On 06 November 2015, Eagle Rock Entertainment release “The Ritchie Blackmore Story”. This is a simultaneous release on DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats [Cat Nos: EREDV1148, ERBRD5258 and EVD1194 respectively] and Deluxe Edition [EREDV1194]. Without doubt one of the all-time great guitar players, Ritchie Blackmore hardly ever does interviews but has granted extraordinary access for the creation of this truly revealing programme and talks in great depth about his life and career.
The amazing Deluxe Edition [EREDV1194] contains the DVD of “The Ritchie Blackmore Story”, the DVD of “Live In Tokyo” and 2CDs of “Live In Tokyo” all contained in a 60 page 12” x 12” hardback photobook with a black and silver front cover. “Live In Tokyo” is the first official DVD & CD release of the 1984 concert by Rainbow from Tokyo’s famous Budokan. It was to be the last Rainbow concert before Ritchie Blackmore & Roger Glover went on to reform Deep Purple. [See over for full tracklisting].
From his pop roots with The Outlaws and his many session recordings in the sixties, through defining hard rock with Deep Purple and Rainbow in the seventies and eighties and on to the renaissance rock of Blackmore’s Night, Ritchie has proved that he is a master of the guitar across a multitude of styles. For the first time “The Ritchie Blackmore Story” tells the story of his remarkable career through extensive specially recorded new interviews with Ritchie himself plus contributions from many of his colleagues and admirers including: Brian May, Glenn Hughes, Lars Ulrich, Steve Lukather, Joe Satriani, the late Jon Lord, David Coverdale, Gene Simmons, Joe Lynn Turner, Steve Vai, Graham Bonnet and Ian Anderson. The Bonus Features on this release offer up over 40 minutes of additional interviews with Ritchie Blackmore and his peers.
TRACKLISTING (LIVE IN TOKYO DISC – DELUXE EDITION ONLY)
(CD Disc 1) 1) Intro Medley 2) Spotlight Kid 3) Miss Mistreated 4) I Surrender 5) Can’t Happen Here 6) Catch The Rainbow 7) Power 8) Keyboard Solo 9) Street Of Dreams 10) Fool For The Night 11) Difficult To Cure (Beethoven’s Ninth) 12) Guitar Solo 13) Drum Solo (CD Disc 2) 14) Blues 15) Medley: Stranded / Hey Joe 16) Death Alley Driver 17) Fire Dance 18) Maybe Next Time 19) Medley: All Night Long / Woman From Tokyo 20) Lazy 21) Since You’ve Been Gone 22) Smoke On The Water
“The Ritchie Blackmore Story” contains clips from many of his classic tracks with Deep Purple, Rainbow and Blackmore’s Night including: “Smoke On The Water,” “Highway Star,” “Since You’ve Been Gone,” “Wring That Neck,” “Space Truckin’,” “All Night Long,” “Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll,” “Hush,” “Black Night,” “Child In Time,” “Mistreated,” “Burn,” “Man On The Silver Mountain,” “I Surrender,” “Perfect Strangers,” “Play Minstrel Play,” “Renaissance Faire,” “Fires At Midnight” and many more.
Quite simply “The Ritchie Blackmore Story” is a look into the life and career of the mysterious “Man in Black”, an introspective look at a true guitar legend.