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Rainbow - Live in Germany 1976 [Aka: Live in Europe] CD (album) cover




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4 stars Live in Germany 1976 is a live record released back in 1990, after the rediscovering of some tapes from that tour in some London's vaults.

What we have here is a compilation of different tracks from different gigs (recorded in Munich, Dusseldorf, Cologne and Mannheim). To be honest, maybe Live in Munich 1977 has a better mixed material, but what makes this album remarkable is Dio's performance (rest in peace), simply stunning and Blackmore's solos is absolutely impressive, especially on Catch the Rainbow, (a song which is half way between Hendrix's "Little Wing" and "Dazed and Confused" by Led Zeppelin) and Stargazer , yes you've got it right, this is the ONLY Rainbow live record to feature the probably most famous track they've ever written, an absolute hard rock epic pearl, originally released on the "Rising" album.

Blackmore's skills are shining like they never did, especially with Deep Purple, since it is evident the expression freedom that he had with this band, mainly on stage.

Pros: Only live version of "Stargazer" available, Performances level is very high.

Cons: In certain bits the vocals are too loud.

3/4 Stars

Malve87 | 4/5 |


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