RitchiE BlAckmoRE’s RAinBow
memoRIes In RocK, lIve In GeRmany
Rock fans have been asking it for years: ‘When’s Ritchie Blackmore ditching the acoustic madrigals and getting back to his electrifying work with a Strat and souped-up valve amp?’. Well, the answer is now – at least for this brief reunion with his second great band, Rainbow. Earlier this year Ritchie picked up his Fender and returned to rock. This double CD documents parts of two shows recorded in front of an hysterical German crowd. Although touted as Rainbow, various Purple tracks appear, including the rapturously received Smoke On The Water, Highway Star and Black Night; plus, of course, Rainbow favourites Since You’ve Been Gone and Long Live Rock’n’Roll. While the performances seem a tad tentative the musicianship from all concerned still shines through. A great document, but more for the diehards and completists we feel.