Ritchie Blackmore Music – Black Masquerade DVD Review!

Ritchie Blackmore Music - Ritchie on stage playing a guitar solo

If you like Deep Purple, then chances are you listen to Rainbow. In this Rainbow “Black Masquerade” DVD review, I’ll tell you why Ritchie Blackmore music rules!

Black Masquerade showcases Ritchie at his very best and visually demonstrates why he is considered one of the best guitar players in Rock N’Roll history.

Keep on reading to learn why this Rainbow concert is an absolute “must-see!”


Black Masquerade DVD Snapshot

Ritchie Blackmore Music – Ritchie and Greg Smith on bass guitar
  • Recorded: October 9, 1995
  • Release Date: 2013
  • Concert Length: 1 Hour 43 Minutes
  • Video Format: Fullscreen (NTSC 4:3 aspect ratio)
  • Audio: Stereo, Dolby Digital Stereo (2.0), Dolby Digital Surround Sound 5.1, DTS Surround Sound 5.1
  • Starring:Ritchie Blackmore, Doogie White, Candice Knight, Paul Morris, Greg Smith, and Chuck Burgi
  • Executive Producer: Peter Ruechel
  • Director: Gerd F. Scultze

Main DVD Disk Menu:
Play
Song Selection
Audio Options: Dolby Digital Stereo (2.0), Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS Surround Sound 5.1

Subtitles: None

Bonus Features: None

DVD Packaging: Standard single disk plastic packaging with an informational booklet.


Ritchie Blackmore Music – An image of Rainbow's "Stranger In Us All" album

Concert Backstory

Ritchie Blackmore reformed Rainbow after he departed from Deep Purple in 1993. He put together a new line-up of musicians and singers and recorded the Stranger In Us All” album.

Rainbow recorded Black Masquerade at Rockpalast in 1995, during their world tour in support of their new album.

Rockpalast was a top-rated TV show in Dusseldorf, Germany, which featured various famous bands recorded live in concert.

The band played a combination of songs from the “Stranger In Us All,” classic Rainbow, and Deep Purple.


An image of a video disk in a protective case

DVD Packaging

This DVD comes as a single disk with standard plastic packaging. The artwork consists of a picture of Ritchie Blackmore playing his guitar on the front cover with photos of the band on the rear cover, along with a short description of the concert and a tracklist of the show.

The disk I am reviewing is NTSC, playable on DVD players in North America.

This concert is also available as a two-CD package from Eagle Records.


Songs And Artists

Track List

SongTitleTime
1Introduction2:20
2Spotlight Kid4:54
3Too Late For Tears5:10
4Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll / Black Night8:24
5Hunting Humans6:49
6Wolf To The Moon / Difficult To Cure6:24
7Keyboard Solo5:56
8Still I’m Sad6:12
9Man On The Silver Mountain5:12
10Temple Of The King6:04
11Black Masquerade6:05
12Ariel8:23
13Since You’ve Been Gone1:11
14Perfect Strangers6:38
15Greensleeves1:56
16Hall Of The Mountain King6:29
17Burn4:40
18Smoke On The Water8:11
Ritchie Blackmore Music – Ritchie, guitar close-up

Artist List

  • Ritchie Blackmore -Guitar
  • Greg Smith – Bass Guitar & Vocals
  • Paul Morris – Keyboards
  • Chuck Burgi – Drums
  • Doogie White – Lead Vocals
  • Candice Knight Vocals

A Word About Ritchie Blackmore

Ritchie Blackmore Music – Ritchie in the spotlight

What can I say about the man that has been called “The Prince Of Darkness,” “The Black Knight,” and the powerhouse behind Deep Purple?

To call Ritchie Blackmore a guitar wizard is a huge understatement!

Watching his fingers fly over the scalloped fingerboard of his white Stratocaster is a totally mesmerizing treat and a humbling experience, even for the best guitar players.

