Rainbow – Live In Germany 1976

January 01, 1970

(Eagle Rock)




When it comes to the roots of pure heavy metal, it does not
get any more definitive than Ritchie Blackmore’s post-Purple ensemble Rainbow.
And while the band had experienced several changes over the course of their
existence, it’s certain that most fans will agree that the lineup on board for
Rainbow’s landmark 1976 sophomore LP Rising remains the most essential. It was that combination of Blackmore’s
classical-minded mastery of his signature Stratocaster, the keyboard wizardry
of Tony Carey, the thunderous rhythm section of legendary drummer Cozy Powell
and bassist Jimmy Bain, and the late, great Ronnie James Dio on lead throat
that set the scene for the new wave of English heavy metal.  Rising was
followed up with On Stage, a live
compilation of shows culled from several dates in Germany
and Japan
during their tour of ‘76 and released as an exclusive to both of those


Among the dates set to tape for this set were eight epic
performances from the German leg of the tour: Cologne
(25-9-76), Düsseldorf (27-9-76), Nuremberg
(28-9-76) and Munich
(29-9-76). Those shows yielded the track listing for the 1990 live compilation Live In Germany 1976, a two-CD set that
was originally released in 1990, subsequently reissued on Spitfire Records in
2001, and made available once again late this summer through Eagle Rock


Though things can get incredibly wanky – particularly during
a version of “Sixteenth Century Greensleeves” (Blackmore’s precursor to his
ill-advised medieval era) and Carey’s incessantly long keyboard solo during a
17-minute performance of “Stargazer” – this concert compilation is teeming with
power metal majesty, especially tasteful when you dig into the mind melting
renditions of such Rainbow faves as “Kill The King,” “Man on the Silver
Mountain” and “Catch The Rainbow” on here.


Beautifully remastered to achieve optimum intensity at
maximum volume, Live In Germany 1976 is a most
essential testament to the unbridled swagger of the classic lineup of the
mighty Rainbow.


The King”, “Catch The Rainbow”, “Man on the Silver Mountain”

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