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Blackmore's Night


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Easy Livin
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4 stars The one with the song by King Alfonso the 10th

A double live CD by Candice Night and her husband recorded in Holland in 2002. There's a bit more a rock feel to this collection than the original studio albums. It's all relative of course, and the traditional instruments are very much still here.

The opening version of "Shadow of the moon" runs to some 10 minutes, and sets the pace and tone for the rest of the gig. There's also a lovely extended version of "Fires at midnight", complete with violin and acoustic guitar duet.

The recording quality is superb throughout, and Night sounds perfectly comfortable in her role as "Front (wo)man". The strength of the song writing partnership is evidenced by the fact that almost all the tracks are credited to Blackmore, often with Night. That said, David Coverdale wrote the Lyrics for the wonderful "Soldier of fortune" (originally from Deep Purple's "Stormbringer"), and Ronnie James Dio, Tchaikovsky, T Susatto, Henry VIII and King Alfonso the 10th (sic) all receive writing credits too!

The digi-book version has two bonus tracks, an alternative live version of "Fires at midnight", and a non-English version of "Home again" (in my ignorance, I don't know which language.)

An excellent album, well worth buying even if you have all the studio albums. As you listen, remember to picture the people in the front row in their mediaeval garb, as is traditional at Blackmore's Night concerts.

Easy Livin | 4/5 |


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