He adds diatonic scales and arpeggios to his pentatonic riffs with the finesse and mastery of the renaissance master that he truly is.

Ritchie has influenced such guitarists as Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai and has set the standard of how to play guitar for generations of players yet to come.


A photo of musical equipment on a stage with a bullseye

Musical Performance Highlights

Here are some short comments that sum up my thoughts on the following tracks.

Introduction

From: N/A

The concert begins with a short audio clip from the classic “Pomp and Circumstance,” followed by Dorothy from the “Wizard Of OZ,” proclaiming that they must be over the rainbow. Ritchie obliges the audience by playing the opening lines to “Over The Rainbow.”

Too Late For Tears

Ritchie Blackmore Music – Ritchie with Paul Morris on keyboards

From (album): Stranger In Us All

This is pretty much your classic ’80s “arena-rocker,” laced with Ritchie’s fancy licks and a great guitar solo. Ritchie has a bit of a musical duel with Paul Morris on keyboards.

Man On The Silver Mountain

From: Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow

This iconic Rainbow-rocker has that “Deep Purple” feel. If you like guitar solos with wide bends, then be sure to check out this tune!

Black Masquerade

From: Stranger In Us All

This is another great tune, and the title tune of the show, with a guitar solo that has a bit of a “gypsy feel.” I love the big intervallic licks that Ritchie uses to end the song.

Since You’ve Been Gone

Ritchie Blackmore Music – Doogie White, the singer

From: Down To Earth (Russ Ballard cover)

This is a significantly shortened version of the well-known “radio-rocker,” weighing in at just over one minute.

Perfect Strangers

From: Perfect Strangers

A musical offering in the key of D from the darker side of Deep Purple. I love the feel of this song, especially the bridge. Turn it up, and it’ll rock your world!

Greensleeves

From: Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow

This is a shortened version of the traditional English folk song, reimagined as a drinking song by singer Doogie White. It shows up from time to time in concert, usually as a Blackmore solo piece.

Hall Of The Mountain King

Ritchie Blackmore Music – Close-up shot of Rainbow

From: Stranger In Us All

This is another well-known Rainbow piece. It’s a fast-paced rock-ballad that picks up tempo as it progresses.

Burn

From: Burn

Burn is a song from a Deep Purple album that influenced a generation of rockers. It could be thought of as the beginning of the band’s “encore” (followed by “Smoke On The Water).

It features an iconic repetitive riff and Ritchie’s fantastic guitar work with his trademark hammer-ons and pull-offs.


Backstage at a concert

Band Interviews And Backstage Footage

Unfortunately, no video of band interviews or backstage footage is included on this Rainbow DVD.

The DVD does include a nicely put-together booklet with photos of the band and a narrative by Jeff Katz, which summarizes his view of the concert and gives a short analysis of many of the songs.


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Stage Appearance

The stage setup follows the standard “Rockpalast” configuration. It is well-lit and straightforward, with standard-definition video cameras placed out of the viewer’s sight. There are no special effects. The focus is always on what’s happening musically.


A collection of musical equipment

Musical Equipment Used On The Black Masquerade DVD

This is a listing of the guitars, amplifiers, and effects that various band members used during the show. I obtained this information visually while watching the video and through Internet research. I always strive to make this list as accurate as possible.

If you disagree or have something to add that makes it more accurate or complete, I would appreciate it if you put that info in the comment section at the end of this article. I will correct and/or update it immediately!?

Black Masquerade DVD – Equipment Summary

ArtistGuitarsAmplifiersEffects (stomp boxes & pedalboards)
Ritchie Blackmore’70s Strat with Roland GK-1 Pickup2 ENGL – Ritch Blackmore E650 Heads With ENGL 4×12 & 2×12 Cabinets[Unknown – See Below For More Info]
Greg Smith[Unknown – See Below For More Info]Hartke amps with four Hartke 4×12 cabinets[Unknown – See Below For More Info]
For Additional Information, See The Equipment Comments And Explanations Below.

