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1 stars This live album holds almost all the ingredients I just hate.

Released three years after the last "Rainbow" album "Bent Out Shape", their record company (Polydor) had the brilliant idea to scrape some money together and put this "thing" on the market. What for ? Our dear friend Ritchie joined his old "Purple" mates for a more juicy career and who can be interested in such an album ?

Very average sound, songs picked up out of tons of different "live" sets, some studio recordings, some extremely poor numbers or rendition (or both). It will also remain a mystery that the one and only very good album from "Rainbow" ("Rising" in 1976) is almost ignored from any live album. Actually, even unofficial albums do not feature lots of songs from it. Always the same trio : "Stargazer" of course, as well as "Starstruck" and "Do You Close Your Eyes". NONE of these are here !

Most of the songs are second to third tier form the "Rainbow" catalogue (from a second or thirs tier band, you can have an idea of what you'll get here). Pop-rock at times ("I surrender" with a poor sound on top of this), the awful AOR-ish "Miss Mistreated" which is unfortunately not isolated, since another one of that vein is the unreleased album track "Since You've Been Gone". Poor and faded out abruptedly. The funky "Jealous Lover" (b-side of "Can' Happen Here"). The latter is also featured and very poorly recorded. It is a pity because it is a quite good rocking number. A studio version of "Bad Girl" (B-side again). It sounds more as a demo actually.

Very few (to none) great numbers. Maybe "Love Live Rock 'n' Roll" but the middle part is a karaokee exercise...Fillers all the way through, I tell you. The ridicule version of "Difficult To Cure" is really hard to bear. Over eleven minutes of the worse treatment. Dull solo introduction, a fully dispensible string section (truely useless) and then, the Ludwig von B.'s stuff. I couldn't stand the studio track and since it is doubled in lenght here, the supplice is even more painful.

The version of "Man on the Silver Mountain" is also a great way to screw a decent song. A totally boring guitar improv (solo ?) in the middle section is pointless and absolutely chaotic. If you believe that the worst has been reached, you are wrong. A bluesy part will "embellish" the end of it (in the style of what Hughes / Coverdale were doing at the end of "Smoke On The Water" if you see what I mean).

The best number here is probably the instrumental "Weiss Heim" (B-side of "Long Live Rock & Roll").

I hope that you got the picture. A mix of B-sides, poor rendition, wrong track selection. This can only deserve one rating : one star. Avoid it as the pleague. Please.

ZowieZiggy | 1/5 |


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