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Rainbow/Live Between The Eyes(1982)

 

Now when you talk about Live Albums this version of Rainbow is my favourite incarnation of Ritchie Blackmore’s rotating lineup! The studio album from 1982 Straight Behind The Eye’s is an absolute classic of all things classic AOR. I reviewed the studio portion and it’s so good and for some crazy reason people do not really credit it as much as the Dio led version of Rainbow. As far as I’m concerned this is the era I discovered Rainbow so it’s the era I like most.

So here is the live portion from that tour back in 1982 recorded and filmed in San Antonio. Actually come to think of it this may be the exact same lineup that was on the live release Boston 1981. That one also is a great live show and of course the review of that show is lingering around somewhere on this site.

So there as you see above is the track listing of the show and it features some current stuff(at the time) and some golden oldies of Ritchie’s years when Dio sang for his supper with Rainbow and Ritchie’s days from Deep Purple.

Spotlight Kid is a great opener and Bobby Rondinelli just double bass’s the drums throughout the whole opener as Joe Lynn Turner sings indeed for his supper while Bassist Roger Glover(looking like an extra from Miami Vice) keeps the bottom end shuffling while at time keyboardist David Rosenthal locks in with Ritchie and they do solo’s together and at time separately. Watch the video posted below(Miss Mistreated is the second track added to the video) as you gotta love watching Ritchie as he has no idea he’s in San Antonio hahaha. Love the man’s non facial expressions but his guitar tone is wickedly dirty sounding on this album and when he locks in with the keyboards its a throwback to the Purple years gone by!

Must also make mention in the live video how I dig those set of eyes that drop from the ceiling and shot rays of lights throughout the crowd. Almost hokey but it’s 1982 for God’s sake! Give me props!

Joe Lynn Turner has a great voice suited for Rainbow but in this vid man he looks awkward as a frontman. That white leather jacket and him making fists is kinda silly and stuff but I guess he was trying to metal it up at times as a tough guy! Still though he can sing….

 

Rainbow/Live Japan 1984

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Thanks to MR HMO who so graciously got me a copy of this show!

So just before Ritchie Blackmore  ice’s Rainbow. He takes his cast of characters (Roger Glover/Joe Lynn Turner/Chuck Burgi and David Rosenthal)  and High Tails it to the infamous Budokan In Japan(back in 1984)  and plays  for one last time with this lineup before the $$$$$$ lured Ritchie and Roger back to Deep Purple where they ended up cutting the classic Perfect Strangers album which came out late that year.

Here’s the track list for the Last Hurrah For Rainbow…


1 Intro
2 Spotlight Kid
3 Miss Mistreated
4 I Surrender
5 Can’t Happen Here
6 Catch The Rainbow
7 Power / Keyboard Solo
8 Street Of Dreams
9 Fool For The Night
10 Difficult To Cure / Guitar Improvisation
11 Drum Solo / Blues
12 Stranded
13 Death Alley Driver
14 Fire Dance
15 Maybe Next Time
16 All Night Long
17 Lazy
18 Since You’ve Been Gone
19 Smoke On The Water

Basically you get 19 tracks and this album reeks of 80s Rock on a how a show was done back than. You want a Drum Solo? How about a Keyboard solo? How about Guitar Improvisation? Haha…I think that means Guitar Solo but hey it’s Ritchie and he is in my book is the King Of Improvisation!
My spin on Rainbow is the 80s version with Turner handling the mic is my favourite period of the band as this was when I first discovered them.  As Blackmore changed vocalists (Ronnie James Dio/Graham Bonnett) and my first discovery of Rainbow was 1982’s Fantastic Straight Behind The Eyes.  Ritchie amps up on this live album in the form of Death Alley Driver from SBTE’s. All bet’s are off as Ritchie basically rips his start apart and Joe delivers it vocally. Love this tune. Straight Ahead And Through My Noggin!

That video of Death Alley Driver is from the actual show that i’m reviewing and don’t you just love it when Joe throws the old quick fist at the camera at the 1 minute mark! I always laugh back than and today when I see this stuff when Rock Dudes try an act tough! The King Of Tough hands down is David Bryan in the Bon Jovi video Only The Lonely where David and his poodle perm rough up some chap in the video. HAHAHAHA….

Ok let’s get back on track. For all the Zaniness Blackmore Guitar Action he does  deliver along with Joe one of the best kinda Power Ballads in Street Of Dreams. It is a well written Piece of Rock where Burgi keeps his drums moving so the song does not Sap out! Neil Schon and his turned down amp could have used this song in Journey but then again this song would have been wimped out through the piano blender  by Jon Cain!

Blackmore hahaha….has to contain himself from cutting loose like the lunatic he is on guitar but he even though knows the deal! It’s 1984 and you gotta play the tunes like Street Of Dreams.

Of course like any Rainbow show Rich dips into his own back catalogue as well as he does a rocked up sped up jam of Since You’ve Been Gone  and a couple of Deep Purple classics in Lazy and Smoke On The Water.

This was the final show forever for this lineup which is a shame. From Rainbow Joe went/sang for Yngwie Malmsteem and I assume is still solo. Burgi and Rosenthal I think are in Billy Joel’s Band while of course Roger Glover (looking in the video here like an extra from the Miami Vice 80’S Cop Show) and Ritchie cashed in a huge payday later in 1984 when they both rejoined Deep Purple.

