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The band was co-founded by Richie Blackmore (DEEP PURPLE, RAINBOW) and his wife Candice Night. They decided to "return to their roots" so to speak making a comeback for medieval style music. The English folk group is traditional in its highly structured arrangements but not in its keyboards and latter-day drum programming. 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. Their songs vary from relaxing ballads to tunes that would inspire even the most cowardly person to battle.

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3.21 | 81 ratings
Shadow Of The Moon
1997
2.65 | 73 ratings
Under A Violet Moon
1999
3.31 | 48 ratings
Fires At Midnight
2001
3.28 | 53 ratings
Ghost Of A Rose
2003
3.25 | 33 ratings
The Village Lanterne
2006
3.25 | 24 ratings
Winter Carols
2006
3.74 | 56 ratings
Secret Voyage
2008
2.57 | 30 ratings
Autumn Sky
2010
3.05 | 19 ratings
Dancer And The Moon
2013

BLACKMORE'S NIGHT Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.36 | 18 ratings
Past Times With Good Company
2003
3.22 | 17 ratings
A Knight In York
2012

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4.19 | 32 ratings
Castles And Dreams
2005
3.75 | 21 ratings
Paris Moon (DVD)
2007
4.62 | 7 ratings
A Knight In York
2012
3.75 | 4 ratings
The Beginning (2DVD+2CD)
2013

BLACKMORE'S NIGHT Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.75 | 17 ratings
Beyond The Sunset - The Romantic Collection
2004
5.00 | 1 ratings
Greatest Hits
2010

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5.00 | 1 ratings
The Times They Are A Changin'
2001

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 Fires At Midnight by BLACKMORE'S NIGHT album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.31 | 48 ratings

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Fires At Midnight
Blackmore's Night Prog Folk

Review by lazland
Prog Reviewer

4 stars 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.

There is, therefore, an immediacy and urgency in the guitar playing, and whole feel of the album's production, that is rather more intense than in the two predecessor albums (not that there was anything wrong with them. Quite the opposite). This is witnessed by another belter, featuring the type of Rainbow and Purple licks beloved of old, on I Still Remember.

The core of the album is, though, still that blend of classic folk and progressive tinged rock, and they do not disappoint on this level, either. 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.

The longest track here is the title track, running in at over seven and a half minutes long, and it is a joy, commencing in a deeply pastoral vein, with the pace picking up with the traditional musicians joining forces with the drums and bass to create a fast paced, toe tapping fest, before Ritchie kicks in with a quite phenomenal electric guitar solo, before the close of a rousing vocal and instrumental choral singalong. Feel good music, if ever I heard any.

In amongst the more traditional BN songs, Storm being as good as an example as any with a fast paced Blackmore acoustic guitar lead in tandem with a thoughtful Night observatory vocal, there are a couple of very decent acoustic guitar solo tracks, my favourite of which is Praetorius (Courante) which has a lilting recorder as accompaniment, and the obligatory cover, in this case Dylan's The Times They Are A'Changin, which is okay without being anything special, and a stunning rendition of classic English flugal horn music on Waiting Just For You.

Therefore, there is quite a bit going on in this album, and certainly do not take any notice of those who try to fool you with the line that Blackmore "gave up doing rock" post Purple. It simply isn't true, and, in fact, there are a good many of us who would argue that what followed with albums such as this was, in fact, a damned sight more interesting, and certainly a great deal more fun.

Four stars. An excellent addition to any music collection.

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 Dancer And The Moon by BLACKMORE'S NIGHT album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.05 | 19 ratings

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Dancer And The Moon
Blackmore's Night Prog Folk

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

3 stars I must say this is a mixture of stuff that is very dishy and other that is more ingratiating and too languorous. Blackmore's Night is the band of former Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and his wife Candice Night. Until this day have they done nine records and here it's classified prog folk. I would also say a part of this music is prog folk, the majority though is some form of folk pop. Ritchie Blackmore plays all instruments on this record, so the music must be quite computer made.

