Rainbow / Definitive Budokan 1984 1st Night / 2CD+ 2Bonus DVDR

Rainbow / Definitive Budokan 1984 1st Night / 2CD+ 2Bonus DVDR / Black Box
Live at Budokan, Tokyo, Japan 13th March 1984  plus Ltd Bonus 2DVDR “Japan Tour ’84”

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Ahead of the reorganization of DEEP PURPLE, the last performance of RAINBOW in the 1980s in 1984. The finest origin recording that conveys the scene is brushed up. Introducing the permanent storage press 2CD.
The performance of “March 13, 1984: Nippon Budokan” was imbued with this work. It is the transcendental audience recording. Speaking of Nippon Budokan in 1984, the official video “JAPAN TOUR ’84” comes to mind first, but this work is a separate performance. To remember the situation, let’s first look back on the schedule at that time.

・ March 11: Osaka Castle Hall “OSAKA 1984”
・ March 13: Nippon Budokan ← ★ This work ★
・ March 14: Nippon Budokan ← * Official video

Above, all 3 performances only in Tokyo and Osaka. DEEP PURPLE The schedule reminds me of my first visit to Japan, but the official video was the last day. What was recorded in this work was the concert the day before. Only Japan, which loves RAINBOW most in the world, has the best record in all the performances, but this work is a full live album that will be the best masterpiece of “Budokan first day”.
Speaking of what is the best masterpiece, it is a sound without any correction. At our shop, we have archived this show with two masterpieces “THE END” and “HELLBENT DRIVER”, but this work is the latter brush-up board. If you have already experienced “HELLBENT DRIVER”, you will have already decided. After all, “HELLBENT DRIVER” is a “best of the day” that goes beyond the dimension of “the best of the day” … No, it’s a masterpiece that is called “the best of the performances in Japan during the Joe era”. In fact, the direct feeling and the fineness of the details are extraordinary. Although the snare tone gives a hint of audience recording, the minimal air of the echo component is clear, the vocals are at a breathing level, and the guitar is subtle and clear. It was a great recording that made me feel as if I was listening to an FM sound source.
That should be it, it was a master among the legendary masters who worked on this recording. He has left many historical recordings such as Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Mick Jagger, THE ROLLING STONES, PINK FLOYD, etc. mainly in the 1980s. DIO’s “DRAGON HEAD (Shades 230)” recorded at the same Nippon Budokan if it is related to RAINBOW is also a collection of this person. To put it more simply, “a master of prestigious Kinney and above”. In the world of collectors, it is almost automatically expected that “Japanese recording = good sound”, but it is no exaggeration to say that this person’s skill has established such a historically favorable evaluation.
The introduction has become long, but so far the story of “HELLBENT DRIVER”. This work is a super-masterpiece that has been upgraded from such a masterpiece. The difference is so easy to hear. The biggest is the tight feeling. “HELLBENT DRIVER” was super-high-quality sound, but it was a little biased in terms of balance. If RAINBOW’s own sound output was the ideal image, the mid-low range was also a little stronger. That was fat and powerful, but in this work, I made fine adjustments for each range to make it thinner than the original sound output itself. The result is completely different from simply “getting closer to the treble.” The transparency of the sound has increased sharply, so the outline stands out and the details are improved to the finest parts. Moreover, the high-pitched tone has improved, and the direct feeling has been further enhanced. The tight feeling without the swelling of the echo is “like a sound board” … No, it has sublimated to the dimension of “This is not a line !?”.
The upgrade sound is a full show that is similar to the official video “JAPAN TOUR ’84”. It’s also a good opportunity, so let’s organize the set while comparing it with the official video.

● 80’s number (13 songs)
・ I Surrender: Spotlight Kid / I Surrender / Can’t Happen Here / Difficult To Cure / Maybe Next Time
・ Blow from the dark: MISS Mistreated / Power / Death Alley Driver / Stone Cold (★)
・ Street Of Dreams: Street Of Dreams / Fool For The Night / Stranded / Fire Dance
● 70’s Classics etc. (4 songs + α)
・ Ginrei Champion: Catch The Rainbow
・ Down to Earth: All Night Long / Since You Been Gone
・ Others: Blues / Smoke On The Water
* Note: The “★” mark is a song that cannot be heard even in the official video “JAPAN TOUR ’84”.

