May 29, 2010 – 4:05 am

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Roger’s Birthday Party - New York 1979 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Calderone Hall, Long Island, New York, November 30, 1979. Very good soundboard/radio broadcast. This show has also circulated as All Night Long; Live At Calderone Hall; Perfect Roger’s Birthday Party and Roger’s Birthday Party Final Cut.

From a high quality two-LP Netherlands vinyl bootleg, this recording captures the short-lived lineup with vocalist Graham Bonnet, touring behind the Down To Earth album. - Philip Cohen

After Ronnie James Dio left Rainbow in 1979, Richie Blackmore tried to recruit Ian Gillan but the Deep Purple vocalist turned him down.

The wikipedia continues:

After a series of auditions, former vocalist/guitarist of The Marbles, Graham Bonnet, was recruited instead. Gillan would replace Dio later in his career, in Black Sabbath. Drummer Cozy Powell stayed, but bassist Bob Daisley and keyboardist David Stone were both fired, the latter being replaced by Don Airey (later in Deep Purple). The band was, at first, auditioning for bass players, but, at Cozy Powell’s suggestion, it was then agreed that Roger Glover would go back to his old instrument and join the band as a full-time musician, and not only, as originally intended, as a producer and songwriter. The first album from the new lineup, Down to Earth, featured the band’s first major singles chart successes, All Night Long and the Russ Ballard-penned Since You Been Gone.

For those who haven’t listened to Down To Earth (either recently or at all), here are some comments on the album at

The fact Bonnet was relatively unknown was not the talking point at the time. The problem many of the hard rock fans had was in two parts. Firstly he was replacing their hero Ronnie James Dio, a singer who had won much praise during his tenure with the band. But more importantly would you believe; the new guy had short - yes - short hair and he wore Hawaiian shirts.

Blackmore was not fazed by the initial media and fan reaction because he knew what he had in Graham Bonnet was an unbelievable vocal talent that knew how to deliver a song.

There is no doubt the Bonnet vocals changed the sound of Rainbow in some ways but actually for the most part his voice gives the music a heavier sound. Down To Earth  proved to be a one-off as egos, not short hair, got in the way of what could have been a fruitful period for all. In truth what makes this album unique is the fact that it was only allowed to be a ‘one off’.

Thanks to Phil for sharing the tracks.

Note: A longtime music fan, Philip Cohen was a contributor to the now-defunct ICE Magazine and compiled the boxsets for The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, Humble Pie and Nice.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 256 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Intro (Over The Rainbow) (3.6MB)
Track 02. Eyes Of The World (13.1MB)
Track 03. Love’s No Friend (16.2MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 04. Since You Been Gone (7.2MB)
Track 05. Over The Rainbow (4.0MB)
Track 06. All Night Long (8.4MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 07. Keyboards Solo (Happy Birthday for Roger)/Lost In Hollywood/Guitar Solo (21.0MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 08. Beethoven’s 9th (Ode To Joy) (4.0MB)
Track 09. Keyboards Solo (11.4MB)
Track 10. Drum Solo (6.1MB)
Track 11. Tchaikovsky’s 1812 (12th Overture) (5.5MB)
Track 12. Lost In Hollywood (Part 2) (2.8MB)
Track 13. Guitar intro (Ritchie’s Tune/Lazy) (4.1MB)
Track 14. Man On The Silver Mountain (10.2MB)
Track 15. Blues (2.1MB)
Track 16. Long Live Rock ‘N Roll (4.3MB)
Track 17. “Thank you all… goodnight”/Over The Rainbow (11.1MB)

Ritchie Blackmore - guitar
Graham Bonnet - vocals
Roger Glover - bass
Don Airey - keyboards
Cozy Powell - drums

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  2. The funny thing is, that Graham Bonnet had never sung hard rock before. Britons knew the Australian Bonnet as half of a short-lived(1968-69), one hit wonder duo “Marbles”, whose music was Righteous Brothers-influenced and Bee Gees-written and produced. Their lone hit was called “Only One Woman”. Liner notes writers have often(incorrectly) described Bonnet as a cousin of The Bee Gees, but there is no doubt that his mid-1960’s Australian career was backed by and closely associated with the Gibb Brothers.

    By Philip Cohen on May 29, 2010

  3. hey bigo, thanks!!! this is great. i’m listening to it now. it’s nice to have cause bonnet only did the one album with rainbow. he can sing. he sang in msg and impellitteri too. the best was alcatrazz with yngie and steve vai, though!


    By Ed Saad on May 29, 2010

  4. Graham Bonnet was NOT a cousin of the Bee Gees, as you correctly state, Phil.

    Graham’s cousin Trevor, the other guy in the Marbles, worked with the Bee Gees in Australia and recorded their songs, and this lead to The Marbles recording the Bee Gees authored song, “Only One woman”. Graham also recorded several other Bee Gees written songs during his solo career in the 70’s, when most of his success was in Australia and Germany.

    By Some Dude on Jun 8, 2010

  5. Awesome, Big O, thanks. I rarely download whole concerts, but this…oh, yes. GB is one of my all time favourites, and Down To Earth IS my favourite Rainbow album. His singing on everything from solo stuff to Taz Taylor is out of this world, instantly recognizable!! Thanks again.

    By Danzig88 on Nov 10, 2013

  6. ps.I’m pretty sure Graham Bonnet is English not Australian.

    By Danzig88 on Nov 10, 2013

  7. It’s so sad
    The links don’t work

    By Bill Denton on Jul 25, 2017

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