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Richie Blackmore's Rainbow Rising - Rough Mix (From Cozy Powell's Personal Copy!)

Rainbow Rising - Rough Mix [Home(r) Entertainment Network HEN018]

When Ritchie Blackmore formed Rainbow after leaving Deep Purple in the mid-'70s, he had Ronnie James Dio as his vocalist. Dio was a member of Elf at the time and Blackmore practically had the entire Elf band in his lineup when he recorded Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow (1975).

For the follow-up album, Rainbow Rising (1976), Blackmore fired every original band member except Dio.

Reviewing Rainbow Rising on, Rainbow fan Robert J. Schneider commented: "This is THE definitive Rainbow record! It's amazing; this album only has six songs on it, and totals only about 34 minutes. But Rainbow's Rising is far more than the sum of its parts. It conjures up such mystery, imagination, and wonder that it goes way beyond its songs to create such a beautiful panorama of images for the mind to enjoy.

"The front cover couldn't say it any better: Rainbow is powerful, progressive yet rooted in ancient lore, dark and mystical but also full of light and hope. If Rainbow's music on "Rising" could be summed up in a picture, then this would be the visual representation of their music."

Rainbow fans then must be gratified to know that there is a 'Rough Mix' of Rainbow Rising, taken from drummer Cozy Powell's own tape. Most notably, this includes a keyboard introduction to Stargazer, which the wikipedia notes, is similar to that which Carey would play live. The mix itself is a little different from the released album. Cozy Powell died on April 5, 1998 following a car crash. He was 51.

This is what was written on the cover of the bootleg:

"Directly copied from 7 1/2 IPS magnetic recording tape on 7" spool (I.D. label "Schneider") belonging to Cozy Powell."

Recorded material:

Track 01 Tarot Woman (8.5MB)
Track 02 Run With The Wolf (5.3MB)
Track 03 Starstruck (5.7MB)
Track 04 Do You Close Your Eyes (4.3MB)
Track 05 Stargazer (12.7MB)
Track 06 Comin' Home (A Light In The Black) (11.3MB)

Even as a "Rough Mix," the sound here is excellent.

With Ritchie Blackmore, Dio, and one of rock's memorable keyboard intros (Tarot Woman), not forgetting the majestic Stargazer, Rainbow sure had a hard time living up to this. And Comin' Home (A Light In The Black) is such a blast.

Ritchie Blackmore Ð Guitar
Ronnie James Dio Ð Vocals
Tony Carey Ð Keyboards
Jimmy Bain Ð Bass
Cozy Powell Ð Drums
File-Size: 48.72 Mb
Uploaded: 10/5/2007

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