Guitar International is running an archive interview with Ritchie Blackmore. Conducted around the time of his first departure from Deep Purple, the piece describes the metamorphosis of Elf into Rainbow and how the debut album, Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, came to life with great speed. As Blackmore tells it:
I had about six weeks off from Deep Purple before we started touring so I said, “Let’s get together now.” We rushed about and rehearsed in two weeks, and we put the LP down in a month.
Blackmore’s description of actually leaving DP is revealing. When he told them he didn’t want to enter the studio:
They took it well. They had a holiday and got another guitarist. They’ll be in the studio in, I think, it’s next month with Tommy Bolin. He’s very good, one of my favorite American guitarists.
That doesn’t seem vitriolic at all!
Read GI’s sprawling interview right here.