Ritchie Blackmore

Guitar

Ritchie Blackmore Music – Ritchie's Signature Stratocaster
Signature Strat

In this concert, Ritchie uses his ’70s Olympic White Strat with a scalloped rosewood neck. It has two standard Fender pickups in the bridge and neck position. It looks like the middle pickup has been removed or lowered below the pickguard. Ritchie never uses the middle pickup on a Strat.

The guitar is also equipped with a Roland GK-1 Hexaphonic synthesizer pickup between the bridge pickup and the bridge. The control box for the synth pickup can be seen just below the bridge.

Ritchie also has a Fender Signature Strat, which he didn’t use in the concert. It has a 7.25”-radius rosewood fingerboard with graduated scalloping and 21 vintage-style frets.

Seymour Duncan® Quarter Pound Flat™ SSL-4 single-coil pickups are installed in the bridge (reverse wound/reverse polarity) and neck position. there is a non-active (dummy) pickup in the middle position.

He typically uses 0.010 or 0.011 gauge strings on his electric guitars and various heavy-gauge guitar picks, including Dunlop Tortex picks.

Ritchie Blackmore Music – An ENGL Ritchie Blackmore Signature 100 Watt Head
Signature ENGL Amp

Amplifier

Ritchie is using two signature ENGL E650 100 Watt heads with two 4×13 ENGL cabinets and one 2×12 ENGL cabinet, all loaded with 12″ Celestion Vintage 30 speakers.

The ENGL head has four ECC83/12AX7 preamp tubes and four 6L6GC output tubes. It features four channels: clean, crunch, soft lead, and heavy lead.

Ritchie has favored 100 Watt Marshall Super Lead heads and small combo amps in the past.

Effects

I could not identify the effects (if any) that Ritchie was using on stage. Here is a list of some of the effects he has been known to use in the past.

Ritchie Blackmore Music – A Hornby Skewes Treble Booster
Hornby Skewes
Treble Booster
  • Hornby Skewes Treble Booster
  • Sola Sound Pro MK II Tone Bender
  • Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face
  • WEM Watkins Copycat Tape Echo
  • AIWA TP-1011 Tape Machine (modified as analog echo machine)
  • EMS Synthi Hi-Fli
  • Moog Taurus bass pedal synthesizer
  • Vox 847 Wah-Wah Pedal

For more info on guitar effects, see What Is A Guitar Stomp Box – Attractive, Little, Tantalizing.

Greg Smith

Bass Guitar

I could not identify the bass guitar that Greg used for this concert. Does anyone know? Would you please put it in the comment section? Some of the guitars he has used in the past include an ’82 Fender Fullerton, ’57 Fender Precision Reissue, Music Man StingRay, and Gibson EB-3.

Bass Amps

Unable to determine with certainty from the concert video, but probably Hartke amps with four Hartke 4×12 cabinets.

Effects

None seen.


A mixing board.

Audio Specs And Sound Quality

The concert is recorded in:

  • Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0
  • Dolby Digital Surround Sound 5.1
  • DTS Surround Sound 5.1

The audio quality is professionally recorded, with fair to good audio imaging, depending on your sound system.

Audio restoration and mastering were done by Mazen Murad at Metropolis.

Television speakers sound best using the stereo channel.

If you have a soundbar with a dedicated subwoofer, try both the Dolby Digital and DTS surround sound channels to see which work best.

The DTS audio channel will most likely give you the best sound imaging if you have a home theater (5.1, 7.1, or 7.1.4 Atmos) setup.


A movie camera.

Video Specs And Camera-Shot Quality

The video is recorded in Fullscreen (4:3 NTSC)

The concert was pro-shot, as you might expect it to be. Overall, video brightness and contrast are suitable for standard definition resolution, with occasional graininess. The stage lighting makes it difficult to clearly see what’s happening on stage during certain songs.

