I recently listened a lot to The Ballads of Rainbow (on the booklet), also called Rainbow The Best Ballads (thats the title on the cd). A kind of strange (semi-illegal????????) cd. Sometimes very cheap to get at record-fairs.
What I like about these cd especially are the four instrumental songs in a row of Blackmore and Rainbow. Anybody There, Maybe Next Time, Snowman and the superb Weiss Heim. In total about 15 minutes of instrumental guitar songs, which is of such a high standard, that it is almost surreal. What if, Ritchie had recorded a complete instrumental album of this level. Wow!
I listen often to Dixie Dreggs or Joe Satriani solo. Steve and Joe are excellent players, but these four songs are phenomenal.
The last very good Blackmores Night album was Village Lantern. Rainbow again will never happen, I think. But a instrumental Ritchie Blackmore Band album, with acoustic and electric songs is one of my biggest music wishes.
Ritchie rules (again????)