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180gm black vinyl LP pressing of Rainbow's 1976 studio album. With founder Ritchie Blackmore retaining only Ronnie James Dio from the previous album, he recruited keyboard player Tony Carey, bassist Jimmy Bain and drummer Cozy Powell to complete the new line-up. Recorded in Munich in less than a month, the album was overseen by Deep Purple engineer and Rock producer Martin Birch. The album marks Dio's first work with bassist Jimmy Bain: Bain would later play bass in Dio's solo band. The album showpiece is the eight minute piece "Stargazer", which features the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra.
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
The opener, "Tarot Woman", starts with an awesome synth solo, and then suddenly the rest of the band explodes in with a monster riff. Dio's melodies throughout the album are among the most inspired he has ever sung, and his voice sounds noticeably younger and more able than on his later material. Ritchie Blackmore's guitar solos are absolutely 100% mind-blowing; he plays way better than he ever did with Deep Purple (and that's saying a lot!). The guitar solo to "Stargazer" is my new religion... I'm serious. Every time I listen to that solo I want to cry. The rhythm section is incredible, too; Jimmy Bain would go on to be in Dio's solo band, and Cozy Powell would join Whitesnake and Black Sabbath.
The production is perfect; it is crisp and it rocks you to the core. Martin Birch is a genius - he also produced a lot of Iron Maiden, and Black Sabbath during their Dio period. He is the man!
Let me put it this way: if you do not own Rainbow Rising, you are seriously missing out. It is one of the best rock and roll albums EVER.
P.S. buy it for the guitar solo in "stargazer"!!!!!!!
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Problablement l,album qui a le plus marqué ma jeunesse.l,intro de Tarot women et Stargazer sont encore aussi efficace ,Un album parfaitPublished 11 months ago by S. Pellerin
i got today rainbow rising vinyl-instead of red vinyl that what i was expecting, just regular black on you web description was red vinyl-now i have to waste my time and send it... Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2011 by BOB HENDY
an excelent CD well worth its weight in gold, every song excluding Do You Close You Eyes(the weakest one) is amazing, my favorite being Stargazer, a very well written and performed... Read morePublished on Feb. 2 2005
this is where power rock started, way to go what a team blackmore and DIO! the only thing better than this line up was DIO's sabbath days!Published on Oct. 7 2004 by Deimos
On Sept 3rd 1976 I went to see my first ever concert at the Liverpool Empire, it was Blackmore's Rainbow and it changed my life. Read morePublished on July 20 2004 by Ian Gregson
Since Ritchie Blackmore is such an unruly and meglomanic b*tch, EVERY SINGLE MEMBER(except Ronnie) was kicked out. Read morePublished on June 22 2004 by Wrathchild862000