September 11, 2010 – 3:59 am

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Fukuoka 1976 (Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring) [Tarantura, 2CD]

Live at the Kyudenkinen Gymnasium, Fukuoka Japan, December 13, 1976. A Mr Peach audience recording; said to be taken from the master tape.

Here is another show from Mr Peach’s [Japan’s Mike Millard] cassette vault.

[At the start of Disc Two] Tony Carey’s solo happens next, first with captivating synthesizer and space effects that were followed by his signature medieval, pipe organ soloing that was a perfect stage setter for “Stargazer”. It was during that song that things got their strangest and heaviest during the concert. The recording perfectly captured the song’s power, after Cozy Powell’s closed snare drum roll lead the group into the opening lines.

“High noon, I’d sell my soul for water” was belted out by Dio, with Carey’s keys nicely up in the mix to accent Ritchie Blackmore and Jimmy Bain, but then Dio started to seriously fall apart. “Hot wind moving fast across the desert, we feel that our time has arrived”, and the following lyrics usually sung with such power and conviction were, instead, spoken in a distracting monotone by Dio. He continued with that bizarre spoken lyric through his usually soaring vocals, including “now, where do we go?” that led to Blackmore’s solo.

This apparently even caught Blackmroe off guard because there was a slight delay in him starting to solo. But there was absolutely no delay, or relent, in Powell, who drove the song into the solo section with incredibly powerful, dedicated playing. Then Blackmore locked-in and the solo section - which included him thrashing, sliding, and exploring - was extended, amazing, and captivating. That was possibly done to allow Dio to resolve his issues because, after the break in the song where Blackmore soloed with echo and other stunning affects, Dio returned to sing the remainder of “Stargazer” in his usual strong fashion.

Strange, to put it mildly, and all caught perfectly in this recording. Blackmore played another nasty solo before taking the band into another heavy “Still I’m Sad”, which contained Powell’s solo spot, and then “Do You Close Your Eyes” served as the show closer. But, by that point in the show, emotions were apparently running so high on stage that things seemed to start to get out of hand with chaotic soloing by Blackmore. To add to the weirdness, Carey and Bain would be fired from the band within weeks of this show.

Almost needless to say, this Rainbow concert recording was another example of how amazing that group was during that period in time, and why their popularity remains high among collectors today. - Hager, collectorsmusicreviews.com

Thanks to Scotsnake for sharing the tracks on the Dime site.

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Setting / Tuning (1.4MB)
Track 102. Opening (366k)
Track 103. Over The Rainbow (698k)
Track 104. Start (587k)
Track 105. Kill The King (7.8MB)
Track 106. MC (1.0MB)
Track 107. Guitar Solo (521k)
Track 108. Mistreated (15.3MB)
Track 109. MC (856k)
Track 110. Greensleeves (2.3MB)
Track 111. 16th Century Greensleeves (8.0MB)
Track 112. MC / about Rainbow Arch (1.8MB)
Track 113. Ave Maria (2.1MB)
Track 114. Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (1.1MB)
Track 115. Catch The Rainbow (22.1MB)
Track 116. MC (400k)
Track 117. Lazy (1.1MB)
Track 118. Improvisation (1.3MB)
Track 119. Man On The Silver Mountain (10.7MB)
Track 120. Starstruck (1.3MB)
Track 121. Man On The Silver Mountain (2.8MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. MC (1.1MB)
Track 202. Tony Carey Keyboards Solo (10.8MB)
Track 203. Stargazer (13.7MB)
Track 204. Ritchie Blackmore Guitar Solo (2.5MB)
Track 205. Stargazer (3.1MB)
Track 206. Still I’m Sad (7.6MB)
Track 207. Tony Carey Keyboards Solo (3.2MB)
Track 208. Cozy Powell Drums Solo (5.1MB)
Track 209. 1812 Overture (6.0MB)
Track 210. Still I’m Sad (11.4MB)
Track 211. Ritchie Blackmore Guitar Solo (1.4MB)
Track 212. Do You Close Your Eyes (15.9MB)
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Track 213. Over The Rainbow (5.3MB)
Track 214. Announcement (263k)

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

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  1. 7 Responses to “RAINBOW - FUKUOKA 1976”

  2. hey bigo, thanks! now you’re talking. it was a job fixing disc 1 cause there are 21 tracks. i’ll play it walking.


    By Ed Saad on Sep 11, 2010

  3. many thanks BigO, I always loved the recordings from Ritchies Japan 1976 tour……. hard to believe that Rainbow Rising was yet to be released such is the power of the live material. Whilst Rainbow On Stage is a great document and testimony to their live performances with Ronnie, the unofficial and rare recordings often show the strength and magic of the players to a greater extent. Live in germany 1976 is another great example of this. If you are able to share other such Rainbow gems, I am all ears. Big O, you rock, baby!!!!

    By Tony on Sep 13, 2010

  4. awesome rainbow release! nothing better than RJD (R.I.P.)-era rainbow…anymore from the “long live rock & roll” tour???

    By metaljohn on Sep 20, 2010

  5. I never listened to Rainbow but this show sounds like it should be heard. Looking forward to hearing what awaits. Thanks

    By Matt on Oct 16, 2010

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