The best tracks of this record is instrumental and has a deep medieval feeling, constant and mighty and makes me shiver such as "Minstrels in the hall" and "Galliard". Blackmore proves here what a great guitarist he is and those tracks are also very folky and still proggy. Many tracks with Night's vocals though are little too popular sounding even if the result is professional and nice. "Troika" takes place in Russia and is a great example of good vocals and an appealing pop approach. The closer of the record: "Carry On...Jon" is a fantastic track, instrumental and ties the music to Blackmore's earlier adventures in Deep Purple. "The Ashgrove" is a traditional English folk track and the rest is enjoyable, but quite mainstream and a little to catchy.

This record has a lot of great material and I am glad I discovered it. Sure though is that this band dwells in the surroundings of the prog, a nice disc but not a classic.

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 Dancer And The Moon by BLACKMORE'S NIGHT album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.05 | 19 ratings

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Dancer And The Moon
Blackmore's Night Prog Folk

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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3 stars Lady In Black

After the disaster that was 2010's Autumn Sky, I was somewhat reluctant to give my attention to this new album by Ritchie and Candice. But something about the sleeve picture intrigued me enough to give it a chance and it turned out to be a vast improvement over its immediate predecessor. Indeed, I would say that Dancer And The Moon is definitely one of the better albums from the group's 15 plus year career.

The album opens with a couple of rather typical Blackmore's Night numbers. These are not bad, but unimpressive. From the third track onwards, however, the album is consistently enjoyable. 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). 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.

There are three instrumentals in The Minstrels In The Hall, Galliard, and the closer Carry On...Jon. The first of these is a typical medieval style melody played on the lute (I think). The second is a bit more symphonic, and the third is, I assume, a tribute to the recently deceased Deep Purple-keyboardist Jon Lord. The sound here is indeed somewhat Deep Purple-like (in their most laid-back and bluesy moments), dominated by Ritchie's electric guitar and backed up by Lord-like organ. A fitting end.

A few of the song titles are bound to sound familiar including Lady In Black which is a cover of the well-known Uriah Heep number. 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. Unlike many other covers recorded by Blackmore's Night, this one really adds something of value to the song. It has acquired a medieval flavour here to great effect. Another classic song covered here is Ritchie's own Temple Of The King that originally appeared on the first Rainbow album. I love the original version sung by Ronnie James Dio (who also passed away recently), and it would be impossible to improve on that, but the present version is not bad.

I've never been a big fan of Blackmore's Night, but Dancer And The Moon was a pleasant surprise

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3.05 | 19 ratings

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Dancer And The Moon
Blackmore's Night Prog Folk

Review by Second Life Syndrome
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3 stars "Dancer and the Moon". With a title like that, I knew I was in for it. I took this album review knowing only that Blackmore's Night is a prog band, but I didn't know they are prog folk. Even more than that, I didn't know that this band's goal is to bring back an appreciation for medieval music. So, as you can tell, this band uses a lot of tambourines, flutes, pipes, and wild vocal passages. The vocalist is primarily female, though there are some male vocals strewn throughout the 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. These moments are few, though; and the majority of this album consists of vocally-driven tracks with some folksy accompaniments.

What's the verdict, then? Well, I LOVE prog rock with folk influences, but this medieval thing is a little weird at times. It often comes off as cheesy and corny, unlike the medieval parts on Pain of Salvation's "Be" or some of Kamelot's albums. The album is enjoyable, but it really requires that you be in a certain mood. Plus, there is little here to bring you back again and again. All in all, an okay album that medieval music lovers will like, but that type of person isn't very common. These musicians are masters of their genre: I'm just not so sure I care all that much.

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 Autumn Sky by BLACKMORE'S NIGHT album cover Studio Album, 2010
2.57 | 30 ratings

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Autumn Sky
Blackmore's Night Prog Folk

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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1 stars 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. As if it wasn't enough with their previous cover of Wish You Were Here by Rednex (a very silly Swedish novelty group who puts Eurotechno beats to folky tunes and were very popular in the high school discos when I was in my early teens!), this album includes a further two covers of very questionable Swedish Pop acts. 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)! The other one is Journeyman, originally "Vandraren", by Nordman, another Swedish Folk Pop artist who had a big hit with this song sometime in the 90's. 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. I want to hide my face in my hands when hearing these commercial ditties performed by the great Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple and Rainbow fame.

