Rainbow / Definitive Chicago 1978 / 1CD+1Bonus CDR

Rainbow / Definitive Chicago 1978 / 1CD+1Bonus CDR / Rising Arrow

Translated Text:
Live at International Amphitheater, Chicago, IL. USA 2nd July 1978 plus Bonus CDR “Definitive Atlanta”

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Daimyo boards symbolizing the final stage of the Ronnie James Dio era are upgraded. It appears in permanent preservation press CD. The symbolic board is “Chicago Performance July 2, 1978”. It’s its finest audience album.
Ronie era When you talk about RAINBOW ‘s live, it can be roughly divided into two. “Jimmy Bain / Tony Kalei era” and “Bob Daysley / David Stone era” decorating the stage debut. There are countless live albums, both formal and informal, but the number decreases suddenly at the latter. Although the officialized pro shot “LIVE IN MUNICH 1977” and Japanese performances are fulfilling, there are only a few mysterious recordings when it comes to other performances. The North American tour of 1978 in particular that was rare is the final stage. This work is a name recording representing the tour which should also be said “the day before collapse”. First of all, let’s check the position of the show in the flow of that “Days of Stone age”.

“July 7” ON STAGE “Release”
· September 25 – October 27: Europe (24 performances)
· October 31 – November 22: UK (17 performances)
· January 11 – February 3: Japan (15 shows)
“April 9” LONG LIVE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL “Release”
· May 9 – August 15: North America (59 shows) ← ★ Coco ★

This is the end of the Ronnie era. After the release of “LONG LIVE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL”, only about 3 months’ North American tour will be done, and Ronnie will leave RAINBOW. The Chicago show of this work was a concert that was the 34th performances. This recording not only represents the final tour, it has been said for a long time “the last recording of the Ronie era”. In a recent survey, the following August recording was also found, but it was just that there was. In the dimension that can be enjoyed as a music album, this work is still the last.
Such Chicago recording is a large staple from before. Especially the “FIRECRACKER” of the Rising Arrow label that appeared in 2006, seamlessly recorded “Blues” which had been cut by the previous episode, the long time decision board of the whole time. It is extremely popular as “Best of Ronnie’s Late Terminal”. Thereafter, there was a recurrence in 2012, but it was sold out and it became out of print soon. This work is also the same master as “FIRECRACKER”, but polished with the latest and meticulous remastering. It is a vertex album that raised “best” further.
In fact, the sound of this work is quite different from “FIRECRACKER”. Of course, I do not do an uncanny man like twisting the original sound, it is making the utmost use of natural sounding to the last. The biggest difference is the stereoscopic effect. Although the original master was good sound quality, the balance of the stereo was a little broken and it was biased slightly to the right channel. In this work, while balancing the weak left channel sound from the sound quality itself, the overall balance is also adjusted. It reproduced the “natural three-dimensional feeling that would have been ringing in the field”.
Of course, although we are doing other fine adjustments, the effect of the stereo feeling is still noticeable. “Space” is felt more than simply being in the right balance. The sound of a firecracker at the beginning which became the origin of the already-known title also has increased its presence, and the rampant “Kill The King” rushes up to each one of the riff with a real feeling increase, and the heroic vocals cut through the space. The solo of “Mistreated” in the middle part is also three-dimensional so dancing vividly, Ronnie’s vocalist “Night People” also feels the sound of the space, the beauty stands out. These points have been known as “the taste of the end of Ronnie”, but they are felt more realistic. If you compare it, it is as if you review the movie in 3D screening.
Then the revived show, the sense of concentration is also overwhelming. The final North American tour also had several performances of Headliner, but most are on the undercard. He supported various bands such as REO SPEEDWAGON, FOGHAT, ALICE COOPER, and KANSAS, depending on the day. In the case of this Chicago performance, the head liner is CHEAP TRICK. For that reason it is a short set, but it’s okay to say so. Every phrase is full of motivation, overflowing without stagnation continuing in nonstop as if you took the short time of your time as an opponent. As with the previous episode “Beethoven 9th” in the midfield there is a cut due to a tape change, but the rest is complete except it. You can soak your rich shoes until the S.E.

RAINBOW of the Ronnie era that collapsed in short-lived while drawing “Dramatic Rock’s Virtue Town”. It is a superb live album that conveys its last glow. It is one piece in which a three-dimensional sense and existence also lived in a rich rainbow color world because of the terminal period. Please, enjoy it.