… And it looks like this. For the time being, there are songs from the Ronnie and Graham eras, but the main axis is clearly “the total settlement of the Joe era.” The hit single “Stone Cold”, which was not played on the final day, is also included, making it a set with even stronger elements.
The whole story is the highlight, but the oversized one is probably the orchestra co-starring “Difficult To Cure”. Even in the world, it was a taste that was realized only in Tokyo 2 performances, so this work is the world premiere. In fact, the moment the curtain opens and the orchestra appears, it’s amazing! The spectacle of the scene can be witnessed in “JAPAN TOUR ’84”, but this work is super-realistic because it is an audience. The curtain opens, “Oh”, the orchestra sounds “Wow!”, And the reservoir explodes, “Wow !!!”. And when that theme exploded, the sea of ​​applause and the flames of applause blew up, and the enthusiasm bounced with a sense of dynamism that the floor of Nippon Budokan became a trampoline. The skin is so spectacle that it doesn’t stop. The intense impression that even the professional shot scene of “JAPAN TOUR ’84” is out of the question has become even more vivid and revived.

It’s a super masterpiece. A cultural heritage album in which a legendary master leaned against his arm to record the orchestra co-starring that was the endless beauty of RAINBOW. It is the highest peak update board. Impression of the site that surpasses even the treasure of the official professional shot “JAPAN TOUR ’84”. Please experience it with the permanent storage press 2CD!

★ Recording of a transcendental audience for the performance of “March 13, 1984: Nippon Budokan”. The masterpiece “HELLBENT DRIVER”, an original recording of a legendary master who is proud of Japan, has been further brushed up. The sound, which has the direct feeling and details of FM broadcasting level and the tight feeling that does not allow even a slight cloudiness, makes me doubt that “this is not a line !?” However, the reality is definitely a guest record. In “Difficult To Cure” co-starring with the orchestra, a super spectacle in which tremendous enthusiasm makes even the official video “JAPAN TOUR ’84” out of the question. It is truly a cultural heritage-class super masterpiece.

DEEP PURPLE再編を間近に控え、80年代RAINBOW最後となった1984年の来日公演。その現場を伝える極上オリジンル録音がブラッシュ・アップ。永久保存プレス2CDで登場です。
そんな本作に吹き込まれているのは「1984年3月13日:日本武道館」公演。その超絶級オーディエンス録音です。1984年の日本武道館と言えば真っ先に公式映像『JAPAN TOUR ’84』が浮かびますが、本作は別公演。その状況を思い出すためにも、まずは当時のスケジュールから振り返ってみましょう。

・3月11日:大阪城ホール『OSAKA 1984』
・3月13日:日本武道館 ←★本作★
・3月14日:日本武道館 ←※公式映像

以上、東京・大阪のみの全3公演。DEEP PURPLE初来日を思い起こさせる日程ですが、その中で公式映像となったのは最終日。本作に記録されているのは、その前日にあたるコンサートでした。世界で最もRAINBOWを愛する日本だけに、この全公演に極上記録が残されているわけですが、本作は「武道館初日」の最高傑作となるフル・ライヴアルバムなのです。
何を持って最高傑作かと言えば、それは取りも直さずサウンド。当店では、このショウを2つの名作『THE END』『HELLBENT DRIVER』でアーカイヴしてきましたが、本作は後者のブラッシュ・アップ盤なのです。すでに『HELLBENT DRIVER』をご体験の方なら、すでに心を決められている事でしょう。何しろ『HELLBENT DRIVER』は「この日のベスト」という次元を超えた「1984年来日のベスト」……いえ、「ジョー時代の来日公演でベスト」と呼ばれるほどの大名盤なのですから。実際、そのダイレクト感もディテールの細やかさも異常な次元。スネアの音色にオーディエンス録音の証が感じられるとは言え、反響成分の極小な空気感は澄み渡り、ヴォーカルは息づかいレベルでギターはちょっとした遊びも機微まで鮮明。ほとんどFM音源でも聴いているかのような感覚の名録音でした。
それもそのはず、この録音を手掛けたのは伝説的な名手中の名手。80年代を中心にエリック・クラプトンやジェフ・ベック、ミック・ジャガー、THE ROLLING STONES、PINK FLOYD等々、数々の歴史的な録音を残してきた。RAINBOW関連なら同じの日本武道館で録音されたDIOの『DRAGON HEAD(Shades 230)』もこの人物のコレクションです。もっと分かりやすく言いますと「名門キニー以上の達人」。世界のコレクター界では「日本録音=音が良い」と半ば自動的に期待されるほどですが、そんな歴史的な好評価もこの人物の手腕が打ち立てたと言っても過言ではないのです。
前置きが長くなってしまいましたが、ここまではあくまで『HELLBENT DRIVER』の話。本作は、そんな大名盤がさらにアップグレードしてしまった超名盤なのです。その違いは、パッと聴いてすぐ分かるほど。一番大きいのはタイト感。『HELLBENT DRIVER』は超・高音質ながらバランス的にはやや偏ってもいました。RAINBOW自身の出音を理想像とするなら、中低音がやや強めでもあったのです。それはそれでファットで迫力もあったのですが、本作では各音域毎に微調整していき、本来の出音そのものに肉薄させたのです。その結果は、単に「高音に寄った」とは全然違う。鳴りの透明度がグッと上がったことで輪郭が際立ち、微細部までディテール・アップ。しかも高音のヌケも良くなり、ダイレクト感がさらに高まった。反響の膨らみのないタイト感は「まるでサウンドボード」……いえ、「これがラインじゃないの!?」という次元にまで昇華したのです。
そんなアップグレード・サウンドで描かれるのは、公式映像『JAPAN TOUR ’84』とは似て非なるフルショウ。良い機会でもありますので、公式映像と比較しながらセットも整理しておきましょう。

