Two all-time classics featuring the sadly departed Ronnie James Dio and the sadly departed Ritchie Blackmore (well… departed from rock music anyway. He’s currently to be found mistrel-ing to the elves at the bottom of his garden. Not bad work if you can get it.).
No heavy music collection should be without these and I have them on CD already. But these Back On Blackvinyl reissues are beautiful things and have been preying on my mind for some time. I was listening to a Shockwaves/Hard Radio podcast episode going in to work this week and Bob Nalbandian was banging on about them, as is his wont, so it got me thinking about them again.
I relented last year and bought the Back On Black vinyl edition of Rising and it’s a lovely thing. Jury’s out on whether it really improved my listening experience, though, compared to the remastered CDs. I’ve just not listened to it enough. I think the temptations here are really the objects themselves and the completist urge to have “the set” on vinyl rather than just one! I do have the later albums on CD (and have a particular passion for Difficult To Cure) but they don’t seem to require the “upgrade” to vinyl for some reason.
So, in order to stave off this temptation, I’m going to listen to these two albums on CD and then Rising on vinyl and see if there’s that much of a difference. Hopefully there won’t be and my wages will live to fight another day!
TEMPTATION LEVEL: 5/10. Collectability high, but no new content here.