ロニー時代RAINBOWのライヴと言えば、大きく2つに分けられます。ステージデビューを飾った“ジミー・ベイン/トニー・カレイ時代”と“ボブ・デイズリー/デヴィッド・ストーン時代”。前者は公式/非公式を問わず無数のライヴアルバムが存在するわけですが、後者になると急に数が減る。公式化もされたプロショット『LIVE IN MUNICH 1977』や日本公演は充実しているものの、それ以外になると不思議なほど録音が少ないのです。特に稀少なのが最終盤となった1978年の北米ツアー。本作は、その“崩壊前夜”とも言うべきツアーを代表する名録音なのです。まずは、その“デイズリー/ストーン時代”の流れの中でショウのポジションを確認してみましょう。

《7月7日『ON STAGE』発売》

これがロニー時代の末期。『LONG LIVE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL』の発売後は約3ヶ月の北米ツアーだけが行われ、ロニーはRAINBOWを去ることになります。本作のシカゴ公演は、その34公演目にあたるコンサートでした。この録音は最終ツアーを代表するだけでなく、長らく「ロニー時代最後の録音」とも言われてきました。最近の調査では、その後の8月録音も見つかっていますが、それはあったというだけ。音楽アルバムとして楽しめる次元では、現在でも本作が最後なのです。
そんなシカゴ録音は、以前からの大定番。特に2006年に登場したRising Arrowレーベルの『FIRECRACKER』は、それまでの既発ではカットがあった「Blues」もシームレスに収録され、全体の時間も長い決定盤。「ロニー末期のベスト」として大人気。その後、2012年にも再発はありましたが、それもすぐに完売・廃盤となりました。本作もまた『FIRECRACKER』と同じマスターではあるのですが、最新・細心リマスタリングで磨き上げたもの。「ベスト」をさらに引き上げた頂点アルバムなのです。
もちろん、それ以外の微調整も行ってはいるものの、やはりステレオ感の効果はてきめん。単に正しいバランスになったという以上に“空間”が感じられる。既発タイトルの語源になった冒頭の爆竹の音も存在感を増しており、怒濤の「Kill The King」はリフの1つひとつまでリアル感増量で押し寄せ、ヒロイックなヴォーカルが空間を切り裂く。「Mistreated」中間部のソロも立体的だからこそ鮮やかに舞い、ロニーのヴォーカルインプロ「Night People」も空間の鳴りが感じられ、美しさが際立つ。こうしたポイントは“ロニー末期の旨み”として知られてきましたが、それらが一層リアルに感じられる。喩えるなら、まるで映画を3D上映で見直すような感覚なのです。
そうして甦ったショウは、濃縮感も圧倒的。最後の北米ツアーはヘッドライナーも数公演はありましたが、ほとんどが前座。REO SPEEDWAGONやFOGHAT、ALICE COOPER、KANSASなど、日によってさまざまなバンドのサポートを務めました。本作のシカゴ公演の場合、ヘッドライナーはCHEAP TRICK。そのためにショートセットなわけですが、だからと言って手抜きナシ。フレーズの1つひとつはやる気に充ち満ちており、持ち時間の短さを逆手に取ったようにノンストップで連なる淀みなく溢れ出る。既発と同じように「Beethoven 9th」中盤でテープチェンジによるカットはありますが、それ以外は完全収録。濃厚なショウを終演のS.E.まで淀みなく浸りきれるのです。



1. Over The Rainbow 2. Kill The King 3. Mistreated 4. Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll
5. Man On The Silver Mountain 6. Blues 7. Night People 8. Man On The Silver Mountain(Reprise)
9. Still I’m Sad 10. Beethoven 9th 11. David Stone Solo 12. Cozy Powell Solo feat. 1812 Overture
13. Still I’m Sad (Reprise) incl. Guitar Crash 14. Over The Rainbow

Ritchie Blackmore – Guitar Ronnie James Dio – Vocal Cozy Powell – Drums
Bob Daisley – Bass David Stone – Keyboards



Rainbow / Definitive Atlanta / 1Single CDR / Non Label

Translated Text:
Live at Omni, Atlanta, GA. USA 24th June 1978 STEREO SBD(Remastered)

