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4.0 out of 5 stars
On Stage Deluxe Edition, 11 Nov. 2012
First thing to note is the remastering on the On Stage album, which is very good. Cozy sounds great, and Tony and Jimmy are clear in the mix. If you have a previous remaster of this album, this one is still worth getting. I won't review the On Stage album itself - if you're reading this, I assume you're familiar with it. If you aren't, stop reading and click "Add to cart."
Now for the second disc - the labeling and booklet are incorrect. The bonus songs are not from Osaka; this is most of the Tokyo 12/16/76 evening show (only Stargazer and Still I'm Sad are missing). I've confirmed against both the Song Brothers and Mr. Peach sources; it's all Tokyo. The version of 16th Century Greensleeves from On Stage is entirely from this show, so you get the same version of this song twice (boo - hence the docked star from the rating). Didn't they listen to the tape and ask themselves "Doesn't that sound familiar?" Blues and Starstruck from this show are also on On Stage, so you get those twice as well. And why no Stargazer? They claim in the booklet that they couldn't find a version of it, but they have all the songs up to Stargazer, and the encore from later in the show. However, the version of Catch the Rainbow from this show is outstanding except for one little flub in the first "Bless me" section; I'm glad to finally have it in excellent sound. Mistreated isn't one of the better versions - Ritchie cuts the solo short. The Osaka versions are better, as is the Tokyo afternoon show version. Do You Close Your Eyes has never been one of my favorites, even more so when you're spending a couple of minutes listening to the band play the riff over and over because Ritchie was busy demolishing a cheap Strat. I could have done without the encore and the duplicated material from On Stage in exchange for Stargazer and/or Light in the Black (which was played at the Tokyo afternoon show, so we know they taped it).
Overall, for Rainbow fans the deluxe edition is worth getting for the remastering and for the bonus version of Catch the Rainbow. I docked it a star for the duplicated material and the incorrect date & location information on the packaging.