Over The Rainbow: The Last Concert, Live

Various artists
20 Jun 1975
The Bottom Line:

Unique track that should have been on Live At Leeds.

Recorded live on the Virgin Mobile at the Rainbow Theatre, London on Sunday 16 March 1975.
Mixed at Wessex sound studios.
Released 20 June 1975 in 'limited edition' of 50.000 copies.

"Special thanks to Richard Branson and Simon Draper."

You Can Discover is performed by the magic trio with Danny Thompson on bass and John Stevens on drums. The track is listed as Discover The Lover. With 5:10 the track time on the label is a bit optimistic as the vinyl track only lasts 4:35. The CD-version is in fact 5 minutes and 10 seconds long; apparently, someone at the record plant decided to cut out a bit of tuning after John's intro.

Track Listing:

nr artist(s) track author(s) time
01 Sassafras Wheelin 'n' Dealin (Sassafras/ Finn) 3:14
02 Procol Harum Grand Hotel (Brooker, Reid) 7:50
03 Frankie Miller and Procol Harum Brickyard Blues (Allen Toussaint) 4:25
04 Sassafras I Am The Walrus (Lennon, McCartney) 4:17
05 Richard & Linda Thompson Hokey Pokey (Thompson) 3:40
06 Hatfield and the North Half Way Between Heaven And Earth (Richard Sinclair) 6:22
07 John Martyn Discover The Lover (Martyn) 4:35
08 Kevin Coyne Saviour (Coyne) 5:37

John gives a Live At Leeds-like introduction while the audience appears to think he's talking too much:

This is a song for...
You know we've been fairly rough to the old lady while I'd been downing booze too long, going around the bend here and there. And all the ridiculous shit comes out, like, you know:
"Remember 1942 in Clapham when you looked at that blonde the wrong way across the bar..."
"Oh I remember you saw that Portuguese lawyer driver, you dirty old sleeze pot."
All that, really slagging each other off. But when it calmed down I wrote that one. This is the song you sing, right?

Discover The Lover (You Can Discover) was officially released again in 2008 on disk 3 of Ain't No Saint. From the same recording three more tracks were then included: Solid Air, I'd Rather Be The Devil and Outside In.

The show was announced with an advertisement in the New Musical Express of 1 March 1975. Tickets were one pound...
When the record was finished another advert was placed in the NME of 28 June 1975. The text provides a short account:

When the Rainbow Theatre closed its doors to rock concerts three months ago, a significant chapter in British rock history closed with it. The Rainbow had played host to a who's who of rock giants, it had staged unique events -including Eric Clapton's comeback and the all star 'Tommy' show- and had established itself as Britain's premier rock venue. Fittingly the Rainbow's last night was another such event. Procol Harum played majestically on their own and then gave Frankie Miller the backing he's always deserved; Hatfield and the North played new material written specially for the event and Kevin Coyne introduced his new band with a showstopping set, Richard and Linda Thompson were spellbinding and John Martyn provided another unique performance. Sassafras' melodic boogie welcomed the capacity crowd. The concert was recorded live on the Virgin Mobile and is released on June 20th in a special limited edition of 50.000.

Mold numbers:
CHR 1079 A-3U and CHR 1079 B-1U.

Production: Leo Lyons
Engineer: Mike Thompson
Remix engineer: Mike Thompson
Vinyl: Chrysalis CHR 1079
Vinyl: Chrysalis WWS-71013 (Japan)