All of Ritchie Blackmore’s solos and Paul Morris’s keyboard solos are captured in their entirety, without inappropriate break-away to other musicians. Ritchie’s hands are filmed to clearly show his technique, which is what guitar players really want to see.


My Guitar Lair - Pros (Thumbs Up) Section

My Favorite Songs And Musical Moments

These are the songs I enjoyed most in the show for various reasons. The entire setlist is fantastic, as is always the case at any concert featuring Ritchie Blackmore.

Spotlight Kid

From (album): Difficult To Cure

Ritchie Blackmore Music – Ritchie playing in front of the drummer

This tune, played in B, features very staccato intro chords the give it a lot of attitude. Check out Ritchie’s lightning-fast arpeggios played with phenomenal precision and the excellent keyboard part.

Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll/Black Knight

From: Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll / Black Knight released as a single

The song begins with Doogie White assuring the audience that “Rock ‘N’ Roll is not dead.”

Ritchie breaks out some guitar work that takes a chromatic ascending passage into an infectious opening lick that really makes you sit up and take notice. All the typical Blackmore Deep-Purple-Style runs are present and accounted for.

The song breaks into the “Black Knight” lick, and the audience quickly obliges by humming it back, after which the band moves on to finish Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll.

Hunting Humans

From: Stranger In Us All

Doogie begins by announcing that the audience is being recorded for an upcoming Rockpalast episode and “welcome your mothers now.”

This song has an oddly staggered staccato harmony that works great with the lyrics. Ritchie plays sustained notes that really sing out when bent up and terminate with silky smooth vibrato. The guitar solo is truly amazing!

Wolf To The Moon/Difficult To Cure

From: Stranger In Us All / Difficult To Cure (Beethoven’s 9th)

Ritchie Blackmore Music – Paul Morris, the keyboard player

The opening guitar line of this tune begins with a short “German-style” melody that features flurries of open-note hammer-ons.

Paul Morris adds organ parts that double Ritchie’s guitar runs, which fit together wonderfully.

Without warning, Ritchie breaks into a guitar slide rendition of the motif to Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, which segways into Blackmore-style licks that will simply blow you away!

Keyboard Solo

From: N/A

This tune is a keyboard masterpiece by Paul Morris that begins with a medley of many classical pieces punctuated by a series of chromatic passages. It eventually changes to blues-scale oriented runs.

Paul takes an interesting detour on a Moog synthesizer for an Eastern-flavored jam before circling back to classical arpeggios to finish the solo.

If you enjoy keyboard pieces, then this will really make your day!

Still I’m Sad

From: Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow (Yardbirds Cover)

This Blackmore riff-driven rocker in B features crazy guitar runs with melodic arpeggios that mimic the lyrics beautifully!

There is an extended drum solo from “Doctor” Chuck Burgi, which you can almost see coming!

Temple Of The King

From: Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow

Ritchie Blackmore Music – Chuck Burgi, the drummer

This song begins with a lovely finger-picked melody that never loses its folksy-ballad feel, even when Ritchie plays an incredibly fast and complex solo with lots of vibrato.

An impeccably written tune that you’ll really enjoy.

Ariel

From: Stranger In Us All

Ariel is a slow rocker in E minor that features a very intricate guitar solo with string bends that will stir your soul.

Ritchie’s wife, Candice Knight, finishes the tune with some haunting background vocals. If you’ve never seen her perform in the renaissance band “Blackmore’s Knight,” then you’re in for a real treat.

Smoke On The Water

From: Machine Head

Rainbow closes the show with a song that lays stake to one of the most famous rock riffs of all time! Ritchie begins by jamming out on the lyrics.

Greg smith doubles on vocals with Doogie White.

The audience begins chanting, “Smoke on the water, fire in the sky,” and Ritchie adds a vicious-sounding solo that will make you press the rewind button once or twice.

