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on 19 September 2010
I was very fortunate to seen the band live on the UK leg of the World Tour back in Sept 1976. This album was taken from Japanese and German concerts from this World Tour and released in 1977. I had the original vinyl but it got lost with various house moves over the years. I have been listening to the 1999 CD re-mastered version prior to purchasing this vinyl copy, which is not bad quality but for me vinyl will always be the preferred music format for listening to rock albums.

This album is a part of the Black on Black; rock classic, Rainbow vinyl series. The first 1000 pressings of each release are done on coloured vinyl. This release is white vinyl. The original cover has been beautifully restored and reinforced to carry the heavy vinyl disks. Great to read again the list of equipment they had for tour on the back cover of the album. Unfortunately like many vinyl LPs today they have used very thin paper inner sleeves that I rip to remove the record to limited the risk of scratching on removal and replace it with a heavier weight plastic covered, antistatic, paper inner sleeve. The weight of both vinyl records is 188g each. The album contains the original eight tracks released in 1977 over the two-vinyl albums. This makes sense in terms of optimised audio quality for the total running time. `Catch the Rainbow' (excellent vocals) and `Mistreated' (great guitar work) take up one full side each.

The audio quality over the whole album is excellent. The records are virtually flat with minimal surface noise. The sound is clean, clear and very sharp. Guitar is hard right and organ hard left with drums perfectly balance, thundering from both channels giving a wall of sound directly across the speakers. The vocals are crystal clear with lots of fine detail. You can really feel and picture the band directly in front of you such is the detail from the speakers. Even after 33 years hearing again the `Wizard of Oz' dialog then the band playing `Over the Rainbow' and into `Kill the King' at the start of the record sounds sonically amazing. For me this has never been bettered on any intro to a live rock album, absolutely brilliant.

All the early live stage favourites are here and although there are less instrumental solos than on the `Live in Munich' album (recorded on the next European tour in 1977 with a change in personnel), it does not reduce the listening pleasure of the album. On listening to this version again it makes me appreciate more the contribution to the band's live sound made by Tony Carey on keyboards. It is something that does not stand out as much on the CD version. Although I no longer have an original vinyl copy to compare, l get the impression there is minimal (if any) sound compression on this re-issue. In fact it sounds better on vinyl than I can remember.

In conclusion, I strongly recommend this vinyl re-issue. The team at `Back on Black Rock Classics' have done an outstanding job recreating this vinyl album of Rainbow, `On Stage'. Even if you have the `Live in Munich' record, I would still buy this as well (and vice versa). There is only one way to listen to Rainbow and that's on vinyl played loud then you can really appreciate what a great band they were.
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VINE VOICEon 22 March 2011
On Stage was a genuine attempt to put the best of Rainbow's 1975 tour onto record. Taking the best available versions the producers fashioned a brilliant album from one of the best ever live bands. The strict structure that vinyl forced the producers to adhere to, (4 sides of 15-23 minutes) and the fact that most tracks were about 15 minutes long must have forced some difficult decisions. The biggest of these was to leave out Stargazer which was and is generally thought of as Rainbow's best song. However, listening to the complete German concerts now available it's clear that Stargazer never seems to come out quite right live so it's shocking but understandable that this was the major track they decided to drop. The other ommissions are the messy Do you close your eyes encore and Cozy Powell's drum solo which did tend to interrupt the flow of the incredible Still I'm Sad performance. So all in all the enforced omissions make this a much sharper and tighter album of total start to finish quality. Fans will always prefer the complete shows but if you just want Rainbow's best performances at a low price this is still the one to get.
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on 28 July 2013
Having the original Lp and Cd this upgrade was essential for the extra disc.. and what a disc it is!! Awesome!! I play this bonus disc from Osaka more than the original. It features most of the show but not all of it. Blackmore's guitar playing is phenomenal and Dio belts out the lyrics. Listen to Ritchie as he sneaks in a snippet of White Christmas (remember this was recorded in December). I would have given it 6 stars if it had been the full show - the booklet states that these were the only tracks available but I know that the full show does exist in excellent quality on bootleg so they could have added in tracks from this to complete the show if in fact the tracks were missing.
Rainbow/Purple.Dio fans GET IT!!
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on 3 November 2015
Terrific album... but this is all about the Vinyl re-issue and I have to say it is almost perfect.
5* for audio quality and for Vinyl quality (180g).

My only problem is the tightness of the cover and especially the rather 'cardboardy' inner vinyl sleeves. They hug the vinyl a little too tight for my liking.

Overall, very happy with sound and build quality.
Oh, also included a download code for the mp3s... didn't need this as I already have this as a digital copy, but very handy if you do need it.
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on 30 July 2017
Love this album. Had the vinal version years ago. This was the original live album featuring Dio until the mass flooding of the market we get now. This reminds me of those gigs back in the 70's
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on 7 March 2018
Some wonderful performances (some meandering).
But worth it for track 1 alone!
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on 26 February 2018
Ok
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on 27 September 2017
Brilliant
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on 27 December 2016
Rainbow at their peak. Pounding, Powerful but with some real Blues in there for delicacy. A must for any serious hard rock freaks.
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on 15 August 2015
Just magic... Catch the Rainbow is pure theatre; brilliant, I can listen again and again. One of my favourite live albums. Ranks alongside Lynyrd Skynyrd "One More from The Road". RJD singing is superb and Mr Blackmore is a genius.
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