new Rainbow, McCartney and Queen

Released today is Rainbow Down To Budokan (Calm & Storm 030). This is a massive six disc with with three shows in Tokyo on May 8th, 9th, and 12th, 1980 along with three replica tickets and a bonus DVDR. The sound, as described by the label, is “TRULY AMAZING/PERFECT SOUND.”

Also r released today is Rainbow Blackmore-Turner Overdrive (Calm & Storm 031). This is a four disc set with the August 27th & 28th, 1981 concerts in the Budokan in Tokyo in, what the label assures us, is “TRULY AMAZING/PERFECT SOUND(from Original Masters).”

Paul McCartney James Paul McCartney:  Japanese Broadcast Version Remastered & Restored (no label) is an updated edition of the telecast pressed several years ago (and has yet to be reviewed on this site).  We definitely will have a review of this one.   

And finally Queen A Night At Boston: Definitive Edition (Wardour-103) contains the Boston Music Hall, Boston show on January 30th, 1976.  Using the same tape source previously released three years ago on A Night At Boston (Wardour-067) and God Knows What I’m Doing (Godfatherecords G.R. 492/493), this claims to be an upgrade, a claim I highly doubt.  The same people also released Queen’s November 29th, 1980 show in Essen, but on their CDR label Uxbridge.  I wish they would have reversed them, but unfortunately were stuck with this.  


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  1. I agree with your comments on the new Queen title. I can’t see any label improving on this tape source much more than what’s already been released. Therefore, I believe this falls under the catagory of “rehash”. The Essen show would have made a great “new” silver release.


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