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Rainbow DELUXE indeed!,
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This review is from: On Stage (Deluxe Edition) (MP3 Download)
History - Blackmore left Purple, Bolin joined Purple, Purple imploded! All this in 12 months in the mid-seventies. Blackmore replaced the guitarist in a relatively unknown band called Elf and recorded one album. He then demolished the band and replaced everyone, except the singer; Ronnie James Dio. In came super drummer Cozy Powell, keyboardist Tony Carey and bassist Jimmy Bain. These five musicians recorded, what in my opinion is easily the greatest Rainbow studio album ever; Rising.
The deluxe edition - Many Rainbow fans felt a little shortchanged when the original On Stage album was issued; there was the fire of the band, working off each other, Blackmore having free reign to do whatever he wished, yet songs were left off, songs were seemingly cut, solo's ignored, and some songs patched together!! This latest release is excellent insofaras we get (nearly) six officially unreleased songs, plus the original songs. This is fine, the mix on the new songs (recorded in Osaka, Japan during 1976, according to the CD, but it was actually Tokyo!) is a huge improvement. There's a real ferocity from the start of Kill the King until the end of Do You Close Your Eyes. We get another version of Mistreated, Dio is damned good and makes the song his own. As a huge Purple fan he isn't quite as good as Coverdale on what is ostensibly a blues song, but he is still a superb vocalist. now the slight disappoinment, the "extra" version of Sixteenth Century Greensleeves is the same as the original album, just re-mixed, It sounds better, however it's a shame we aren't given another version! Next up is Catch the Rainbow, which I think part has been cut, but it is still over 18 minutes long. Penultimate extra is Man on the Silver Mountain, again though parts of this song were used on the original On Stage. Lastly is Do You Close Your Eyes; a good song indeed.
If you're a Rainbow fan then be aware this isn't a full concert, but is still worth owning, if only to realise what Blackmore used to do before his return to Purple and then his on going folk music interest!!
Overall this release improves on the original On Stage. However for a full Rainbow concert, I would highly recommend you purchase the 3 German 76 concerts (Cologne, Dusseldorf and Nuremburg).