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rainbow memories in Rock Japanese box set

DPAS mentioned that there is a Japanese box set of Rainbow Memories in Rock on the market that includes a soundboard recording of the Birmingham show as a bonus. This is of interest as by most accounts that show featured the best performance of the three gig mini-tour, while the two German shows on the release can be best described as, ahem, tentative.

Our Japanese correspondent furnishes further details.

The “super premium” box set in question has a limited edition run of 500 copies and is available exclusively through Ward Records for a princely sum of ¥34,884 (¥32,300 excluding tax). In addition to the 2CD Birmingham recording, it includes the regular Japanese editions of the album (compiled from the two German shows) on Blu-ray, 2CD, and vinyl, plus a photo booklet, and a t-shirt.

Birmingham track list:

Disc 1
1. Over the Rainbow – Highway Star
2. Spotlight Kid
3. Mistreated
4. Since You Been Gone
5. Man on the Silver Mountain
6. Soldier of Fortune
7. Difficult to Cure (Beethoven’s 9th)
8. Catch the Rainbow

Disc 2
1. Perfect Strangers
2. Long Live Rock and Roll
3. Child in Time
4. Stargazer
5. Black Night
6. Burn
7. Smoke on the Water

Expect it to show up on your favourite The Pirate Bay mirror soon.

Thanks to Akemi Ono for the info.

12 Comments to “The Birmingham tapes”:

  1. 1
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high, there is a box set that I dreamed of, once in a lullaby…..

  2. 2
    kraatzy says:

    hahaaaaaaaaaaa …

    They don´t recorded this show ???

    haaaaaaaaaaaaa ….

    Money makes the world go round ….




  3. 3
    Felix Gauloises says:

    Where can I get it, pm please

  4. 4
    LRT says:

    It can’t improve what went down.

  5. 5
    byron says:

    The T shirt is the only piece of value.

  6. 6
    Bob says:

    Moan, moan, Bitch Bitch….. gosh dont you lot ever give it a rest. Honestly you are such a bunch of critical old farts at times. Oh so you were lucky enough to see him at his peak and with RJD and CP too. I pity you all for being so stuck in the past and needing things to be so perfect. How on earth you deal with life in general on politics and relationships etc is beyond me.

    I am a long time fan and have seen all the bands and players live several times over the last 30 years and I am still happy with both Rainbow and Deep Purple, the Rainbow show in Brum this year was ace, not his best, but more than good enough indeed.

    So I am buying the box set and i have tickets for the UK gigs next year too.

    Get a life and stop bloody moaning, as when he is retired and ultimately when he is dead and gone, you will all be moaning even more.

    Sado’s the lot of you.

    Power to those on here that are still happy with what we are getting.

    Bob 🙂

  7. 7
    Robin says:

    I saw Ritchie with RJD etc, the show in Birmingham was excellent, I loved it and I am going again next year. Some people are holding on to the teenage years of the narrow minded and blinkered.

    Life is too short, enjoy it while you can

  8. 8
    glubert says:

    @ #6 Bob, I totally agree with you. Saw Blackmore first in 1973 and still love his playing. TIME FOR BEDLAM for all the moaners!!!!!

  9. 9
    Clive Robey says:

    Who remembers the enormous box set from The Who that included Live at Hull? Who also remembers that eventually Live at Hull was released as a standalone release? Who’s to say this won’t happen with the Bifmingham gig?

  10. 10
    Bob says:

    # Robin & # Glubert

    Power to you dudes. Good to see some positive waves on here and from fellas who saw the legendary years performances of both bands.

    I have tickets for all dates next year and cant wait.

    I am sure his finger will be better and the band will gel more and send us all home with grins like the Cheshire Cat.

    f#*k the moaners, they obviously have better things to do, like trying on new slippers and listening to Enya CD’s. lol


  11. 11
    uwe says:

    It will come out eventually.

    Not that Live at Hull was anything to write home about. It showed The Who as what they still were at the time, essentially a singles band entrenched in a 60ies sound that struggled to recreate Tommy as their new concept album on stage. I love The Who, but it took them until Who’s Next (a great album) to firmly arrive in the 70ies. As regards sonic might, any Deep Purple or Uriah Heep live recording from around that time creams Live at Hull into the ground. The Who needed at least a fifth member on stage to recreate their music live convincingly. They would realize that soon – well, it took them the better part of the 70ies – enough and Bundrick came aboard. Pete is a gifted writer and idiosyncratic guitarist, but live not really versatile enough – he would be the first to agree – to reproduce The Who’s more lavish studio arrangements.

  12. 12
    Ian Gillans Pants says:

    Rob @ 6………….well said fella, my sentiments exactly. l got the box set for xmas and tickets for Glasgow. ‘Nuff said.

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