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6 Degrees Entertainment

'Ritchie Blackmores' Rainbow - Black Masquerade'
(Ritchie Blackmores' Rainbow / DVD / NR / 2013 / Eagle Vision)

Overview: After his departure from Deep Purple in 1993, Ritchie Blackmore reformed Rainbow with a new line-up and went into the studio to record the acclaimed Stranger In Us All album. The band then took to the road for an extensive tour which included this 1995 live concert in Dusseldorf filmed for Germany's famous Rockpalast TV series.

DVD Verdict: Now, in truth you have to love old school Rainbow to enjoy this live collection, because all you are getting is 18 tracks (not all theirs) of music that range from 'Long Live Rock 'N Roll' through to 'Greensleeves.'

Never before released, this 1995 concert captured for Germany’s famed Rockpalast series features Blackmore’s incomparable guitar gymnastics, buoyed by a top-notch set of musicians. This is the only live concert from this line-up to get an official release!

That said, this isn't Rainbow at their finest, sadly. Sure this classic Rainbow line-up worked really well together, backing Ritchie up at all times, musically never letting his flail. And sure Doogie White was a wonderful choice as vocalist at the time. Hardly a known name now though, aside from those in the Rainbow/Deep Purple musical circles, but a lot of people (waaaay too many) kept comparing him to Ian Gillan, Ronnie James Dio AND even David Coverdale. Which was totally unfair. Sh*t, they might as well have thrown Graham Bonnett into the mix!

Anyway, regardless, Ritchie Blackmores' Rainbow - Black Masquerade is a great representation of this era of Blackmore's career. And Doogie White was a fitting vocalist for Rainbow in this time! Trust me. Stand out tracks include 'Hunting Humans,' 'Man On The Silver Mountain,' 'Black Masquerade,' 'Greensleeves,' and both 'Burn' and the finale song, 'Smoke On The Water.' This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.