・アイ・サレンダー:Spotlight Kid/I Surrender/Can’t Happen Here/Difficult To Cure/Maybe Next Time
・闇からの一撃:MISS Mistreated/Power/Death Alley Driver/Stone Cold(★)
・ストリート・オブ・ドリームス:Street Of Dreams/Fool For The Night/Stranded/Fire Dance
・銀嶺の覇者:Catch The Rainbow
・ダウン・トゥ・アース:All Night Long/Since You Been Gone
・その他:Blues/Smoke On The Water
※注:「★」印は公式映像『JAPAN TOUR ’84』でも聴けない曲。

……と、このようになっています。一応、ロニー時代やグラハム時代の曲もあるものの、主軸は明らかに「ジョー時代の総決算」。最終日には演奏しなかったヒットシングル「Stone Cold」も盛り込み、さらにベスト要素の強いセットになっています。
その全編が聴きどころでもあるわけですが、特大なのはやはりオーケストラ共演の「Difficult To Cure」でしょう。全世界でも東京2公演でのみ実現した趣向だったわけで、本作こそがワールド・プレミアという事になる。実際、幕が開いてオーケストラが登場した瞬間の凄い事と言ったら! 光景のスペクタクルは『JAPAN TOUR ’84』でも目撃できますが、本作はオーディエンスだからこその現場の息吹が超リアル。幕が開いて「おぉ」、オケが鳴って「うわぁ!」、溜めが爆発して「うぉおおおー!!!」。そしてあのテーマが爆走するや猛烈な拍手の海と喝采の炎が吹き上がり、日本武道館の床がトランポリンにでもなったような躍動感で熱狂が跳ねまわる……。あまりのスペクタクルに肌が粟立って止まらない。もはや『JAPAN TOUR ’84』のプロショット光景さえ問題外にする強烈な感動がさらに鮮やかになって甦っているのです。

まさに超名盤。RAINBOWの有終の美であったオーケストラ共演を伝説名手が腕に寄りをかけて記録しきった文化遺産アルバム。その最高峰更新盤なのです。公式プロショットの至宝『JAPAN TOUR ’84』さえ凌駕する現場の感動。どうぞ、永久保存プレス2CDで存分にご体験ください!

★「1984年3月13日:日本武道館」公演の超絶級オーディエンス録音。日本が誇る伝説的名手のオリジナル録音の名盤『HELLBENT DRIVER』をさらにブラッシュ・アップ。FM放送レベルのダイレクト感とディテールに、わずかな曇りも許さないタイト感まで備えたサウンドは、「これがラインじゃないの!?」と我が耳を疑うほど。しかし、そのリアリティは間違いなく客録。オーケストラ共演の「Difficult To Cure」では凄まじい熱狂が公式映像『JAPAN TOUR ’84』さえ問題外にする超スペクタクル。まさに文化遺産級の超名盤です。


