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Moody and mystical, Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow debut launched medieval metal

Moody and mystical, Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow debut launched medieval metal

Unfairly compared to Deep Purple, ‘Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow’ nevertheless arrived in August 1975 with a plethora of cool and interesting moments.

With the dark, uplifting Holy Diver, Ronnie James Dio made a bold move into the spotlight

With the dark, uplifting Holy Diver, Ronnie James Dio made a bold move into the spotlight

‘Holy Diver, released on May 25, 1983, found Ronnie James Dio setting a new course after work with Rainbow and Black Sabbath.

Rob Halford, Anthrax, Metallica, the Scorpions, Glenn Hughes, Motorhead – Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life (2014)

Any tribute to Ronnie James Dio begins with a conundrum for the artists involved. It’s Ronnie James Dio, one of the greatest singers to ever grace rock music, an iconic voice that can’t be duplicated.

‘I loved the guy; I miss him’: Deep Purple’s Roger Glover remembers Ronnie James Dio’s softer side

‘I loved the guy; I miss him’: Deep Purple’s Roger Glover remembers Ronnie James Dio’s softer side

Roger Glover has, over his storied career, worked with a number of legends — from Ritchie Blackmore and David Coverdale to Jon Lord and Ian Gillan. None perhaps touched him like Ronnie James Dio.

Dio – Magica: Deluxe Edition (2000; 2013 reissue)

Dio – Magica: Deluxe Edition (2000; 2013 reissue)

I’ve been meaning to write a Forgotten Series entry on Dio’s Magica, but the new Deluxe Edition, due out June 25, 2013 from Niji Entertainment, provides a perfect opportunity to revisit one of the metal legend’s most overlooked records.

Blackmore’s Night – Dancer and the Moon (2013)

Blackmore’s Night – Dancer and the Moon (2013)

For those Deep Purple and Rainbow fans who’ve struggled to come to grips with Ritchie Blackmore’s turn toward ren-faire folkism with Blackmore’s Night, Dancer and the Moon might just provide the perfect entry point.

Dio – Finding the Sacred Heart: Live in Philly (2013)

Dio – Finding the Sacred Heart: Live in Philly (2013)

With the sad anniversary of Ronnie James Dio’s death some three years ago comes an opportunity to return to a muscular concert offering that finds him near the peak of his solo powers.

Rainbow – Live in Munich 1977 (2013)

Rainbow – Live in Munich 1977 (2013)

If you have any doubt who the greatest singer in the history of metal, heck, maybe in the history of rock ‘n’ roll is, just pop this DVD into your player and fast forward to the second song.

One Track Mind: Black Sabbath, “Methademic” from 13 (2013)

One Track Mind: Black Sabbath, “Methademic” from 13 (2013)

The sound is bad, and the image is worse. But we’ve gotten a glimpse into a third track from Black Sabbath’s forthcoming Ozzy Osbourne reunion record with “Methademic,” a track that seems sadly appropriate considering Ozzy’s latest back slide

Rainbow featuring Ritchie Blackmore and Ronnie James Dio – Live In Munich (2013)

Rainbow featuring Ritchie Blackmore and Ronnie James Dio – Live In Munich (2013)

At the time, punk was thought of as the fast and rough stuff, with classic rock geezers like Ritchie Blackmore already relegated to the dustbin of history. Hardly. Rainbow’s molten Live in Munich, recorded in 1977, zips along at a blinding pace.

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