The rest of Autumn Sky is not embarrassingly bad, but it is very predictable and at times dull. It offers nothing new over and above what they already gave us on their previous handful of albums, just more of the same. The Rock side of the band is almost completely extinguished here and the brief and discrete electric guitar solos are few and far between. Like most earlier efforts, Autumn Sky is filled of overproduced and streamlined Folk Pop and unexciting acoustic ballads. The result is glossy and void of substance.

By all means, avoid!

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 A Knight In York by BLACKMORE'S NIGHT album cover Live, 2012
3.22 | 17 ratings

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A Knight In York
Blackmore's Night Prog Folk

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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3 stars All The Fun Of The Fayre

A Knight In York is the third live release that I have heard from Blackmore's Night, the other two being Past Times With Good Company (2CD) and Paris Moon (DVD). The differences between these three live recordings are rather small in terms of style and quality, though the set lists differ enough to make this one a worthwhile addition. Which is more than can be said about the band's recent studio efforts! Blackmore's Night is a better band live than in the studio. There is a bit more energy and Rock substance in their live performances than on the often overproduced studio albums.

One difference between A Knight In York and earlier live releases is the total absence of Deep Purple and Rainbow material. This is a shame, but songs like Locked Within The Crystal Ball, The Circle, and Fires At Midnight, keeps some of the Rock spirit alive. Towards the end of the album, they run out of steam somewhat and the focus is firmly on sparse acoustic ballads.

Not as good as the other live releases I have, but it is mostly enjoyable, if unremarkable.

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 Under A Violet Moon by BLACKMORE'S NIGHT album cover Studio Album, 1999
2.65 | 73 ratings

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Under A Violet Moon
Blackmore's Night Prog Folk

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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2 stars Castles and nightmares

Under A Violet Moon is the second album by Blackmore's Night. It is a very toned down album with a heavy focus on brief, simple, acoustic songs. 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. This is thus further away from Ritchie's past in Deep Purple and Rainbow than even most other releases by Blackmore's Night. Like most others here, I too think that Under A Violet Moon is less interesting and less enjoyable than the two albums that surround it; the 1997 debut Shadow Of The Moon and the subsequent Fires At Midnight released in 2001 (my personal Blackmore's Night studio favourite). Still, even if it was a low point at the time, Under A Violet Moon is not the band's worst. While I do find it simply dull at times, unlike on some of their later albums, there is nothing here that offends me; nothing that makes me cringe.

Some of the tunes from this album were made rockier and more energetic when performed live. This certainly applies to the title track.

This one is for the fans

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2.65 | 73 ratings

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Under A Violet Moon
Blackmore's Night Prog Folk

Review by Menswear
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3 stars Tally-Ho!

If you can pinpoint one flaw to this record (and why not the band entirely) is the 1) the need of more of Blackmood's instrumentals and 2) the place that Mrs. Blackmood is given. One too few, the other too often. Too bad but it feels like Ritchie's not the pilot on this plane anymore. Maybe the charm of the co- pilot is too irresistible for him, but the feel is a bit tackier on this album.

While Shadow of the Moon had it's share of marshmallow, this one is surpassing the latter with cornier lyrics, digital instruments (plastic keyboards and programming) and a general malaise, a higher need to justify yourself in front of your friends why you bought this.

Still there's some many moments to savour like the ear-worm title song and Pass Time With Good Company (far from your mocking friends) and all the instrumentals but a 'relaxation music' factor much higher. Not enough moustache, too much blonde hair. Nonetheless, this band is filling a crucial spot in your collection with a gentler mood and some old fashioned values that lack so much in our generation.

Smells like strawberries but should smell more like roasted meat.

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 Shadow Of The Moon by BLACKMORE'S NIGHT album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.21 | 81 ratings

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Shadow Of The Moon
Blackmore's Night Prog Folk

Review by Menswear
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4 stars Pantyhose and Feathered Hat.

With the cast of The Big Bang Theory, Napoleon Dynamite and Glass Hammer, Ritchie Blackmore is now attending Renaissance Fayre..at our advantage I might say.