It’s really a fitting end to a fabulous concert!


My Guitar Lair - Cons (Thumbs Down) Section

What You Might Not Like

There’s not much to dislike about this concert video, but here are a few things you might consider.

No Backstage Footage

I like watching backstage concert footage. It really adds to the enjoyment of the video and can give you a better idea of what particular equipment was used in the show.

No Band Interviews

Band interviews can offer insight into problems that occurred during the concert’s production, performance, and filming. It’s great to get inside info directly from your favorite players, and it’s one of the first things any true fan looks for in a music video.

Video Intermittently Out Of Focus And Grainy

The video was pro-shot using the standard definition recording technology of the’90s. However, the video is not in focus in certain frames, probably due to stage light interference.

There are also scenes where the video appears grainy, but only very briefly, and it does not significantly detract from the film’s overall quality.

Surround Sound Suboptimal

The Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 Surround Sound channels do not consistently distribute the guitar, bass, and keyboards accurately in the sound field.

On my Bose 5.1 surround system, the rear channels lack depth from the audience sounds, which are barely noticeable at times.

Playing the video on my 7.2.4 Dolby Atmos/DTS-X theater system using a 5.1 simulation made the video sound better, but the subwoofer base density was somewhat lacking.


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Beware Of Black Masquerade Poorly Recorded Copies

There are a fair number of pirated or bootleg copies of this video available for purchase on various websites.

The video and audio are typically substandard, and in some cases, too poorly done to be worth a look and listen.

Also, it is illegal to purchase these copies, and it could cheat the performers out of well-deserved income.


An image of a person holding a musical note and standing in front of a piggy bank

Is This Concert Worth Purchasing Or Streaming?

All things considered, this is one of the best pro-shot examples of Ritchie Blackmore playing in a rock format. If you like Ritchie (and who doesn’t?), then you’ll love watching him play close-up.

Although individual songs are sometimes available to view on cloud streaming services like YouTube, it isn’t easy to find a high-quality video of the entire concert.

At $12, the commercially available video by Eagle Vision is an absolute steal and will quickly become one of the most-watched concerts in your collection!


FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most popular questions and facts about Ritchie Blackmore and Rainbow.

How Many The Rainbow Lineups Are There?

There have been twelve Rainbow lineups over the years, probably more than any other rock band. Ritchie was the only guitar player in each of them (table created from Wikipedia).

LineupReleasesTime Period
Craig Gruber – Bass
Micky Lee Soule – Keyboards
Gary Driscoll – Drums
Ronnie James Dio – Lead Vocals
Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow (1975)Feb – July 1975
Jimmy Bain – Bass, Vocals
Tony Carey – Keyboards
Cozy Powell – Drums
Ronnie James Dio – Lead Vocals
Rising (1976)
On Stage (1977)
Sept 1975 – Jan 1977
Mark Clarke – Bass, vocals
Tony Carey – Keyboards
Cozy Powell – drums
Ronnie James Dio – Lead Vocals
NoneFeb – May 1977
Bob Daisley – Bass
David Stone – Keyboards
Cozy Powell – Drums
Ronnie James Dio – Lead Vocals
Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll (1978)
Live in Munich 1977 (2006)
Aug 1977 – Feb 1979
Roger Glover – Bass, Vocals
Don Airey – Keyboards, Vocals
Cozy Powell – Drums
Graham Bonnet – Lead Vocals
Down to Earth (1979)
Down to Earth Tour (2015)
Down to Earth Tour 2015 (Box set)
Mar 1979 – Aug 1980
Roger Glover – Bass, Vocals
Don Airey – Keyboards, Vocals
Bobby Rondinelli – Drums
Joe Lynn Turner – Lead Vocals
Difficult to Cure (1981)
Jealous Lover (1981)
Boston 1981 (Live 2016)
Oct 1980 – Sept 1981
Roger Glover – Bass, Vocals
David Rosenthal – keyboards
Bobby Rondinelli – Drums
Joe Lynn Turner – Lead Vocals
Straight Between the Eyes (1982)Oct 1981 – June 1983
Roger Glover – Bass, Vocals
David Rosenthal – Keyboards
Chuck Burgi – Drums
Joe Lynn Turner – Lead Vocals
Bent Out of Shape (1983)
Live in Japan (2015)
Aug 1983 – Mar 1984
Greg Smith – Bass, Vocals
Paul Morris – Keyboards
John O’Reilly – Drums
Doogie White – Lead Vocals
Candice Night – Backing Vocals
Stranger in Us All (1995)Aug 1994 – Sept 1995
Greg Smith – Bass, Vocals
Paul Morris – Keyboards
John O’Reilly – Drums
Doogie White – Lead Vocals
Candice Night – Backing Vocals
Black Masquerade (2013)Sept 1995 – Dec 1996
Greg Smith – Bass, Vocals
Paul Morris – Keyboards
John Miceli – Drums
Doogie White – Lead Vocals
Candice Night – Backing Vocals
NoneJan – May 1997
Bob Nouveau – Bass, Vocals
Jens Johansson – Keyboards
David Keith – Drums
Ronnie Romero – Lead Vocals
Candice Night – Backing Vocals
Memories in Rock: Live in Germany (2016)

