5.0 out of 5 stars
Rising Above, July 10 2003
This album is quite simply the greatest work by everyone involved.
Ronnie James Dio sings his ass off
Blackmore, after years of stagnating in a waning Deep Purple, wakes up and delivers some unbelievable playing. Stargazer especially shows an uncaged Richie at the height of his powers.
Cozy Powell (RIP) If there is a better drummer from the NWOBHM please tell me who he is. He rules on this album, and delivers another in a string of fine performances.
Tony Carey had his work cut out for him. Playing a lead instrument with Blackmore around is a daunting task for any keyboard player (in other words: only the strong survive). Carey hits it out of the ballpark especially on Tarot Woman.
Jimmy Bain is a solid bass player and is still with Dio, good work here by a Journeyman.
I put it in the top ten Hard Rock/Heavy Metal albums of all time.