There is no point describing his talent; he has LOTS and then some. His style is perfect for this kind of art, and it's probably harder than it looks. Medieval music must be catchy not to fall into the 'relaxation cds' bin of the spa. This is not the case here, despite the fact that I would care for more instrumental songs. The songs are melodic to the point of tears, blending mellow moods...to more mellow moods. Not really 'jig', but definitely making out music if you're dressed as a bard.

I do appreciate cup of medieval once in a while, and this one should interest you if you have no idea where to start. Woman (especially fans of Enya or Clannad) will surely appreciate since Gryphon is chick-repellant and Amazing Blondel not deserving it's name that much.

I can't wait to be 50 years old and find a younger woman too! This is how it works right?

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 A Knight In York by BLACKMORE'S NIGHT album cover DVD/Video, 2012
4.62 | 7 ratings

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A Knight In York
Blackmore's Night Prog Folk

Review by Muzikman
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5 stars I saw Blackmore's Night in May of 2011 perform live for the first time in Tarrytown, NY. It was everything and more than I could have possibly wished for in a live performance. Any music lover's preference is the ability to attend a concert of one of their favorite acts and hear the music duplicated from studio sessions with some variances and a visual experience second to none. With Blackmore's Night, I assure you that if you attend a concert you will not be disappointed. To start you must be fans of this type of music of course however there is such a wide array of styles incorporated with Blackmore's unique sound that it does command a diverse listening base. I have heard it tagged as new age and alternate rock and some other things but rest assured you will never be able to put this music in a box and tuck it away in a corner. It is best described as progressive medieval folk rock.

So now we have another live performance committed to CD and DVD for the fans, A Knight In York, which is the latest release from Blackmore and his band of minstrels. As a special bonus you get an absolutely stunning reproduction in Blu-ray with your choice of 5.1 surround sound. Not only is it heaven for audiophiles, it is a delight to the eyes; it touches all the senses and leaves you with a feeling of completeness. I can convincingly say without question that this performance is what I witnessed last year.

The band adds all the atmosphere and flavors that make it that medieval cauldron of rock and folk that has gained a huge following over the years. It also helps that the lead singer, Candice Night, is your wife, best friend, the mother of your child, and not to mention having the voice of angel. That about covers it all I would think for any legendary rock icon with the stature on one Mr. Ritchie Blackmore. Their worldly sound is rounded out with the help of Squire Malcom of Lumley (drums/percussion), Bard David of Larchmont (keyboards/vocals), Gypsy Rose (violins/background vocals), Earl Grey of Chimay (bass/rhythm guitar), who prances around like a sedated Gene Simmons, and the legendary Minstrel Albert who transported himself through a worm hole from another time and place taking care of the all- important Shawns and Bagpipes.

This is the complete package for Blackmore's Night fans and it also includes a booklet with pictures. Basically the only thing that is missing is the lyrics to the tracks but you don't need them because you can understand Candice Night when she sings. For those of you tired of hearing music with indistinguishable lyrics this is a slice of heaven. The songs covered on this performance are from their last two studio releases Secret Voyage and Autumn Sky including a spontaneous rendition of the Bee Gees "First of May." So there are treats throughout this special edition release and it well worth you hard earned dollars and I would consider getting this version opposed to the single CD.

Some of the highlights, in a performance literally filled with them, are the lead off track "Locked Within The Crystal Ball," "World of Stone," their classic "Fires at Midnight" and "Dance of the Darkness." And don't fret long time Blackmore, Rainbow and Deep Purple fans, besides the mandolin, acoustic guitar and Hurdy-Gurdy, Ritchie pulls out the electric guitar often enough and goes on some runs to restate that he can still rock with all the rest of the six-string slingers young and old alike. If you were a Rainbow fan you knew that he was headed in this direction and now because of that change he has evolved once again and has an entirely new audience following him and his band worldwide. With the exception of longtime fans like myself that have enjoyed the ride with Ritchie right from the beginning to present day, this set is proof positive that one of the kings of rock is still alive and well, he just lives in a different universe now but man can he still play.

One of the better moments of the night is when their 1 year old daughter Autumn comes out on stage walking right over to Mom and getting in her arms as she sings. Ritchie not only has his own family now he keeps adding more to his ever growing fan base spreading the joy of ancient music combined with the new. This one is a real keeper so do not miss it.

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