Rainbow
Rising


5.0
classic

Review

by Aaron Arneson CONTRIBUTOR (109 Reviews)
October 12th, 2012 | 336 replies | 11,900 views


Release Date: 1976 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Don't judge an album by its cover. Rainbow is one of the most rewarding collaborations in hard rock. Rising is essential.

Rainbow is one of the most fascinating bands to ever grace the world of hard rock. What could be better than a classic guitar player teaming up with a a surreal metal vocalist? For those who don't know, Rainbow is the combination of Deep Purple's Ritchie Blackmore and the late Ronnie James Dio. After leaving Deep Purple Blackmore needed a singer for his new band. Although Dio was relatively unknown at the time, Blackmore struck gold when he signed him on as the vocalist. They really do make the perfect combination. Blackmore gives the band their classic rock sound, while Dio provides the metal edge.

Rainbow's Rising is a nice step up from the band's debut. The production has improved and the musicianship is tighter. There's no question this album holds some of the best songs the band has ever recorded. 'Stargazer' is an eight minute rocker, but it doesn't feel long at all because there's not a dull moment. Blackmore and Dio get a chance to shine as the song has some of the best guitar solos and vocals on the entire album. 'Starstruck' is much more upbeat and it's unbelievably catchy with it's guitar work and vocal delivery. There are only a total of six songs, but thankfully each one is a prime example of what classic hard rock should sound like.

Although both Blackmore and Dio are at the top of their game on Rising, it wouldn't be fair to dismiss the rest of the band. Tony Carey plays keyboards, adding rich atmosphere to many of the tracks such as the impressive closer 'A Light in the Black'. Behind the kit is Cozy Powell, who is revered by many as one of the greatest drummers of all time. He's drummed for Black Sabbath, the Jeff Beck Group and many other well respected bands. His skillfull drumming only makes an amazing album even better. Finally, Jimmy Bain supplied the bass. He's also a competent musician who would go on to play bass on Dio's massive album Holy Diver. Every musician stands out and the talent on this record is nothing short of astounding.

You really can't go wrong with some good ol' Rainbow. Their first three releases are all fantastic, but "Rising" is the album where they really refined their sound. It truly is a hard rock classic with a rough metal edge and it shouldn't be ignored. The musicianship is absolutely solid and the production is great without sounding overproduced. Fans of Deep Purple, Black Sabbath or classic 70's rock who haven't heard this should considering clearing their schedule. It's a definite classic.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 11th 2012



50114 Comments


I give up in keeping up with you in review quantity


Digging: Tiny Moving Parts - Pleasant Living

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 11th 2012



19672 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Lol.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 11th 2012



50114 Comments


I tried to write one today and yesterday but I'm so damn lazy, maybe tonight
My dad probably has this on CD I'll rip it off him

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 11th 2012



19672 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Sall good you're in school man. I sit around on my ass too much at work and at home.

MichaelSnoxall
October 11th 2012



12163 Comments


Don't judge an album by its cover.

But the album cover rules! Anyways, pos.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 11th 2012



19672 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

It does? Lol

MichaelSnoxall
October 11th 2012



12163 Comments


Dude, it's one of my favourite album covers. It makes rainbows look brutal.

Ecnalzen
October 11th 2012



6500 Comments


Yeah, I don't know how you write as often as you do, Atari.

Dio combined with Deep Purple? Sounds interesting.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 11th 2012



19672 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

The guitarist of deep purple yeah

Cipieron
October 11th 2012



3508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

album rules

i have this on vinyl framed in my room

Collis
October 11th 2012



448 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

cozy's drumming in stargazer oooooooooh

/ejac

saying that, it's all about Dio though.

Chortles
October 11th 2012



17945 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

dio era rainbow ruled so hard

Friday13th
October 11th 2012



2345 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The band's name isn't so hot, but the album and its cover rule!

Cipieron
October 11th 2012



3508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hey, it was the 70's

Chortles
October 11th 2012



17945 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

what, are you kidding me, best hard rock band name ever

irony is always best in band names

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
October 12th 2012



19672 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I guess I'm alone in not loving the album cover lol. I mean it's not too bad but they sound way better than the album cover would suggest.

EverythingEvil2113
October 12th 2012



1279 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Rules

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
October 12th 2012



4412 Comments

Album Rating: 4.7

You are reviewing like a mad man. POS'd.

Digging: Shabazz Palaces - Lese Majesty

Chortles
October 12th 2012



17945 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i prefer long live rock n roll by a hair but yeah this rules

MichaelSnoxall
October 12th 2012



12163 Comments


The album cover suggests that it'll be a fucking amazing album.




























and it is.



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