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ON STAGE

Rainbow

 

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Bonnek
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4 stars On Stage is one of those rare compulsory live albums in rock history. It features mainly tracks from the debut but you'll have a hard time recognizing them.

Things start with the overwhelming Kill the King which appears here before its actual studio release. Next on is a medley (or rather an extended improvisation with some other short parts intersected) of Man On The Silver Mountain, one of Blackmore's best hard rock songs, .

Catch the Rainbow is the first of the 3 must-haves here. It's a complete remake. The dreamy atmosphere of the original is substituted with an impressive journey through both calm melodic sections, noodling, more noodling and heavy outbursts of power and emotion. And do we like it! The same can be said for Mistreated from Deep Purple's Burn. The band just blazes through this excellent blues rock track.

16th Century Greensleeves is another song from the debut. It's a great performance again but for once I prefer the gentle medieval leanings of the original to the live version here. The third gem is of course Still I'm Sad which has really nothing to do anymore with the original album version. I get chills just thinking about the emotional power of the ending section, which I admit, is partly due to nostalgia thinking back at my boarding school days when I blasted this album daily through my cassette player. Poor fellows in the rooms next door, overpowering their Fine Young Cannibals like this :-)

Bonnek | 4/5 |

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