When Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow released Down to Earth in 1979, it marked a highpoint in the band’s history.
The album, their fourth studio release, contained “Since You Been Gone,” the Russ Ballard–penned song that would go on to become Rainbow’s first hit single, reaching Number Six in the U.K. Singles Chart and becoming a staple of FM radio in the United States.
The subsequent tour was legendary, with a set list that featured fan favorites like “Long Live Rock ’N’ Roll” and “Man on the Silver Mountain,” plus a groundbreaking light show. In addition to Blackmore, the band featured Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover, keyboardist Don Airey, drummer Cozy Powell and singer Graham Bonnett.
Now a historic gig from the Denver stop on that tour has been released. Denver 1979 is a double-LP set that serves up seven tracks, including “Eyes of the World,” “Love’s No Friend,” “Since You Been Gone,” “All Night Long,” “Lost in Hollywood,” “Man on the Silver Mountain,” and “Long Live Rock ’N’ Roll.”
Released by Purple Pyramid Records, Denver 1979 is pressed on red, green and blue vinyl and presented with a holographic gatefold foil jacket. The album is available to purchase via Cleopatra, and a digital version is available through iTunes.
Purple Pyramid will also release a deluxe three-CD box set on August 21 that features the Denver show along with gigs recorded in Long Island and Chicago on the tour. The package will include a color button badge, a fabric patch, a Ritchie Blackmore signature guitar pick and a bottle opener/keychain.
Here’s the classic video for “Since You Been Gone.”