Rainbow – Third Stone From The Sun (TCDNIJIFUNE78-14)

Third Stone From The Sun (TCDNIJIFUNE78-14)

Kenmin-Kaikan Dai-Hall, Niigata, Japan – January 31st, 1978

Disc 1 (56:20):Yoninbayashi ending, Rainbow Monitor Check, God Save The Queen, Opening, Over The Rainbow, Start, Kill The King, Guitar Solo, Mistreated, Guitar solo, Mistreated, Greensleeves, 16th Century Greensleeves, MC, Announcement in Japanese, Silence Prayer, Announcement in Japanese, Guitar Solo, Catch The Rainbow, Guitar Solo, L’Amour Est Bleu, Catch The Rainbow, MC, Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll  

Disc 2 (49:42): MC, Lazy, Man On The Silver Mountain, Guitar Solo, Blues, Break, Third Stone From The Sun, Break, unknown tune, Starstruck, Man On The Silver Mountain, Rainbow Light Show, Improvisation / Love Maker Trouble Maker, Man On The Silver Mountain, MC, Keyboard Solo, Still I’m Sad, Beethoven Sinfonie Nr. 9 d-moll op. 125, Keyboard Solo, Drum Solo, The Year 1812, Festival Overture in E flat major, Still I’m Sad, Over The Rainbow, Announcement, SE    

This set from Tarantura offers the Mr Peach recording of Rainbow’s 15th concert on their tour of Japan to support the Long Live Rock and Roll album. The recording is good to very good, slightly distant that really captures the atmosphere well. The crowd is very enthusiastic and the band rewards them with inspired playing. A brief instrumental take of God Save The Queen by Ritchie segues the Over The Rainbow into a furious instrumental that leads directly into Kill The King, the crowd greats the band with huge applause and follows them at every turn.

After a brief thank you Dio introduces Mistreated as a “bit of blues and a bit of few others things as well” The crowd erupts a Blackmore plays the quiet opening notes, with someone close to the recording yelling “Ritchie, Ritchie”.

They cheer as the tension of notes builds before and the crowd claps along as Blackmore played the familiar opening notes to the songs. While the Coverdale sung version of the songs sound remorseful the Dio versions sound almost angry. The audience claps and cheers during the song but is distant enough to add the feel, not over power and by this time the recording sounds much more clear and very enjoyable at higher volumes.

The guy next to the recorder shouts for Cozy Powell and Ritchie as well as other comments as Dio introduces a song from their first album. Again the crowd is totally behind the band as they plow through 16th Century Greensleeves, cheers back at Dio as he chants “Down Down Down” at the end as Blackmore almost plays notes resembling the intro of Purple Haze. The Rainbow is colored full red for the people of Japan as the silent prayer is read and observed.

A beautiful rendition of Catch The Rainbow follows, the crowd clapping in unison through out. Dio is the star in this tune, his passionate vocals shine. The lone song from the new record, Long Live Rock and Roll is warmly greeted and enjoyed even though it will not be released for another two months, nonetheless the crowd claps and cheers like an old favorite.

Dio introduces Man On The Silver Mountain as a haunting beautiful song that leads into the new band member introductions that get wild cheers from the audience and Dio dedicates the song to Bob Daisley’s trousers, from there the band plays a quick snipped of Purples Lazy and finally gets into MOTSM. New members Bob Daisley and David Stone along with Cozy Powell get a chance to shine during the blues section and the band toys briefly with the Hendrix classic Third Stone From The Sun and Dio sings an unknown tune acapella before they get into the Startstruck section. The crowd wildly cheers and follows the band on every twist and turn.

They introduce the sheriff of Niigata, aka the guy who operates the rainbow over the stage and improvise the Love Maker section for one of the most intimate parts of the show as the band are obviously enjoying themselves. The part of the show is taken up by a lengthy Still I’m Sad, a vehicle for improvisation and solos from the band.

The Beethoven Sinfonie Nr. 9 d-moll op. 125 section is wildly cheered by the audience as is the David stone solo but the crowd really goes wild for Cozy Powell, they clap and shout his name throughout. The listener and crowd are ground to a pulp after the conclusion of the song and then  the crowd goes wild during the Judy Garland sung Over The Rainbow plays over the PA system. Its obvious the crowd wants more as they cheer over the announcements after the show but it is not to be.

All in all a fantastic concert for a equally fantastic audience whose enthusiasm takes this show to a high level of emotion and performance. This great show comes in a gatefold packaging of what looks to be the ticket to the concert adorning the cover while the inside has a picture of the recording devise and master cassette tapes and a shot of Blackmore. the only negative being the track listing and information on the back cover is printed in very light lettering and is difficult to read. Nothing but praise goes to Tarantura for their continuing efforts in releasing these important recordings of Rainbow in Japan, they are enjoyed by this collector and hopefully many others.

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  1. Yes I total agree about the Rainbow version of Mistreated vs original but I prefer alot of the Dio sung Sabbath classic tracks such as NIB where he completely transforms the feel from uncertainty of the Ozzy vocal delivery into a song of confidence. Very few singers have the ability to make a song they did not write one of theirs, RJD had that quality.

  2. Thanks for another accurate and thorough review, relayer67. Your observation about the differences in how “Mistreated” were performed by Dio and Coverdale was right on, and not one I’d given much consideration before you wrote it. Listening again to those disparate performance styles cemented, for me, why I listen only to Rainbow’s versions of the song. And this Tarantura title contains a particularly spectacular job by the late, great Ronnie James Dio. This is yet another essential Rainbow title from the prolific Tarantura.


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