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Final Vinyl (Rainbow) Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Live

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This title is part of Polydor's 2nd wave of Rainbow reissues, featuring new digital re-mastering from the original master tapes and packaging faithful to the original LPs. This expanded complete version of Finyl Vinyl (2 CDs, 88 minutes of music) features 2 tracks ("Street of Dreams" and "Tearin' Out My Heart") unavailable on previous CD release. Also includes "Man on the Silver Mountain," "Long Live Rock 'N' Roll," "Spotlight Kid" and much more.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Spotlight Kid
  2. I Surrender
  3. Miss Mistreated
  4. Street Of Dreams
  5. Jealous Lover
  6. Can't Happen Here
  7. Tearin' Out My Heart
  8. Since You Been Gone
  9. Bad Girl

Disc: 2

  1. Difficult To Cure
  2. Stone Cold
  3. Power
  4. Man On The Silver Mountain
  5. Long Live Rock 'N' Roll
  6. Weiss Heim


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 1, 2008)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Live
  • Label: Universal (ECM & Island)
  • ASIN: B00000J2SS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,649 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
Having listened to the studio version of "Difficult To Cure" and then seeing the live version on the long-deleted "Live Between The Eyes" VHS, I was intrigued by the possibility of the version which exists on this release. It is worth the price just for that track alone. Rainbow with an orchestra.....Incredible. But while this is an exceptionally high high-point, it is not the only one. To finally hear "Since You Been Gone" live with Graham Bonnet (sadly the only live track from this short-lived incarnation of the band) was something of a revelation, although I still prefer the studio version. But this compilation covers almost every line-up of the band, presumably ignoring the line-up which recorded "Onstage", for obvious reasons (see that album and the "Live In Europe/Live In Germany" sets. The only sticking point for this was the inclusion of a couple of non-album b-sides, which had already appeared on the "Best Of Rainbow" album in the UK in the early '80s. A couple of other live tracks might have been better. How about more from that Monsters Of Rock show which produced "Since You Been Gone". If you're expecting a 2CD live album, forget it. This is a compilation, and should be treated as such. But maybe the time has come to release some of the older live material in the full glory of the concert recording format. "Live Between The Eyes" was a good show, but on CD you would certainly lose the full impact of the guitar-smashing - although it does SOUND really good!!! Come on Polygram, raid those archives!!
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As another mentioned, it would be great to have more from Rainbow, especially more of the era spanning 1980-1984. It was a bit of a catch 22 to see Ritchie Blackmore return to Deep Purple late in 1984, even though it produced the exceptional "Perfect Strangers" album. I once had "Finyl Vinyl" on cassette tape, album, and on CD, all at once! I don't really know how that happened but it is truly a great compilation. "Spotlight Kid", "I Surrender" and "Street of Dreams" are much better live than their respective studio versions. Perhaps, though, the "Japan Tour 84" CD ought to be re-released to do the Blackmore, Turner, Glover, Burgi, and Rosenthal line-up justice. What really catches the listener is just how good Chuck Burgi is on drums. A fast and furious drummer with remarkable precision.
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Remastering has done very well for the sound quality of this classic live album. I've owned previous CD and cassette versions and was always very disappointed with the mix which tended to drown out the performance with incidental sounds and a copious amount of hiss. But this particular edition fixes both problems admirably. Also, previously removed tracks from the single-CD version are now thankfully restored.
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.
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Ritchie Blackmore had everything his own way here. With Rainbow, the trouble was often an inexperienced and overly enthusiastic backing band. Blackmore seemed at his best when he could improvise within a song, and not 'follow' a song (as in a "hit" AM/FM tune). The 1986 'Final Vinyl' release was, no doubt, a 'victim' of the CD production technology in 1986, prior to 20-bit digital remastering. This release not only salvages this forgotten effort, but improves it. There is still plenty of the overplaying that the Rainbow ensembles were criticized for at the time, but if you listen here, Ritchie Blackmore's genius shows through in many places. For me, the Joe Lynn Turner group is presentable. Two cuts are added to the original release. One of them, "Tearing Out My Heart" is precious... it adds to Ritchie Blackmore's legendary *hypnotic* wizardry. For me, it was worth it for this cut alone (8+ minutes). Overall, the producers of this release did a great job of attempting to recreate the appeal of this band.
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