The Destroyer in the West (TCDNIJIFUNE – 2 – 1, 2)
Koseinenkin-Kaikan, Osaka, Japan – December 5, 1976
Disc One: Mic Check / SE/ Announcement; Monitor Check; Over The Rainbow; Start; Kill The King; Guitar Solo; Mistreated; Greensleeves; 16th Century Greensleeves; John Operates Niji Flashing working; Das Wohltemperirte Clavier; Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben BWV147; Catch The Rainbow; Band Introduction; Guitar Solo; Lazy; White Christmas; Man On The Silver Mountain; Blues; Man On The Silver Mountain
Disc Two: MC; Keyboard Solo; Stargazer; Still I’m Sad; Keyboard Solo; Drum Solo; 1812 Overture; Drum Solo; Still I’m Sad (reprise); Guitar Solo; Do You Close Your Eyes (Guitar Clashing); Over The Rainbow
Tarantura’s latest Rainbow release, The Destroyer in the West, is significant for a number of reasons important to collectors. First, it continues Tarantura’s unique presentation of Rainbow’s entire 1976 tour of Japan after the unthinkable natural disaster that befell Japan a month earlier on March 11, 2011. That fact alone gives this title special status.
The release also narrows down to four the number of Mr. Peach recorded concerts from that legendary tour yet to be released by Tarantura. The Osaka show in The Destroyer in the West, from December 5, 1976, was used in part for Rainbow’s On Stage double album, which gives you an idea of the caliber of performance. Given our ongoing ability to indulge in new Mr. Peach recordings of the 1976 tour exclusively through Tarantura, it should be one treat after another to see how Tarantura present the rest of the shows from this tour.
This Osaka show was the third concert of the 1976 tour, first of the three Osaka shows, and it began at 1:00 pm. Dio apparently felt a certain way about that start time, quipping that “Mistreated” was “written after breakfast.” According to copies of Mr. Peach’s cassettes shown on the beautiful glossy jacket, the show was recorded with his Sony Cassette Densuke TC-3000SD unit, from seat number 35 in row K of the second floor of the venue.
As we have learned, this master archivist’s tapes offer an incredible fidelity blending instrument and vocal definition with a multi-dimensional feel from the audience. They truly are the best of both worlds, and as with all Peach recordings, these Osaka tapes documented the concert experience from shortly before and after the show.
So the recording starts with the excitement of equipment checks and nervous fan energy, which shot-up when Blackmore appeared with his signature flourish. Enter Dorothy Gale from The Wizard of Oz for “Over the Rainbow”, and then, for this reviewer, the biggest test of the audio’s quality came next: how will “Kill the King” sound when the whole band crashes in after Blackmore’s opening riffs?
As always, Peach nailed it with remarkable clarity, balance, and driving power. Dio’s captured perfectly (including echo), as was the synchopated rhythm between Blackmore and Carey with Bain and Powell pushing them all into Blackmore’s aggressive solo. Before the song’s over, you’ve learned quickly why this show was used for On Stage. And “Mistreated” continued the excellence.
Blackmore introduced different emotional themes throughout each concert on this tour. No two preludes to “Mistreated” were the same, although all were very moody. What he played in this Osaka show seemed to initially involve his volume knob, pedal effects, and delicate finger work, which was all smashed apart with soaring, angry riffs to lead the band – amidst wild audience cheering – into another impeccable version of the song.
Dio, however, made strange between song comments throughout the concert, including saying that “Greensleeves” was written by an English King named “Henry the Stupid.” Uncharacteristic Dio, which bore no relation to how passionately and powerfully he sang in this concert. Blackmore pulled away from Dio’s comment with breathtaking fretwork that was at once wicked and then gentle as he moved through his J.S. Bach mini-concerto. The song proper that followed was classic live Rainbow: heavy, tight, and plundering. Each of Blackmore’s two solos was perfectly clear, with Bain, Carey & Powell driving behind him. Unrelenting is a fair way to describe the on stage activity by this point in the concert.
Dio’s funny comments continued as he described “Catch the Rainbow” as being inspired by “King Henry the Stupid’s smarter brother, King Henry VIII,” who Dio said “invented the fascinating game of doubles dominoes in the nude.” According to Dio, “Catch the Rainbow” was played at all of their domino matches. The uncanny definition and clarity of Peach’s recordings captured all of this is in remarkable quality, which continued for the beginning of “Catch the Rainbow.”
Blackmore’s meandering, dreamy phrasing that seamlessly worked into the song’s opening riffs; Cozy Powell’s accents with the bell from his ride cymbal and snare drum rim shots; Dio’s gorgeous, melodic vocals; and Carey’s synthesized string accompaniment are also equally present, making for the kind of listening experience provided by Peach recordings that, for the most part, is unrivalled.
