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) were a British rock band controlled by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore from 1975 to 1984 and 1994 to 1997. They were originally established with American rock band Elf's members, but Blackmore fired all the members except Ronnie James Dio who would leave in 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 started out combining mystical lyric themes with neoclassical metal, but went in a more streamlined commercial style 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 and 4 million albums in the United States.

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Discography

Album

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

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1986 Finyl Vinyl Compilation 1
1990 The Best of Rainbow Compilation 2
1990 The Best Compilation 4 1
1997 The Very Best of Rainbow Compilation 2
2000 20th Century Masters: The Millenium Collection: The Best of Rainbow Compilation 2
2002 Pot of Gold Compilation 1
2003 Catch the Rainbow: The Anthology Compilation 1
2009 Classic Rainbow Compilation 1
2009 Anthology Compilation 1
Forever Gold Compilation 1
Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow / Straight Between the Eyes Compilation 1
Their Hits 1975 - 1979 Compilation 1

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
1981 Live Orpheum Theatre (Boston, MA) Live 1
1986 On Stage Live 3
1986 Finyl Vinyl Live 2 2
1990 Live in Germany 1976 Live 2 1
1996 Live in Europe Live 1
2005 Live in Munich 1977 Live 2
2006 Deutschland Tournee 1976: 1976-09-25, Kölner Sporthalle, Cologne, Germany Live 1
2006 Deutschland Tournee 1976: 1976-09-27, Düsseldorf Philipshalle 2, Dusseldorf, Germany Live 1
2006 Deutschland Tournee 1976: 1976-09-28, Nurnberg, Germany Live 1
2013 Black Masquerade Live 1
Live Between the Eyes Live 1

Single

Year Title Rating Releases
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 Rating Releases
2014 The Singles Box Set 1975-1986 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Rating Releases
1976 Rainbow Rising 1
Ballads 1
Ballads & Instrumentals 1
Stranger in Us All & Final Vinyl II 1

Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
2006 Colour Collection Compilation 1

Live

Year Title Rating Releases
2006 Live in Munich 1977 Live 2

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