Interestingly, they never called back either of their previous singers Eizo or Yukio Morikawa to record an album but instead use Graham "Rainbow's Down To Earth singer" Bonnet. Graham Bonnet who had sung for Alkatrazz etc, was I think most known for being chosen by Ritchie Blackmore to replace Ronnie James Dio and to bring new Rainbow music to the radio masses and a larger commercial appeal with a different musical direction than Ronnie James Dio's era.
Though Graham Bonnet last only an album before Joe Lynn Turner took over, but Graham Bonnet has left his mark and will always be fondly remembered as being once a member of one of the best, thrilling, exciting, most memorable, bring tears to the eyes greatness and legendary band ever - ~RAINBOW~. Anyway, Graham Bonnet was the singer when Rainbow headlined the first Monsters Of Rock Festival at Donington Park. The bootleg cassette tape that was the start of me daydreaming as a small boy wanting to go this place called Donington Park and wondering how you can squeeze the SCORPIONS, Judas Priest (I knew much later as this band was not on the bootleg cassette) and Rainbow together plus Touch, Riot, Saxon and April Wine all on one stage, in a huge field.
photo of Akio Shimizu then with Blonde hair..
As usual with most Japanese rock bands releases, these Anthem with Graham Bonnet recordings are very hard to find in their original cd format, and even if you can find it anywhere, the price is usually much more expensive. Thanks to Youtube or maybe some fan-sharing websites, fans all over the world do not need to be starved and deprived from some excellent music, but its never the same like holding the original cd with the packaging in your hands.
1. gypsy ways
2. evil touch
3. midnight sun
4. love in vain
5. keyboard solo
6. blinded pain
7. lost in hollywood (Rainbow cover)
8. guitar, bass, drum solos
9. hungry soul
10. crying heart
11. the juggler
12. hunting time
13. all night long (Rainbow cover)
14. show must go on!
15. unbelievably - will you still love me tomorrow (The Shirelles cover) - which I had blogged on this song here - http://deaf-angel.blogspot.sg/2013/11/will-you-still-love-me-tomorrow.html
The outro tape that followed was Led Zeppelin's All Of My Love.
(I just want to add the Keyboards solo I heard on this bootleg is very very beautiful..)
"Mad" Ohuchi was then replaced by Hirotsugu Homma after this, and Anthem also called back Eizo Sakamoto as singer.
Here is the rest of the photos showing packaging for both Heavy Metal Anthem cd with Obi strip, and also the Gyspy Ways single with Obi strip.
Last but not least, I think my youtube uploads of horrible quality short clip of "blast/akio solo/heat of the night" taken by my mobile handphone got a few views and one gentleman ask for more.
I am sorry I cant rip, its a blue-ray and I watched it on a stand alone player. But I use my handphone to record another segment as below.
Akio Shimizu during Venom Strike, followed by Naoto Shibata's bass solo.
Let me say again, this horrible quality below is completely world's away from the colourful, beautiful Anthem's 2013 Live Unbroken blue-ray disc.
(adjusting the "wheel gear" icon of the quality setting may help.)
I love to see the Japanese music fans on these live rock videos.