With Deep Purple, and later with Rainbow, British guitarist Ritchie Blackmore played a critical role in the history of hard rock and heavy metal. On albums like Purple’s 1972 masterpiece, Machine Head, and Rainbow’s 1976 ear-scorcher, Rising, Blackmore achieved distinct, immediately recognizable sonics with his spellbinding, melodic fretwork. Blackmore had several stints recording and performing with…
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