Disc 1(46:31)
1. Land Of Hope And Glory
2. Over The Rainbow
3. Spotlight Kid
4. Miss Mistreated
5. I Surrender
6. Can’t Happen Here
7. Catch The Rainbow
8. Power
9. Keyboard Solo
10. Street Of Dreams

Disc 2(70:59)
1. Fool For The Night
2. Difficult To Cure Intro.
3. Difficult To Cure (with Orchestra)
4. Guitar Solo
5. Drums Solo
6. Stranded incl. Woman From Tokyo
7. Blues
8. Death Alley Driver
9. Fire Dance
10. All Night Long
11. Maybe Next Time
12. Stone Cold
13. Since You Been Gone
14. Smoke On The Water
15. Over The Rainbow

Ritchie Blackmore – Guitar
Joe Lynn Turner – Vocals
Roger Glover – Bass
David Rosenthal – Keyboards
Chuck Burgi – Drums

Black Box 036


Rainbow / Japan Tour 84 / 2DVDR / Non Label
Live at Budokan, Tokyo, Japan 14th March 1984 PRO-SHOT

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“RAINBOW + Orchestra Co-starring” realized in 1984 is only for two days at Nippon Budokan. The main press 2CD is a masterpiece that allows you to experience the first day in the field with the highest sound ever. For that bonus, we have prepared the highest peak version of the official pro shot, which is the peak record of the second day.
So, what is recorded in this work is “March 14, 1984: Nippon Budokan” the day after the main press 2CD. RAINBOW This is a multi-camera pro shot taken last night. This video was also made into an official DVD in 2015, but unlike that, this work was precisely digitized from the Japanese version of the laser disc at that time. Even now that it has been made into an official DVD, it is a brand-name product that is vacuum-packed into a 2-disc set of the highest quality visual beauty that does not lose its value.
In fact, this work is the highest peak. It first appeared before the formalization was realized, and it was digitized by renting a mint board of a Japanese laser disc that was treasured by a domestic core collector and entrusting it to an overseas analog video specialist manufacturer.
Moreover, it is a first-class product that is particular about sound. It was a remastered version similar to “BUDOKAN 1984 REMASTERED EDITION” in this work, although it was a sound that felt fluffy as a whole in the countless existing groups. Sounds that are sharp to the treble and exceed even “FINYL VINYL” are recorded at 8000 kbits / sec, which is the highest bit rate in the DVD standard. The gorgeous keyboard of “I Surrender”, the cymbals and hi-hats of “Can’t Happen Here”, Joe’s singing voice, and of course Ritchie’s Strat are also extremely beautiful. The more sophisticated sounds of “Catch The Rainbow” and “Street Of Dreams”, and the more intensely revived “Power” and “Fool For The Night” all sound different.
Such ultimate quality wiped out all the existing ones, but I thought that it had finished its role by making it an official DVD, but it wasn’t. Even if it was an official DVD, it could not be made into a DVD with master quality, and it did not exceed the conventional product. Even more disappointing is that the official was recorded on a dual-layer DVD. It’s not a problem in itself, but it causes a momentary freeze when switching layers. Don’t wonder, “What’s that?” That freeze point was more of a highlight scene for “Difficult To Cure”. Yes, the best climax of the orchestra co-starring that realized Ritchie’s dream. I think there are many people who get “Hey, hey, hey …” on the screen where Ritchie freezes in a pose with his right hand raised at the highest. However, this work is not a two-layer type, but a two-disc set. It’s the same in that the show is divided into two parts, but the highlight moments can be fully enjoyed.
The historical show drawn with such the highest quality is incredible. When I play the disc, it is Tokyo in 1984. In the snow, the fans and members who go to the Budokan, and the opening that captures the scene of the venue make me excited. Of course, the biggest highlight is “Difficult To Cure”. Ritchie’s whole orchestra co-starring is truly a masterpiece when you enjoy it with this video and sound. The scene where the big figure spinning the guitar silently in the spotlight, the scene where the curtain at the back of the stage is dispelled and the orchestra appears … This natural image quality and deep tone really trembles my heart.
The contrast between “Stranded” and “Death Alley Driver”, which turned from the majestic “Difficult To Cure” to rage, is also RAINBOW’s stylistic beauty. And the last is “Smoke On The Water” which starts with a ballad style with “Since You Been Gone” introduced. The audience at the scene wouldn’t have thought “this is the end of RAINBOW”, but it’s too heavy and special for us to know after that. Of course, there were repeated revival of DEEP PURPLE and RAINBOW, but “that RAINBOW” never came back … That emotion overflowed at once.

