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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice to get some tracks not previously on CD., 21 Sept. 2009
This review is from: Anthology 1975-1984 (Audio CD)
Most of this set is material which will be familiar and readily available to Rainbow fans, but the gems of this anthology are two tracks recorded "live" featuring Joe Lynn Turner, and one with Graham Bonnet.

The JLT era tracks were previously available on the b-side of the 12" single Can't Let You Go, and were apparently recorded live, however a distinct polish and tightness to the tracks, plus complete absence of audience noise suggests they may be from a soundcheck. Nonetheless they are superb renditions of firstly Stranded, then All Night Long, the latter a good blend of a faster and more aggressive sounding track than the Down to Earth studio version, but with the smoother vocals of JLT. Ritchie's guitar tone is especially good on these tracks.

The Graham Bonnet track is Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, from his (and Cozy's) last live outing with Rainbow at the inaugural Monsters of Rock in 1980. Just as Ritchie cranks up a rather crackly guitar and the whole band pitch in for the second verse, GB blasts into a lung tearing high E in full voice - "one louder" and higher than his trademark top D which features in many tracks from his career - quite a feat given this was the second last song of a lengthy set.

It's a pity this represents only the 4th track from that set to be officially released, and only 3 of which are out on CD (Stargazer is only available on the vinyl Monsters of Rock compilation album). Hopefully some day the whole set will become available, coupled with (we can only hope) a full version of the gig on film to compensate for the poorly edited 30 minute BBC Rock Week special which aired at the time.
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Initial post: 30 Sep 2009 21:06:33 BDT
J. Lupton says:
Hi Just curious as a Ranbow fan - where are the other released live tracks to be found from the Donnington show? I know two were on the vinyl lp "Monsters of Rock" but I don't know where the others can be found. I think "All Night Long" showed up on a cd compilation and now we have "Will You Still..." on cd where's the rest to be found on cd?

Nice review, btw.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Oct 2009 19:13:57 BDT
Last edited by the author on 3 Oct 2009 17:24:51 BDT
T. PAXTON says:
Hi, Stargazer and All Night Long/Blues are on the vinyl MoR album, Since You've Been Gone (minus the aircraft noise present on the "End of a Rainbow" bootleg!) is on Finyl Vinyl, All Night Long is on the All Night Long compilation CD (but without the short blues instrumental which followed on MoR), and then you have this Anthology with Will You Still Love Me. Note that although the other tracks appear to be untouched, All Night Long had the middle singalong considerably shortened, and a completely replaced guitar solo overdubbed. Hope this is useful. TP.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Nov 2009 15:28:10 GMT
J. Lupton says:
Thanks very much for the thorough answer on this. Hope the complete Donnignton show makes an appearance at some point soon. Also, the MoR album has been on my cd wishlist forever - an excellent live compilation.

Posted on 26 Jun 2011 15:40:40 BDT
MIJ6689 says:
I was at Donnington on 16 August 1980 (and I know that gives a hint as to my age) and I still can recall that 'Will you Still...' was a definite highlight, albeit a complete surprise. I have only heard it previously via the above mentioned 'End of a Rainbow' bootleg and the awful BBC butchery of what was a fabulous occasion, but am really looking forward to hearing a version with some production. I have the other tracks mentioned, but Ritchie, Roger or whoever has the Donnington rights, will you PLEASE let the great unwashed have access to what was without doubt the best performance of this line-up? It has only been 31 years and I am still hoping.....

Posted on 12 Feb 2013 20:36:30 GMT
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