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Rising Force

15 Feb 1989

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 4 Mar 1985
  • Release Date: 4 Mar 1985
  • Label: Polydor Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 1984 Polydor K.K.
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  • Total Length: 39:15
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  • ASIN: B001KW6OUM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,279 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By kkaammyy on 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 By A Customer on 28 Sep 2000
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 By the great amphibian on 21 July 2004
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Glyn Jones on 10 Mar 2006
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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 By Justin Case on 21 Aug 2005
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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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