Rising – Rainbow (1976)
Rainbow is one of the most under appreciated hard rock bands of the 70’s, always in the shadow of Deep Purple because of shared similarities. Still, they had undeniable talent and held their own very well. Rising is the band’s second album and perhaps their proudest moment. The number one issue of Kerrang voted Rising as the #1 hard rock album of all time!
Rainbow’s debut was a mixed bag. So this time around, Blackmore decided to re-vamp the band and replace almost all the musicians with the exception of Dio. This line up was much more talented than the previous one and it shows on the recording. Note that the album was produced by Deep Purple’s engineer Martin Birch.
Rising clocks at around 34 minutes and only has six tracks, a little on the short side. However, every single song here is a winner with no fillers. It features a nice balance of straight rockers and longer more involved pieces. I really like Tarot Woman, Run With The Wolf, Startruck and the 8-minute long masterpiece Stargazer featuring the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra.
The first CD releases have a slight different mix of the album. Is not the same mix as the original LP. The 1999 remasters have fixed this problem. As always, go for the remastered version of the album.
Rising is an excellent album and can stand next to anything from Deep Purple’s catalog. You must own it!
5 out of 5 stars.