If one were to use the search function on these forums and type in "Rainbow", generally speaking, three kinds of posts or threads would come up: a) people agreeing that the first three albums with Dio behind the mic are full of awesomeness, b) people denying any sort of interest in Rainbow post-Dio, and c) people lamenting how Blackmore later decided to go full medieval and leave the rock genre that he contributed so much to behind, seemingly forever. Adressing these, I of course wholeheartedly agree with the first kind. But I couldn't wrap my head around the second, until I realised that I might be in a minority when I say that my interest and excitement for Rainbow's music first of all is due to the presence of Ritchie Blackmore. To me, he is one of my biggest musical heroes - fully on height with Dave Murray, Bruce Dickinson and Phil Lynott. There's no doubt that the Blackmore/Dio-combination was absolutely deadly and produced some of the very best moments in the entire history of rock (my opinion of course), but I firmly believe there's gold to be found on every Rainbow record, despite them going in a direction more like AOR after Dio's departure. So, seeing as there is a current trend of reviewing entire discographies (which I think is awesome) of people's favourite bands, I'm going to do the same for Rainbow. I imagine the first three records with Dio could spark a few proper discussions, but whether or not this will be case for the later albums, I most certainly will provide my own thoughts on each of them. Oh, and just in case there are anyone here who don't know what the hell I'm talking about: Rainbow was formed by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore after he left Deep Purple around 1974-75. They released seven studio albums and two live albums between '75 and '83 with three different singers, before Deep Purple reformed in 1984. Blackmore left Purple for good in '93, made one more album with Rainbow (with a fourth singer), and then abandoned rock altogether to play renaissance-inspired folk music with his wife. In recent years he has been playing a few concerts under the Rainbow-banner with yet another new lineup (and a fifth singer), and has teased that they might record some new material. Nothing has happened yet, but one can only hope.