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Ritchie Blackmore: Renaissance Rebirth

Joel McIver, Acoustic, December 2004

FEW MUSICIANS possess an aura of mystery as impenetrable as that of legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, whose distinguished career has seen him compose some of the most enduring riffs in history (even tribespeople in the depths of the Amazon jungle can hum the main riff to 'Smoke On The Water'), scale the rock pantheon and retreat in recent years to the stubbornly niche area of traditional Renaissance music.

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