Cup of Wonder site says that Rainbow Blues was played a time or two, in Scandanavia, along with a few other TOTRRTOTD songs and guesses it was an extra song from that era that didn't fit the Too Old story.....I was surprised...it sounds a bit older to me and i always figured it as a left over Benefit or Aqualung era track.....ya learn something new every day...especially when you get old and forget stuff.
From memory "Rainbow Blues" was a left over track from the Warchild sessions in the spring of 1974 and as such had Jeffrey Hammond playing the bass. It was first issued on the MU compilation album in 1976. "Glory Row" was also from the War Child sessions and got its first release in 1977 on the "Repeat" compilation. Blackmore's Night did a version of "Rainbow Blues" on the album Ghost of a Rose (2003). uk.youtube.com/watch?v=fxLxTw7YDW8
In my opinion "Rainbow Blues" is definitely from 1974. Listen to the way it's arranged, the strings, the sound of Barrie's drumming.
It was played live in 1976 a couple of times (though remarkably shortened), it's true, but I think it was played in 1976 because that year was released "M.U. - The Best of Jethro Tull" which contained the song.
I've always liked "Glory Row" more than "Rainbow Blues", by the way, and it's a shame they never played it in concert!
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Thanks for the video. Can I make a few points? 1. The Blackmore’s Night version is beautiful; I have heard none of their music and must now listen to more of it. Thanks again for taking the time to insert the film. Mrs Blackmore (?) Is truly a lovely singer and, as we all know Mr Blackmore is a brilliant guitarist – but second to Mr Barre !! 2. Hearing the above version suggests that IA/JT music could be covered by so many different singers, given the right song. How many versions/styles of various Beatles songs have we heard – some good, some not so good. 3. Warchild remastered contains both Glory and Rainbow and, IMHO, both have the Warchild “sound”. However, they could have been recorded before or after the Warchild sessions which would then suggest each should have a PP or Too Old To Rock “sound”. I suggest they have a PP “sound” as well as a Warchild “sound”. The debate continues ??
According to Greg Russo's "Flying Colours: The Jethro Tull Reference Manual" Rainbow Blues was part of the 1974 WarChild sessions. That fits with the liner notes on M.U. which state the recording location as Morgan Studios London where WarChild was recorded. It was also the last time that Tull used Morgan Studios. Minstrel was recorded "somewhere in Europe" with the Maison Rouge Mobile Studio and the following six (studio)albums were recorded at the Maison Rouge in Fulham, London and Maison Rouge Mobile Studio respectively.
I agree that Rainbow definetely has a bit of a APP sound and feeling to it. Though in my case it might be the simple fact that I discovered Tull by listening to APP (Side 2 only for about two weeks) and then bought my first Tull single which was Too Old with Rainbow as B-Side. Unfortunately someone knicked that precious vinyl reminder of my youth.
maddogfagin: Yes it's a great addition to the Forum and I'm hoping radio.net will provide this service for years to come
May 14, 2022 15:58:55 GMT
jackinthegreen: Where is the link to this radio.net.......I don't see it folks
May 15, 2022 1:11:08 GMT
maddogfagin: Immediately below this shout box and above the visitor numbers/flags.
May 15, 2022 8:39:21 GMT
jackinthegreen: Cheers MD, I can only see the link from the "Home" page, but disappears when looking at threads etc, so find if I open it up in a new window it then plays constantly
May 15, 2022 13:29:06 GMT
jackinthegreen: So I have it bookmarked to open at any time....nice in the background if reading on t'internet
May 15, 2022 13:31:36 GMT
jackinthegreen: Did anyone on the forum see Tull at the De Montfort Hall in Leicester in September.....
May 19, 2022 1:10:39 GMT
smint100: Good Lord, why did no one tell me about the radio.net! I've spent a joyful afternoon in the garden watching the strawberries ripen - I mean, editing a book - and listening to unadulterated Tull. Heaven!
May 21, 2022 14:56:50 GMT
ash: Is anyone aware of a recent statement from Ian saying he doesn't have COPD and it's only asthma? Just asking
Jun 1, 2022 9:21:29 GMT
rredmond: I thought it was both?
Jun 4, 2022 19:34:53 GMT
ash: One can be mistaken for the other because of similar symptoms but COPD is the nasty one! I'm talking an updated statement from Ian early this year.
Jun 5, 2022 9:16:48 GMT
nonrabbit: Sounds joyous smint100 - all round!
Jun 13, 2022 17:15:56 GMT
marshall: Hello, I was at the concert at De Montfort Hall in September along with a number of other shows. I try to get to as many as possible in the UK.
Jun 21, 2022 9:54:11 GMT
jackinthegreen: Thank-you marshall I travelled down from Scotland for the Marillion Weekend there, great venue isn't it! It was standing downstairs, I guess the Tull gig was all seated....did they sell out? Please join in on the forum threads! Cheers
Jun 22, 2022 10:23:28 GMT
marshall: I live in Cumbria and I had booked for the Glasgow show which was,of course, cancelled.
Jun 23, 2022 12:39:45 GMT
marshall: No need to thank me by the way. I was a member of this Forum some year's ago but I forgot my log in details. I will do my best to contribute. I have been a Full can since the early singles and I have some fabulous memories as well as tales to tell.
Jun 23, 2022 12:43:14 GMT
jackinthegreen: In that case welcome back marshall. I am a Full can too....if that's rhyming slang for Tull fan
Jun 24, 2022 20:23:29 GMT
jackinthegreen: I think you may have been neilstcleve
Jun 26, 2022 7:52:47 GMT
steelmonkey: My new. secret, self identity: Full Can. California Cockney rhyming slang? Why not?
Jun 27, 2022 1:50:44 GMT