- Product Code: 547 361-2
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First remastered re-release of the third full-length studio album by legendary British Hard Rock band.
On their second release, also known as “Rainbow Rising”, Rainbow not only avoid the sophomore jinx; they hit a home run. After replacing the entire band (except Ronnie James Dio) immediately following the recording of the first album, Ritchie Blackmore and the "Rising" lineup (Blackmore; Dio; Tony Carey - keys; Jimmy Bain - bass; and the late, great Cozy Powell - drums) had plenty of time on the road touring the first album to get the chops and material together for their second.
In particular, "Stargazer" really came together on the 1975 tour and featured stunning keyboard work from Carey. The material is uniformly strong, with "Starstruck" and "A Light in the Black" standing out in particular. Ronnie Dio turns in a great vocal on the stunningly direct (under three minutes!) "Do You Close Your Eyes". All six songs on the album are up there with anything the band has done, before or since. The playing has a very tight, colorful feel to it, which was lacking a bit on the first record. This album can legitimately be mentioned in the same breath as classic Deep Purple!
The album was an instant critical and commercial success upon release, and even half a decade later was being voted the number one Heavy Metal album of all time by the readers of British Kerrang! Magazine, remaining in the genre's fundamental canon unto the present day. After all, in its grooves, Blackmore and Rainbow managed the seemingly impossible feat of infusing Heavy Metal’s monochromatic shades of black with every color of the Rainbow!!
Polydor Records, Inc. A Universal Music Company., 1976/1999 (547 361-2). Made in Germany.
1. Tarot Woman 6:04
2. Run With The Wolf 3:43
3. Starstruck 4:08
4. Do You Close Your Eyes 3:02
5. Stargazer 8:32
6. A Light In The Black 8:11
Total playing time: 33:40 min.