him to deliver one of his finest vocal performances evoking the hopes and dreams of Avalon. Hold those lighters/mobile phones high…

    The high-octane opening cut on Deep Purple’s best studio album, Machine Head, this combined the eternal themes of fast cars and fast women to perfect effect. The band instantly made it their live set opener and the Made In Japanversion, recorded on 16 August 1972, is among the best committed to tape.

    A drunken jam after a night in the pub resulted in this 1970 hit that reached No.2 in the UK and Germany. In concert, Purple saved it for a rabble-rousing encore, recording a splendid version in Osaka on the same night as Highway Star – though there wasn’t room for it on the original vinyl version of Made In Japan.

    Building from three subtle Jon Lord notes this epic In Rocktrack soars into a galloping mid-section boogie over which – starting just after the four-minute mark – Ritchie delivers one of his greatest solos. The song then begins again, climaxing in a musical maelstrom over which Ian Gillan screams his heart out.

    This monumental tale of enslaved villagers building a tower of stone for a wizard to fly to the stars from is the perfect marriage of Ronnie James Dio’s voice and Blackmore’s guitar. Another stunning solo from The Man In Black drives Rainbow to their bombastic best – with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra stirred in for good measure.

    The signature track on 1974’s eponymous album which introduced the world to David Coverdale… There are many amazing live versions, but this song is so good that the studio original can still hold its own. Blackmore’s heavily accented riff completely reinvents George Gershwin’s Fascinating Rhythmhook – and the solo is incendiary.

    A riff so simple it became beginners’ staple. A hook so unforgettable that more than 40 years on it remains an air guitarist’s dream. There is more to Machine Head’s million-selling single (such as Lord’s work behind the riff, or the real-life back story that inspired the lyric) but sometimes that der-der-DERintro is all you need… Now it’s your turn. What are your favourite Ritchie Blackmore songs? Let us know below… Will Ritchie's Rainbow rise... or plummet down to Earth? 10 Songs We’re Begging Ritchie Blackmore To Play In 2016

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  4. Apr 15, 2015 · Ritchie Blackmore on a UK tour in 1973. Photograph: Ian Dickson/Redferns. Our brief search for other three-dimensional guitarists failed to turn up any more that met with Blackmore’s approval.

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  5. Jul 07, 2021 · First thing’s first, if the name Ritchie Blackmore only conjures up vague reminders of rock music, if the vision of his Fender Strat being delicately placed upon his shoulders doesn’t excite you, and if the only riff of Deep Purple’s you know is ‘Smoke on the Water’ then we implore you to revisit some of the iconic and enigmatic guitarist’s finest work.

  6. Sep 14, 2020 · During a conversation with Classic Rock, Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan talked about leaving the band back in 1973, his relationship with guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, and more.. Deep Purple has a ...

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