Rainbow – Rising
Rising also known as Rainbow Rising is the second studio album from Rainbow, it was ranked number 48 in Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time” in 2017.
Commercially the albums best chart position was in the UK where it peaked at number 11. In Canada it reached number 17 on the RPM100, number 23 in Sweden, number 36 in New Zealand, number 38 in Germany and 48 in the US. In 2011 it charted at number 67 in Japan.
It was recorded in Munich, Germany in less than a month and was produced by Martin Birch who has produced for a number of high profile bands like Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden.
For those of you who love vinyl the original release was a gatefold sleeve, containing a photo of the band inside with a generic Polydor inner sleeve.
According to the online music database Allmusic, Rising captured “Blackmore and Dio at the peak of their creative powers…(it) chronicled both the guitarist’s neo-classical metal compositions at their most ambitious, and the singer’s growing fixation with fantasy lyrical themes – a blueprint he would adopt for his entire career thereafter.”