Title - 'Rainbow - Live in Germany 1976' (Eagle Records)
Artist - Rainbow
Digitally remastered by Joe Lambert at Classic Sound Studios, New York, New York, Rainbow's 1990 release 'Live in Germany 1976' has now been remastered into a 2-CD special edition release.
Featuring all eight original live recordings spread out over those two discs, the album includes such early Rainbow classics as 'Catch The Rainbow', 'Mistreated,' 'Stargazer, and the blockbuster 'Man On The Silver Mountain'.
Originally recorded live in 1976, the Rainbow band members include the late, great Ronnie James Dio (vocals); Ritchie Blackmore (guitar); Tony Cary (keyboards); Jimmy Bain (bass); and Cozey Powell on drums.
To the backdrop music and words, "Toto, I've got the feeling we're not in Kansas anymore. We must be over the Rainbow,") of The Wizard of Oz, the opening guitar chords are struck and the frantic 'Kill The King' (recorded in Munich) is upon us. A song written by Blackmore, Dio, and Powell, 'Kill The King' was already a staple part of the tour setlists back in 1976, and even (much as this CD) opened Rainbow concerts from mid-'76 onwards.
"We'd like to do a song for you now, written by Ritchie and David. The blues rock song is called 'Mistreated'.", intro's Ronnie James Dio, as the subtle guitar work of Blackmore soon slides into some fast and furious fenetic string work. And so begins the 16 minute musical ride which was also recorded in Munich. FYI - 'Mistreated' is actually a song by another Blackmore project, the mighty Deep Purple and was taken from their 1974 album Burn.
Dio thanks the crowd and announces that they'd "like to do something from our first LP, entitled Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow. A song written by an English King, Henry VIII, and it's a very pretty song. We like it and I hope you do too." The beautiful 'Sixteenth Century Greensleeves', recorded in Cologne is brought forth for the next eight minutes. In truth, Blackmore originally planned for his solo single 'Black Sheep of the Family' to have "Sixteenth Century Greensleeves" as its b-side!
"OK, we'd like to play some more music for you now, from our first LP again. A song that has to do with this monster across the stage. A song for you, Dusseldorf. Give them a rainbow, John. And also for you, we'd like to 'Catch The Rainbow'." The near-fifteen minute song is incredible enough, but a little known fact is that the electric rainbow that spanned the stage used so much power, it frequently interfered with the guitars and amplifiers!
The second disc begins with a guitar tune up ("Just got to make sure we're tottaly in tune for this one," says Dio) before they plough into the minor hit 'Man On The Silver Mountain.' A 14 minute ride recorded in Mannheim, it is proceeded with a monster guitar intro before
going into the 1975 single. Complete with a slow blues riff midway, the song is a musical force to be reckoned with, for sure.
"We'd like to do something now from our second LP, Rainbow Rising. It's a small story about a wizard, a man who takes people and makes slaves of them and has them build a huge tower to the stars. And because he's always looking up at the stars, and people like him, we call them Stargazers," Dio intros, as the near 18 minute song is unleashed. Recorded in Cologne, it begins with a searing keyboard intro, before incorporating within it a short drum solo by Powell.
We then flow right into the drum-led 'Still I'm Sad,' also recorded in Cologne, which was once an instrumental cover of a Yardbirds track! After a thank you and goodnight, they come back (this time in Munich!) for a 10 minute version of the highly-appreciated, 'Do You Close Your Eyes.' Written, along with 'Stargazer' prior to the inaugural US tour in late 1975, they both featured in all the 1975 and 1976 shows thereafter.