December 19, 2012 – 1:12 pm

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Purple Haze - Osaka 1976 [Tarantura TCDNIJIFUNE-5-1,2, 2CD]

Live at the Koseinenkin Kaikan, Osaka, Japan; December 9, 1976. A Mr Peach audience recording; said to be taken from the master tape. Very good audio.

Two years ago, we shared Rainbow live in Fukuoka; December 13, 1976 (click here). Here’s another show from the same tour, this time with Richie Blackmore setting the mood with White Christmas (by way of Wes Montgomery?).

This is what relayer67 commented at collectorsmusicreviews.com:

Another day another killer Mr Peach recording from Rainbow’s Japanese tour of 1976. The recording is in fact superb, well balanced with all instruments well captured and clear, although the audience is very into the performance it does not interfere with the recording only adding the final element of atmosphere. Mr. Peach managed to capture so many great sounding recordings and this one is no different and is among the best of the tour. The same setlist is played as is with all the dates on the tour but this to me is a special night indeed. After the Over The Rainbow intro the band crashes into Kill The King, Ronnie sounds a little behind the group but quickly catches up and they deliver yet again an aggressive version of the song…

[And just after Mistreated and before Greensleeves - Track 107] “We would like to do something for  a special friend who is no longer with us, the other time we did Mistreated for him because he was mistreated. This time a song the two of us wrote quite a while back it starred on the first LP Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow. For Tommy Bolin a song called 16th Century Greensleeves!…” (Note: Tommy Bolin had died just a few days before on December 4)… When I first heard it I had chills down my spine, there where rumors that Blackmore had actually suggested Bolin would make a good successor for him in Deep Purple, regardless the band plays a fitting tribute.

A great version of Catch The Rainbow follows… The slow into is beautifully captured in this recording, you can clearly hear every performer playing and, to me, Tony Carey’s keyboards sound very good. Jimmy Bain introduces Cozy, Ritchie, and Tony and introduces the next song and the band rips through a snippet of Purple Haze and a hoedown version of White Christmas before ripping into Lazy, played at breakneck speed it elicits applause from the audience that does not falter after they go right into Man On The Silver Mountain.

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Thanks to random100500 for sharing the tracks at Dime.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Monitor Check (2.2MB)
Track 102. Opening (470k)
Track 103. Over The Rainbow (588k)
Track 104. Start (664k)
Track 105. Kill The King (7.1MB)
Track 106. Mistreated (14.4MB)
Track 107. MC (609k)
Track 108. Greensleeves (2.0MB)
Track 109. 16th Century Greensleeves (6.8MB)
Track 110. MC (1.3MB)
Track 111. Prelude In C Major (1.1MB)
Track 112. Catch The Rainbow (19.2MB)
Track 113. MC (795k)
Track 114. Purple Haze (642k)
Track 115. White Christmas (666k)
Track 116. Man On The Silver Mountain (659k)
Track 117. Lazy (942k)
Track 118. Man On The Silver Mountain (5.6MB)
Track 119. Blues (5.5MB)
Track 120. Man On The Silver Mountain (3.3MB)
Track 121. Starstruck (1.5MB)
Track 122. Man On The Silver Mountain (9.7MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Forty Miles of Bad Road (704k)
Track 202. Tequila (678k)
Track 203. Medley (1.0MB)
Track 204. Keyboard Solo (9.9MB)
Track 205. Stargazer (15.0MB)
Track 206. Still I’m Sad (5.7MB)
Track 207. Keyboard Solo (3.1MB)
Track 208. Drum Solo (4.2MB)
Track 209. 1812 Overture (6.1MB)
Track 210. Still I’m Sad (8.1MB)
Track 211. Over The Rainbow (3.6MB)
Track 212. Announcement (416k)

Ronnie James Dio - vocals
Ritchie Blackmore - guitar
Jimmy Bain - bass
Tony Carey - keyboards
Cozy Powell - drums

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  1. 4 Responses to “RAINBOW - OSAKA 1976”

  2. Thanks for this! Listening to Blackmore is a pleasure and always reminds me of the two early Purple shows I attented as a 15-year old kid! I wish you a Merry Christmas down under in Sheep City and a sensational New Year! You guys are doing a great great job - I really appreciate that.

    By Tony Lauber on Dec 19, 2012

  3. wow.. can’t believe there has been only one comment on this one. BigO - thank you for sharing this, especially as these Mr Peach Cds can be pricey and out of the reach of most music fans’ pockets. god bless you :)

    this has great sound.. nice performance, too.

    By Funny on Jul 5, 2014

  4. Awesome, thank you so much for sharing this!

    Do you know if Mr. Peach’s recording of Deep Purple’s 1975 Osaka show has ever been circulated? I have two different recordings of that show (warts and all…), but neither sounds like a Mr. Peach recording.

    By Anders on Mar 16, 2017

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