RAINBOW ‘A PARIS 1981’ XL 1508-10


or “RAINBÖW” as they are called here – who says bootleggers don’t have a sense of humor?


Rainbow A Paris detail

Rainbow A Paris lbl 08 A

Japan: Second half of 1982, XL’s first triple set. Rainbow performed in Japan in August of 1981 and the artwork was ‘borrowed’ from the official tour book.

Rainbow Japan Tour 81 a


1508 A: Land Of Hope And Glory > Over The Rainbow / Spotlight Kid / Love’s No Friend / I Surrender        1508 B: Man On The Silver Mountain / Catch The Rainbow / 16th Century Greensleeves                              1509 A: Can’t Happen Here / Don Airey (keyboard solo) / Lost In Hollywood / R. Blackmore                             1509 B: Difficult To Cure / Bob Rondinelli (drum solo) / Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll                                             1510 A: Maybe Next Time / All Night Long / Woman From Tokyo (Excerpt) / Since You’ve Been Gone / Let Me Stay (Unreleased)                                         1510 B: All Night Long / Smoke On The Water / Maybe Next Time / Since You’ve Been Gone (Short version) / Since You’ve Been Away (Unreleased)


However, a popsike auction text calls the given sources into question:

“Sleeve lists Tracks from Paris and Lille but is incorrect.

FIRST Hammersmith Show!

London, 26.07.1981, Hammersmith Odeon and Japan 1981.”

As the audience recording from that night is a match and the one from Paris is not, I will go with London as well:

(CD) Title: Difficult To Reappear
Dates: July 26, 1981
Venue: Hammersmith Odeon, London, England.

Source: Ex Audience Recording

01: Over The Rainbow
02: Spotlight Kid
03: Love’s No Friend
04: I Surrender
05: Man On The Silver Mountain
06: Catch The Rainbow
07: Can’t Happen Here
08: Keyboards Solo
09: Lost In Hollywood ~ Difficult To Cure
10: Drum Solo
11: Long Live Rock’n Roll
12: Maybe Next Time
13: All Night Long
14: Woman From Tokyo Riff ~ Rule Britannia ~ Since You Been Gone ~ Fire ~ Over The Rainbow


Interesting quote here (plus samples): “Original cassette series of Kinney recording…” as this was the name of the Tokyo record store where UD and XL titles were sold – and then the second confirmation: “Its Kinney recording that was recorded live, the 3-Disc LP “A PARIS 1981 (XL 1508/1510)” the legendary ones […] (title is Paris, it is really Hammersmith).”

Now we just need to find the correct source for side six. Makes me wonder if the cover up happened to hide the real Japanese (if this was really recorded at a concert in Japan) source for the last side.


For comparison purposes:

Boulogne (near Paris), France
June 11th, 1981

Sources : complete show from combination of 2nd gen VG- audience and master VG+ AM radio recordings.

All tracks AM broadcast except (*) : AUD tape.

Part 1 (51:13)
101.Land Of Hope And Glory > Over The Rainbow (*)
102.Spotlight Kid (*)
103.Love’s No Friend
104.I Surrender
105.Man On The Silver Mountain (*)
106.Catch The Rainbow / 16th Century Greensleeves
107.Can’t Happen Here

Part 2 (40:02)
201.Keyboard Solo (*)
202.Lost In Hollywood (*)
203.Ritchie’s Solo (*)
204.Difficult To Cure (*)
205.Drum Solo (*)
206.Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll
207.All Night Long

Total time : 1:31:14


Rainbow Difficult To Cure – Europe 1981:

Rainbow 81 EU Tour

Rainbow Hammersmith 81 III

Rainbow Hammersmith 81 II

  1. Great show, and yes it’s always great to see it when bootleggers throw in a bit of humour to make the album art interesting and different. Had this one but on a slightly different pressing from a different source, same cover but in a mint green

      • A lot of times throughout my years of acquiring vinyl I have seen a lot of reprints over the years and mostly in the Canadian market where many vinyl bootlegs and official albums have come out in different colours or variants of the original colour. Same as when albums have been printed in Russian in red tones and the Warsaw pact countries get a peach coloured version, i.e. Led Zeppelin “best of” from 1988 pre-Glasnost days

  2. Mike said:

    I can’t imagine an AM raduo broadcast could yield a sound rating of “exs” (assuming that means “excellent”). There would be virtually no high frequencies unless it was heavily equalized in mastering in which case it could sound somewhat unnatural.

    • As you can see, the mystery has now been solved – those sneaky bootleggers again, hiding the correct information.

  3. Erik T said:

    I wonder if the bootleggers were trading tapes to get new material, and were dealing with tapers who didn’t want to see their tapes get pressed up and sold..?
    Another thing that just struck me- aren’t UD and XL II Maxell cassette variations?

    • You are of course right on all accounts here. Bootleggers were definitely getting tapes from sources abroad. Funny that the Maxell reference never occurred to me (I have one of their XL tapes lying right next to me (I dug out my Dortmund ’88 broadcast tape for this very sad occasion).

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