Rainbow Rising Rough Mix Hidden Master is a one disc title copied directly from 7 1/2 IPS magnetic recording tape on 7″ speed (I.D.label “Schneider”) belonged to Cozy Powell
Whitesnake Vintage Collection 1978 (Langley Deluxe 012) is a 2CD set with bonus DVDR from Largo 1980. The audio portion contains soundboard material from Alkmaar Pop 78 Festival, Holland June 17th, Paris Theatre, London, England from July 5th and Brighton Dome, Brighton, England from November 1st.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Early Darkness contains the Boston Music Hall, Boston, MA show from May 31st, 1978.
Jeff Beck Group Orange Album Working Tracks is a 2CD title containing early mixes and working tracks from the final Jeff Beck Group album. It also contains bonus live tracks from the Ruis Rock Festival in Turku, Finland (perhaps the most widely circulating tape from this incarnation of the group) and “Jeff’s Boogie” from Waterbury, Connecticut on May 17th, 1971.
This Whitesnake title is well worth getting, folks. CD2 features the Brighton Dome show previously released on Langley as ‘The Devil In Me’, but ‘Vintage Collection 1978’ stated it came from the original master, and it shows. There is slightly more hiss, but I think this is more because the original Langley source was losing the top frequencies – certainly the cymbals can be heard on this Langley Deluxe release, and the whole thing sounds ‘brighter’. I don’t know how the sound quality of the Paris Theatre material compares to Bondage’s ‘BBC Snake’ but it sounds very good here, albeit not perhaps quite the clarity of Alkmaar, or Brighton. The interview with DC, which is track 8 of CD1, is running fast, I’d say, as he sounds more high-pitched than I remember, but it’s of interest as he confirms being approached by Uriah Heep and Black Sabbath after Purple’s split.