June 17, 2010 – 11:35 am

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Captured Live - Cardiff 1983 [no label, 2CD]

Live at St David’s Hall, Cardiff, Wales, September 14, 1983. Broadcast February 1984. Very good soundboard.

This complete concert recorded at St David’s Hall in Cardiff, Wales was spread over two episodes of the Captured Live radio concert series. It is taken from the Captured Live syndication LPs. The group, with vocalist Joe Lynn Turner, was touring behind the Bent Out Of Shape album. - Philip Cohen

By the time Rainbow released Bent Out Of Shape in 1983, the group had already been around for about eight years; Dio had long left the band and the vocal duties were handled by American Joe Lynn Turner.

If Rainbow weren’t as big before in the United States as in Europe and Japan, having the American certainly helped, and so did MTV. As the wiki noted: “Several tracks from albums with Turner reached the Top 20 on rock radio charts in the early- to mid-’80s. Stone Cold became Rainbow’s first Top 40 hit and the band’s videos were played in heavy airplay on MTV.”

Reviewing the Bent Out Of Shape album in Darker Than Blue (from the Deep Purple Appreciation Society), Mark Bulldeath wrote: “Verdict is a fine album with some of the best guitar in years from Blackmore. The blend is now ideally suited for America, though more in the vein of Firedance and Snowman would please me.”

Besides being a great vocalist, Turner was a fine showman and he certainly shared the limelight with Blackmore, who kept his bluesy repertoire in the background while favouring a more rocking set. The fact that this Rainbow show was syndicated also meant that Rainbow had arrived in America. Unfortunately, the end of the Bent Out Of Shape tour also saw the end of Rainbow, which disbanded in April 1984.

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 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Intro (Over Rainbow)/Spotlight Kid (8.3MB)
Track 102. Miss Mistreated (5.8MB)
Track 103. Fool For The Night (5.1MB)
Track 104. I Surrender (7.7MB)
Track 105. Can’t Happen Here (6.2MB)
Track 106. Difficult To Cure + Medley (9th Beethoven, Bizet’s Carmen, etc) (7.2MB)
Track 107. Medley, con’td (9th Beethoven, Black Night, etc) (18.6MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 108. Death Alley Driver (6.7MB)
Track 109. Outro (579k)

Disc 2
Track 201. Catch The Rainbow (13.5MB)
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Track 202. Drinking With The Devil (6.5MB)
Track 203. Power (5.2MB)
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Track 204. Blues (4.0MB)
05. Stargazer/Stranded* (The track starts with about 1:45 of Stargazer before going into Stranded) - omitted
Track 206. Rule Britannia (1.0MB)
07. All Night Long* - omitted
Track 208. Maybe Next Time (instrumental) (2.1MB)
Track 209. Since You’ve Been Gone/Long Live Rock N’ Roll/Hey Joe (13.6MB)
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* Released on the Anthology 1975-1984 album.

Ritchie Blackmore - guitar
Joe Lynn Turner - vocals
Chuck Burgi - drums
Roger Glover - bass
David Rosenthal - keyboards


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  2. Great stuff, tho I wish they had “Street of Dreams” included. Still, thanks for the great show!!

    By Hulkzilla on Jun 18, 2010

  3. I’ve had this show on another bootleg release for a lot of years. I like JLT and the BOOS album, but he could be undisciplined live, such as it is with this show…I would recommend he KBFH show from Boston as a good example of a tighter JLT fronted Rainbow….

    By kwf on Dec 1, 2013

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