Live in Düsseldorf 1976
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Live in Düsseldorf 1976

28 Nov 2006

£7.92 (VAT included if applicable)
  Song Title
Introduction (Live In Düsseldorf 1976)
Kill The King (Live In Düsseldorf 1976)
Mistreated (Live In Düsseldorf 1976)
Sixteenth Century Greensleeves (Live In Düsseldorf 1976)
Catch The Rainbow (Live In Düsseldorf 1976)
Man On The Silver Mountain (Live In Düsseldorf 1976)
Disc 2
Stargazer (Live In Düsseldorf 1976)
Still I'm Sad (Live In Düsseldorf 1976)

Product details

  • Original Release Date: 8 Dec 2006
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: T2 Media
  • Copyright: 2006 Hummingbird, powered by AFM Records, issued under exclusive license from Deep Purple
  • Total Length: 1:29:33
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,584 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ...the man in black at the top of his game... 12 Dec 2006
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A wise man pointed me towards the guitar solo in 'Stargazer' and to the first half of 'Still I'm Sad', both of which appear on Disc 2 of this latest archive release (the latter of which, the studio version I loathe). The dirty bandit. A day later and it took a big bag of Munchies, a Girls Aloud calendar and a bottle of Barrs Red Kola to prise the headphones from my, um, head. Knowing my lust for the guitar work of Ritchie Blackmore at his peak, it's like taking a Glasgow jakey to Buckfast Abbey and locking him in.

Recorded a mere two nights after the already released 'Live In Cologne', this is, remarkably, even better. The mix seems clearer and the band performances seem to have notched up a degree. In particular, the often maligned keyboards of Tony Carey seem more integral.

But on to the stars of the show. Ronnie James Dio is in fine fettle, especially on what is my new favourite version of 'Catch The Rainbow' , Cozy Powell demonstrates that he was the greatest rock drummer ever (rebuttals on a postcard to someone who cares - for goodness sake, listen to 'Man On The Silver Mountain' for proof) and the workmanlike bass of Jimmy Bain is never less than workmanlike!

And then there's Ritchie. Now I've probably heard thousands of hours of his playing including (whisper) boots of this tour but, cleaned up and polished, I'm convinced this was when he peaked. Back in the box Purpleheads, this was when the line between genius and Xmas carols was straddled with most applomb.

So, as the Cozy 1812 Overture crashes through my head again, I doff my syrup to Mr Blackmore one more time. We shall never see his like again. Absolutely essential for fans of the man, this is an hour and a half you will want to relive over and over.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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There are three different concerts from the 1976 Germany tour available on CD:

September 25, 1976: Cologne
September 27, 1976: Dusseldorf
September 28, 1976: Nuremberg

All of these have something to offer for the dedicated fan.

With regards to sound quality, I would rate the Dusseldorf show overall the highest (the mix is quite clear), followed closely by Nuremberg (the mix is a little less clear, but overall the sound is warm and powerful). The recording from Cologne has a lower sound quality in my opinion. It is nice to see that during the remastering, the original dynamics were left intact on these releases (i.e. no dynamic compression was applied during mastering, at least not that I can tell).

By the way, the sound quality of these releases is much better than the previous 2-Set "Live in Germany 1976" which compiled songs from various shows in Germany.

With regards to song line-up, the Dusseldorf show does not feature any encore, so it ends with "Still I'm Sad". The other two shows feature "Do You Close Your Eyes" as an encore. During this song, Ritchie Blackmore often smashed his guitar, which is also the case on the Cologne show. That might be (or not) exciting on video or when you are at the concert, but for an audio CD, this is pretty pointless in my opinion. The encore "Do You Close Your Eyes" on the Nuremberg show is without the smashing of the guitar, just the song in a slightly extended version (around 6 minutes or so). I find this version (on Nuremberg) much better than the one on the Cologne show.

If you only want to get one of these shows, I recommend to get the Nuremberg one because it has the encore (w/o smashing of the guitar) and nice sound quality. If a clear mix is your top priority, I recommend the Dusseldorf show. Only get the Cologne show if you really want to have all three different versions (but in that case you might want to find the Japanese box set anyway).
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5.0 out of 5 stars MAGNIFICENT RITCHIE 2 Mar 2014
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1812 finale with Cozy Powell, over the TOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!
entire recording far greater than the on stage cd of many tears ago
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best live Rainbow yet!!! 14 Jun 2007
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This remastered Rainbow Live at Dusseldorf is well worth the money. Everyone is in top form and there is even a version of Stargazer included. I saw Rainbow with Dio back in 1976 in San Jose and this set captures what I saw. But they played Stargazer back to back with Light in the Black. I even took some pictures which I still have. Great concert with everyone sounding superb, before Ritchie decided to go commercial. This CD is highly recommended from a Blackmore fanatic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Rainbow Touches Ground. 7 Sep 2008
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One of the greatest concerts that I attended ever, was Rainbow at The Berkeley Community Theater in 1976. It was between Fleetwood Mac in San Francisco or Ritchie's new band, as both shows were on the same night. The entire crew voted for Rainbow. This was a very wise choice by a bunch of acid-fried loonies...Rainbow, was THE show of the mid 70's that could not be topped by any other band in the world.

