Sunday, 20 December 2009

Yngwie J. Malmsteen's Rising Force
(German first pressing)(24 bit RX MBit Remaster 2009)

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Studio album by Yngwie J. Malmsteen

Released - 1984
Genre - Neo-classical metal, power metal
Length - 39:16
Label - Polydor

Producer - Yngwie J. Malmsteen

Professional reviews
• Allmusic link

Rising Force is a Yngwie J. Malmsteen project as well as his debut solo album released in 1984. It is also the title of a song on Malmsteen's album Odyssey. Rising Force is credited as the beginning of Malmsteen's significant development of Neo-Classical metal in the 1980s.

Yngwie Johann Malmsteen (pronounced ING-vay MAALM-steen in English) (born Lars Johan Yngve Lannerbäck on June 30, 1963) is a Swedish guitarist, composer, multi-instrumentalist and bandleader. Malmsteen became notable in the mid-1980s for his technical fluency and neo-classical metal compositions, often incorporating high speed picking with harmonic minor scales, diminished scales and sweep picked arpeggios. Four of his albums, from 1984 to 1988, Rising Force, Marching Out, Trilogy, and Odyssey, ranked in the top 100 for sales.[1]

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Track listing
• All Songs Written & Arranged By Yngwie Malmsteen.

# Title Length

1. "Black Star" 4:53
2. "Far Beyond the Sun" 5:52
3. "Now Your Ships Are Burned" 4:11
4. "Evil Eye" 5:14
5. "Icarus' Dream Suite Op. 4" (based on Tomaso Albinoni's "Adagio")
6. "As Above, So Below" 4:39
7. "Little Savage" 5:22
8. "Farewell" 0:49

• Yngwie J. Malmsteen: All electric, acoustic guitars, bass guitar and Taurus bass pedals
• Barriemore Barlow: Drums
• Jens Johansson: Keyboards
• Jeff Scott Soto: Vocals on tracks 3 and 6

• Yngwie Malmsteen: Producer
• Peter Bargo, Les Claypool: Engineers


Notes on this release

New vinyltransfer using the original first West German Polydor/Phonogram pressing.
This release is the best sounding version I’ve ever owned. I had both the US first pressing (too wobbly and too noisy) and a Japanese which sounded a bit umbalanced tonically and sadly was abused with a chipped stylus. (bought that one second hand)

Because of the use of high quality vinyl and high standards in quality control procedures vinylpressing from the Phonogram group of companies in the 1980s were top-notch. The only point of criteria could be that the vinyls could have been a tad thicker. Because of this they were prone to static load. But if you knew how to deal with that there was no problem with that.

Quality of record is near pristine. It has been barely played before this rip because when I bought my albums back in the day I usually made a copy to a Nakamichi tapedeck (truly miss that beast some days!) and played that.

My transfers are straight rips and I never use any EQ - NR - or level changes on my rips - unless otherwise noted –


Eddy_litE - december 2009

* SoX SRC plugin for Sample Rate Conversion was not used on this transfer, this is an older rip (from august 2009 to be exact) and I still used iTunes 7's SRC. Though it got very positive results, SoX is a lot better.
I also didn't use ClickRepair on this title since up until recently I manually declicked. (what was I thinking?! :P)

©2009 - Hipper than Hell Records * Eddy_litE appears courtesy of himself * You have been Aped

"The music in these files was originally recorded on analog equipment.
We have attempted to preserve, as closely as possible, the sound of the original recording.
Because of it's high resolution, however, these files can reveal limitations of the source."

Turn Me Up!™

To preserve the excitement, emotion and dynamics of the original performances this record is intentionally quieter than some. For full enjoyment simply Turn Me Up! (


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  1. Lucky I am to be spoiled with choices of this album. Already owning Jap. & German 1st-press CD,s as well as Jap. & US LP,s nevertheless, grabbed this one from D's as soon as I saw it.
    And what a good choice it was! I've found it most enjoyable. Thanks Eddy

    Yes that Crown amp's a keeper, but sidelined at the moment for minor repairs e.g. cracked solder joints on front panel LED,s
    Convinced of the benefits of pro power, I acquired its direct competitor JBL/UREI 6260

    "PLAY LOUD" indeed

  2. You're aware of the fact that there's a reason this older one is posted, huh!?
    Since I like to post chronologically whenever I have multiple albums by one artist to post... ;)

  3. I met Jens Johansson at BB King's in NYC at a Strapping Young Lad/Meshuggah concert. Very nice guy, just kind of hanging out at the bar. Seemed startled that someone knew who he was.

    Also quite the computer geek. Had some interesting discussions with him online about MP3 and file sharing when Napster was still all the rage.

    Can't say I'm crazy about this album, though, sadly, and it's the only Yngwie album I ever bought. I tend to prefer Symphony X in this style (though they need a smack in the head for the horrible compression on the otherwise excellent Paradise Lost), though I also quite enjoy Stratovarius' Live Visions of Europe (featuring Jens on keys!) as one of the most enjoyable and energetic live albums I've heard.

  4. @ Packgrog: You do realize it's not so much the artist but the recordcompany that demands such insane levels on their products right!? If asked, mostly any artist will tell you they are not keen on heavy usage of multiband-crossfrequency-compression.

    Maybe you should try to enjoy this one again. To me it's not so much one of my favorite albums. But it's simply one of a kind and the base on which modern virtuose style guitar music is built.

  5. Actually, from what I understand from one producer friend of mine, a lot of artists have been guilty of asking "can you make it louder? We want it more kickass!" But yes, I'm sure that some labels are guilty of inflicting this horror on us as well.

  6. Why 44.1/16 ¡Why!!