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Rising Force [CD]

Yngwie Malmsteen Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (15 Feb 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B000001FDQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,951 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The start of an era 28 Feb 2007
Format:Audio CD
I first (unknowingly) heard Malmsteen in 1983 when I caught the amazing guitaring in 'Hiroshima Mon Amour' by Alcatraz on the radio (although I did not catch the title at the time). Then in 1984, in a bar in Belgium, the bar owner played me a remarkably frantic solo, 'Hot On Your Heels', by "a 19 year old" in a band I'd never heard of, called Steeler. When he told me that it was the player in Alcatraz, something clicked. It made sense that I had picked up on both of them. Not for years had I had any guitarist have such an impact like the guitaring in both tracks. I had to check this guy out...A love affair started and the rest, as they say, is history.

Even though he has since spawned a hoard of imitators, at that time, no one was doing anything like this. This almost completely instrumental album was fresh and inspiring.

Every track on this album was (and still is) a gem. From the majesty of Black Star, the slighlly corny, but precise baroque of Far Beyond The Sun, the shear beauty of Icarus' Dream Suite (based on Albanoni's Adaggio) and the fury and beauty of Little Savage, this album paved the way for hundreds of wannabes that, even today, never quite master the melody and harmony that the man himself musters, even though others are faster these days...(and so what).

Malmsteen certainly has his knockers. But for those who say he has no 'feel', no soul...are they deaf?

