During studio sessions in Tampa Bay, Florida Jack Greene, Jeannie Seely - My Tears Dont Show 12 DecemberBlackmore originally planned to record the solo single "Black Sheep of the Family"- a cover of a track by the band Quatermass from - and the newly composed "Sixteenth Century Greensleeves", which was to be the B-side.
Satisfied with the two tracks, Blackmore decided to extend the sessions to a full album. Though it was originally planned to be a solo album, the record was billed as Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbowand later progressed as Self Portrait - Ritchie Blackmores Rainbow* - Ritchie Blackmores Rainbow new band project. Blackmore and Dio did promotional work for the album.
Shortly after the album was released, all Elf members except Dio were sacked and Blackmore recruited new musicians for subsequent Rainbow albums. This first line-up never performed live, and the live photos used in the album art are of Blackmore while with Deep Purple and of Elf playing live. A Agony - Owen Issac - Agony featuring vocals subsequently appeared on Rainbow's live album On Stage.
The original vinyl release had a gate fold sleeve, although later budget reissues on Polydor reduced to a single sleeve. The album's songs have been performed by subsequent Rainbow line-ups. The European release followed later in the year. Vocalist Ronnie James Dio considered this release his favourite Rainbow album. Despite the title implying the record being a Ritchie Blackmore solo release, in later years Blackmore has jokingly stated that Dio's contributions warranted a re-titling of "Ritchie Blackmore and Ronnie James Dio's Rainbow".
Note: On the cassette version of the album Side One features the last five tracks while Side Two plays the first four. On the case insert and on the cassette itself, "Sixteenth Century Greensleeves" is written as " Sixteen Century Greensleeves". 1939 : Over The Rainbow (From The Wizard Of Oz) - Eddie Fisher With Axel Stordahl And His Orchestra* Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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