This track is from Rainbow’s 1981 album called Difficult to Cure featuring Ritchie Blackmore on guitar, Don Airey on keyboards, Roger Glover on bass, Bob Rondinelli on drums and Joe Lyn Turner on vocals. It is one of two instrumental tracks featured on the album, the other one being Difficult To Cure (Beethoven’s 9th). Vielleicht Das Nächster Zeit (Maybe Next Time) is one of my favorite Rainbow songs that Ritchie recorded. Roger Glover, Ritchie’s old band mate from Deep Purple, not only played bass but produced the album as Flemming Rasmussen sat at the engineering helm. Why does that name sound familiar, well Flemming engineered/produced those great Metallica albums like, Ride the Lighting, Master of Puppets and …And Justice For All.
Ritchie’s slide guitar tone is beautiful and so natural with Don Airey providing a gorgeous backdrop of keys, reminiscent to the tone he used on Ozzy’s Mr. Crowley. When you hear the term, “Guitar Tone To Die For”, I think of this song as a good example. No plug-ins, no hitting the space bar, no in the box, no copy & paste, no bull shit! I can hear the amp miked in the room, the pick hitting the strings above the pick-up with that revered Marshall Plexi tone. This particular track lives up to Blackmore’s legacy as a guitar hero and is a great example of the softer side of his composing and guitar playing. The album was recorded at Sweet Silence Studios, Copenhagen, Denmark and Kingdom Sound Studios, Long Island, New York.
An interesting tidbit is the album’s cover, designed by Hipgnosis, was originally intended as the cover for Black Sabbath’s 1978 release Never Say Die!, the last album to feature Ozzy. The album’s single “I Surrender” would be Rainbow’s highest charting single in the UK, reaching No. 3 and #50 on the Billboard 200 Charts in the USA.