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Rainbow Rising

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  • Audio CD (Jan. 16 1987)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000001FAU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews
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1. Tarot Woman
2. Run With The Wolf
3. Starstruck
4. Do You Close Your Eyes
5. Stargazer
6. Light In The Black

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Ritchie Blackmore and Ronnie James Dio were joined by another hard-rock titan on their 1976 sophomore album: drummer Cozy Powell, who added some real thunder to Rainbow.

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I think it's kind of weird that for the Rainbow deluxe editions, they chose to release Rising and the lesser known Down To Earth. That's neither here nor there; Rising of course deserves the deluxe edition treatment in spades!

The problem, of course, is that no extra material survives. So, what you'll get is 3 different complete versions of Rainbow Rising plus a tour rehearsal version of the quintessential Rainbow song, "Stargazer". If you don't want to hear the whole album three times in a row, plus a fourth version of "Stargazer", then don't buy this disc. Just stick with the regular CD.

The three versions of the album available include a previously unreleased rough mix. This one is especially interesting because a lot of these song versions run slightly longer than the original album versions. Therefore, you will hear some valuable performance stuff that you haven't heard before. The other two versions of the album include the "LA Mix" and "New York Mix". The liner notes don't go into detail here, but the original LP and CD versions of Rising had different mixes, and now they're both here in one place now. The differences are subtle, but those intimate with the album will recognize slightly different keyboard, vocal, and guitar parts. Previous to this, I had only owned the original CD edition, which is the "LA Mix". Later CD editions had the "New York Mix" which I haven't heard until now.

Lastly there is a tour rehearsal version of "Stargazer" from Pirate Sound, where Deep Purple rehearsed Come Taste the Band. It is surprisingly lo-fi condidering where it was recorded. It sounds like somebody recorded it on a hand held tape deck. Not very listenable unfortunately, and kind of baffling why something this lo-fi would have been included at all.
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Since Ritchie Blackmore is such an unruly and meglomanic b*tch, EVERY SINGLE MEMBER(except Ronnie) was kicked out. Even though that shows how much of an ass he is, it proved to have two desirable results. A) Those guys didn't have to deal with Blackmore anymore, and B) We gained one of Rock's best drummers, Cozy Powell (god rest the man's soul). The album starts with "Tarot Woman", which is a solid rock song (even though it begins to show the constant loop that Ronnie has in his lyrics, including "carousels" and "I don't know" ;). Then we have "Run with the Wolf". Eh, the only song that isn't that good. The 3rd track is "Starstruck". Easily one of Rainbow's better songs. The bass is so simple (then again, so is Jimmy Bain), but it hits nice and hard. Then we have "Do You Close Your Eyes". Actually, let me correct myself. "Run with the Wolf" is actually a pretty good song. "Do You Close your Eyes", FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRT. "Stargazer" is a classic Rainbow song that is excellent. The album ends with "A Light in the Black". This is the best song on the record. Overall, this is Rainbow's best album, and easily one of the best rock albums of the 70's.
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Rainbow Rising (1976.) Rainbow's second album.
When Ritchie Blackmore left Deep Purple following that band's Stormbringer album, it's doubtful that many fans knew that he would rise again, and recapture his former glory. Sure, Rainbow was never as popular as the mighty Deep Purple, but their music was still nothing short of excellent. The band's first album, while a bit uneven, was still excellent. Following its recording, Blackmore ditched all of Ronnie James Dio's former Elf comrades and hired some new musicians, so that he could take the band in a new, more "power rock" oriented sound. With new bandmates Jimmy Bain on bass, Tony Carey on keyboards, and Cozy Powell on drums, the band went into the studio, recorded, and released their second studio album in 1976. How does this one measure up? Read on for my review of Rainbow Rising.
Rainbow's advancing in a new direction was one of the smartest moves of their career. This album is much more of a power/hard rock than the first Rainbow one was. There are a few bluesy elements present, but now that most of Elf was gone, the sound was much more hard rock oriented. Tarot Woman, the track that kicks it off, features awesome keyboard effects, similar to the ones in Frankenstein by the Edgar Winter Group and Fly Like An Eagle by the Steve Miller Band. It eventually becomes a hard and melodic rocker. Track two, Run With The Wolf, is a very memorable mid-tempo melodic hard rocker, symbolic of the rock that Dio would continue to make for years to come. My favorite cut here is Starstruck, in which Dio tells the tale of an obsessive fan he can't get away from. The vocals and instruments here are tough to forget.
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Can someone tell me why Rainbow isn't as well known or respected as Zeppelin? Or Sabbath for that matter? Zeppelin kinda hogged all the spotlight for 70s hard rock and left some other great groups without their due credit. Uriah Heep, Blue Oyster Cult and Thin Lizzy to name a few. Sure, Ritchie Blackmore and Rainbow are considered to be be classics in the critics' eyes, but who of the younger generation has even heard of Rainbow? There are some, but not many. The only people I run into who know about them are folks my parents' age who were youngsters during Rainbow's prime. Well folks, instead of adding Houses Of The Holy to your collection, why don't you pick up Rising instead. You won't regret it, coz this is a killer album. Not a wasted second. Ritchie Blackmore really got the green weenie, he should be higher up on the guitar players list than he is. Go ahead and crucify me, but the man's a better player than Jimmy Page. Don't take my word for it, listen to the album coz the guitar playing speaks for itself. So, if you have any love for 70s hard rock, you'd "better lay your money dooooown." and get Rising.
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