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Main press press CD is the finest live album symbolizing the last stage of RAINBOW RAINBOW. However, the live album born from the last North American tour is not just that one. Speaking of the most famous sound source, “Soundboard of the Atlanta performance on June 24, 1978”. This work is the best album that refined its best master with remastering.
As you can see the date, this Atlanta show is about a week before the main press press CD. The Chicago show was a tour of the North American tour 34, but this work was a concert of 28 performances. The sound board which included such a show was also the masterpiece of the late Ronie era. Not only the FM sound source recorded for BBC’s “ROCK HOUR” but also two songs “Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll” and “Man On The Silver Mountain” on the official compilation board “FINYL VINYL” What was adopted. Of course, the quality is also wonderful, it is a superb live album that we should literally call “Official grade”.
As much as it is decisive, it has also produced many epochs since ancient times. However. Both of these already-to-be-released groups have low pitch overall, furthermore sound breaks occur after “Mistreated” performance, pitch changes. It was also a source with many faults. In such a situation, this work updated 1 highest peak. Use the master of Genex that is younger than the previous one and brush up it with meticulous remastering. While correcting the bass of the right channel that was thinly thin at the original master, the left and right stereo feeling is also adjusted. The rebirthful sound has also acquired clearness and direct feeling of superb article. When I first appeared as a gift board, I received great popularity that “1978 Atlanta’s decision board” “Please put out with press CD”.
The show revived with such a sound is the best performing performances. The dramatic world of the Ronnie era is fully open, and the performance with the burning burns in the American capture is wonderful. “Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll” also became an official “Man On The Silver Mountain” also has a different taste from the official version. At the beginning of “Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll” it seems that Ronnie is “a radio show will be on today’s show” and it seems that the venue is making a big fuss, but the mix also differs, David Stone and Bob · Dizzely can also hear plentifully from left and right channels. Of course, you can listen to this take from the beginning also “Man On The Silver Mountain” which was a fade in by the official. Still I’m Sad “which is the best addition. Rosie’s guitar and Ronnie’s vocals are also amazing sounds, if Cozy’s bass doler is amazingly clear. And a guitar crash bursting with clearing sound of the highest ever! It is too intense highlight too.
However, this work is not perfect either. This day is also a short set for the undercard of REO SPEEDWAGON, but there are cuts that seems to be caused by the broadcasting frame. It starts suddenly with “Kill The King” without the beginning and the opening “Over The Rainbow” being recorded, and also edits such as “Man On The Silver Mountain” cutting middle part etc. (“Blues” whole) There is a trace. However, there is another theory about “Over The Rainbow”. On this tour, “Richie, who got angry at having unrelated lighting while playing the opening theme, and was displeased that he had been ruined the stage effect, was the masterpiece of REO SPEEDWAGON that he regarded as the mastermind after the show ended There was an episode called “I assaulted a manager,” which is apparently an event in Atlanta. Assuming that this story is accurate, an assault case occurred just after this live show. It was strangely convincing that the opening “Over The Rainbow” was cut and also that the guitar crash was done with great momentum.

Although it can not be helped only for broadcasting circumstances, it is a shame about the shortness of about 50 minutes in full story. However, it is one sheet filled with clogging of excessive sound and entertainment supplementing it. A masterpiece of a live album representing “The Last of the Ronnie Era” along with the main press CD. Please, please try this opportunity.

その日付を見ての通り、このアトランタ公演は本編プレスCDの約1週間前。シカゴ公演は北米ツアー34公演目でしたが、本作は28公演目のコンサートでした。そんなショウを収めたサウンドボードもまた、ロニー時代末期の代表作。BBCの“ROCK HOUR”のために収録されたFM音源と言うだけでなく、オフィシャルのコンピレーション盤『FINYL VINYL』にも「Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll」「Man On The Silver Mountain」の2曲が採用されたもの。もちろん、クオリティも素晴らしく、文字通り「オフィシャル級」と呼ぶべき極上ライヴアルバムなのです。
そんなサウンドで甦ったショウは、最高の熱演。ロニー時代のドラマティックな世界が全開で、アメリカ攻略に燃える気合いの入った演奏が素晴らしい。オフィシャルにもなった「Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll」「Man On The Silver Mountain」も公式盤とは味わいが違う。「Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll」の冒頭ではロニーが「今日のショウはラジオ放送されるぞ」と語るや会場が大騒ぎになるのも放送音源らしいですが、さらにミックスも異なり、デイヴィッド・ストーンやボブ・ディズリーも左右のチャンネルから存在感たっぷりに聴こえる。もちろん、公式ではフェイドインだった「Man On The Silver Mountain」も、本テイクは冒頭から聴けます。さらに最高なのが目玉の「Still I’m Sad」。コージーのバスドラも驚くほどクリアなら、リッチーのギターやロニーのヴォーカルも素晴らしいサウンド。そして、過去最高のクリア・サウンドで炸裂するギタークラッシュ! あまりにも、あまりも強烈なハイライトです。
とは言え、本作は完璧なわけでもありません。この日もREO SPEEDWAGONの前座のためにショートセットなのですが、放送枠が原因と思われるカットもある。冒頭や終演の「Over The Rainbow」が収録されずにいきなり「Kill The King」でスタートしますし、「Man On The Silver Mountain」も中間部など(「Blues」は丸ごと)をカットするなどの編集跡があるのです。もっとも「Over The Rainbow」については別の説もあります。このツアーには「オープニング・テーマを演奏中に関係のない照明をつけられ、舞台効果を台無しにされた事に腹を立てたリッチーが、ショーの終了後にその首謀者と看做したREO SPEEDWAGONのマネージャーに暴行した」というエピソードがありまして、それがどうやらアトランタでの出来事。この話が正確だとすると、このライヴ直後に暴行事件が起きたことになる。オープニングの「Over The Rainbow」がカットされたのも、えらい勢いでギタークラッシュしているのも妙に納得できてしまうのです。


1. Kill The King 2. Mistreated 3. Long Live Rock’n’Roll 4. Man On The Silver Mountain
5. Still I’m Sad 6. Beethoven 9th 7. Keyboard Solo 8. Drum Solo incl. 1812 Overture
9. Still I’m Sad(Reprise)


Ritchie Blackmore – Guitar Ronnie James Dio – Vocal Cozy Powell – Drums
Bob Daisley – Bass David Stone – Keyboards

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