I have been a Rainbow fan ever since I can remember. I was 10 years old when this LP came out and listened to it over and over and over throughout the years. There is no question that the Dio era is the BEST Rainbow era by far. If you want to simply listen to a great live album and listen to Dio, Powell and Blackmore do their stuff, then this is a great listen. However, there are a couple of disappointments with this.
First! There is not 1 song from their BEST (or even one of the best albums ever for that matter), that being “Rising”, on this live effort. Sure you get the short “blurb” of Starstruck during the Man on the Silver Mountain medley, but that only lasts about 20 seconds.
Secondly! Catch the Rainbow is a great ballad but it is WAY too long and took a complete side of an LP when originally released. It also had some long silent moments. I was willing to get by this but then Mistreated was also a complete “side-stealer”. That being said, those 2 took too much time and should’ve left room for songs like “Tarot Woman, Stargazer, the complete Starstruck or even Light in the Black”, songs that are certainly worthy of playing live.
The live versions of Kill The King and Still I’m Sad are the best tracks.
I’m still giving this 4 stars simply because it’s the classic lineup and it sounds good.