Ritchie Blackmore

Take It: Sessions '63-'68

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For Ritchie Blackmore fans, Take It! is indispensible; compiling two dozen early tracks, the collection paints a cohesive portrait of the guitarist at the outset of his career. Recorded during the Beat boom era of the mid-'60s, these rare cuts capture Blackmore working in a wide range of styles, moving from the sappy ballads of Jess Conrad to the blistering instrumentals of the Lancasters. Most engaging are a series of sides with the Outlaws, many of them in support of Gene Vincent.

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