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Aug 19, 2013
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Blackmore’s Night – “Dancer and the Moon” (2013)

Label: Frontiers Records

Review by Luisa Mercier

Ninth record for the band led by legend Ritchie Blackmore and his wife Candice Night. If I should sum up in a few words the new album I might say that there is nothing really new apart from a more present electric guitar and a couple songs that recall the past of Mr Blackmore. I am talking about “The Moon Is Shining (Somewhere Over the Sea)” where you can actually hear an interesting guitar solo and the closing track “Carry On… Jon” that clear is a rock attempt. I especially liked the electronic intro to the first of the aforementioned tracks. The rest of the album is what all Blackmore’s Night fans love: folk acoustic music with a Medievil atmosphere, costumes and the enchanting voice of Candice fronting everything. I want to mention the single, the title track that is really lively and the melody is very catchy! Continue reading »

Nov 19, 2012
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NEWS : “BLACKMORE’S NIGHT – THE BEGINNING”: il box in uscita!!!

“Blackmore’s Night – The Beginning” è un documentario sul primo periodo della leggendaria band Inglese. In questo ricercato box di velluto sono raccolti i primi due album dei Blackmore’s Night “Shadow of The Moon” e “Under A Violet Moon” insieme ad una raccolta di rare riprese fatte nel backstage durante i primi tour “Live In Germany 1997-1998″ e “Under A Violet Moon – Castle Tour 2000″ arricchite dalle interviste con Ritchie Blackmore e Candice Night. Blackmore‘s Night “The Beginning” è davvero un’uscita speciale non solo per fans o collezionisti ma per tutti gli amanti della musica scritta con il cuore.

Il Box uscirà il 7 Dicembre in Italia su UDR MUSIC / EMI DISTRIBUTION


Contenuto del box :

DVD 1: “Blackmore’s Night – Shadow Of The Moon – Live In Germany 1997-1998″

DVD 2: “Blackmore’s Night – Under A Violet Moon Castle Tour 2000″

CD1: “Shadow Of The Moon” album

CD2: “Under A Violet Moon” album

 

DVD 1: “Blackmore’s Night – Shadow Of The Moon – Live In Germany 1997-1998″ 

  1. Shadow Of The Moon
  2. The Clock Ticks On Play
  3. Minstrel Play
  4. Minstrel Hall
  5. St. Theresa
  6. Under A Violet Moon
  7.  Magical World
  8. No Second Chance
  9. 16th Century
  10. Greensleeves
  11. Renaissance Faire
  12. Writing On The Wall
  13. Mond
  14. Tanz
  15. Be Mine Tonight
  16. Memmingen
  17. Black Night
  18. Man On The Silver Mountain
  19. Still I‘m Sad Maybe Next Time

 

 DVD 2: “Blackmore’s Night – Under A Violet Moon Castle Tour 2000″

  1.  Written In The Stars
  2. Morning Star
  3. Renaissance
  4. Faire Fires At Midnight (Midnight Acoustic Performance)
  5. Possum Goes To Prague
  6. Under A Violet Moon
  7. Spanish Nights (I Remember It Well)
  8. Past Time With Good Company
  9. Wind In The Willows
  10. March
  11. The Heroes Home
  12. Gone With The Wind
  13. Fires At Midnight
  14. Now And Then Durch Den Wald Zum Bach Haus

 

CD1: “Shadow Of The Moon” album

  1. Shadow Of The Moon
  2. The Clock Ticks On Be Mine
  3. Tonight
  4. Play Minstrel Play
  5. Ocean Gypsy
  6. Minstrel Hall
  7. Magical World
  8. Writing On The Wall
  9. Renaissance Faire
  10. Memmingen
  11. No Second Chance
  12. Mond Tanz
  13. Spirit Of The Sea
  14. Greensleeves
  15. Wish You Were Here
  16. Possum‘s Last Dance

 

CD2: “Under A Violet Moon” album

  1. Under A Violet Moon
  2. Castles And Dreams
  3. Past Time With Good Company
  4. Morning Star
  5. Avalon
  6. Possum Goes To Prague
  7. Wind In The Willows
  8. Gone With The Wind
  9. Beyond The Sunset
  10. March
  11. The Heroes Home
  12. Spanish Nights (I Remember It Well)
  13. Catherine Howard‘s Fate
  14. Fool‘s Gold
  15. Durch den Wald Zum Bach Haus
  16. Now And Then
  17. Self Portrait

 

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Nov 19, 2012
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NEWS : Blackmore’s Night “The Beginning” Detailed

