Rainbow: Rainbow Rising

ON THIS DATE (36 YEARS AGO)
May 17, 1976 – Rainbow: Rising is released.
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Tinnitus and hearing loss can be permanent conditions. If a ringing in the ears is audible following lengthy exposure to a source of loud noise, such as a music concert or an industrial workplace, it means lasting damage may have already occurred. Prolonged exposure to sound or noise levels as low as 70 dB can result in damage to hearing. For musicians and DJs, special musicians’ earplugs play an important role in preventing tinnitus; they can lower the volume of the music without distorting the sound and can prevent tinnitus from developing in later years.
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Rising (also known as Rainbow Rising) is the second album by Rainbow, released on this date in May, 1976. Rising peaked at number 48 on Billboard’s Pop Albums chart. In the UK it would peak at number 6. In issue 1 of Kerrang! magazine, Rising was voted as the number 1 album of all time.
With Ritchie Blackmore retaining only Ronnie James Dio from the previous album, he recruited drummer Cozy Powell, bassist Jimmy Bain and keyboard player Tony Carey to complete the new line-up. Recorded in Munich in less than a month, the album was overseen by producer and engineer Martin Birch. The record was originally billed as Blackmore’s Rainbow in the US.
As the drums kick into the fierce opener “Tarot Woman,” it’s obvious that Rising delivers directly to your door. It is the band’s second release, and a vast improvement over Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow. With a revamped lineup that sounds like it had been touring together for years, the album takes no prisoners. “Starstruck” is a classic groove reminiscent of guitarist Blackmore’s ex-band Deep Purple. Blackmore replaced everyone from the first album’s lineup except vocalist Ronnie Dio with Jimmy Bain (bass), Tony Carey (keyboards), and Cozy Powell (drums). Dio shows what he’s got with a stellar performance on “Do You Close Your Eyes.” “Stargazer” is the band’s “Kashmir,” an epic eight-minute track that could stand as its signature song. “A Light in the Black” features the skin bashing of the late, great Mr. Powell.
ORIGINAL ROLLING STONE REVIEW
From Deep Purple’s earliest recordings to this second album with his solo group, there’s no mistaking a record in which Ritchie Blackmore is involved. Here, abetted by lyricist/vocalist Ronnie Dio, guitarist/composer Blackmore continues to lord over his peculiarly dark corner of the universe. The problem, compounded on both Rainbow albums by the lyrics, lies in the discrepancy between the listener’s and Blackmore/Dio’s reality. Evil is the prominent subject, but what’s portrayed is either too ambiguous (the apparently diabolical wizard in “Stargazer”) or too mundane (the autograph-hunting groupie in “Starstruck”) to merit attention.
Blackmore’s songs have a predilection for minor modes and simple riffs punctuated predictably and often with syncopated power chording; the result is disjointed, grandiose and humorless—a gothic heavy-metal style.
Dio is certainly the match for Blackmore, in both his relentlessly impassioned warbling vocals and his lyrics, which uncover apocalypse at every turn. “There’s a hole in the sky/Something evil’s passing by” Dio spits and snarls, but what he is describing is usually called spring fever. Even after Blackmore mounts the most successful musical attack of the album, replete with Who-like slashing guitar chords, all Dio can muster—albeit with exceptional angst—is: “Do you close your eyes/When you’re making love?” If this is the denouement, what’s all the fuss about?
Blackmore’s guitar soloing has always been the saving grace of his compositions. He has a full-bodied, fluid style, most effectively displayed here on “A Light in the Black,” and he can stutter and wail with the best blues-rock guitarists. Unfortunately, on Rising the setting is too distracting. In a less gloomily banal context, his playing might shine. (RS 217)
~ ROBERT DUNCAN (July 15, 1976)
TRACKS:
All songs written by Ritchie Blackmore and Ronnie James Dio.
Side one
“Tarot Woman” – 5:58
“Run with the Wolf” – 3:48
“Starstruck” – 4:06
“Do You Close Your Eyes” – 2:58
Side two
“Stargazer” – 8:26
“A Light in the Black” – 8:12
2011 Deluxe Edition
Disc one
New York Mix:
“Tarot Woman” (6:01)
“Run With The Wolf” (3:41)
“Starstruck” (4:06)
“Do You Close Your Eyes” (3:00)
“Stargazer” (8:26)
“A Light In The Black” (8:12)
Los Angeles Mix:
“Tarot Woman” (6:05)
“Run With The Wolf” (3:45)
“Starstruck” (4:05)
“Do You Close Your Eyes” (2:58)
“Stargazer” (8:22)
“A Light In The Black” (8:11)
Disc two
Rough Mix:
“Tarot Woman” (6:06)
“Run With The Wolf” (3:49)
“Starstruck” (4:04)
“Do You Close Your Eyes” (3:04)
“Stargazer” (with keyboard intro) (9:08)
“A Light In The Black” (8:12)
“Stargazer” (Pirate Sound Tour Rehearsal) (8:34)
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