After all, you have Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple and Rainbow fame teaming up with his much younger partner, Candice Night, to play some folk rock in a medieval-ish sort of Renaissance Fayre style which they're clearly both quite keen on. Hand searched, picked and promoted free dance music albums for your pleasure! I would also say a part of this music is prog folk, the majority though is some form of folk pop. These musicians are masters of their genre: I'm just not so sure I care all that much. Blackmore's guitar work and the backing of his fellow musicians are solid through and through - naturally, thanks to his illustrious career and extensive connections, he's able to bring together a team who really buy into the project, including a guest appearance from Jethro Tull's own Ian Anderson. Which is more than can be said about the band's recent studio efforts! It is not exactly Prog, but it is closer than what we can normally expect from this group and there are electric guitars and even hints of Rainbow.
Hark the Herald Angels Sing, O Come All Ye Faithful 05. Non-Swedes who haven't heard the original versions on the radio might not appreciate the magnitude of the embarrassment involved in these choices of covers, but for me this is simply unbearable. It is somehow nice to see Blackmore pay homage to a group that partly competed for the same musical turf as Deep Purple in the 70's. Ritchie Blackmore plays all instruments on this record, so the music must be quite computer made. Good King Wenceslas Live from Minstrel Hall 21.
All in all, an okay album that medieval music lovers will like, but that type of person isn't very common. Posted Wednesday, January 11, 2017 Review 1678679 Blackmore's Night is a project which seemed to inspire a bit of cynicism when it first emerged. The album opens with one of these, a cover of a hit song by the Pop group One More Time who more than once participated in the Eurovision song contest, competing for Sweden! Feel good music, if ever I heard any. Another classic song covered here is Ritchie's own Temple Of The King that originally appeared on the first Rainbow album. Don't get me wrong, there are definitely some rockin' moments that feature some great guitar work that interweaves with the more eclectic instruments. Two tracks that are bound to catch the eyes of Prog fans are the interconnected Somewhere Over The Sea The Moon Is Shining and The Moon Is Shining Somewhere Over The Sea.
We Wish You a Merry Christmas 16. As such, this is by no means progressive Folk Rock, it is not even non-progressive Folk Rock, but rather something on the borderline between pure acoustic Folk music and folky Pop. It is a very toned down album with a heavy focus on brief, simple, acoustic songs. Part of me yearns for some sort of joint Blackmore's Night-Jethro Tull concert, perhaps concentrating on material like that on Minstrel In the Gallery or Songs From the Wood on the Tull side of the equation - how magical would that be? Their songs vary from relaxing ballads to tunes that would inspire even the most cowardly person to battle. Sure though is that this band dwells in the surroundings of the prog, a nice disc but not a classic. So, as you can tell, this band uses a lot of tambourines, flutes, pipes, and wild vocal passages. Posted Thursday, January 19, 2017 Review 1682062 The second Blackmore's Night album doubles down on the Ren Faire medievalisms whilst smoothing out the harder edges of the previous album, yielding an overall more sonically consistent sound over the course of the album which somehow manages to feel poppier and more accessible without being appreciably more commercial.
With a title like that, I knew I was in for it. The rest of Autumn Sky is not embarrassingly bad, but it is very predictable and at times dull. Christmas Eve 2013 Version 22. These are not bad, but unimpressive. The first of these is a typical medieval style melody played on the lute I think. Posted Thursday, December 29, 2016 Review 1673697 2001 saw an ever so subtle change in the Nonny-Non direction taken by Blackmore, in cahoots with his partner and now wife Candice Night, since leaving Deep Purple, in that this album, as witnessed immediately by the opener, a fine rocker, featuring blinding axe action, showed a willingness to blend his obvious love of the Renaissance influenced folk with his more immediate past as a rock icon, nay God.
I took this album review knowing only that Blackmore's Night is a prog band, but I didn't know they are prog folk. Posted Saturday, March 30, 2013 Review 936977 Castles and nightmares Under A Violet Moon is the second album by Blackmore's Night. Posted Monday, February 24, 2014 Review 1136237 I must say this is a mixture of stuff that is very dishy and other that is more ingratiating and too languorous. The second is a bit more symphonic, and the third is, I assume, a tribute to the recently deceased Deep Purple-keyboardist Jon Lord. It's still all quite pretty, but it feels like it lacks some of the imaginative departures of the previous album, and feels like a piece knocked out in response to the success of its predecessor. Hark the Herald Angels Sing, O Come All Ye Faithful Live from Minstrel Hall 17.
Blackmore proves here what a great guitarist he is and those tracks are also very folky and still proggy. All the signs of a vanity project are there - and yet, the signs prove false, because as far as medieval-tinged folk-rock goes this is actually pretty good. The best and most inventive music of the last ten years has come from a form rooted deeply in the past and a new legacy was born. Emmanuel Live from Minstrel Hall 18. Christmas Eve German Radio Edit 23.
It has acquired a medieval flavour here to great effect. These moments are few, though; and the majority of this album consists of vocally-driven tracks with some folksy accompaniments. Until this day have they done nine records and here it's classified prog folk. There are a whole seventeen tracks here, so a discussion of each would take up far too much of mine and reader's time, but fine examples of the type of folksy tunes which bring a smile to me when listening, imagining a fine boozy winter's evening in a traditional tavern, are Home Again, which must have been a rage when performed live, and the quite exquisite, Celtic fused, gentle ballad Mid Winter's Night. Posted Friday, June 21, 2013 Review 983916 Oh, how the mighty have fallen Their latest studio effort to date, is one of the lowest points in the long career of the group.
Either way, Ian is an apt choice of guest, because if your fancy is tickled by Tull's occasional trips into medieval and renaissance aesthetics this project might speak to you However, it's Night herself who is the real revelation here. Not content to merely regurgitate traditional-sounding material in a traditional style, the group experiment here and there with working electronic elements into the mix, an experiment which is startling on first hearing but seems strangely natural afterwards. The Rock side of the band is almost completely extinguished here and the brief and discrete electric guitar solos are few and far between. This certainly applies to the title track. This one is for the fans Posted Friday, March 29, 2013 Review 936716.