I’ve finally found a video of the namesake of this site! Sixteenth Century Greensleeves has raced to the head of the pack, beyond Stargazer, far past Man on the Silver Mountain to be my all time favorite Rainbow song.
It’s got all the earmarks of a classic Dio composition lyrically. The local evil wizard woman has kidnapped one of the Villager’s kin. So one brave (extremely short) warrior decides its time to stop turning a blind eye and kick some wizard bitch ass! He rounds up the posse and breaks out the armory to bring the Wizardess to a bloody end.
Possibly my favorite passage in the song comes when he non-chalantly namechecks “Crossbows in the Firelight” as if to let you know not only do they have an angry mob but they’re armed to the teeth with the equivalent of the 16th Century AK.
Blackmore’s intro of actually playing Greensleeves only adds to the amazing display of majesty…
God bless you Richie Blackmore and Ronnie James Dio for, if even briefly, putting together this confluence of rock savants.
Ok I saw this on You Tube today and it spurred me on to posting something on ol’ neglected 21CGS. This song isn’t obscure by any stretch of the imagination. It’s probably played as much on Classic Rock Stations today as much as it was back in the 70’s. I basically stunned by the unparalleled level of stoneyness displayed by these guys in direct relation to the actual complexity of this song. Hats off old Stoners for being able to execute this smash hit and smoke bong rips at the same time.
I’m repping my adopted home to the fullest on this one. Scorpions shred Blackout at Madison Square Garden in NYC circa 1984. Be sure to peep that luscious blond Hesher chick in the opening… I’d totally shotgun a joint with her…
Another one of my favorites from Bonn Scott era AC/DC