Beautiful melodies are here in abundance and his heartfelt solos like no other guitarist before him. Sure, he will often play fast. But Malmsteen's fast was different. It was clean, so, so melodic and not just going in one direction like everyone else's 'widdly-diddly' efforts (including my own).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive Yngwie album 28 Sep 2000
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Format:Audio CD
If you're thinking of getting an Yngwie album, this is the one to get. It's his first solo album, and is mostly instrumental (although it does have a couple of tracks with vocals admirably provided by Jeff Scott Soto). You can't really go wrong with any Yngwie album, but this one's pretty representative of his work. Oh, and it's got the track "Black Star", which is probably the best single track he's recorded :-) Buy this album. You won't regret it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The advent of neo-classical metal. 21 July 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is literally the first neo-classical album ever. Yngwie is the mastermind that first thought to combine the genres of classical, (baroque mainly), music with metal, and the stunned shock of people who heard this when it first came out I can only imagine, (it was released in 1984).
The debut album of the neo-classical movement is a superb largely instrumental album. Most of the songs are classics. 'Now Your Ships Are Burned' and 'Little Savage' stand out in my opinion, but Yngwie said that 'Far Away From The Sun' is the best on the album in his opinion and one that he still plays on stage.
I had already heard other neo-classical albums when I bought this but I was still totally ecstatic with what I heard, and couldn't stop listening to it.
Yngwie was the first neo-classical shredder, and there are so many guitarists that have been influenced by him that his concepts can by heard practically anywhere in skillful guitar music. He is father of the genre and this is the brilliant debut album of the then very young Swedish virtuoso.
This album's 20th birthday this year marks the 20th birthday of the neo-classical genre.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars neo -classical is born 2 Nov 2002
Format:Audio CD
this is the greatest guitar album ever!
yngwie malmsteen is the best guitarist to walk this earth ever no one can match is speed or his graceful and intricate playing style.this album shows just how much a great player malmsteen is especially on tracks like ICARUS DREAM SUITE(classic)LITTLE SAVAGE, EVIL EYE ,FAREWELL.these tracks show his graceful playing in the neo classical format.then he shows just how fast he is FAR BEYOND THE SUN, BLACK STAR ,AS ABOVE SO BELOW, NOW YOUR SHIPS HAVE BURNED, this is total shred but with classical beauty and i have to say it will never be matched.he is just an astounding player, extremely technically acomplished his use of sweep picked appregios is brilliant, a wicked vibrato and a classic tone all make this for me anyway the best guitar album EVER!! buy it and be astounded.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great First Album To Own 10 Mar 2006
Format:Audio CD
For people like me who have limited knowledge of Yngwie's songs i think this album is a great place to start. From the beautifal guitar work of black star to the amazing Icarus' Dream Suite Opus 4 every song demonstrates Yngwie's diverse and incredible playing skills, a must buy for fans of neo-classical music and ofcourse guitar in general :). Buy It Now!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Its a complete widdlefest!!!!! 21 Aug 2005
Format:Audio CD
Rising Force was the first neo-classical metal epic I ever bought. I'd heard of Yngwie Malmsteen but up until then I'd held Eddie Van Halen in awe as the king of speed rock guitar. What Malmsteen introduced shook the guitar world and raised the standard of technical excellence forever. I bought the LP (thats about 12" of plastic with a hole in the middle for you youngsters out there) and I swear that when YJM ripped into the fist shredding run up the fretboard I actually checked the record deck was on 33 and not 45!
Malmsteen plays the guitar nearly as fast as a classical violinist plays a violin, and players such as Tony MacAlpine, Joey Tafolla, Vinnie Moore and Joe Stump followed in Malmsteen's footsteps to release neo-classical dirges of their own. As with most "new" styles others follow quickly to jump on the bandwagon and yes, certain players such as Macalpine are worth a listen bu YJM remains the inspiration for them all.
Its not metal, its not r'n'b, its not prog, its not fair! - did he sell his soul to the devil to play like that. Comparisons with Paganini ("Page Nine" according to Spike Milligan but I digress) are bound to be made. His style is actually classified as "neo-classical fusion", whatever that means. Unfortunately YJM has a reputation for taking himself far too seriously and to say he can be a tad pretentious wouldn't be too far off the mark. Listen without prejudice though and you'll hear a master technician at work.
Rising Force is definitely worth owning for the six instrumental classics alone--"Black Star", "Far Beyond The Sun" and "Evil Eye", to name but a few. On the 8 minute epic that is "Icarus Dream Suite" you can almost hear him disappear up his own backside and come out again!
If you don't play guitar: marvel at the sheer virtuosity of this man. If you play guitar: ditch the girlfriend, give up going out for 6 years and practice in your bedroom until your fingers bleed!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
got here well on time and not bad
Published 2 months ago by James Vincent
5.0 out of 5 stars Passionate guitar
Brilliant album already owned it as a record but record had a few scratches so wanted a cd version. Most passionate of the best rock guitarists. Highly recommended.
Published 2 months ago by pinkswan
5.0 out of 5 stars Learning to play a couple of tracks off here!
Love it. One of the Malmsteen CDs I don't have.
It arrived really quickly and we were most impressed with the quality of the item, being 2nd hand and all, the speed of the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ros Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars A good alvum
It's good, pretty much what I expected. If you like a bit of widdlesome guitar then it's exactly what it says on the tin.
Published 5 months ago by Gary
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music
His first album and his best. Contains the songs he is perhaps best known for. Icarus dream suite is heavenly. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Per Ception
5.0 out of 5 stars Great nusic
Yngwie Malmsteen genius, nice cd to listen to, good instrumental songs.
Any guitar player should own this album, not only metalheads.
Published on 22 Jun 2012 by Yaniv Riahi
5.0 out of 5 stars Short but VERY sweet
For a lot of people, this album was the first of Yngwie J. Malmsteen's that they had heard, but befor ethis album he had already performed on Steeker's self-titled album, And the... Read more
Published on 20 April 2012 by TroyofHellen
4.0 out of 5 stars 5-stars if Yngwie had concentrated on his strengths
Yngwie Malmsteen is extremely divisive in the world of guitar players. You do need to hear Yngwie to make your own mind up and this is the best place to start (the other album... Read more
Published on 7 July 2010 by C. J. W. Owen
5.0 out of 5 stars My 'evidently' first Yngwie Malmsteen album
When I first got my hands on this cd, I had heard a lot about Malmsteen, but never heard ANY of his songs. Read more
Published on 3 May 2009 by Eric Ah Kow
4.0 out of 5 stars youll need a bass boost stereo :)
well... amazing...
i got it from amazon, came with bubble rap and invoice,
great condition

the music is stunning
he captured teh essence of renaissance,... Read more
Published on 15 Aug 2008 by Daniel Davies
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