Favorite 70's Rock Songs #5 - "Man on the Silver Mountain"
Colorado Springs, Colorado
April 21, 2017 5:21pm CST
Halfway there in my Favorite 70's Rock Songs series, inspired by the 70's countdown by @TRBRocks420 awhile back. I've used it before, but #5 belongs to "Man on the Silver Mountain" by Rainbow. Rainbow was formed by Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore in Hertfordshire, England in 1975. Despite numerous lineup changes (Blackmore has been known to fire guys on the spot simply because he didn't care for their style of play,) and a couple of hiatuses, the band is still going. Rainbow has sold over 28 million albums worldwide. Rainbow's 1975 debut, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, featured vocalist Ronnie James Dio and his band, Elf (whom, other than Dio, Blackmore would soon sack.) The album is certified silver in the UK. Essentially, "Man on the Silver Mountain" sounds pretty much like Deep Purple with Ronnie James Dio on vocals. This is not necessarily a bad thing, however. It might sound a bit tame by today's standards, but this was pretty heavy stuff in 1975. Dio, who contributed heavily to the lyrics, had one of heavy metal's all-time great voices, and Ritchie Blackmore is, well, the great Ritchie Blackmore. Together, they made a formidable pair. (Not so Fun Fact: "Man on the Silver Mountain" are the words appearing on Dio's gravestone.) The song was that good. Of all the great music Dio put out during his life, he is most remembered for this. (Info verified by Wikipedia)
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@teamfreak16 I was considered the well "read" person about music in high school and college because I knew a lot about alternative bands and groups like Fishbone, Sublime, 311, etc. Back then they hadn't "hit" yet. Then I stopped listening to the radio and that was the end of that. Now, even worse, I listen to some country. All I listen to at home is the Kenny Chesney Pandora station. He is kinda beachy-country which works for me b/c I'm a Parrothead.