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Great potential, but ...
on 15 October 2014
Let me first say that I'm a big fan of Blackmore and especially of his Rainbow days.
This is a live album from the last incarnation of the band, the one that released the "Stranger in us all" album, a quite good album indeed. What would I expect from a live album from this band? Its interpretation of the Rainbow classics plus some tracks from their new (then) album. What do we have here? The "Stranger in us all" almost in its entirety, plus four and a half (one verse of "Since you've been gone") tracks from the Rainbow back catalogue, three Purple songs and one silly rendition of the traditional "Greensleeves". You can add to this, the introduction with Germany's national anthem (!!!), some boring keyboard and drum solos and some silly interventions to the songs.
It is a pitty, because there are some brilliant moments here, where the band is showing its true potential ("Temple of the king", "Perfect strangers", "Hunting humans", "Ariel"). With a better song selection and flow,we could have a really great live album.
That is not to say that I've regretted buying this, not at all. But it's more for having everything under the "Rainbow" logo and less for the music itself.