Rainbow Rising Again

Details have been issued of Rainbow‘s Memories in Rock II, a 2CD+DVD Box-Set. This is from the 2017 UK concerts, specifically the Birmingham and Glasgow shows. It does lack a couple of songs from the tour, Still I’m Sad (only done at London) and Burn. Disc three is mostly a set of filmed interviews many of which have been on YouTube already. The label have also put a promo video up online :


Tim Summers who alerted me to this says he’s spotted himself on the film and will be seeking his royalties! I suspect he’ll be out of luck as venues usually have a “you agree to being filmed” notice on the doors these days. There is also a new studio track at the end of disc two for some reason, albeit similar to the last two they’ve issued in that it’s synth drums etc. Thanks also to Matthew Kean.  Dates for this year in Russia are on our diary page.

Disc: 1
1. Over The Rainbow
2. Spotlight Kid
3. I Surrender
4. Mistreated
5. Since You’ve Been Gone
6. Man On The Silver Mountain/Woman From Tokyo
7. 16th Century Greensleeves
8. Soldier Of Fortune
9. Perfect Strangers
10. Difficult To Cure
11. All Night Long
12. Child In Time

Disc: 2
1. Stargazer
2. Long Live Rock’n’Roll/Lazy
3. Catch The Rainbow
4. Black Night
5. Carry On Jon
6. Temple Of The King
7. Smoke On The Water
8. Waiting For A Sign (new studio song)

Disk: 3 Interviews


11 Responses to “Rainbow Rising Again”

  1. Robin Haddon Says:

    So much negativity, turn it up very loud and appreciate an (at the time) 72 year old showing us some classic licks. If you’re expecting 1976 Ritchie then shame on you.

  2. Phil Needham Says:

    As I said about this release previously, after hearing the 2017 shows, they’d need Martin Birch’s Made in Europe style creative editing to deliver a decent album. Obviously, Prof. Birch was unavailable…

    I cannot understand the reviews I’ve seen suggesting that this is better than last year’s Memories in Rock: it’s not, despite the reported extra rehearsal time. We’ve been accustomed to Ritchie’s mistakes/lack of concentration for over 40 years now, but he seems to be getting worse with every year (outside of Blackmore’s Night). This year’s Moscow show was a shocker…redeemed only by a much better performance in St. Petersburg…and now I’m about to listen to Berlin…

    …on the up side, I love the new song, mainly for the soloing…where, as usual, the fade comes too soon…

  3. Terry Johnson Says:

    Just listened to the album on Deezer – sounds far too twee and polite (Stargazer should be a behemoth of a track – its very limp and a bit too Meh!) , Don Airey’s versions of some of the songs (plenty available on You Tube) kick the versions on MiR2 in to touch – I’ll stick with the live versions from Purple, Whitesnake and Glenn Hughes thanks, as they at least give the songs the oomph required of them. RB should have left it as a one off and continued with Blackmore’s Night as his playing nowadays suits that a lot better. He’ll never be the same guitarist I saw back in November 77 at the Rainbow (the Saturday show with guitar demolition at the end – my first and still favourite gig I’ve ever attended, and I’ve been to a lot). Having said all the above I’m just listening to a boot of Rainbow in Moscow on 8th April – audience recording, which to me sounds a lot better than the official MiR2. I also note that the Jap version only has the studio versions of land of Hope and Glory and I Surrender (both available on Deezer) added as bonus tracks along with including Burn – so no Still I’m Sad by the looks of it.

  4. Dejan Says:

    Sadly….totally waste of Ritchie’s name! Candice’s Rainbow!

  5. Leftin Says:

    There’s a preview of Waiting for a Sign on YouTube. It doesn’t seem very computerised – the bass sounds like classic Bob Nouveau. The song itself is classic Rainbow blues, with a very good vocal from Ronnie R. Overall, it reminds me of Cold Hearted Woman (Doogie Rainbow) and Whitesnake’s Too Many Tears. Very distinctive guitar solo. If you don’t go in expecting Rising-style drama, you’ll enjoy it.

  6. IAN DOUGLAS Says:

    Dear oh dear is this pointless or what?

  7. Mark Jones Says:

    I presume Burn and Still I’m Sad will appear on a Japanese special edition at some point …….

  8. David McGlone Says:

    Have you heard the new song? A review would be useful. Disappointing if drum machine/synth again.

    • simon robinson Says:

      I can’t bring myself to listen, but others have mentioned it on the site.

      • Kosh Says:

        Personally having listened to it numerous times, it’s pretty interesting. I was very worried re the drum machine, which it is but not in the 80s Casio style. It sounds like a worked up demo and certainly breaks little new ground.


        It’s actually got a decent groove and although a touch ‘light’ is better than I could have hoped for. Very early Rainbow in terms of the plodding bounce with shades of MK3 and 79/80 era riffage.

        Give it a go Simon, it’s genuinely pleasantly surprising!

      • Bernard Maasdijk Says:

        This morning Waiting For A Sign showed up at the top of my YouTube list so there was no getting away anymore. It didn’t offend, but it didn’t excite either. Had Ronnie James Dio stayed for the ride, Rainbow might well have ended up with songs and sound like this. Still, I like e.g. Jealous Lover a whole lot better.

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