“Blackmore’s Night – The Beginning” is a documentation about the early period of a musical legend. In the lavish velvet-box you will find the first two BLACKMORE’S NIGHT albums “Shadow Of The Moon” and “Under A Violet Moon” as well as rare video footage of their early tours “Live In Germany 1997-1998″ and “Under A Violet Moon – Castle Tour 2000″. Available for the first time on DVD and only in the “The Beginning” box. The footage from various concerts from the “Shadow Of The Moon” and “Under A Violet Moon” tours is enriched by interviews with Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night, as well as backstage footage, rehearsal footage and medieval fight shows. “We live the music,” says Ritchie Blackmore, confirming the impression that this documentation gives every second — BLACKMORE’S NIGHT is authentic. The enthusiasm of the musicians captivates the audience and takes them along on a journey through the past. Some of the DVD tracks go from the living room rehearsals to the stage and are impressive proof that the compositions function wonderfully as intimate acoustic versions, as well as with the full band on the big stage. BLACKMORE’S NIGHT “The Beginning” is a very special release, not only for fans and collectors, for nostalgic or the medieval curious, but for any lover of beautiful timeless music. This extraordinary box provides the owner not only two DVDs with a delightful, interesting and entertaining performances plus two original studio albums of fantastic music, but rather with it is a ticket out of the dreary day to day life, a way to leave everything behind, to relax the soul for a few hours.

Content: DVD 1: “Blackmore’s Night – Shadow Of The Moon – Live In Germany 1997-1998″

DVD 2: “Blackmore’s Night – Under A Violet Moon Castle Tour 2000″

CD1: “Shadow Of The Moon” album

CD2: “Under A Violet Moon” album

In stores: UK: December 10, 2012 Rest Of Europe: December 7, 2012 USA: November 20, 2012

 

DVD 1: “Blackmore’s Night – Shadow Of The Moon – Live In Germany 1997-1998″ 

  1. Shadow Of The Moon
  2. The Clock Ticks On Play
  3. Minstrel Play
  4. Minstrel Hall
  5. St. Theresa
  6. Under A Violet Moon
  7.  Magical World
  8. No Second Chance
  9. 16th Century
  10. Greensleeves
  11. Renaissance Faire
  12. Writing On The Wall
  13. Mond
  14. Tanz
  15. Be Mine Tonight
  16. Memmingen
  17. Black Night
  18. Man On The Silver Mountain
  19. Still I‘m Sad Maybe Next Time

 

 DVD 2: “Blackmore’s Night – Under A Violet Moon Castle Tour 2000″

  1.  Written In The Stars
  2. Morning Star
  3. Renaissance
  4. Faire Fires At Midnight (Midnight Acoustic Performance)
  5. Possum Goes To Prague
  6. Under A Violet Moon
  7. Spanish Nights (I Remember It Well)
  8. Past Time With Good Company
  9. Wind In The Willows
  10. March
  11. The Heroes Home
  12. Gone With The Wind
  13. Fires At Midnight
  14. Now And Then Durch Den Wald Zum Bach Haus

 

CD1: “Shadow Of The Moon” album

  1. Shadow Of The Moon
  2. The Clock Ticks On Be Mine
  3. Tonight
  4. Play Minstrel Play
  5. Ocean Gypsy
  6. Minstrel Hall
  7. Magical World
  8. Writing On The Wall
  9. Renaissance Faire
  10. Memmingen
  11. No Second Chance
  12. Mond Tanz
  13. Spirit Of The Sea
  14. Greensleeves
  15. Wish You Were Here
  16. Possum‘s Last Dance

 

CD2: “Under A Violet Moon” album

  1. Under A Violet Moon
  2. Castles And Dreams
  3. Past Time With Good Company
  4. Morning Star
  5. Avalon
  6. Possum Goes To Prague
  7. Wind In The Willows
  8. Gone With The Wind
  9. Beyond The Sunset
  10. March
  11. The Heroes Home
  12. Spanish Nights (I Remember It Well)
  13. Catherine Howard‘s Fate
  14. Fool‘s Gold
  15. Durch den Wald Zum Bach Haus
  16. Now And Then
  17. Self Portrait

 

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Oct 24, 2012
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Eerie Sound Interview : Candice Night – Blackmore’s Night

 

 

Interview by Si Smith

Intro by Miriam C.


It’s the second time that we give space to Candice Night, the first time it was for promote her debut solo album “Reflections” now it’s time for a new Blackmore’s Night record and precisely is the DVD “A Night in York”. Let’s see hear (or better read) the details straight away from the enchanting and dreamy Candice.

First of all congratulations on the DVD and more importantly the birth of your new musketeer Rory Dartanyan! It must be a great time for the family.

It really is. He is my spiritual, peaceful child. When all else is chaotic in the world, he just grabs your face and looks into your soul and you breathe him in and all is well. I’ve been calling him my zen baby since the 1st day in the hospital. And Autumn LOVES her baby brother. They have an amazing relationship.

The last time we spoke to you was for your solo album. As a metal based webzine we enjoy supporting related genres as well. Blackmore’s Night has always seemed to defy genre definition, crossing several genres. How would you describe Blackmore’s Night music to a newcomer?

It is a variety of fantasy music that incorporates rock, regional ethnic, tavern/gypsy music with ballads, instrumentals and Renaissance music.

This was your first trip back to England for a while. Why did you choose to film the DVD in England?

