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Rainbow will release a second installment of Memories in Rock on April 6 via the in-house label Minstrel Hall Music. This will be compiled from the 2017 UK shows, plus a bonus disc of backstage clips and interviews, a new lineup studio recording of I Surrender, and a brand new track called Waiting For a Sign. The latter will also be released as a single on March 16.

Memories in Rock II will be available as 2CD+DVD as well as 3LP in blue, red, green, or black vinyl. Apparently the vinyl edition will not include Carry On Jon nor Temple Of The King.

Disc 1:

  1. Over The Rainbow
  2. Spotlight Kid
  3. I Surrender
  4. Mistreated
  5. Since You’ve Been Gone
  6. Man On The Silver Mountain / Woman From Tokyo
  7. 16th Century Greensleeves
  8. Soldier Of Fortune
  9. Perfect Strangers
  10. Difficult To Cure
  11. All Night Long
  12. Child In Time

Disc 2:

  1. Stargazer
  2. Long Live Rock’N’Roll / Lazy
  3. Catch The Rainbow
  4. Black Night
  5. Carry On Jon
  6. Temple Of The King
  7. Smoke On The Water
  8. Waiting For A Sign

Disc 3:

  1. Ritchie Blackmore Interview
  2. Ronnie Romero Interview
  3. Jens Johansson Interview
  4. Bob Nouveau Interview
  5. David Keith Interview
  6. Candice Night Interview
  7. Lady Lynn Interview
  8. Dave David Interview
  9. Andreas Bock (tour manager) Interview
  10. Michael Bockmühl (guitar tech) Interview
  11. Bonus Backstage Clip
  12. I Surrender 2017 Backstage Clip

Japanese release will come out 2 days earlier, on April 4. From what we can ascertain at the moment, there will be the following editions:

  • 3CD with the listed above 2CD material, plus a special CD for Japan that includes Land of Hope and Glory, I Surrender and Waiting for a Sign; (Land of Hope and Glory and the Ronnie Romero’s version of I Surrender were released in May 2017 as downloads but not on a CD);
  • deluxe edition that includes all of the above and will add the DVD;
  • super deluxe that will come with a T-shirt.

All Japanese editions can be preordered from Amazon Japan.

Thanks to BraveWords and Akemi Ono for the info.

18 Comments to “Memories in Rock II”:

  1. 1
    Adel says:

    It’s a shame that that Candice didn’t spot and listen to my singing in the shower clips of me singing I surrender on YouTube. I could have been offered the part instead of Ronnie!!!!

  2. 2
    Gary says:

    Well, I just went to Amazon.com and Amazon.ca ( to pre order) and it appears (for now?) that North America is getting a one (1) cd audio disc – no dvd. Too bad!

  3. 3
    Kim Peters says:

    I’m guessing Bob Dylan doesn’t know much about Ritchie Blackmore.

  4. 4
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    No doubt, to be followed in 2019 by ‘Memories In Rock 3’. ;-). When you’re on a good thing… stick to it!.

  5. 5
    eiricd says:

    the japanese dvd has an extra feature; interview/documentary about the o2 gig. nobody knows the length of it yet…

  6. 6
    nupsi59 says:

    Would like to hear/see some songs from the “Strangers in us all”-album. (Hall of the Mountain King, Hunting Humans, Wolf to the Moon…)

    My thoughts: milking a dead cow!

    Have a nice Day!

  7. 7
    DeeperPurps says:

    Definitely going to buy this. The shows last summer were a lot tighter than in 2016. Ritchie’s playing, though not as fluid and speedy as in times of yore, was still very tasty.

  8. 8
    Jet Auto Jerry says:

    @#2, Gary.

    G-Man, Amazon may be incorrect (again) on that so hold out hope. I know that Amazon lists it as a single CD but down below, right above the track listing, in the Editorial Review they say that it is a double CD and has the DVD. I know that the solos are not as long as they were back in the day but I still don’t think that all of those songs would fit on a single disc. FYI – This is not the first time that Amazon-US has had wrong “info” at the top of the page and it tends to happen more with “imported” albums. I am pretty sure that they had the first BCC album (extra DVD), the California Breed (also extra DVD and they STILL only show 1 disc even though it has a DVD with it) and pretty sure that the Now What Gold Edition was the same before it was released showing as one disc even though they had more in it.

