Who is "Rainbow"?
20 responses Add your response
I used to be spoiled by RHINO re-masters, however they are now susceptible to the LOUDNESS crap. Rhino did the Dwight Yoakam "best of" re-master and it is recorded SO LOUD that you have to run to the volume control (or whatever) to turn it down, COMPRESSED. Too bad, just like B. Ludwig with the new Springsteen cd, you can't trust nobody anymore.
"rainbow is not Deep Purple"
Totally agree. And also agree that Blackmore is a self indulgent self imposed guitar god, but by no means whatsoever a great guitarist. What he did do was put two very diverse and successfull projects together. If he didn't have such issues both bands would have gone much, much further. The original Rainbow line up with Dio was my favorite and probably the best that was put together.
My initial point was how someone could not know who Rainbow was. Gillan by the way could not hold a candle to Dio...Just my opinion.....
I've actually seen Ritchies latest project "Blackmores Night" with his wife Candice...Not bad...If your into minstrel music:)
Actually, Blackmore was a "primo" guitarist. As good as he was in DP Mk II (I love that era), his prowess really began to peak during the DP Mk III and early Rainbow years. At the time of Rainbow, I was into a "broader" range of music and I really didn't enjoy the direction Blackmore had taken. However, today, I realize what an impact he and his band(s) have made. Don't ask your average person on this site about Blackmore. Ask the best electric guitarists (rock, progressive, blues etc.) who Blackmore was/is and what his influences have been. Then you'll get the real story. Sure, I'm a hypocrite like everyone else at times, but in this case, I have actually asked many great players about Blackmore - all responses are that he is one of the greats....so don't go there.
I saw Rainbow in concert right after they made "Difficult to Cure". I have to say that it was one of the worst concerts by a rock band. Everyone was waiting for the featured song "I surrender" before having to endure Blackmore's overdone guitar solos the whole evening. Guitar solos are great when their is some substance. It appeared to me,and many, that Rainbow was Richie's forum for showing everyone how accomplished he was on the guitar. All I can say is Rainbows have more than one color. The concert made me realize how much I missed Deep Purple!!
Perhaps godlike in the terms that some remember him IN DP AND ofcourse his own mind. Technique, originality, I don't know...I like him as a guitarist. Is he one of the top 10 or top 20 guitar gods...No...I've played for many years and have seen numerous guitar players over the years. Blackmore was good but not great.
Audiofeil, everyone is entitled to their own opinion... I guess. Dio is not Ian Gillian?!?!?! You're right about that! Dio can still sing circles around Gillan in his prime. Dio is one of the best singers ever to record heavy metal. Gillan is, well he's Gillan, which reminds me of the Shakespeare phrase: "Damned by faint praise."
David Coverdale who is a dismal writer, and should never have been allowed to have his own band was a better singer than Ian Gillan!
All early Rainbow was better than most Deep Purple. Don't read into that, that I am not a Deep Purple fan, but real is real!
Of course that's just my opinion!