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Side 2 = "self-indulgent $h!+"?

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Initial post: May 21, 2010 12:55:34 PM PDT
Matt M. says:
I was watching a 1994 interview with Ronnie James Dio on YouTube the other day,--the link was posted in the comments section of an article about his unfortunate death--and about halfway through, the interviewer asks him for comments on his albums in chronological order (starting with Elf's self-titled release through Dio's Strange Highways). When he gets to Rising, he kind of dismisses it in favor of the first Rainbow album and goes on to say that he feels the first side is great and that the second side, which consists of "Stargazer" and "A Light in the Black," are "self-indulgent $#!+." This really took me aback as I'm of the opinion that "Stargazer" is probably the best song Rainbow ever recorded.

Of course, I'm approaching this from the angle of a prog rock nerd, so I already have a great tolerance--nay, a love!--of self-indulgent $#!+. That said, judging by the reviews on this page, I'm not the only person who feels this way. (In fact, in the most negative review for this CD, the author even says he feels the last two songs are the best ones on it.) Is there anyone here who actually agrees with Dio? As much as I love and respect the man, I think he was completely wrong on this one.

The comment in question comes at about 6:28 in the video linked below.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 1, 2013 9:56:29 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 1, 2013 10:05:26 AM PST
I agree with you. Obviously Dio was referring to Blackmore's self-indulgence. I've alway felt Rising is a ground-breaking masterpiece. The classical influence here-to-fore reserved for keyboard based nerd bands like Yes and ELP. The classical motif requires time to develop, climax and reconcile which we see illustrated perfectly in both tracks. Self Indulgent? Perhaps. But by this time Blackmore had earned the right and the listener is rewarded.
I love Ronnie's DIO stuff but it's obvious that when he had creative control he favored more towards traditional radio lenght tracks. Despite his Julliard background he takes a singer's approach: Get in there, tell the story, get out. Nothing wrong with it, produced some immortal music, just two different approaches. Kind of ironic the Dio supposedly left the band because Blackmore wanted to take a more commercial trek with Rainbow.
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