Our first DVD, “Castles and Dreams”, was shot in a medieval castle in Germany in 2004; the next one was in the Olympia Theater in Paris in 2007. Since then we have put out 2 more CDs and we do a lot of the songs in concert that have different arrangements than what is on CD. So, a haunted opera house in a medieval city seemed like the perfect venue to record and show these newer songs on DVD.

Your set contains a great mixture of slow tracks and upbeat dance numbers. How did the audience respond?

Great. They were an amazing audience. People think that the English audiences will be more reserved, but more people dress up in costume and garb in England than anywhere else. Ritchie amends the set list per night based on the audience’s energy so he’s constantly reading them.

You describe this as a “trip through the ages”. Have you a favourite historical era you would like to have lived in?

I think the greatest thing about living now is that you can choose from the eras that have come before to see what feels right to you and then incorporate that into your life today. I love the romantic visuals and castles from the Renaissance time; the costume and garb of the Victorian era; and the creativity of the 1960’s. And I bring a bit of each of these things into my life now.

As always your outfit is beautiful and really compliments the performance. Is it your own work?

Thank you. I guess it is. I tend to collect things as I go along whether it is from vintage shops, Renaissance faire vendors or gothic shops and piece everything together to make it my own look. It’s like a patchwork outfit from lots of different fabrics.

Despite the grandiose setting you manage to create that intimacy even from the beginning as you tell us about Autumn and how she sleeps and drinks. We almost feel part of the family! Is that intimacy with the audience important to you?

Yes, it is, because our audiences are more than just audiences. I feel as if when they understand us though our music, its as if they understand us deeply- more so than someone who would just have a chance meeting in the street or even who have known us for years. The music level is a deeper level than conversation, so I feel comfortable sharing things with them. I used to say that fans are just the friends we haven’t met yet, and I still feel that way.

You sing some songs form “Autumn Sky” and some from older releases. How do you decide on a set list? Is it set in stone?

Never set in stone. Ritchie changes the set list as we go along and no one ever knows what he is going to play next. He does it based on the audience, on the venue, on how the songs ring in the hall, on his mood. It all depends.

For “World of Stone” you speak of your love for Renaissance music. What is it about this music that captivates you?

It is an honest music. In my mind, it was from when people played for the pure love and passion of the melody. Not to get on MTV or be played on the radio. It’s this passion and mystery that makes it so enthralling.

A magical moment is when Autumn joins you on stage. How has she taken to the minstrel’s life? What did she really think about it?

She absolutely loves it. Loves meeting new people. Stands on the side of the stage and each time Ritchie changes a guitar she says “Now? Dada? Now?”, she always wants to be on the stage! She sings every word to every song, dances and spins in circles and pretends to be the band members or play their instruments months after we are back home. She is a true performer. Perfect tempo, perfect pitch- it’s a little scary.

At one point you duet with a rather male Lady Gaga. Are there any real life collaborations you would like to pursue in the future?

The people I am fans of are the people I’d be afraid to meet in case they weren’t what I thought they were in my mind. I love Don Henley, but I can’t imagine ever recording anything with him. I’m a big fan of the 80’s rock and metal bands too but I think we’re in different world musically – though it did work with Helloween so who knows?

Finally, one theme of the show seems to be “magic is here”. How important is it to find our place in nature and the world? Can music help?

Music can help everything. Help you heal, help you celebrate, help you make it through and help you to dream. Our place in the world helps you to find yourself too and in turn help to heal the world. So it’s all cyclical.

It has been a pleasure talking to you. Thanks so much for this interview.

Thank You!

 

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Jun 26, 2012
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Eerie Sounds Review : Candice Night – “Reflections” (2011)

Label : Ministrel Hall

Review by Luisa Mercier

The happily married wife of Ritchie Blackmore decided to go solo and provide us with this nice collection of tracks. Of course, they stray away from the usual medieval tinged acoustic music played by Blackmore’s Night and propose us a mixture of pop, pop-rock and sometimes hard-rock. For example “Gone, Gone, Gone” the first single, is a perfect catchy rock song while the following “Black Roses” and “Now and Then 2011″ go back to the fairish atmosphere we are used to associate to her. “Dangerous Smile” could have been a real hit if sung by some pop-star and with a slightly different arrangement. Completely Celtic influenced is “For You”, so it fits the imagery Candice has created around her during these years. “Call It Love” is a bit cheesy, but it is equally a good song to listen to, followed by “Robin Red Breast”, a sweet ballad driven by acoustic guitar and Candice‘s vocals. Violin is the lead instrument in “Alone with Fate” which closes the album together with the medieval sounding outro “In Time”. A good release, not a masterpiece, but sounds suitable as pleasant background music.

Rating – 75/100

 

Tracklist

  1. Wind Is Calling (Hush the Wind)
  2. Gone Gone Gone
  3. Black Roses
  4. Now and Then (2011)
  5. Dangerous Smile
  6. For You
  7. Call It Love
  8. Robin Red Breast
  9. Alone with Fate
  10. In Time

 

Line Up

  • Candice Night – Vocals

 

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