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