RitchiE BlAck­moRE’s RAin­Bow

mem­o­RIes In RocK, lIve In GeR­many

Guitar Techniques - - MUSIC -

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.

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