Episode #211 – Yngwie J. Malmsteen’s Rising Force – Odyssey (with Nick Jones from Pod of Thunder)

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Lead up to the Album:

  • Previous album was “Trilogy” which seems to get more critical acclaim.  The Johansson brothers were on that as well with singer Mark Boals.
  • He got into a bad car accident leading up to recording this album. He describes the accident in ana interview here:https://metalheadzone.com/yngwie-malmsteen-recalls-his-horrible-car-crash/
    • “My car crash of 1987 was a horrible thing. But worse things happened to me at the same time. First, I had that car accident. Then my mother died. Then I was ripped off for all my money. It was just a horrible time, you know? But when you’ve been struck down that hard, you either come back stronger – or you don’t. If you put an obstacle in front of me, I will crush it, and I will go forward. I am impossible to stop. I cannot be stopped.”

Core Band:


  • Producer [Produced By] – Jeff “Björn” Glixman*, Yngwie J. Malmsteen*
  • Engineer – Jeff Glixman
  • Engineer [@ House Of Music] – John Rollo
    • Worked at Konk studio.
    • Worked on production for Bonnie Tyler, Joe Cocker.
  • Executive-Producer – Jim Lewis
    • http://www.notc.com/Content/Spotlights/1987/PolyGram_A-R-4-87.pdf
    • JIM LEWIS, VP of A&R Jim has been a member of the PolyGram A&R staff since early 1n 1986. He is responsible for signing established acts such as The Moody Blues and Emerson, Lake And Powell; as well as newcomers Yngwie J. Malmsteen and TNT. Prior to working in A&R, he worked for six years as V.P. of Marketing and International Repertoire where he worked with PolyGram International originating acts such as Def Leppard, Tears For Fears, ABC, Big Country, Bananarama and many more. J im began his musical career playing in bands and major orchestras in the Metropolitan area. He 1s a graduate of the Jullliard School and holds an MBA 1n Marketing from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business.
    • Signed Bon Jovi, Prior to working in A&R worked on acts like Def Leppard and Tears for Fears.
  • Mixed By [@ Bearsville Studios, Assisted By] – George Cowan
  • Mixed By [@ Bearsville Studios] – Mike Barbiero*
    • Produced the soundtrack for “Serpico” in 1973.
  • Mixed By [@ Bearsville Studios] – Steve Thompson
    • https://www.stevethompsonproductions.com/
    • Worked with Madonna, Whitney Houston (“I Wanna Dance With Somebody”), as well as many other clients including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, John Lennon, and The Rolling Stones.
  • Management – Larry Mazer
    • Manager of Cinderella and The Steve Morse Band. Also worked with Kiss on the “Revenge” album.
  • Management [Agency Representative] – Phil Ernst
    • Booking agent for Cinderella, Molly Hatchet.
  • Management [Agency] – ICM (2), Phil Ernst
  • Management [Associate] – Roni Jane Feldman
    • Also worked with Cinderella.
  • Management [Business Management] – Bruce Kolbrenner
    • Worked with Bon Jovi.
  • Recorded By [@ Cherokee Studios, Assisted By], Mixed By [@ Cherokee Studios, Assisted By] – Scott Gordon
    • Founded Triad Music which does scores for films and TV.

Album Art & Booklet Review

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Album Tracks:

All lyrics are written by Joe Lynn Turner; all music is composed by Yngwie Malmsteen.

  1. Rising Force
  2. Hold On
  3. Heaven Tonight
    • Single release
  4. Dreaming (Tell Me)
  5. Bite the Bullet (instrumenttal)
  6. Riot in the Dungeons
    • B-side to Heaven Tonight
  1. Deja Vu
  2. Crystal Ball
  3. Now Is The Time
  4. Faster than the Speed of Light
  5. Krakatau (instrumental)
  6. Memories (instrumental)

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Bustin’ Out The Spreadsheet

Reception and Charts:

  • Overall this was Yngwie’s best charting album reaching #7 in the Swedish charts, and #40 in the US charts, #19 in Japan and #27 in the UK. Later albums would chart much better in Japan but he never reached these heights again in the US or UK charts.


  • Steve Huey from AllMusic
  • https://www.allmusic.com/album/odyssey-mw0000651948
  • Odyssey is a more subdued, polished collection seemingly designed for mainstream radio airplay. Vocalist Joe Lynn Turner gives the set a smooth, professional feel, and Yngwie Malmsteen’s playing is more mellow, due partly to the fact that he was still recovering from his near-fatal car accident when the album was recorded. However, all of this works to the detriment of the music: the mellowness of Malmsteen’s guitar work makes him sound constrained and passionless, and the album shows little difference in approach from his previous output, lending credence to critics’ charges that Malmsteen plays with mindless technique at the expense of substance, fire, and emotion.
  • Kerrang review by Mick Wall:

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