Live albums can be nice, live albums from great Rock bands even more so. A live album from a band called RAINBOW is when it’s really getting interesting; and when you know that it’s also recorded during the finest hour of one of the finest collaborations of geniuses the world of Rock has ever seen you know you’re in for a treat.
Enter RAINBOW’s “Live In Munich 1977”, the band’s second Live recording with the golden and only true RAINBOW line-up featuring Ronnie James Dio behind the mic and of course the guitar wizard Ritchie Blackmore as well as drum god Cozy Powell. The time was still perfect to release a classic, even though there were already tensions between Dio and Blackmore. For example the band didn’t play their Magnum Opus “Stargazer” even though it is widely regarded as one of music’s finest hours. Reason for this might be that the 2 stars had a dispute about the second side of the “Rising” album of which Dio said that it contained over the top playing from Blackmore (“A Light In The Black”.
Nothing to worry though as this album is still packed with an insanely awesome display of melodic Power Rock where each individual musician gets plenty of opportunity to shine. As you can see there are only eight songs present, spread over two discs with a total running time of almost 100 minutes (!). Result: every song but the mighty opening rocker “Kill The King” is almost a show on itself. And the whole album feels like one big medley, so don’t buy this if you only want a collection of RAINBOW classics as this is much more than that.
“Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll” sees an absolute superior display of Dio’s fine voice and is probably the highlight of the show, and the song as such is hereby also considered as the greatest song about Rock, bar none. “Still I’m Sad” is where Dave Stone gets to shine although his keyboard and Hammond are great on every song. Most of all though Cozy Powell proves why he was a drum god with the intermission of the “1812 Overture” and frankly this performance makes all other drum solos pointless. And The Man In Black with the White Strat? Well, he shines at every damn minute, constantly adding brilliant acoustic parts, extended solos, basically creating a fantastic jam-session, equally fine backed up by the rhythm duo of Daisley/Powell.
And I haven’t even mentioned the great medley of “Man On The Silver Mountain/Starstruck”, a highly emotional and extended “Catch The Rainbow” or the grand Power Rocker “Sixteenth Century Greensleeves”.
All that and a sound quality where everything sounds the way it should be. RAINBOW with Dio wrote some of the best melodic Metal ever, played some of the best shows in the Rock world, saw two of the best musicians ever reach their musical peak and most of all; the RAINBOW is no more and the world will never see their likes again, and that ladies and gentlemen is, a fucking tragedy.