  9. 9
    The Hawk says:

    Hats off to Ritchie!!!
    These were really great shows with surprising setlists – hope they faded out the clapping in “Carry on Jon’,
    great he included the ‘Blues’ with ‘Lazy’ and brought back ‘All Night Long’ – still miss ‘Burn’ and ‘Still I’m Sad’ which were also played but hope for the return of ‘A Light In The Black’ that year – were at the Bietigheim Concert in 2016 for myself which blow me away immmediately when Ritchie belts out the Intro for STARGAZER – still love Blackmore’s Night – saw them last year in Munich – a complete set without Strat – but with his 7 year old daughter Autumn singing ‘Ghost Of John’ onstage 😉

  10. 10
    RAH says:

    @3 Being in the music business as long as both of these guys have been, I’d be willing to say Mr. D knows about Mr. B.

    @5 It’ll be posted at some point on you tube, isn’t just everything after awhile?

    @6 Well, then don’t buy or see the dead cow. They’re going to play and sell what they want anyway, with or without you. Could Ritchie even do the ‘speeded up “part at the end of ‘Mountain King’ these days anymore?

  11. 11
    RB says:

    Do we need to hear ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’ or another version of ‘Black Night’? There are much better songs in both the Rainbow and Deep Purple back catalogues: ‘Bloodsucker’, ‘The Fool’, ‘A Light In The Black’, ‘Gates Of Babylon.’

  12. 12
    davidka3 says:

    Where should I buy the single? I checked Amazon and ebay and not listed yet, Thanks

  13. 13
    Blackwood Richmore says:

    Well, I’ve listened to the new single, “Waiting for a sign”, many times now. It’s quite good…. It’s obviously a Blackmore’s Night song, except with hot Ronnie Romero singing the words… But, as with the recent version of the Rainbow single “I Surrender”, you can bet your boots that Candice has also recorded a set of vocals for ” Waiting for a sign”, for an upcoming Blackmore’s Night album. It’s that obvious. So, R.B. has slowed right down now… he’s old. The guitar work may not have speed, but it is very melodious. I like it. Let’s just hope that TMIB will supply us with many more of these gems…

  14. 14
    nupsi59 says:

    Hi everyone,

    there are several clips on youtube from Rainbow’s “Waiting for a Sign”.

    Here’s the one with some pics onstage and beyond:


    Enjoy and have a nice Day!

  15. 15
    Jacqueline says:

    Just received the Japanese Edition today. Burn is also included on CD2 as track 6, Whilst Waiting For A Sign has been moved to the bonus disc.

  16. 16
    Straty Batty says:

    Vol 2 is so much better than Vol. 1 in all aspects…very much worth the purchase.

  17. 17
    uwe hornung says:

    I saw them in Berlin two days ago – they are (and about time too!) finally approaching tightness and gelling as a band:

    Blackmore doesn’t climb the heights of his most creative phase in the 70ies, but he is enjoying himself and a lot of the rust has flown off, every couple of minutes there is even a flash of sparkle – especially in his tasteful slide playing.

    Nouveau (good voice too) is playing a Gibson SG Standard Bass for most of the set which offers a warmer, phatter vintage sound, less jazzy-middish than he used to sound, it’s more becoming for the music.

    The little punk drummer is enthusiastic (as he has always been, I think he is being unfairly knocked by a lot of people), sometimes his tempos are still too slow, but perhaps Blackmore (who rushed DP and Rainbow live for decades in the past) likes it that way these days. I watched him closely from the side where I had my seat up front and found it entertaining to watch him.

    JJ has finally found the trick to make his organ sound mightier and his solos flow better, that said he is still clueless as regards pacing and dramatics in his solo spot. Bad intro to Child in Time too, but he makes up for it with some nice call and response parts with Blackers in the mid section.

    And then there is the Chilean – heeze Spaneesh accento meanwhile very muchos subdued -, his voice vibrant and he’s excellent at the Dio, Coverdale and Bonnet impressions, strangely not so much on the Joe Lynn Turner stuff and nobody can really emulate Gillan in any case. No Catch the Rainbow and no drum and bass solo, no Highway Star, a great Stargazer and a more than decent Burn, nice acoustic Soldier of Fortune too.

    I didn’t feel cheated for my money.

  18. 18
    Armin says:

    Does anyone know why the blue vinyl is so hard to get? I have only found the green and the red.

    By the way: MIR part 2 is a lot better than MIN (part 1)

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