Rainbow

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Rainbow (also known as Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow or Blackmore's Rainbow) are a British rock band led by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. Established in 1975.

By 1973, Blackmore had steered Deep Purple through a significant personnel change, with Ian Gillan and Roger Glover being replaced by David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes. However, the new members were keen to add new musical styles and Blackmore found his request to record the Steve Hammond-penned "Black Sheep of the Family" with "Sixteenth Century Greensleeves" turned down by the band. He decided to record the song with Ronnie James Dio instead, using Dio's band ELF (3) as additional musicians. He enjoyed the results, and a full album, billed as Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow was recorded between February and March 1975 at Musicland Studios in Munich, Germany. The band name was inspired by the Rainbow Bar and Grill in Hollywood.

After the release of three studio albums and an extensive world tour in 1977–78, Blackmore decided that he wanted to take the band in a new commercial direction away from the "sword and sorcery" theme. Dio did not agree with this change and left Rainbow. Together with then new vocalist Graham Bonnet, Blackmore scored a hit single with “Since You Been Gone”.

After more lineup changes and albums, Ritchie disbanded Rainbow in early 1984 to rejoin the reunited Deep Purple.

He resurrected Rainbow once again in early 1994, just after leaving Deep Purple for good. However, Blackmore turned his attention to his long-time musical passion, Renaissance and medieval music. Rainbow was put on hold once again after playing its final concert in Esbjerg, Denmark in 1997. Blackmore, together with his partner Candice Night as vocalist then formed the Renaissance-influenced Blackmore's Night.

Against all expectations, Blackmore reformed Rainbow, with an all-new line-up, in late 2015. Blackmore announced that he would play "all rock" concerts in the summer of 2016 under the banner of 'Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow', his first rock shows since 1997. The new Rainbow line-up was announced on November 6, 2015. It featured Lords Of Black singer Ronnie Romero, Stratovarius keyboardist Jens Johansson, Blackmore’s Night drummer David Keith and bassist Bob Nouveau (Bob Curiano).
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PD 6049 Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow — Rainbow Rainbow Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow (Album) Oyster, Oyster PD 6049 US 1975 Sell This Version
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SA-013 The Ritchie Blackmore Rainbow The Ritchie Blackmore "Rainbow" Radio Special(LP, Promo) Polydor SA-013 US 1975 Sell This Version
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2490 137 Rainbow Rising — Rainbow Blackmore's Rainbow* Rainbow Rising (Album) Oyster, Polydor 2490 137 UK 1976 Sell This Version
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8T-2-1801 On Stage — Rainbow Rainbow On Stage (Album) Oyster, Polydor 8T-2-1801 Canada 1977 Sell This Version
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3177 335 Long Live Rock 'N' Roll — Rainbow Rainbow Long Live Rock 'N' Roll (Album) Polydor 3177 335 Norway 1978 Sell This Version
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2391 410 2-A Down To Earth — Rainbow Rainbow Down To Earth (Album) Polydor, Polydor 2391 410 2-A Rhodesia 1979 Sell This Version
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3177 506, 3177506 Difficult To Cure — Rainbow Rainbow Difficult To Cure (Album) Polydor 3177 506, 3177506 Greece 1981 Sell This Version
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LPR-16415 Straight Between The Eyes — Rainbow Rainbow Straight Between The Eyes (Album) Polydor, Polydor LPR-16415 Mexico 1982 Sell This Version
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none The Best Of The Biscuit — Rainbow Rainbow / Pat Travers Rainbow / Pat Travers - The Best Of The Biscuit(LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) DIR Broadcasting none US 1982 Sell This Version
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OTRS 82-25 Off The Record Specials With Mary Turner — Rainbow Mary Turner (4), Rainbow Mary Turner (4), Rainbow - Off The Record Specials With Mary Turner(2xLP, Transcription) Westwood One OTRS 82-25 US 1982 Sell This Version
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none King Biscuit Flower Hour — Rainbow Rainbow King Biscuit Flower Hour DIR Broadcasting none US 1983 Sell This Version
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815 305-1 Bent Out Of Shape — Rainbow Rainbow Bent Out Of Shape (Album) Polydor 815 305-1 South Korea 1983 Sell This Version
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CL 284 Captured Live! — Rainbow Rainbow Captured Live! Rko Radio Networks CL 284 US 1984 Sell This Version
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CL 184 Captured Live! — Rainbow Rainbow Captured Live! Rko Radio Networks CL 184 US 1984 Sell This Version
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827 987-2 Finyl Vinyl — Rainbow Rainbow Finyl Vinyl (Comp, Album) Polydor 827 987-2 US 1986 Sell This Version
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DP VSOP CD 155 Live In Germany 1976 — Rainbow Rainbow Live In Germany 1976 (Album) Connoisseur Collection DP VSOP CD 155 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
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74321303374 Stranger In Us All — Rainbow Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow* Stranger In Us All (Album) BMG Entertainment, RCA 74321303374 Malaysia 1995 Sell This Version
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CRL1604 Inside Rainbow 1975-1979 (An Independent Critical Review) — Rainbow Rainbow Inside Rainbow 1975-1979 (An Independent Critical Review)(CD) Classic Rock Productions CRL1604 Europe 2003 Sell This Version
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CRP1719 Inside Rainbow 1979-1997 (An Independent Critical Review) — Rainbow Rainbow Inside Rainbow 1979-1997 (An Independent Critical Review)(CD) Classic Rock Productions, Classic Rock Direct Ltd CRP1719 Europe 2005 Sell This Version
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VPCK-85354 Deutschland Tournee  1976 — Rainbow Rainbow Deutschland Tournee 1976 (Album) Vap, Purple Records VPCK-85354 Japan 2006 Sell This Version
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VPBR-12464 Live In Munich 1977 — Rainbow Rainbow Live In Munich 1977 (Album) Eagle Records, Eagle Records VPBR-12464 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
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T2CD0105 Live In Köln 1976 - Kölner Sporthalle 25.9.1976 — Rainbow Rainbow Live In Köln 1976 - Kölner Sporthalle 25.9.1976(2xCD, Album) AFM Records, Hummingbird T2CD0105 Europe 2006 Sell This Version
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T2CD0110 Live In Düsseldorf 1976 - Düsseldorf Philipshalle 27.9.1976 — Rainbow Rainbow Live In Düsseldorf 1976 - Düsseldorf Philipshalle 27.9.1976(2xCD, Album) AFM Records, Hummingbird T2CD0110 Germany 2007 Sell This Version
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T2CD0111 Live In Nürnberg 1976 - Nürnberg Messezentrum Halle 28.9.1976 — Rainbow Rainbow Live In Nürnberg 1976 - Nürnberg Messezentrum Halle 28.9.1976(2xCD, Album) AFM Records, Hummingbird T2CD0111 Germany 2007 Sell This Version
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RHB004 Das Hoerbuch — Rainbow Rainbow Das Hoerbuch(CD) Rockhoerbuch RHB004 Germany 2012 Sell This Version

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rick1980gt

rick1980gt

December 1, 2020
Rainbow is one of the best classical bands of history https://youtu.be/5zKTLAqDinw
HerbieDerHerbmeister

HerbieDerHerbmeister

March 11, 2019
Why is there only one version of the L.A. Connection single shown in this list?
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