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Ritchie Blackmore: Wailing over the Purple Rainbow

Steven Rosen, Guitar Player, 1978

WHILE RITCHIE Blackmore’s Baroque-tinged shred solos make him the in-vitro father of today’s progressive- and classical-metal movement (just ask Yngwie), his foot-stomping power chords in Deep Purple songs like 'Smoke on the Water', 'Rat Bat Blue' and 'Space Truckin'' set a huge precedent for the role of rhythm guitarists in less articulate forms of heavy rockā€“not to mention that 'Smoke' was the first tune a generation of kids learned to play.

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