January 9, 2011 – 3:57 am

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The Source Concert [no label, 2CD]

Live in Boston. Venue and date unknown. Broadcast July 1981. Sourced from vinyl. Generally very good soundboard.

Recorded from original “The Source” radio concert LPs, this concert features the later, more radio-friendly Rainbow lineup featuring vocalist Joe Lynn Turner, touring behind their Difficult To Cure album. The pressing of these LPs is fairly poor, as is the engineering of the concert itself. Those who are particular may find issue with Catch The Rainbow, it almost sounds as if the record is being played with a dirty stylus but rest assured that my stylus was clean. - Philip Cohen

In an interview with Jeb Wright of Goldmine magazine, vocalist Joe Lynn Turner explains how he got into Rainbow:

I was literally living in a studio apartment in the West Village in New York City. Fandango [Turner’s band] lost all of our equipment at the Chicago-Fest. We lost $80,000 of our own equipment and it really took the wind out of our sails…

I got a phone call from Barry Ambrosia, God rest his soul… Barry was Ritchie’s personal assistant in Long Island. He was a fan of Fandango. He told Ritchie to come see me sing. Months before the band had broke up Ritchie came to a show. Well, months later I got a call and Barry asked me if I had heard of Rainbow. The only album I had owned was Rainbow Rising. Barry goes, “I am sitting next to Ritchie Blackmore.” I said, “Put him on”… Ritchie said, “I am a fan of yours and I want you to come down and audition for Rainbow.” I had a terrible cold but I needed the work…

I walked in and there Ritchie was with Amy, his third wife. Roger Glover was at the boards and I just said hello. They literally pushed me into the studio and go, “We are going to play you a track. Can you make up sounds? Just syllables or something?” I said, “Let me hear the track.” I reached into what Ritchie later called my Magic Bag and began shuffling through my lyrics. I found one that kind of fit the groove and I started singing these melodies and lyrics. They shut the track off and they are all in the studio behind the glass. There is dead silence and I was like a goldfish in a bowl. They said, “Here is another one” and they did the same thing…

Finally, Ritchie came in with a six-pack of Heinekens and said, “Do you want the job?” I said yes. Ritchie goes, “You’re in. Now get to work.” They didn’t even let me go back to New York City to get some clothes. They took me to a department store and I bought some jeans and sweatshirts. They put me in the Burt Bacharach Hotel and that is where we wrote “Freedom Fighter” and all of those songs.
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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 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. Spotlight Kid (12.7MB)
Track 102. Love’s No Friend (13.6MB)
Track 103. I Surrender (11.4MB)
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Track 104. Can’t Happen Here (6.8MB)
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Track 105. Catch The Rainbow (24.1MB - visit the html page to download the track)

Disc 2
Track 201. Man On The Silver Mountain (5.9MB)
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Track 202. Lost In Hollywood (13.3MB)
Track 203. Difficult To Cure (15.9MB)
Track 204. Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll (13.2MB)
Track 205. Smoke On The Water (10.7MB)
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  2. hey bigo, it’s possible that it’s this show here:

    will get. thanks!!!


    Rainbow - 1981-05-07 - Boston (pre FM)
    Orpheum Theatre
    Boston, MA

    pre FM soundboard tape

    01. Spotlight Kid (6:38)
    02. Love Is No Friend (8:40)
    03. I Surrender (6:16)
    04. Man On The Silver Mountain (4:30)
    05. Catch The Rainbow (14:39)
    06. Can’t Happen Here (8:18)
    07. Lost In Hollywood (19:44)
    08. Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll (7:58)
    09. Smoke On The Water (6:34

    Ritchie Blackmore - guitar
    Bobby Rondinelli - drums
    Roger Glover - bass
    Don Airey - keyboards
    Joe Lynn Turner - lead vocals

    By Ed Saad on Jan 9, 2011

  3. Hello Ed
    Thanks for the feedback. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Jan 9, 2011

  4. Great stuff! Despite his sullied personal reputation, ya can’t go wrong with ANYthing featuring Blackmore. Thanks BigO!

    By Hulkzilla on Jan 9, 2011

  5. I never get tired of thanking Phil and bigO!

    By Namoosedog on Jan 9, 2011

  6. Big O Amigos:
    Thank you for this and the Tull live @ Oakland. They will both make great winter and dark beer music tomorrow in Thompson while I’m running some venison burgers through the smoker. Be well ladies and gentlemen.

    By James on Jan 22, 2011

  7. only because there are no ozzy or randy items to post this article on i decided to post it here. i looked thru some of the other rainbow items and didnt see one that it really would fit so i picked this one for no reason. this is some interesting randy rhoads info -

    By darth on Mar 20, 2014

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