Rainbow: Live in Munich 1977
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Rainbow was formed by Ritchie Blackmore in 1975 after he left Deep Purple at the height of their fame. They were instantly successful and released a string of hit albums, with an ever-changing line up, between 1975 and 1983 when Blackmore broke up the group to join the reformed Deep Purple. This concert from their European tour in 1977 features the line up responsible for the "Long Live Rock n Roll" album released later that year, including vocalist Ronnie James Dio and drummer Cozy Powell. Blackmore had to be smuggled out of Austria after trouble with the police at a gig two nights earlier, and was very late arriving in Munich, all of which seemed to inspire both the band and the audience to create a truly remarkable gig.
Tracklisting: 1. Kill The King 2. Mistreated 3. Sixteenth Century Greensleeves 4. Catch The Rainbow 5. Long Live Rock n Roll 6. Man On The Silver Mountain 7. Still Im Sad 8. Do You Close Your Eyes
Bonus Features Original promo videos for: 1) Long Live Rock n Roll 2) Gates Of Babylon 3) L.A. Connection Interviews Photo Gallery Audio Commentary
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Since I already owned Rainbow's "Live in Europe" CD which captured their 1976 show, I was already familiar with the concert versions of most of the songs on this DVD. So, the main attraction of this DVD for me was being able to see the band on video. Since I had already seen Blackmore on a Deep Purple DVD I had recently purchased, the visual highlights of this DVD for me were seeing the young Ronnie James Dio (who looked much younger and better than he does on the 2007 Heaven and Hell DVD) and the giant electronic rainbow which spanned the stage. While I had previously seen photographs of the rainbow, it is way cooler on video where you can see it changing colors and patterns.
As other reviewers have mentioned, the video quality is sub-par, but that is due to the limited technology of the period and is no fault of the company that released it. The sound is clean and full in all 3 formats, but there is not as much separation between channels as I would have liked, even in the Dolby and DTS formats; it is possible that the original source was mono and that the engineers did the best they could given the source.
The extra videos, interviews, and booklet are also good. However, my copy did not include the reproduction of the tour booklet that some reviewers mentioned. Perhaps that was only available in a limited special edition of the DVD. Altogether, this DVD will please any fans who love the Dio incarnation of Rainbow and approach it with realistic expectations about the video and sound quality. That's especially true if you are in your mid 40s and loved Rainbow in the mid 70s like I did.
First off, I was impressed with the audio and video quality. It wasn't 2007 perfect but it was probably the best the 70s had to offer.
As for the music, it's an allstar lineup. Blackmore (fresh out of jail) arrived 3 hours late for the concert but it seemed to add to the aggressiveness of his playing and the appreciation of the audience. Evidentially, being locked up in an Austrian prison for three days does something to a man. His playing weaved a tapestry of finger picking classical intros to classic hard rock licks to bluesy, soulful stuff. As for his antics, you either like them or hate them but this is Blackmore at his finest.
Ronnie James Dio sings like a God. This performance was no different. He doesn't miss a note and adds a few more for extra measure. Hey, I didn't know he smoked?
Cozy Powell - what a drummer. I had never seen him play in concert and this was a special treat. Drum solos can be a bit contrived and admittedly, this one smacks of Bonham, however, I was highly entertained and was reminded what a huge loss it was to music when he passed. God Bless Cozy!!
Combine David Stone and Bob Daisley (one of the best in the business) and you have a great bottom end through the entire show.
In the special features, I thought it was a nice touch to include 3 videos from the Long Live Rock and Roll album with alternate takes. There's also a couple of nice interviews from Bob Daisley and Colin Hart (fmr mgr.)
Combine all of this with the sweet $10 and change price and you can't go wrong. GO BUY IT!!
The video is clear, crisp sound, has good selections of songs and worth the price. This is rock music video at its best!
Some of the songs performed are Mistreated, Catch the Rainbow & Still I'm Sad. There was a drum solo by Cozy Powell (Jeff Beck Group + Whitesnake + Black Sabbath + ELP + Yngwie Malmsteen) in the song Still I'm Sad. I believe Cozy was one of the best drummer among his co-rock stars like Tommy Aldridge, Aynsley Dunbar & Neil Peart.
As usual, you will see Ritchie Blackmore doing exhibition and smashing his guitar. You will see also a young RJD (Elf + Black Sabbath + Dio) in this video and you'll be impressed with his powerful vocals. He is currently again with Black Sabbath on a world tour as of this writing.
Introducing in this line-up was Bob Daisley on bass (later with Ozzy, Gary Moore and Black Sabbath). He replaced Jimmy Bain. David Stone who has replaced Tony Carey was on keyboards.
You will get also vintage videos of songs like Long Live Rock N Roll, Gates of Babylon and LA Connection.
So what are you waiting for? Stop reading this message and buy this dvd.
It's wonderful on so many levels. For me, I believe one can pick up on how much Ronnie was sick and tired of Mr. Blackmore - I find it quite amusing! I also must agree with the complete Rainbow fans, where the hell is *Stagazer*? I know, it was tough on Cozy. They didn't always play it but was it on the set list only to be omitted from the German TV taping or this DVD?
Still, us fan's are fortunate for this product!
* I did see Ronnie & Jimmy Bain along with Simon Wright and D. Aldrich play "Stargazer" live on the KTD tour at Desert Sky outdoor venue in Phoenix, Arizona AT SUNSET and felt VERY BLESSED to say the least because that was half of Rainbow! HOLY CHRIST.
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