In 1975, after Ritchie Blackmore left Deep Purple for a new project forming what would become Rainbow, with the backing of the band Elf. The minute I heard this record way back then, I was a fan. I loved every aspect of this record from the vocals to the guitar. It’s no wonder why!
The musicianship is outstanding. You have ex-Elf band members front man Ronnie James Dio, drummer Gary Driscoll, bassist Craig Gruber, and keyboardist Micky Lee Soule. Then you have ex-guitarist of Deep Purple Ritchie Blackmore.
Musically, this album is very tasteful. The instrumentation is well balanced. Some areas of the record seem to be very complex, but that doesn’t take away from the outcome of the overall style or sound of the album. It’s pretty tight. You have some very strong vocal work. There is also a good bit guitar work on the riffs and solos.The songs are well written. This is a pretty solid debut. It’s a good blend of Heavy Metal mixed with elements of European Folk music.
1. “Man on the Silver Mountain” 4:42
2. “Self Portrait” 3:17
3. “Black Sheep of the Family” (Quatermass cover) 3:22
4. “Catch the Rainbow” 6:27
5. “Snake Charmer” 4:33
6. “Temple of the King” 4:45
7. “If You Don’t Like Rock ‘n’ Roll” 2:38
8. “Sixteenth Century Greensleeves” 3:31
9. “Still I’m Sad” (The Yardbirds cover) 3:51