Label: Polydor - 2391 190,Polydor - PD 6049 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Hard Rock
During studio sessions in Tampa Bay, Florida on 12 DecemberBlackmore originally planned to record the solo single "Black Sheep of the Family"- a cover of a track by the band Quatermass from - and the newly composed "Sixteenth Century Greensleeves", which was to be the B-side. Satisfied with the two Gówno - To Nie Jest Kurwa Pink Floyd, Blackmore decided to extend the sessions to a full album.
Though it was originally planned to be a solo album, the record was billed as Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbowand 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. A version featuring vocals subsequently appeared on Rainbow's live album On Stage.
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 European release followed later in the year. Vocalist Ronnie James Dio considered this release his favourite Rainbow album. Despite the title implying the record being a Ritchie Blackmore solo release, in later years Blackmore has jokingly stated that Dio's contributions warranted a re-titling of "Ritchie Blackmore and Ronnie James Dio's Rainbow".
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 Man On The Silver Mountain - Rainbow - Ritchie Blackmores Rainbow the cassette itself, "Sixteenth Century Greensleeves" is written as " Sixteen Century Greensleeves".
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