Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Van Morrison – "For Rainbow" (07/24/73)

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Van Morrison
“For Rainbow”
Rainbow Theatre
London, England
July 24, 1973

Download: FLAC/MP3

01 – Warm Love (3:22)
02 – Take your Hands Out Of My Pocket (4:03)
03 – Here Comes The Night (3:17)
04 – I Just Want To Make Love To You (5:36)
05 – Brown Eyed Girl (3:12)
06 – Moonshine Whiskey (7:14)
07 – Moondance (5:19)
08 – Help Me (2:41)
09 – Domino (4:37)
10 – Caravan (8:45)
11 – Cyprus Avenue (9:34)
12 – Wild Night (4:21)
13 – I Paid The Price (6:43)
14 – Saint Dominic’s Preview (6:18)
15 – Gloria (3:16) [cut, Dave Fanning talking over]

LineUp :
Van Morrison : Vocals
John Platania – guitar
Jeff Labes – keyboards
Jack Schroer – saxophones
Bill Atwood – trumpet
David Hayes – bass
Dahaud Shaar – drums
Terry Adams – cello
Nancy Ellis – viola
Tom Halpin – violin
Tim Kovatch – violin
Nathan Rubin – violin

Sources :
Tracks 1-11 from the 27 may 1974 original BBC “simulcast” : audio come from the stereo radio feed
Track 12 “Wild Night” : audio comes from the 31 dec 1975 OGWT BB2 broadcast
Tracks 13-15 “I Paid the price”, “Saint Dominic’s Preview” and “Gloria” come from the RTE 1974 broadcast.

Audio :
1-12 : Master tape > WAV 44.1 kHz > WAV 48 KHz > Remastering and speed correction > WAV 44.1 KHz > FLAC
13-15 : Master tape > WAV 44.1 kHz > FLAC > WAV > Remastering and speed correction > FLAC

Notes (thanks to setlist.com and to the Van Morrison Website)

The Rainbow Theatre show was first broadcasted by the BBC2 as part of the Old Grey Whistle Test on the 27 may 1974. It was aired simultaneously on stereo FM radio and on mono TV. This was one of the earliest stereo radio broadcasts, and the first simultaneous TV/radio broadcast of a “rock” concert.
It was repeated on the 9 oct 1980 on BBC2 as well. ALL the previous copies that are in circulation (known as “Over The Rainbow” and “Under The Rainbow”) are from the 1980 rebroadcast.

“Over the Rainbow” is a bad quality stereo recording (according to the Hayward website : [Over the Rainbow] sounds as though it could’ve been taken straight from a notoriously bad-sounding LP). “Under the Rainbow” is better, but it’s mono.

What’s more, they are very incomplete. “Warm Love” was only aired on the initial BBC 1974 broadcast and dropped after that from future broadcasts. “Wild Night”, “I Paid the price”, “Saint Dominic’s Preview” and “Gloria” have never been broadcasted on BBC but only on a 1980 Dutch broadcast (WN) or on a 1974 Irish broadcast by RTE (IPTP, SDP, G). Hence, those 5 tracks seldom (or never) circulated before.

SAW did a fantastic work in researching and finding good recordings of both the original 1974 video and stereo radio broadcasts.
The rare “lost” tracks were unearthed from Harm’s archives. Their sound quality is much lower than the other sources, that’s why they are given as “bonus”.

5 thoughts on “Lossless Bootleg Bonanza: Van Morrison – "For Rainbow" (07/24/73)

  1. Mat, would you be so kind to upload the uncorrupted Flac Rainbow show again, please?

    Your efforts would be much appreciated!!

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