Land of Hope and Glory (2017)
I Surrender (2017)
Live in Birmingham 2016 (2017)
Memories in Rock II Live (2018)
Black Sheep of the Family (2019)
The Storm (2019)
Nov 2015 – Present

How Do You Get The Ritchie Blackmore Sound?

Ritchie has used a variety of electric guitars, but the Blackmore “Rock/Heavy Metal” sound is predominantly linked to the 70’s Stratocasters with scalloped necks. Ritchie has played these guitars through various stack and combo amps, but mainly Marshal Super Lead and ENGL amps.

His acoustic sound comes from a variety of 6 and 12 string guitars.

Ritchie has also used a variety of effects over the years, including experimenting with analog echo early on by modifying reel-to-reel tape recorders. He also has used various guitar synthesizers.

The most essential ingredient of the Blackmore sound is Ritchie! He is a true virtuoso that developed his unique brand of playing, which many players have attempted to duplicate, but none sound like Ritchie.

How Did Ritchie Blackmore Learn Guitar?

Ritchie’s father bought him his first guitar at 11 years old and arranged for him to take classical guitars lessons for one year.

After his formal training, Ritchie learned by listening to records of influential guitar players and by experimenting with a wide variety of techniques.

Does Ritchie Blackmore Have A Signature Stratocaster?

Ritchie worked with Fender to develop his own Signature Series Stratocaster, which incorporates many of the things that are unique to his instruments.

The Fender Ritchie Blackmore guitar has a 7.25”-radius rosewood fingerboard with graduated scalloping and 21 vintage-style frets.

Seymour Duncan® Quarter Pound Flat™ SSL-4 single-coil pickups are installed in the bridge (reverse wound/reverse polarity) and neck position. There is a non-active (dummy) pickup in the middle position.

The Ritchie Blackmore Signature Series guitar is pictured above in the “Musical Equipment Used On The Black Masquerade DVD” section.

Why Does Ritchie Blackmore Scallop His Fretboard?

Ritchie scallops his fretboards to have more control over bending the strings and manual string vibrato. Scalloping the fretboard does not make it easier to play. If anything, a scalloped fretboard is more challenging to play with good note pitch and intonation.

What Pickups Does Ritchie Blackmore Use?

Ritchie predominantly uses stock Fender Stratocaster pickups in his guitars’ bridge and neck positions. He does not use the middle pickup on a Strat and screws the pickup height down flush to the level to the pickguard to get it out of the way of his pick.

He has also used Seymour Duncan Hot Rail pickups in his earlier guitars and Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound SSL-4 single-coil pickups in his Signature Strat. These pickups give him a higher output while retaining the “single-coil” sound.

