Rainbow (UK hard rock/heavy metal band)

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Rainbow formed in 1974 and disbanded in 1984 (when Deep Purple reformed). They reformed in the mid 1990s.

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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 from 1975 to 1984 and 1993 to 1997. A limited number of European appearances were announced by Blackmore for the summer of 2016. They were originally established with Ronnie James Dio's American rock band Elf, but after the first album, Blackmore fired the backing members and continued with Dio until 1979. Three British musicians joined in 1979, singer Graham Bonnet, keyboardist Don Airey, former Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover, and this line-up gave the band their commercial breakthrough with the single "Since You Been Gone". Over the years Rainbow went through many line-up changes with no two studio albums featuring the same line-up. Other lead singers Joe Lynn Turner and Doogie White would follow, and the project consisted of numerous backing musicians. The band's early work primarily featured mystical lyrics with a neoclassical metal style, but went in a more streamlined, commercial direction following Dio's departure from the group.

Rainbow were ranked No. 90 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. The band has sold over 28 million albums worldwide.

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Discography

Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1975 Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow 4.65 9
1976 Rising 5 11
1978 Long Live Rock ’n’ Roll 4 12
1979 Down to Earth 6
1981 Difficult to Cure 8
1982 Straight Between the Eyes 7
1983 Bent Out of Shape 7
1995 Stranger in Us All 3 4

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1986 Finyl Vinyl 2 5
1990 The Best of Rainbow 2
1990 The Best 4 1
1997 The Very Best of Rainbow 2
2000 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Rainbow 1
2002 Classic Rainbow 2
2002 Pot of Gold 1
2003 Catch the Rainbow: The Anthology 1
2009 Anthology 1
2015 A Light in the Black 1975-1984 1
Forever Gold 1
Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow / Straight Between the Eyes 1
Since You Been Gone: The Best of Rainbow 1
Their Hits 1975 - 1979 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1977 On Stage 6
1981 Live Orpheum Theatre (Boston, MA) 1
1990 Live in Germany 1976 2 1
1996 Live in Europe 1
2005 Live in Munich 1977 7
2006 Deutschland Tournee 1976: 1976-09-25, Kölner Sporthalle, Cologne, Germany 1
2006 Deutschland Tournee 1976: 1976-09-27, Düsseldorf Philipshalle 2, Dusseldorf, Germany 1
2006 Deutschland Tournee 1976: 1976-09-28, Nurnberg, Germany 1
2006 Live Between the Eyes/ The Final Cut 1
2013 Black Masquerade 3
2015 Live in Japan 1984 3
2016 Monsters of Rock - Live at Donington 1980 2
Live Between the Eyes 1

Single

Year Title RatingReleases
1978 L.A. Connection 1
1980 All Night Long 1
1980 All Night Long / Weiss Heim 1
1981 I Surrender 1
1981 Jealous Lover 1
1982 Stone Cold 1
1983 Can't Let You Go 1
1983 Street of Dreams 1
1986 Bad Girl 1

Other

Year Title RatingReleases
2014 The Singles Box Set 1975-1986 1

Unspecified type

Year Title RatingReleases
Ballads 1
Ballads & Instrumentals 1
Stranger in Us All & Final Vinyl II 1

Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
2006 Colour Collection 1

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