Rising (Rainbow)

I needed an antidote to Christmas music today while I cooked the tea, and this classic rock album proved to be just what the doctor ordered. Yes, I know it’s early for Christmas, but Naomi is super-efficient when it comes to the festive season and likes to have appropriate music playing while she wraps presents.

Rising is one of the greatest rock albums of all time, released by the British band Ritchie Blackmore‘s Rainbow. I remember buying it on vinyl in 1976. There’s not a bad track on the album, it has a powerful intensity and driving momentum that is positively euphoric. The highlight (amongst highlights) is the epic track Stargazer, featuring an orchestra.

It’s one of my influential albums. Needless to say, Naomi was unimpressed!

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