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Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore formed Rainbow in 1975 with the remnants of Elf, a band that originally included percussionist Mark Nauseef and still included vocalist Ronnie James "Dio" Padovani (active since 1957). Elf had released three albums: Elf (Epic, 1972), Carolina County Ball (Purple, 1974), Trying To Burn The Sun (MGM, 1975). Their music was a rather derivative blend of boogie, blues-rock and hard-rock.

Rainbow (Polydor, 1975), Rainbow's debut album, was not worth much more, despite the epic Man On The Silver Mountain (the best Deep Purple imitation), Catch The Rainbow, Sixteenth Century Greensleeves and Still I'm Sad. Blackmore reorganized the line-up (debuting Cozy Powell on drums) for the band's second album, Rising (1976), that featured the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and contained three lengthy compositions (Tarot Woman, Stargazer, A Light In The Black) and a couple of majestic songs (Starstruck).

Long Live Rock'n'Roll (1978) featured the Bavarian String Ensemble in Gates Of Babylon and delivered two more of his emphatic power-ballads: Long Live Rock'n'Roll and Kill The King.

Rainbow lost Dio on Down To Earth (1979), but bassist Roger Glover co-wrote some of the best songs: All Night Long, Eyes of The World, Lost In Hollywood; but the first hit was a cover of Russ Ballard's Since You Been Gone (1979).

Powell too left, and Difficult To Cure (1981) marked a clear decadence. New vocalist Joe Lynn Turner co-wrote with Glover and Blackmore most of the tracks of Straight Between The Eyes (1982) and Bent Out Of Shape (1983). In 1984 Blackmore dissolved Rainbow and rejoined Deep Purple.

The Best Of Rainbow (BMG, 1980) is an anthology of their early albums and Finyl Vinyl (Polydor, 1986) is a live album.

If Blackmore had been a mad visionary, Ronnie James Dio became a mystical guru during his solo career. Holy Diver (Vertigo, 1983), The Last In Line (1984), Sacred Heart (1985), Dream Evil (1987), with Sunset Superman, and Lock Up The Wolves (Warner, 1990) are terrible albums of uninspired music. Diamonds (1992) is an anthology.

Ronnie James Dio died in may 2010.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Gianluca Mantovan)

Il chitarrista dei Deep Purple Ritchie Blackmore formo' i Rainbow nel 1975 con cio' che rimaneva degli Elf, una band che aveva nella formazione originale il percussionista Mark Nauseef e includeva il vocalist Ronnie James "Dio" Padovani (attivo dal 1957). Gli Elf avevano pubblicato tre album: Elf (Epic, 1972), Carolina County Ball (Purple, 1974), Trying To Burn The Sun (MGM, 1975). La loro musica era il boogie, blues-rock e hard-rock meno originale in America. Rainbow (Polydor, 1975), omonimo debut album, non valeva molto di piu' malgrado le epiche Man On The Silver Mountain, Catch The Rainbow, Sixteen Century Greensleeves e Still I'm Sad. Blackmore riorganizzo' la line-up (debuttando Cozy Powell alla batteria) per il secondo album, Rising (1976), con la Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, tre lunghe composizioni (Tarot Woman, Stargazer, A Light In The Black) e un paio di numeri maestosi (Starstruck). Long Live Rock'n'Roll (1978), che ospita il Bavarian String Ensemble in Gates Of Babylon, contiene altre due enfatiche power-ballads: Long Live Rock'n'Roll e Kill The King. I Rainbow persero Dio per Down To Earth (1979) dove il bassista Roger Glover e' coautore delle migliori canzoni: All Night Long, Eyes of The World, Lost In Hollywood. Anche Powell abbandono' e Difficult To Cure (1981) segno' un chiaro declino. Il nuovo vocalist Joe Lynn Turner fu coautore con Glover e Blackmore della maggior parte dei pezzi di Straight Between The Eyes (1982) e Bent Out Of Shape (1983). Nel 1984 Blackmore decreto' la fine dei Rainbow e si riuni' ai Deep Purple. The Best Of Rainbow (BMG, 1980) e' un'antologia dei loro primi album e Finyl Vinyl (Polydor, 1986) e' un live album. Se Blackmore era stato un folle visionario, Ronnie James Dio divenne da solista un guru mistico. Holy Diver (Vertigo, 1983), The Last In Line (1984), Sacred Heart (1985), Dream Evil (1987), con Sunset Superman, e Lock Up The Wolves (Warner, 1990) sono album terribili con musica senza ispirazione. Diamonds (1992) e' un'antologia.

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