Remembering the manifold iniquities that lurk throughout the Rainbow catalog, and the numerous blots that Blackmore spattered over their copybook, its difficult to recall just what an exciting nay, revolutionary band this was at the outset. With Blackmore, Cozy Powell and Ronnie Dio all at the peak of their powers, and a songwriting machine that really did believe it was creating something new, Rainbow Rising continues to transcend whatever musical pigeonholing its makers went on to live for, to emerge a blueprint for all that the band should have gone onto create, but didnt.
Taken from Cozy Powells
personal collection of Rainbow artifacts, this rough mix dates from very
close to the end of the recording process. Certainly you really dont
get much more here than youd find on the officially released album.
Only the keyboard intro to "Stargazer really leaps out, to
restore the performance to the full grandeur of its live incarnation.
Elsewhere, the occasional flourish or fiddly bit may or may not resonate
from past listens to the LP. Basically, however, a classic album remains
a classic album, and this is just a sideline curio for those of us who
really want to count the notes in Ritchies solos. -
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