Rising (Rainbow album)

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Cover painting by Ken Kelly
Studio album by Rainbow
Released 17 May 1976
Recorded Musicland Studios, Munich, Germany, February 1976
Genre Neoclassical metal
Length 33:28
Label Oyster/Polydor
Producer Martin Birch
Rainbow chronology
Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow
Long Live Rock 'n' Roll

Rising (also known as Rainbow Rising)[1] is the second studio album by the British hard rock band Rainbow, released in 1976. In issue 4 of Kerrang! magazine, Rising was voted the greatest heavy metal album of all time.


Band leader Ritchie Blackmore retained only Ronnie James Dio from the previous album line-up, and recruited drummer Cozy Powell, bassist Jimmy Bain and keyboard player Tony Carey to complete the roster.[2] Recorded in Munich in less than a month, the album was overseen by rock producer and engineer Martin Birch. The band was originally billed as Blackmore's Rainbow in the US.[1]

The album showpiece, the 8-minute and 26 second piece "Stargazer", which features the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, originally had a keyboard intro, as evidenced on the 2011 Deluxe Edition's "Rough Mix" version.

Few of the album tracks made it into the band's live set: "Stargazer" and "Do You Close Your Eyes", written prior to the inaugural US tour in late 1975, featured in all the 1975 and 1976 shows, while "A Light in the Black" was dropped early in the 1976 tour, although it was reintroduced into the set during the Japanese dates. "Starstruck" was played in shortened form usually as part of "Man on the Silver Mountain".

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone (mixed)[4]
Sputnikmusic 5/5 stars[5]

Rising peaked at number 48 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart. In the UK it would peak at number 11. The original vinyl release was a gatefold sleeve, containing a photo of the band inside, with a generic Polydor inner-bag.

The first CD issue had a slightly different mix to that of the original LP, including, for example, a longer delay before the band entered after Carey's opening solo in "Tarot Woman", a longer play-out on "Run with the Wolf", and the track "Stargazer" had the vocals mixed without the delay, the extra synthesizer deleted and some of the phased sounds deleted. When remastered in 1999 the original vinyl mix was restored.

According to 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."[3]

Musicians Rob Halford of Judas Priest and Snowy Shaw have paid tribute to the album in recent years, with Shaw describing it as "a masterpiece and pretty much a milestone" and saying that it "introduced a more Dungeons and Dragons type fantasy heavy rock to the masses."[6][7]

2011 Deluxe Edition[edit]

After several reschedulings, the album was finally released in Japan on 5 April 2011 as a 2 SHM-CD (Super High Material CD) Deluxe Remastered Edition. This limited edition reissue will only be released in a cardboard gatefold sleeve (mini LP-style paper jacket) featuring the "high-fidelity" SHM-CD manufacturing process (compatible with standard CD players) and is part of a two-album Rainbow cardboard sleeve reissue series featuring Rainbow Rising and Down to Earth. Both feature the unique-to-Japan obi strip and an additional insert. The 2011 Deluxe Edition has gone Silver in 2013 in the UK.[8]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Ritchie Blackmore and Ronnie James Dio.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Tarot Woman" 5:58
2. "Run with the Wolf" 3:48
3. "Starstruck" 4:06
4. "Do You Close Your Eyes" 2:58
Side two
No. Title Length
5. "Stargazer" 8:26
6. "A Light in the Black" 8:12

2011 Deluxe Edition[edit]

Disc one – New York Mix
No. Title Length
1. "Tarot Woman" 6:01
2. "Run with the Wolf" 3:41
3. "Starstruck" 4:06
4. "Do You Close Your Eyes" 3:00
5. "Stargazer" 8:26
6. "A Light in the Black" 8:12
Disc one – Los Angeles Mix
No. Title Length
7. "Tarot Woman" 6:05
8. "Run with the Wolf" 3:45
9. "Starstruck" 4:05
10. "Do You Close Your Eyes" 2:58
11. "Stargazer" 8:22
12. "A Light in the Black" 8:11
Disc two – Rough Mix
No. Title Length
1. "Tarot Woman" 6:06
2. "Run with the Wolf" 3:49
3. "Starstruck" 4:04
4. "Do You Close Your Eyes" 3:04
5. "Stargazer" (with keyboard intro) 9:08
6. "A Light in the Black" 8:12
7. "Stargazer" (Pirate Sound tour rehearsal) 8:34






Year Chart Position
1976 UK Albums Chart[9] 11
RPM100 Albums (Canada)[10] 17
Swedish Albums Chart[11] 23
New Zealand Albums Charts[12] 36
German Albums Chart[13] 38
Billboard 200 (US)[14] 48
2011 Oricon Japanese Albums Charts[15] 67


Country Organization Album Year Certification Sales
UK BPI Rising - Original Edition (1976) 1979 Gold (+ 100,000)[16]
UK BPI Rising - Deluxe Edition (2011) 2013 Silver (+ 60,000)[17]

Cover versions[edit]

  • A portion of "Stargazer" was covered by German heavy metal guitarist Axel Rudi Pell during the 2002 Shadow Zone tour and can be heard in the medley on the first disc of the live album Knights Live (2002).
  • Chicago metal band Bible of the Devil covered the song "Starstruck" on a 2004 split EP with The Last Vegas.[18]
  • Dream Theater covered the song "Stargazer" on the album Black Clouds & Silver Linings (2009).
  • Faroese folk metal band Týr covered the song "Stargazer" as well on their album The Lay of Thrym (2011).
  • German thrash metal band Paradox included a cover of the song "A Light in the Black" as bonus track on the album Tales of the Weird (2012).
  • The 2014 tribute album to Ronnie James Dio "This Is Your Life" featured covers from "Starstruck" by Motörhead and Biff Byford and a medley of the songs: "Stargazer", "Tarot Woman", "Kill the King" and "A Light in the Black" called "Ronnie Rising Medley" by Metallica.

In other media[edit]

The song "A Light in the Black" was featured in the 1994 movie S.F.W. The song is played when Cliff 1st enters his bedroom after he comes home for the first time in 36 days.


Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Kerrang! United Kingdom "Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time" 1981 1
Kerrang! United Kingdom "100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time"[19] 1989 14
Q United Kingdom "The 30 Greatest Classic Rock Albums Ever"[20] 2004
Kerrang! United Kingdom "100 Best British Rock Albums Ever"[21] 2005 74
Classic Rock United Kingdom "100 Greatest British Rock Album Ever"[22] 2006 18


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