Trest of disc 1, which consists of instrumentals, a rapid snippet from “Lazy,” “White Christmas”, and blues (although no “Starstruck”), also contains another phenomenal on stage version of “Man on the Silver Mountain.” Dio introduced this song as having been “written about the makers of masking tape,” giving more evidence of the mind-frame he was in for this show.
Disc 2 begins with Dio teasing the audience that they were going to play “every track” from Rainbow Rising, which of course they only played two, “Stargazer” and “Do You Close Your Eyes.” It is these songs that really accentuated the latter, heavier part of the concert. Toward the end of Carey’s spacey, medieval keyboard solo, at 6:58, the audience all of a sudden reacts to what were probably the rest of the band reappearing for the show highlight to come, “Stargazer.”
With the exception of the unusual portion in this song when they played it on December 13th in Fukuoka, Rainbow killed this song in every concert during this tour. They did it again in this Osaka show, which finds the band especially inspired as Blackmore bent his tremolo bar as everybody locked into the song’s introduction. We’re then treated to an unexpected surge of clarity in sound at 3:20, right as Dio’s singing “now, where do we go?” before Blackmore’s marathon solo. The sustained power of this song went directly in “Still I’m Sad” about 3 seconds after it was over.
There are particularly heavy sections at 1:34 and 2:09 in “Still I’m Sad,” where Blackmore’s just going nuts while Powell & Bain pound through the time signatures behind him. Awesome, thrilling music to hear, reminding us again about how lucky we are that Mr. Peach attended and recorded these great concert moments. This feeling and enjoyment continues through the rest of disc 2, which gives us a glimpse of what must have also been an incredible sight when the concert concluded with Blackmore destroying much of his equipment. Of course, Peach recorded “Over the Rainbow” after the mayhem, which must have left some fans in a daze.
Packaged in a colorful, sturdy jacket decorated with fitting live pictures, Tarantura have once again provided Rainbow fans with an essential addition to the library.
Thanks for that interesting Rainbow fan link. After noticing that the site did not reference Tarantura’s release of Peach’s recording for the December 13th show at Fukuoka, I’m not sure about its reliability. I obtained the dates from the 1976 tour from Ritchie Blackmore’s site, http://www.ritchieblackmore.info/, which seemed to suggest these shows took place. Now the stage is set for what could hopefully be a revelation for Rainbow collectors. Only time will tell.
I used the http://www.rainbowfanclan.com/ as a referance guide, under 1976 tour dates the site speculates that the concerts on 12/4 and 12/6 did not take place. If they in fact did occur and Mr Peach did tape them it would prove exciting news to Rainbow fans as no other recordings have surface for those dates.
Relayer67, thanks for your always excellent thoughts about a Rainbow release. Based on my research, these were the dates Rainbow played on their 1976 tour:
02.12.1976 Sports Centre Tokyo Japan
04.12.1976 Shi Kokaido Nagoya Japan
05.12.1976 Koseinenkin-Kaikan Osaka Japan On Stage recordings
06.12.1976 Budokan Tokyo Japan On Stage recordings
07.12.1976 Shi Kokaido Nagoya Japan
08.12.1976 Koseinenkin-Kaikan Osaka Japan
09.12.1976 Koseinenkin-Kaikan Osaka Japan On Stage recordings
10.12.1976 Kyotokaikan Kyoto Japan
13.12.1976 Kyuden-Kinen-Taiikukan Fukuoka Japan
14.12.1976 Ken Taiikukan Hiroshima Japan
16.12.1976 Budokan Tokyo Japan 1st show at 3.00pm
16.12.1976 Budokan Tokyo Japan 2nd show at night
From what I can see, we can expect 4 more releases from this tour of shows we’ve yet to hear. Unless I either missed some releases or don’t have the tour dates right, the 2 you mention, as well as the December 4 and 6 shows, remain.
Do you have different info about there being only 2 shows left?
My first experinece with this title came from the Straight To The Sky (Bondage Music BON 238/239) release and found it difficult to fully enjoy do to the crowd interferance, mainly the clapping of the excited audience. This new title has none of that and, as Hager and Ledman have remarked, is another stunning Peach recording. The consistancy of his ability to capture these concerts is umparralled. The version of Mistreated is excellent, at times it seems as if Blackmore is chomping at the bit to just explode, the interaction between the whole band is intense and after listening to Cozy’s fills there are no signs of weariness you might expect being so close to the end of the tour. As the Hager states the Still I’m Sad is particularily enjoyable with the band getting into some almost funky rhythm patterns before Blackmore slows the whole piece down. After looking over the titles I have from this tour and the dates played I see only two shows left that have not been relased with Peach recordings, Dec 8 Osaka and Dec 16 Tokyo late show. Hopefully we will see those will see releases in 2011. This title must be played loud for maximum enjoyment !
This title just arrived yesterday and I’ve already listened to it 4 times already. Thanks to Mr. Peach and Tarantura for capturing this moment. I think I’ll play it a 5th time now….