Memories in Rock - Live in Germany
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In June 2016, legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore made his much-anticipated return to rock music as Ritchie Blackmore s Rainbow played three concerts in Europe, two in Germany and one in England. Recordings from the two German shows at Loreley and Bietigheim make up this live album Memories In Rock. The setlist, combining classic tracks from both Deep Purple and Rainbow, was exactly what the fans had wished for. The band played superbly and Ritchie Blackmore proved that he remains one of the finest guitarists of all time.
1. HIGHWAY STAR 2. SPOTLIGHT KID 3. MISTREATED 4. 16TH CENTURY GREENSLEEVES 5. SINCE YOU BEEN GONE 6. MAN ON THE SILVER MOUNTAIN 7. CATCH THE RAINBOW 8. DIFFICULT TO CURE (BEETHOVEN S NINTH) 9. PERFECT STRANGERS 10. STARGAZER 11. LONG LIVE ROCK N ROLL 12. CHILD IN TIME / WOMAN FROM TOKYO 13. BLACK NIGHT 14. SMOKE ON THE WATER
1. HIGHWAY STAR 2. SPOTLIGHT KID 3. MISTREATED 4. 16TH CENTURY GREENSLEEVES 5. SINCE YOU BEEN GONE 6. MAN ON THE SILVER MOUNTAIN 7. CATCH THE RAINBOW 8. DIFFICULT TO CURE (BEETHOVEN S NINTH) 9. PERFECT STRANGERS 10. STARGAZER
1. LONG LIVE ROCK N ROLL 2. CHILD IN TIME / WOMAN FROM TOKYO 3. BLACK NIGHT 4. SMOKE ON THE WATER
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We saw Blackmore's Night at the Vic Theater in Chicago. They were playing their Medival times tunes and the audience is just talking among themselves, paying no attention to the concert. Then the girl says, "Once upon a time there was a band called Rainbow" and it was like a Hurricane went through. The whole audience got up and cheered in enormous joy! They played 2 Rainbow songs and the crowd reaction was crazy! Well, if Ritchie enjoys Minstrel music, God bless him...
Now, back to the Blu-ray. Video and sound are ones of the best ever in live recording. Ritchie smiles a couple times which is absolutely rare. I think he enjoyed it as much as the crowd did. The guy is 71 and his playing is as good as ever. He totally nailed the Highway Star solo.
As a side note, I'd like to mention that if not for Ritchie Blackmore there wouldn't be Van Halen, Satriani, Vai, Malmsteen and other brilliant guitar players. They all admitted that they started playing after they heard Blackmore play guitar. Ritchie is one the most inventive musicians in the world.
So, to sum it up, it's some of the best videos I've seen. And I have a lot!
Ronnie is an amazing singer. I'd like to see him sometime if he tours U.S..
I only wish they would put out all 3 gigs they played in Europe on video in their entirety.
Don't get discouraged by some grouchy reviews here. It's worth to watch it!
The show is marvelous, looks great on Blue Ray, and is so beautifully orchestrated that it flows from one song to the next effortlessly. The level of excitement is unlike anything I have seen in many, many years. These songs, ....masterpieces, ...are so much better than anything I have heard in a very, very long time. Romero takes ownership of a couple of them; "Spotlight Kid" & "Mistreated" are his to keep now. He defines them now - he is that good! I never thought anyone could sing "Stargazer" but the original, ..but this guy handles it with ease. Nothing is "forced" with this band, they do all very well, or incredibly well. The first CD is like a roller coaster ride, and you are ready for a break in excitement when it ends. I have not heard the second one yet, ...I really do not want to hear anyone do "Tokyo Woman" ever again, but will let it play soon anyway. Blackmore's greatest period, I think, was on the Strugartt CD in 1976, or pretty much anything he did that period of time after the "Burn" CD. The earlier material was good, but he got so much better in the later 70's that it is hard for me to listen to those "Machine Head" era songs now. With Elvis & Lennon gone, ...only Blackmore, McCartney and Clapton are left from the truly great innovators of pop/rock music when excellence was rather commonplace. It is a wonderful thing that he is depicted on this document in high definition so he can be viewed while he is still extremely good at performing electrically. He doesn't move like he did on stage back in the 80's, but he still plays the best improvisation out there. I did not expect this show to be this good prior to viewing it. I did not realize just how good those songs were back when they were first released years ago. That "16th Century Green sleeve" song is stunning with this band! The bass guitar just memorizes the infrastructure of the tune, and the band plays like they have been playing it for years! I really am speechless in trying to convey just how stunning this show is, and cannot imagine what it would have been like to actually have been there for one of those shows. Folks do not get that level of professionalism is performance these days, particularly by the silliness that passes for art in the USA now. I think it is very cruel, and selfish for the European "powers that be" to conceal the great musicians from the rest of the world. I never heard of this Romero guy, and he is "head & shoulders" far superior to any singer currently active in this country. I cannot imagine how the European Union keeps this magnificence locked in over there, ...but I now fully understand why Britain got out! If Blackmore bought this show to the USA - the stadiums would be packed with adolescents to elders wanting to just experience the majesty of true genius once again. It has been a long, long time since this level of performance has been witnessed in this land.
My only criticism is, as others have said, the rhythm section drums and bass were under-wealming. My 8 year old son has a bigger drum kit than this guy, and not sure why the bassist was wearing his PJs. However, neither of which are a reflection on the overall Bluray.
You also get 2 CDs with the concert on also.
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