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A welcome release which Rainbow fans should lap up.

Like the Joe Lynn Turner live album reviewed HERE, Cleopatra have unearthed another gem featuring this vocalist, again recorded in Boston. This time it's fronting the legendary Rainbow, and the resulting recording is a sparkling testament to what was the beginning of the band's most commercially successful period.

While the departure of vocalist Ronnie James Dio had upset a lot of fans, the band's legendary leader Ritchie Blackmore had managed to assemble a killer new line-up fronted by Graham Bonnet (to read more about their impact see the 'Live At Donington' review also in this issue). Despite a great tour and hit songs like 'All Night Long' and the classic 'Since You've Been Gone', Bonnet soon departed, followed in quick succession by the mighty Cozy Powell. A lesser band would have folded, but Blackmore chose to rebuild again.

Recruiting Turner on vocals and Bobby Rondinelli on drums, Rainbow became more "radio-friendly" with Turner's soaring voice gracing well-chosen material, such as the hit 'I Surrender'. Hitting the road to promote 'Difficult To Cure', the band played songs from all previous Rainbow eras, as well as a nod to Blackmore's past with Deep Purple, so this recording offers a varied and exciting set-list.

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The new line-up kick things off by tearing through 'Spotlight Kid' which gives Turner a chance to set out his stall before he tackles the Bonnet era track 'Love's No Friend'. It works well and after delivering a blistering '...Surrender', the band perform two Dio era tracks in the shape of 'Man On The Silver Mountain' and 'Catch The Rainbow' – the latter of which Tuner handles extremely well. Blackmore is in excellent form throughout, and after the thunderous pairing of 'Can't Happen Here' and 'Lost In Hollywood', he steps forward for his take on Beethoven with the showpiece 'Difficult To Cure'.

When Turner returns, it's to lead a rousing rendition of 'Long Live Rock And Roll' before the band closes out with the Purple stalwart 'Smoke On the Water'. This great ten song set has been meticulously edited, cutting out the keyboard and drum solos to fit the show on a single disc, while leaving the songs intact. The result is a pristine sounding, high energy show. It was a new line-up, a new sound, and a new era, and the enthusiasm and energy this created are obvious. A welcome release which Rainbow fans should lap up.

James Gaden

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