Niji Densetsu

Japan September 1998 Pony Canyon PCCA-1230


1. Over The Rainbow - Kill The King
2. Spotlight Kid
3. Eyes Of The World
4. Man On The Silver Mountain - Mistreated
5. Road To Babylon - Gates Of Babylon
6. All Night Long
7. Starstruck
8. Street Of Dreams
9. Drinking With The Devil
10. Lost In Hollywood
11. A Light In The Black
12. Over The Rainbow - Reprise
13. Rainbow Eyes

Niji-Densetsu are:

Yukio Morikawa: Lead Vocals and Back Ground Chorus (all songs except 12)
Akira Kajiyama: Electric and Acoustic Guitars (all songs)
Yoshihiro Kudo: Drums (all songs except 12 and 13), Percussion (8)
Toshio Egawa: Keyboards (3, 6, 8, 9, 10 and solo part on 11)
Masashi Okagaki: Keyboards (1, 4, 7 and backing part on 11)
Tatsuya Kase: Bass (2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11), Acoustic Guitar (8)
Yuichiro Uchida: Bass (1, 4, 7)

Very Special Guests:

Joe Lynn Turner: Lead Vocals and Back Ground Chorus (2, 9)
David Rosenthal: All Keyboards & Synthesizer Programming (2, 5)

Produced by Akira Kajiyama and Yukio Morikawa
Arrangement by Niji-Densetsu except "Road To Babylon"
Recorded and Mixed at Bazooka Studio 450 and Bazooka Studio 1 June-July 1998

This album is dedicated to the memory of COZY POWELL (R.I.P.)

By the way in Japanese:

Niji means Rainbow  -  Densetsu means The Legend

Now this is utterly cool. A bunch of Japanese artists, most of them unheard of outside their native land, putting together a tribute to one of their favorite bands. The players here are from bands such as Anthem and Earthshaker, along with special guests (and Rainbow alumni) Joe Lynn Turner and David Rosenthal. And what a bang-up job they did, including the vocals by Yukio Morikawa (who sounds like a strange cross between Graham Bonnet and the Elfen One). Morikawa and Turner traded off vocal duties on "Spotlight Kid", accompanied by keyboardist Rosenthal. Rosenthal also provided the keyboard introduction to "Gates of Babylon". Turner also guested on a second track, "Drinking With The Devil". The acoustic parts of "Street of Dreams" was a nice touch. This is one of the most unique tribute records I have ever heard, with nearly every track capturing the spirit and energy of Rainbow.

review from Deep Purple Digest