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  • What are Ritchie Blackmore's contributions to music?

    I know he is awesome and all. I loved the Perfect Strangers album. But what exactly is his claim to fame as a musician?
    I could gab all day about what Hendrix, Page, Hedges and other do and did, but I can't place exactly Blackmore's contribution other than some great tunes. What am I missing?

  • #2
    His pimpin ENGL Sig

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    • #3
      He has none.

      Now, go play your mandolin.
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      • #4
        5 words; Machine Head, Made in Japan. 'Nuff said. ("Nuff said doesn't count as part of the 5 words! )

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        • #5
          Smoke On The Water.

          ...er... and Pixie boots.



          Seriously... Check out Blackmore's Night.
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          • #6
            Playing J.S. Bach runs on a distorted guitar.
            Using echos live (tape-deck)
            Playing intervalls that were forbidden at that time by the church (at least here).

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            • #7
              Yngwie Malmsteen. Oh wait, you said services to music didn't you?
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              • #8
                Originally posted by rbm
                I know he is awesome and all. I loved the Perfect Strangers album. But what exactly is his claim to fame as a musician?
                I could gab all day about what Hendrix, Page, Hedges and other do and did, but I can't place exactly Blackmore's contribution other than some great tunes. What am I missing?


                You don't think that Rainbow has/had a very distinct, trademark sound? Or, are you not concerned with the band, only Blackmore? If only Blackmore, what qualifies as a "contribution" to you?
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                • #9
                  I think that I do not undertstand the question.....

                  When I think RB, I see and hear:

                  1. Wall of Marshalls
                  2. RJD or Ian Gillan
                  3. Great (and new?) compositional ideas - e.g. 'trademark' classical runs with heavy metal etc.
                  4. Awesome vibrato/slide
                  5. 10s of great songs spanning many years.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Duesentrieb
                    Playing J.S. Bach runs on a distorted guitar.
                    Using echos live (tape-deck)
                    Playing intervalls that were forbidden at that time by the church (at least here).


                    Which songs had some Bach runs? A friend at work jams a lot of Rainbow and stuff, but I haven't heard a lot of the stuff closely. I'd definitely be interested in checking out some highlights if anyone has any suggestions.

                    Are you talking about Tritones? Did the church really try to ban them? I knew they were called the devil's interval, but I didn't know how long that lasted.
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                    • #11
                      Just keep in mind what was available at that time of Made In Japan (1972) - okay, for the US guys there was MC 5 - Kick out the jams, but compared to Blackmore that was crap (but still cool - wasn`t the title differently before ?)

                      Btw: I have two Blackmore's Night albums. Some of the songs are really cool (esp. the instrumentals) - but mostly I`m using it when our new born needs to sleep - I want him to be indoctrinated with Blackmore - LOL

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                      • #12
                        He's a hell of a cello player.

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                        • #13
                          Without him, there would have never been neo-classical shredding on guitar.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by StevieRaveOn


                            Which songs had some Bach runs? A friend at work jams a lot of Rainbow and stuff, but I haven't heard a lot of the stuff closely. I'd definitely be interested in checking out some highlights if anyone has any suggestions.

                            Are you talking about Tritones? Did the church really try to ban them? I knew they were called the devil's interval, but I didn't know how long that lasted.

                            You see, Stevie, I grew up in the 70s and MiJ was our all time classic. The teachers vomitted just when they saw the cover with those long haired pot smokers doing "hard rock". And certain intervalls were obsolete for church organists - definitely.

                            The solo's of Highway Star, Still I`m Sad f.i. are immensely Bach inspired - but to get deeper into this, you need to ask somebody who knows more about theory. My former bassman (who is a good theorist) could explain that better, he always referred to certain solos of mine (crap of course), which I was thinking of being in Blackmore-styleish, as Bach-stolen. Thru a high gainer still cool today.

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                            • #15
                              He started the trend of wearing the guitar higher up on the body of the player when it was not cool to wear the guitar higher up on the body of the player.
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