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Rainbow 1979 live update

Rainbow'79 live releases; image courtesy of Cleopatra Records

The three 1979 Rainbow shows, first of which — Denver — was released on vinyl on May 12, will be released on CD on August 21 this year. Meanwhile, the Denver show is already also available as a digital download.

The 3CD red velvet lined box will include Denver, Chicago, and Long Island shows, each on a CD in individual sleeve, a 1” color button, an embroidered fabric patch, a Ritchie Blackmore signature guitar pick, and a combo bottle opener/keychain.

Thanks to BraveWords for the info.

12 Comments to “Rainbow 1979 live update”:

  1. 1
    al says:

    me likey and I want this so badly,The box looks awesome.

  2. 2
    Mark Bryant says:

    Just downloaded Denver. Only seven tracks?

  3. 3
    MacGregor says:

    Talking of Rainbow, five years today since RJ Dio flew from this world! RIP. Cheers.

  4. 4
    al says:


    Indeed ! he is missed! Such great singer,and great man.

  5. 5
    byron says:

    There’s a brand new package from Wymer Publishing,including 4 books (Purple,Rainbow and BN) and a cd from Nick Simper and Nasty habits playing DP Mk 1!I want it!

  6. 6
    Pete says:

    I was at the Long Island show…. Scorpions warmed up. It was broadcast live on the radio that night. Will definitely have to get it.

  7. 7
    Tahvo says:

    It is great to have something even semi-official live material from Bonnet era, he is singer I greatly admire. However, these gigs are very much bootlegged and all familiar for me, and from US part of the tour, where they played short sets. Some later European or Japanese gigs are more interesting ones. One that I have hope long to get in official kind of sound quality is the legendary and their last show in Donnington, Is it really so, that those original BBC recordings have lost forever?

  8. 8
    Scoot says:

    I’ll get the CD package when it’s available. Why not. I am interested to hear what the band does for 22:16 during Lost In Hollywood.

  9. 9
    Paal Hanson says:

    If the sound quality of the CD package is the same as the digital MP3 you can now download from Amazon I will stay far, far away from this release!

    It sounds like my old Bootlegs on vinyl from that period and why shell out good money for that?

    Don’t waste our time with inferior sounding releases!

  10. 10
    Jet Auto Jerry says:

    I just received my copy in the mail yesterday and took it home to listen to and to cheer me up after the Ducks lost to the Blackhawks. Cheer me up it did not. I have to agree with Paal @ #9 that this is very inferior sounding and was a waste of $30. The physical discs are decent though a bit thin, but the source tapes are horrible. If this is the best that they could do cleaning it up then I will stay away from anything that this company puts out until after release and I see some reviews. I can’t believe Richie allowed this out. Unless you want it for the novelty of the colored vinyl (or just to have it on vinyl) wait for the CD, or if you do MP3 get that. It certainly can’t sound any worse.

    I wish that it sounded better because there are a couple of nice things if it did. I actually liked Bonnet doing the RJD songs a bit. Not bad and a lot better than JLT to my ears.

  11. 11
    Jet Auto Jerry says:

    Full Disclosure Again: I was in a bad mood during my last comments and although the technical points and future concerns are still accurate, my opinion has softened a bit after listening to it again with a nice Beer Buzz while cleaning up the kitchen and fixing up supper. When listening to it “In the Background” with a couple of beers in me and not with a “Critical Ear” it wasn’t god awful and actually fun in spots. I am not that upset that I bought it but then again the CD set might be a more prudent choice as long as it is not ridiculously priced.

    I wonder if anyone other than the moderator will even see this now that it is off of the front page.

  12. 12
    Augusto says:

    The 1978 shows with Dio are better… Live in Osaka is amazing!

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