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Blackmore's Night


Prog Folk

3.35 | 19 ratings

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Sean Trane
Special Collaborator
Prog Folk
2 stars Well this live album will not realty bring you a hidden facet that other BN studio albums would. If you are a Purple or rainbow fan and hope that live Blackmood unleashes high and dry, smashes his guitars his a XVth century tapestry, slays dragons with one cold stare and screws the princess on stage, think again. You get nothing more than a fairly close version of the studio tracks, plus a batch of relatively interesting covers, hidden or not.

The medieval touches might be slightly more present than on his studio recordings, but nothing to get excited about. You get this XVth century instrumental reminding you of Greensleeves, than an adaptation of a Henry VIII track in two parts, a rather unworthy rendition of the old Purple Soldier Of Fortune (Candice's signing was never real strong, so she would be best advised to stay away from strong numbers that she can be compared with Coverdale) and the Rainbow XVIth Century Greensleeves, again not even coming close to the original but designed to please the fans not able to forget the man's past Some of those tracks are still cheesy live as they were in the studio (debut's title track), that instrumental Sunset track (downright laughably romantic), the awful sing-along Home Again, the cheesy-fondue Renaissance Faire (they forgot the Y) and other average tracks.

This set comes in a rather different jewel case that you might just be used to, but that's about it for novelty. For fans only, I would say or maybe a fitting intro. Can make a pleasant listening experience if you share it with a woman not really into rock music.

Sean Trane | 2/5 |


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