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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 63 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

Product Description

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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Format: Audio CD
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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Format: Audio CD
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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Format: Audio CD
When I first heard Rainbow Rising, it blew my mind. From the psychedelic synth intro to "Tarot Woman" to the final jam session of "Light in the Black", the whole album is non-stop brilliance.
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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