Rainbow Rising LP (Red Vinyl)
Rainbow's 2nd Album On Red Vinyl Pressed At
RTI! Dead Quiet Surfaces!
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Wax Cathedral Reissue Comes Replete With Faithful Replication of Original
Gatefold Sleeve; Pressed at RTI, America's Best Record Plant
Initially perceived as a Ritchie Blackmore solo project, Rainbow had become a
permanent fixture in the British rock atmosphere by the time the band was ready
to follow-up its breakthrough debut. For Rising, Blackmore had replenished
Rainbow with a colorful arsenal of accomplished sidemen and studio musicians;
keyboardist Tony Carey, bassist Jimmy Bain and drummer Cozy Powell. But the main
event here is Ronnie James Dio, who establishes himself as one of heavy metal's
most influential vocalists.
The presence of the new lineup is immediately felt. The keyboard intro to
''Tarot Woman'' sets a sorcerous tone for the album. Carey's dexterous playing
paired with Powell's thunderous drumming provides a cavernous sonic template for
Blackmore chugging riffs and sparking leads. Dio's lyrical trademarks are all
here: tales of wizards, magic and kings, as well as foreboding of the darkness
that lurks ahead. The epic ''Stargazer,'' which features a 42-piece orchestra,
and the equally ambitious, nine-minute ''A Light In the Black'' - an
indisputably thrilling one-two punch - close out the album.
Rising announced Rainbow's arrival as a new voice in metal, establishing many
elements that would shape the genre for decades to come. Complete with a
faithful replication of the original gatefold sleeve and dead-quiet surfaces,
this Wax Cathedral reissue is pressed at RTI. Even better, it's on colored
• Red Vinyl LP
• Pressed at RTI
• Dead-Quiet Surfaces
• Faithful Replication of the Original Gatefold Sleeve
1. Tarot Woman
2. Run with the Wolf
4. Do You Close Your Eyes
2. A Light in the Black