Rainbow On Stage 2LP (Green Vinyl)
Classic 1977 Double Album Among Decade's Pivotal
Live Records! Pressed on Green Vinyl at RTI!
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"I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore. We must be over the rainbow!"
The famous Wizard of Oz introduction sets the mood for the thrills, imagination,
and aural adventurous that is Rainbow's classic double live album On Stage.
Recorded in late 1976, approximately one year before front man Ronnie James
Dio's departure from the band, the set stands as one of the decade's pivotal
concert records. On par with Kiss' Alive, UFO's Strangers in the Night, and Deep
Purple's Made In Japan, the effort teems with blistering performances and
Freed from the confines of the studio, Dio and guitarist Ritchie Blackmore
instill passionate bravado and swagger to every song they attack. At the peak of
his powers, Dio sings with leather-lunged gusto and theatrical purpose, hitting
seemingly impossible highs and reaching down to bring dark overtones to the
lows. His melancholic showing on a cover of Deep Purple's "Mistreated" blows
away the original. As a perfect foil, Blackmore takes the opportunity to stretch
out solos and indulge in bluesy improvisations, turning "Man on the Silver
Mountain" into a multi-part medley and the slowly building, fantasy-themed
"Catch the Rainbow" into an epic workout.
Rainbow's rhythm section is equally inspired. Drummer Cozy Powell jump-starts
high-voltage passages with urgent beats and timely playing. In sync with the
irreplaceable contributions of organist/keyboardist Tony Carey, bassist Jimmy
Bain supplies a taut foundation. On Stage is in effect a document of a vital
hard-rock band pushing itself to the maximum and succeeding in taking its
audiences on an unforgettable journey. Blackmore's inventive passages and
colorful tones are alone worth the price of admission.
Martin Birch's steady, lively production puts it over the top. Unlike many
heavily edited albums from the era, Powell is heard front and center, the drums
given as much space and presence as Blackmore's humming guitar, Dio's inimitable
singing, and Carey's howling organ. You're given an invitation to stand onstage
with the quintet.
Pressed on green-colored vinyl at RTI and presented in a faithful reproduction
of the original gatefold sleeve, Wax Cathedral's deluxe reissue of this live
scorcher renders the music in the highest fidelity it's ever enjoyed.
Always meant to be heard since its original release in 1977, On Stage is
restored to all its glory.
• Green Vinyl LP
• Pressed at RTI
• Faithful Replication of the Original Gatefold Sleeve
Ronnie James Dio, vocals
Ritchie Blackmore, guitar
Cozy Powell, drums
Tony Carey, keyboards
Jimmy Bain, bass
LP 1 - Side 1:
1. Kill The King
2. Man On The Silver Mountain
LP 1 - Side 2:
1. Catch The Rainbow
LP 2 - Side 3:
LP 2 - Side 4:
1. Sixteenth Century Greensleeves
2. Still I'm Sad