What Is Ritchie Blackmore Currently Doing?

Ritchie is currently playing in Blackmore’s Knight, with his wife, Candice Knight as lead vocalist. If you enjoy renaissance music, then check out this band, which is exceptional! There are numerous recordings and videos available, and the band makes live concert appearances.


Rainbow Discography And Related Videos

Here are some of the commercial recordings and videos that Rainbow did over the years.

Studio Albums

TitleRelease Date
Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow1975
Rising1976
Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll1978
Down to Earth1979
Difficult to Cure1981
Straight Between the Eyes1982
Bent Out of Shape1983
Stranger in Us All1995

Live Albums (Select Titles)

TitleRelease Date
On Stage1977
Finyl Vinyl1986
Live in Germany 19761990
Live in Munich 19772006
Black Masquerade – Rockpalast ’952013
Live in Japan 19842015
Monsters of Rock – Live at Donington 19802016
Live in Birmingham 20162017
Memories in Rock II2018

Videos

TitleRelease Date
Monsters Of Rock: Live At Donington1980
Black Masquerade – Rockpalast ’952013
Live in Munich 19772006
Live In Germany At Monsters Of Rock2016

Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts On The Rainbow Black Masquerade DVD

This DVD is an excellent example of Ritchie Blackmore Music, being one of the best available videos of a Rainbow concert. If you have never seen Rainbow in concert, then this video will demonstrate this band’s raw power and musical versatility. It is a must-have for all Ritchie Blackmore fans!

The audio and video are professionally done, but both have some minor quality issues, which really don’t detract from the overall enjoyment of the concert to any significant extent.

Band member interviews and backstage footage would have been a welcome addition for Rainbow fans and will perhaps be available as bonus features in a future high definition release.

Do not hesitate to purchase this DVD, which is a steal for $12.


A rock band of figures made from nuts and bolts.

Tell Me What You Think

Please leave a comment below if you enjoyed this article, have any questions about this video, or want to give your own critique of the concert. I will be happy to help you.

  • Have you seen this video before? What do you think of the setlist and audio/video quality?
  • Which musician do you like best?
  • Do you have a favorite Ritchie Blackmore video? Which one and why?
  • Would you buy this Ritchie Blackmore Rainbow video after reading this review?

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4 thoughts on “Ritchie Blackmore Music – Black Masquerade DVD Review!”

  1. This is a great subject for those who play or our a fan of the music you talk about. My sister plays guitar and love to be able to read this. While reading the song since you been gone really caught my eye. It’s a great song. Since you wrote about guitars it had me wonder do you play? If so how long and what’s your favorite song to play. 

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    • Hi, Kiersti

      Thank You for your comments!

      Yes, “Since You’ve Been Gone” is a great song, but it’s a Russ Ballard cover, not a Rainbow original. You should consider giving the guitar a try. 😊

      I have been playing the guitar for over 40 years. My favorite Ritchie Blackmore song to play is the Deep Purple hit “Smoke On The Water” because it has such an iconic opening riff.

      Happy Holidays!

      Frank

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  2. A really in depth review which I loved browsing through, I particularly liked how you have thought what questions your readers may ask and have provided relevant answers within the article. 

    I can see that you have been playing guitar for over 40 years, what would you class as the most difficult song (from this concert) to play?

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    • Hi, Danny

      Thank You for your comments! I’m thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the article.

      Ritchie Blackmore is an absolutely amazing guitar player. His technique is stunning and extremely difficult to copy accurately. If you have not seen this concert and play guitar or like its sound, be sure to watch it from start to finish!

      Many of the songs listed in the “My Favorite Songs And Musical Moments” section feature very challenging guitar parts. “Temple Of The King” is one of the most difficult solos, in my opinion.

      Please come back and visit my site often.

      Have A Great New Year,

      Frank

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