The Danish group Rainbow has been mentioned once before here on the blog, in connection with their disco version of Ghost Riders In The Sky. I’m not sure who originally told me that they released a full LP (maybe i saw it on Discogs). In any case, I found it a few months ago and was pleasantly surprised that it contained yet another, even better, song than Ghost Riders….Flangin’T (yes, that is how it is spelled) is a nice guitar-equlibristic disco-inspired piece, with fusion jazz elements – overall a great mix of ideas.
Rainbow – Flangin’T
Not that much info is available about Rainbow on the internet, and they are strangely omitted from any of the more popular Danish music biographies, but this site refers to them as a kind of “party band” that doubled as studio musicians. It also reveals that more than one pressing exists of “At Last” (my copy is on yellow vinyl, but sound quality is pretty good).
The site also mentions that the group disbanded after the release of the LP, but if you flip to the back cover of “Disco Tango”, you will see that Seebach essentially lists the group as his studio band for the album. It should also not come as a surprise that Seebach had a hand in “At Last”, being credited both as co-producer and percussionist (but not as songwriter).
According to living library of music knowledge, Michael Denner (of Mercyful Fate fame, and in whose shop i found the LP), Rainbow’s guitarist Torben Johansen went on to have a big international carreer in the 1980’s, but exactly how and where is a bit unclear. What is sure is that he was very active on the Danish music scene for many years, and could have used his guitar skills for other interesting projects. We shall see what might eventually appear.