Course in 2016 long after Ritchie quit Deep Purple yet again and began dabbling with a ukulele and a flute in some Renaissance Act. (Blackmore’s Night) In 2016 Renaissance Ritchie kicked the ukulele and flute out found his Strat and Marshall and reformed Rainbow and played some shows with yet a whole new lineup with some Ol Geezers(Bass Player needs to get of out his Pajama’s and a new singer who looks quite young and sounds good)and have hit the circuit with more shows to come in 2017! If my memory is correct. Readers Mr 1537 and HMO have Tickets to see this show! Review please boy’s!

Kinda wished Ritchie would have pulled this lineup back out but hey it’s the Man In Blacks call!

This is a Great Live Show……

Rainbow/Boston 1981(2016)

 

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A few weeks back I read that a new/old Rainbow Live Album would be surfacing and as per protocol around these parts my curiosity level peaked!

Itunes had it.I purchased it! Anyone surprised by that??

Below is the 10 Tracks featured on Boston 1981…..

Spotlight Kid
Love’s No Friend
I Surrender
Man On The Silver Mountain
Catch The Rainbow
Can’t Happen Here
Lost In Hollywood
Difficult To Cure
Long Live Rock N’ Roll
Smoke On The Water

This version of Rainbow features of course founding member Richie Blackmore(guitar) along with  Bobby Rondelli(drums) Don Airey(keys) Roger Glover (bass) and Joe Lynn Turner(vocals)

Joe, man he followed Ronnie James Dio(RIP) and Graham Bonnet in Rainbow and Joe at times got hammered by the press as making Rainbow sound like a British Foreigner. Perhaps, but for my personal listening tastes this is my favourite version of the band as this was the Rainbow I had gotten into.

The Mix on this album is Real Good considering it’s 35 years old and has been Bootlegged numerous times it has a good sound! On the headphones it’s all Richie’s Guitar on the left side! Everything else(vocals,bass,drums,keys and bass) is in the middle on the right! You really get Blasted by Blackmore’s guitar and why not he’s a genius!

Spotlight Kid is a great opener and Turner tosses down a real cool smooth as silk Rock Vocal! Almost a little raspy (road worn?) still it gives you that live feeling like your there! Blackmore is on fire and it’s the opener and the Man In Black doesn’t fool around! I love the interplay between Richie and Don Airey on the keys! Very Deep Purple like. Rainbow rock it out the gate in a quick and orderly fashion!

Love’s No Friend starts off with Ritchie playing a chill riff while Bobby plays his bass drum to keep the beat and full points are awarded here as he smashes the tar out of his Gong(a lost live art!) Love’s No Friend is an interesting second track as it ploughs forward kinda slowly but by the end Ritchie and the Boys ramp it up and it picks up steam as the SS Rainbow heads towards the Rock Dock( yeah that was kinda a lame scenario. It’s all I got!)

Airey begins I Surrender with a throwback keyboard sound and Ritchie joins in and this is awesome stuff as Ritchie plays loose with a  real live feel and with him being totally mixed on the left side when he stops for a second there’s no sound coming out! Ha! So cool gives it a real cool live feel! This song is very catchy and has a pop rock element to it and Turner sings a great track! Actually this whole album Turners voice is real good!

Want to hear a real cool opening riff? Click the video posted above of Man On A Silver Mountain. Even though Dio sang the original Turner sings it well and with respect! This is a wicked awesome track and Rainbow rock this bad boy…Crank it!

Catch The Rainbow is a 14 minute Trippy Prog Rockers Delight! Its like your on a Sonic Rainbow with all of its time changes albeit slow trance like! This must have been a Toker’s Dream at the Rainbow shows of yesteryear! I could picture it now everyone just getting baked out of their minds and drifting elsewhere in a trance like state! Blackmore approved!

Quick! Put the Dope Away as Rainbow rock it to the top with Can’t Happen Here. Love the start of this tune as the drums/bass/keys start it and it sounds like Ritchie’s having technical issues and that’s what I love about actual live albums. Warts N All! Turner and Crew are lock and loaded on this tune and it’s another great straight ahead rock track!

Don Airey  plays a real crazy Keyboard almost spooky like (think the vibe of Ozzy’s Mr Crowley) and Lost In Hollywood (I’m sure there are many a Rainbow tale of Lost Nights Everywhere) The song is another rocker in the Rainbow Arsenal! For good measure toss in a Ritchie guitar solo and from what I listened too it sounds like his Strat took a Shit Kickin that night….

Probably since I work in a Hospital I always dug the Difficult To Cure album cover(Pic of the band in Hospital O.R Gear) and Difficult To Cure is a big epic like Beethoven inspired track. Blackmore and Airey  weave in and out of each others music space and its like Blackmore uses the keys as a second guitar,dual lead solos with the keyboards and such. Man,say what you want about the after show party shenanigans that I’m sure all bands partook in. With Ritchie you had to have your  chops together or he would Fire Yer Ass!

Long Live Rock N Roll is another straight ahead rocker track from the Dio years and Rainbow lay down the law with this song.

Blackmore digs into his previous bands catalogue but teases the crowd with he beginning of Lazy? Ummm nope! Hey there’s the beginning of Woman From Tokyo! Wawazat! So Ritchie messes with the crowd and then launches into the opening riff and its Smoke On The Water and I can see why when Ritchie and Roger were back with Purple they chose Turner to sing for them (1990s Slaves And Masters) . Turner sings Smoke real good and Rainbow pulls it off but like there would be any doubt right?

This is a real good album! Rainbow Boston 1981 is a Live album! No Fixings and Doctering it up in the studio. From What I read this show was a co headline show with Pat Travers and recorded for the King Biscuit Radio Show.

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