Final Vinyl (Rainbow) Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Live
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As to the content: Let's face it, most people considering buying this have already owned and listened to Final Vinyl many times. But if you're just discovering Rainbow, I would say this is a nice introduction, including performances from all three periods within their classic era. With the focus decidedly on the more arena-rock styled Joe Lynn Turner period, you also have two tracks with Graham Bonnett (disappointingly, only one is live, while the other is an admittedly good studio B-side) and then closing out with two high-energy, extended-length metal classics from the original Ronnie James Dio period. Through all, you can hear the high degree of musicianship of a classic Rainbow concert no matter what style they were more focused on at any given time. Sequencing is a bit haphazard; at first glance it appears to be roughly reverse-chronological order except for the fact that the Bonnett pieces actually are in the middle of the Joe Lynn Turner set. But the material here is so good that it ceases to be a distraction once you're into it.
Another thing that makes this album worth owning is the live version of "Difficult to Cure". With an added "Arabian Nights"-type passage, a symphony orchestra and a just tighter performance, it blows away the fun-but-awkward studio version from the album of the same name. Here it's elevated to the level of masterpiece.Read more ›
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I bought this for the 1980 to 1984 Rainbow lineup as I loved Straight Between The Eyes. The sound is okay, but pales to Ronnie fronting the band, IMO. Read morePublished 13 days ago by FloydZepplin
This should have been a superb way of finishing the band's career by gathering many live recordings and stray B-sides into one package but the overall flow of the discs is rather... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Chappa
I've wanted a copy of this album for years and I've never bought it...until now!
It is worth the wait and now I wonder what took me so long to drop coin on it!
RAINBOW RULES! IN MEMORY OF RONNIE JAMES DIO! AWESOME REMASTERED CD! 30 STARS!Published 22 months ago by terry e.chandler,jr.
Finyl Vinyl is a worthy addition to the Rainbow collection but sadly isn't full of Blackmores finest perfomances. That said just for Weiss Heim alone it's worth the money.Published on January 7, 2014 by Andrew Jury
Haven't had the chance to listen to this yet, but I am a big fan. I am sure it will meet my expectations in both quality an certaiinly the timliness in delivery.Published on September 2, 2013 by Eric J Beavers