Ritchie Blackmore‘s Rainbow have released a new version of their 1975 track Black Sheep Of The Family. The track, which originally appeared on the band’s self-titled debit album and was sung by Ronnie James Dio – has been re-recorded with current Rainbow singer Ronnie Romero.
Black Sheep Of The Family was originally recorded by British progressive rock trio Quatermass in 1970, and was the first song the original Rainbow line-up ever recorded together.
“It started with that song,” Ritchie Blackmore told Classic Rock‘s Geoff Barton in 1975. “I wanted to do the number with Purple, so I said to them: ‘Hey, look, this is a great song, let’s do it on an album.’
“But they weren’t too keen because it wasn’t an original track; it hadn’t been written by one of the band. But I really wanted to get it put down in one way or another, so I went into the studio with some session people and asked Ronnie to sing.”
Black Sheep Of The Family is the first recording to emerge from the current Rainbow line-up since the single Waiting For A Sign was released in March 2018.
The previous year, the band released their first new recordings in over two decades: a re-working of the band’s 1981 hit I Surrender – originally sung by Joe Lynn Turner – and a cover of Edward Elgar’s Land Of Hope And Glory.
Joining Blackmore and Romero in the current lineup of Rainbow are Stratovarius keyboard player Jens Johansson, Blackmore’s Night drummer David Keith and bassist Bob Nouveau, and singers Lady Lynn and Candice Night.
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Rainbow - Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow + Obi - Japanese - vinyl LP - £35.00, $44.45, €39.90 (New Item) (arrived 20-Aug-2019 11:12)
RAINBOW Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow (1980 Japanese issue of the 1975 9-track vinyl LP, housed in a deluxe gatefold picture sleeve complete with Japanese / lyric insert and Blackmore picture obi-strip. The sleeve has a little scuffing and the inside displays some foxing but the vinyl appears barely played MPX4023)
Rainbow - Rainbow Rising + Poster & Obi - Japanese - vinyl LP - £85.00, $107.95, €96.90 (New Item) (arrived 19-Aug-2019 11:54)
RAINBOW Rainbow Rising (1976 Japanese 6-track vinyl LP, the second studio album from Blackmore and Dio's heavy rockers that saw power-drummer Cozy Powell joining the ranks. The gatefold pasted picture sleeve comes with a four-page Japanese / lyric insert, a bonus 16.5" x 24" fold-out poster of Ritchie Blackmore plus the wide pink obi-strip, while the vinyl has minimal spindlewear to the label but appears in otherwise near 'as new' condition! MWF1004)
Rainbow - On Stage + Booklet - Japanese - 2-LP vinyl set - £50.00, $63.50, €57.00 (New Item) (arrived 16-Aug-2019 11:12)
RAINBOW On Stage (Hard to find 1977 Japanese issue AL74 Sound Revolution System double vinyl LP featuring a collection of live tracks recorded during German and Japanese dates in late 1976 during their Rising world tour. Comes complete with an eight-page glossy photo booklet, additional four-page picture insert, the yellow double-sided Japanese / lyric insert [which shows a little discolouration] plus the wide blue discography obi-strip [showing minor foxing to the back] while both discs appear barely played MWZ8103/4)
Rainbow - Long Live Rock 'N' Roll - 1st - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £20.00, $25.40, €22.80 (New Item) (arrived 06-Aug-2019 09:22)
RAINBOW Long Live Rock 'N' Roll (1978 UK 8-track vinyl LP with A1/B2 matrices, housed in a textured gatefold picture sleeve complete with lyric insert. The sleeve has some light edge scuffing and the vinyl shows only the lightest signs of playPOLD5002)
Rainbow - Bent Out Of Shape - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $19.05, €17.10 (New Item) (arrived 06-Aug-2019 09:20)
RAINBOW Bent Out Of Shape (1983 UK 10-track LP, the seventh studio album by the rock band including the single Street of Dreams, glossy picture sleeve with lyric inner. The sleeve is Excellent with only light wear and the vinyl has one minor hairline not upsetting play POLD5116)
Rainbow - Down To Earth - Black Vinyl - UK - vinyl LP - £10.00, $12.70, €11.40 (New Item) (arrived 01-Aug-2019 14:09)
RAINBOW Down To Earth (1979 UK 8-track LP pressed on regular black vinyl with picture label, including the classic hit Since You Been Gone, picture sleeve with illustrated inner and back catalogue insert. The cover has some light edge scuffing, whilst the vinyl appears barely played - overall an excellent copy POLD5023)
Rainbow - Difficult To Cure - UK - vinyl LP - £12.00, $15.24, €13.68 (New Item) (arrived 01-Aug-2019 12:57)
RAINBOW Difficult To Cure (1981 UK 10-track LP with picture labels, including the classic hit I Surrender, picture sleeve with lyric inner. The sleeve has a little edge scuffing and, aside from a few very light paper scuffs, the vinyl appears barely played POLD5036)
Rainbow - Street Of Dreams - UK - 12" vinyl - £10.00, $12.70, €11.40 (New Item) (arrived 29-Jul-2019 14:57)
RAINBOW Street Of Dreams (1983 UK 3-track 12" vinyl single, also featuring Anybody There & a live version of Power, picture sleeve. The sleeve shows just a little light ringwear & the vinyl remains in Excellent condition with minimal play POSPX631)
Rainbow - I Surrender - p/s - UK - 7" vinyl - £6.99, $8.88, €7.97 (New Item) (arrived 24-Jul-2019 15:26)
RAINBOW I Surrender (1981 UK injection moulded label 7"single, also including Vielleicht Das Nächster Zeit [Maybe Next Time], card picture sleeve. The sleeve shows very little wear, just the odd light crease to the corners and edges, aside from afew very light paper scuffs, the vinyl is in excellent condition POSP221)
Rainbow - Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow - Greek - Greek - vinyl LP - £20.00, $25.40, €22.80 (New Item) (arrived 24-Jul-2019 10:02)
RAINBOW Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow (1980's Greek issue of the 1977 9-track vinyl LP, the debut album from Blackmore's first post-Deep Purple project, essentially comprising himself and the band Elf, with the legendary Ronnie James Dio on vocals, includes Man on the Silver Mountain, Catch the Rainbow, Snake Charmer and Temple of the King, gatefold picture sleeve. The sleeve shows just a little light wear with a bit of edge scuffing and creasing, the vinyl remains in excellent condition & looks barely played)