Start with Ris­ing (1976)

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Ris­ing is a Tolkien-es­que tour de force that cloaks mus­cu­lar ar­range­ments in epic prog-mys­ti­cism. Recorded in short or­der with pro­ducer Martin Birch at Mu­si­cland Stu­dios, in Mu­nich, Ris­ing saw Ron­nie James Dio’s leather lungs en­dow songs about wiz­ards, car­tomancy and death with a re­gal author­ity. The union of meta­phys­i­cal sto­ry­telling and the earthly physics of clas­sic rock has never been bet­tered. Check out the ir­re­sistible groove of Tarot Wo­man, which sees Black­more’s gui­tar pull you into the eye of the storm for a li­b­i­nal hoe-down, or the slack groove of Run With The Wolf, Black­more’s ar­cane mas­tery of the blues­rock solo an­swer­ing the call of the wild. And then there’s Stargazer, fea­tur­ing the Mu­nich Phil­har­monic Orches­tra, it re­mains the acme of early heavy metal ex­pand­ing the bound­aries of a newly-minted sound.

Rec­om­mended track : Stargazer

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