"Dusseldorf, 27.9.1976" is an fine audio document of the greatest version of Rainbow that stormed the stages on the planet in 1975-1976. With Cozy Powell: Drums, Jimmy Bain: Bass Guitar, Tony Carey: Keyboards, Ronnie James Dio: Vocals, and Ritchie: Guitars, this was the band loaded up with massive talent and showmen.

Dorothy tells Toto, that they are indeed: "Over The Rainbow", and then the band is right into a frantic version of the then un-released: "Kill The King" that would appear on Rainbow's third album in the following year. "Mistreated" The Purple classic is almost 14 minutes here and this leaves room for Ronnie to scream and scat while Ritchie explores some new and different places for his guitar to travel. "Sixteen Century Greensleeves" is: hard Dark Ages rock music, and again Ritchie is the key here with his amazing playing, this is what Rainbow is all about. The music is a marriage of old & new styles and it is fantastic to hear.

"Catch The Rainbow" could be known as this band's theme song as this epic showcases Ronnie's great vocals and Ritchie's soft and hard playing over the 15 minute ride. In the decade of the 'Big' song, this one was one of the very best of the bunch. Nobody could be dumb enough to cover this song, they would never come close to performance that is captured here.

"Man On The Silver Mountain" is by far Rainbow's most popular tune, and it's all due to that riff. Like: "Smoke On The Water", Ritchie had again created music, that you can't get outta your head. "Silver Mountain" earns the classic stamp of approval.

"Stargazer" should have been titled: "Showstopper", as that is exactly what it was. I saw the group play this amazing piece of music and the explosion alone made it unforgetable, but listen to what they are playing here. This song alone shows just how far head of everybody else this band was in the mid-1970's, another epic, that SHOULD be on every list as one of the best songs of the 1970's. Classic, Classic, Classic.

"Still I'm Sad" is Ritchie's nod to The Yardbirds, the sixties are transported into outer space by Ritchie's playing. I have heard the original version, but this is the way it is supposed to be performed, another execellent track and the closer to Disc Two.

These two CD's show the greatest band of the 1970's on a very good night. These tapes are real and un-doctored, {there ARE bum notes included.} and the sound quality is pretty good for tapes discovered almost three decades after the fact.

Rainbow, was a unique blend of fantasic music that was performed by masters of the art. Deep Purple, was a great group from 1967-1974, but Ritchie heard some different music in his head and this band achieved much more than Purple {not in sales or popularity} but in musical growth, Ritchie, had really moved onwards to another place from what had come before. The music of Rainbow, is nowhere near other music of it's time. Rainbow, was the Godfather of hundreds of groups that would come forth in the 1980's {some good, most bad.} To say that Rainbow was ahead of it's time would be a big understatement. For two years in the Mid-1970's, this WAS the band, The best band...Rainbow, great records and even greater in concert.
Just have a listen.
Four Stars !!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a LIVE Rainbow release with GREAT sound 11 Jun 2010
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Mike Brown does a great job with the mix on this Hummingbird release. I had about lost all hope of hearing a quality Rainbow live recording after being grieviously disappointed with 'On Stage', 'Live in Germany' and 'Live in Munich 77', all of wish I didn't buy (the sound being varying degrees of mediocre). Ritchie is in a bit of a moody, creative form here...not like, say, Purple's 'Live in Japan' where he tears your face off. Everyone's entitled to his/her opinion, but I consider that night's guitar-work quite satisfactory. The bass sounds seem enhanced, so I hear Ritchie's guitar as powering through it...not violently, but tastefully. This is worth your money.
5.0 out of 5 stars Rainbow @ Dusseldorf '76, Koln '76, Nuremburg '76 12 Mar 2012
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Absolutely amazing. I have been a long time fan of RJD from Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Dio etc. and of Ritchie from his days in Deep Purple and the Rainbow albums. As a musician and a long time fan of live recordings I can say that ALL of the German tour cd's from '76 are some of the mjost incredible music I have heard from these rock giants. Ritchie's playing is superb to the point of being a true virtuoso. His knowledge of the guitar and masterful technique make it a joy to listen to his swirling, spiralling runs up and down the fretboard. It proves that there truly were amazing guitar technicians before the likes of Yngwie Malmsteen. Guitar virtuosity did not start in Sweden, it started somewhere over the Rainbow.
As far as RJD's vocals? What can I say? These concerts showcased Ronnie at a time when his voice was at its pinnacle of perfection. Any singer out there who wants to hear what a true vocal virtuoso sounds like should listen to these recordings. Ronnie is clear and eloquent to the point of sending shivers down my spine when I hear him singing Stargazer or Man on The Silver Mountain. I have been listening to these cd's non-ceasingly since I bought them all about a month ago and they just keep getting better each time I listen to them.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonder why? 25 Aug 2011
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"Light in the Black" is ignored on all of these live recordings? Such a magnificent song, equal to anything else the Master did, even "Child in Time". Some sort of in-studio gimickry in the song, maybe, not playable live? Seriously too bad........ such a great song.
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