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Rainbow introduced the wider world to the vocal magnificence of Ronnie James Dio who, from here, would later front Black Sabbath and then his own band and come to be known by some as the Voice of Metal. Rainbow formed as a solo project for ex-Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and so it basically remained: line-ups came and went with spectacular regularity but with his darkly baroque guitar sound and Dio's amazing vocals (not to mention his fantasy-filled and often non-sensical lyrics) paved the way for what would later be called power metal. After Dio's departure Blackmore deliberately went for a more commercial hard-rock sound in an effort to break the US market, yet while these later albums remained high quality they aren't a patch on the Dio-era volumes and his long hoped-for breakthrough never really happened.

Added on 6/27/2002 5:00 AM by Goreripper | Last updated on 9/7/2004 5:00 AM by Goreripper

Current (or Last Known) Lineup

Past Lineup (Members Who Never Appeared on an Album)

Discography (14 Releases)

2003 - Catch the Rainbow: The Anthology (comp) by Rainbow

2001 - Live in Germany 1976 (live) by Rainbow

1997 - The Very Best of Rainbow (Comp) by Rainbow

1995 - Stranger In Us All by Rainbow


1986 - Finyl Vinyl by Rainbow

1983 - Bent Out Of Shape by Rainbow

1982 - Straight Between The Eyes by Rainbow

1981 - Best Of Rainbow (comp) by Rainbow

1981 - Difficult To Cure by Rainbow

1979 - Down To Earth by Rainbow

1978 - Long Live Rock'n'Roll by Rainbow

1977 - On Stage by Rainbow

1976 - Rising by Rainbow

1975 - Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow by Rainbow

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