The long-awaited official DVD was realized, and even now, it is the highest peak of “1984: Nippon Budokan” that does not lose its brilliance. It’s much more beautiful than a compressed bootleg that packs 145 minutes into a single DVD, and smoother than an official DVD that freezes in two layers. This is the meaning of “the highest peak that does not lose value” that I mentioned at the beginning. Nippon Budokan 2DAYS that decorated the endless beauty of RAINBOW. Please enjoy it with the highest quality of the main press 2CD.

しかもサウンドにもこだわり抜いた一級品。無数の既発群では全体的にモコモコした感触のサウンドでしたが、本作では『BUDOKAN 1984 REMASTERED EDITION』と同様のリマスター・バージョン。高音部までキレッキレで『FINYL VINYL』さえも超えるサウンドをDVD規格で最上位のビットレートである8000kbits/secで収録。「I Surrender」の煌びやかなキーボード、「Can’t Happen Here」のシンバルやハイハット、ジョーの歌声、そしてもちろんリッチーのストラトも極めて美しい。一層洗練して鳴る「Catch The Rainbow」や「Street Of Dreams」、さらに激しく甦った「Power」や「Fool For The Night」等々、全編まるで違って聞こえるのです。
そんな究極クオリティは、あらゆる既発を一掃したわけですが、さすがに公式DVD化によって役目を終えたか……と思いきや、そうではありませんでした。オフィシャルDVDにしてもマスタークオリティでのDVD化は実現せず、従来品を超えるものではなかった。さらに残念なのはオフィシャルは2層式DVDに収録されたこと。それ自体は問題ではないのですが、層の切り替わりで一瞬のフリーズが起きてしまうのです。「なんだそんなことか」と思うなかれ。そのフリーズ・ポイントがよりにもよって「Difficult To Cure」のハイライト・シーンだったのです。そう、リッチーの夢を実現したオーケストラ共演の、その一番のクライマックス。リッチーが高々と右手を挙げたポーズで固まる画面に「おいおいおいおい……」となってしまった方も多いのではないでしょうか。しかし、本作は2層式ではなく、2枚組。ショウを2分割している点では同じものの、ハイライトの瞬間はきっちりと味わい尽くせるのです。
そんな最高峰クオリティで描かれる歴史的ショウは感無量。 ディスクを再生すると、そこは1984年の東京。降りしきる雪の中、武道館へと足を運ぶファン、メンバーの姿、そして会場の様子を捉えたオープニングだけで胸が熱くなる。もちろん、最大の見所は「Difficult To Cure」。リッチー渾身のオーケストラ共演も、この映像とサウンドで楽しむと本当に圧巻。スポットライトに照らされて黙々とギターを紡ぐ御大の姿、ステージ奥の幕が払われてオーケストラの姿が現れるシーン……このナチュラルな画質と奥深い音色には、本当に胸が震えます。
さらに荘厳な「Difficult To Cure」から怒濤へ一転する「Stranded」から「Death Alley Driver」のコントラストもRAINBOWの様式美。そして迎えるラストは「Since You Been Gone」を導入にバラード調で始まる「Smoke On The Water」。現場の観客は「これでRAINBOWが終わる」とは思わなかったでしょうが、その後を知る私たちにはあまりに重く、特別。もちろん、DEEP PURPLEやRAINBOWの度重なる復活もあったわけですが、“あのRAINBOW”は二度と戻って来なかった……その感慨が一気に溢れてくるのです。


Disc 1 (56:36)
1. Introduction / Over The Rainbow
2. Spotlight Kid
3. Miss Mistreated
4. I Surrender
5. Can’t Happen Here
6. Catch The Rainbow
7. Power
8. Keyboard Solo
9. Street Of Dreams
10. Fool For The Night
11. Difficult To Cure

Disc 2(56:22)
1. Guitar Solo
2. Drums Solo
3. Blues
4. Stranded (incl. Hey Joe)
5. Death Alley Driver
6. Fire Dance
7. Maybe Next Time
8. All Night Long (incl. Woman From Tokyo)
9. Lazy
10. Since You Been Gone
11. Smoke On The Water
12. Interview

Ritchie Blackmore – Guitar Joe Lynn Turner – Vocals Roger Glover – Bass
David Rosenthal – Keyboards Chuck Burgi – Drums


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