Rainbow Risin’ (Tarantura TCDRAINBOW-1-1/2)
Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, Japan – December 16, 1976 (evening show)
DISC 1: (63:08) Opening, Jingle Bells, Over The Rainbow, King The King, Mistreated, Sixteen Century Green Sleeves, Catch The Rainbow, Lazy, White Christmas, Man On The Silver Mountain, Blues, Starstruck, Man On The Silver Mountain (Reprise)
DISC 2: (53:45) Tony Carey Keyboard Solo, Stargazer, Still I’m Sad, Cozy Powell Drum Solo, 1812 Overture, Still I’m Sad (Reprise), Do You Close Your Eyes, Over The Rainbow
After Ritchie Blackmore left Deep Purple in 1974 because he became upset with the funk and soul sound that was being introduced to the band by David Coverdale and Glenn Hughes, he formed Rainbow in 1975, the name influenced by the famous Rainbow Bar and Grill in Hollywood, California and released Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow. While still with his former band he recruited “Elf” singer and opening band for this tour Ronnie James Dio along with the rest of the original musicians excluding their guitarist.
He eventually fired everyone with the exception of Dio and hired drummer Cozy Powell, bassist Jimmy Bain, and keyboardist Tony Carey. Rainbow’s music was more influenced by classical and Dio’s lyrics about medieval themes. This previously unreleased clear and excellent sounding AUD source taken from “Song Brother’s original master cassette is in support of the 2nd album titled “Rising” and Rainbow’s first tour of Japan. What we have here is a fantastic performance
Highlights are Mistreated from Blackmore’s days with his former band, Catch The Rainbow, Man On The Silver Mountain from the first album, Still I’m Sad which was written by Jim McCarty and Paul Samwell-Smith of The Yardbirds, This release is packaged in a gatefold with a live shot on the front, inside and back covers and includes a bonus poster inside with a scan of the actual ticket, picture of Blackmore holding the master cassette and several newspaper clippings written in Japanese and to top it off, each disc has it’s own stage shot printed on the top. This is limited to 200 copies.If you liked this review, buy me a cup of joe. (Suggested: $3 a shot or $7.5 for a double)