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CD BLACKMORES NIGHT DANCER AND THE MOON REVIEW

BLACKMORES NIGHT

DANCER AND THE MOON

FRONTIERS RECORDS

2013

 

DEEP FOLK

 

OK so everyone knows that Ritchie Blackmore used to play for Deep Purple and Rainbow and was a bit of a hot shot on those new-fangled electrical guitars? 

 

 


Great, now does everyone also know that he married a lady called ‘Knight’ and largely unplugged his electrical equipment to create more delicate music that some might call anachronistic, or bygone or something similar?

 

 


Great, well that’s just about it really. This though is more Fairport Convention than Middle-Ages and we do hear things plugged in occasionally.

 

 


Actually I don’t mind a bit of Folk here and there and this is pretty good from the gentle opener ‘I think it’s going to rain today’ with its talk of “Scarecrows dressed in the latest fashions” (OK I admit it is a Randy Newman number) to the closing track ‘Carry On… Jon’ which is incredibly touching instrumental dedication to the sadly passed Jon Lord. A song which really is beautiful enough to bring a tear to the eye.

 

 


As an album though, this is probably my favorite Blackmore’s Night release of the eight so far. Things really feel comfortable on this album and on songs like the beautiful "Somewhere Over the Sea (The Moon Is Shining)" or its counterpoint the electrified “The Moon Is Shining (Somewhere Over the Sea)" you could almost imagine commercial airplay!

 

 


Amongst some very solid Folk there are a few we favour – “Lady in Black” (written by Uriah Heep’s Ken Hensley) is one of those great tales that Sandy Denny used to fill with colour and here Candice does a great job of the same.  

 

 


Of the Blackmore originals it’s the instrumentals “Minstrels in the Hall" in its acoustic splendor and the stately orchestral "Galliard" that impress. "The Spinner's Tale" too is a nice acoustic number with Candice adding recorder to her vocal.

 

 


At the end of the day this is one of those albums to put on as the rain lashes down the window and the candles flicker, It’s nothing new for Blackmore’s Night but the culmination of a long road. Maybe next time we might get that real magic, but for now this is more than enough.

 

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

CD BLACKMORES NIGHT DANCER AND THE MOON REVIEW 2013