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Blackmore’s Night – A Knight In York (2012) (2LP) (24-Bit/192Khz) (Vinyl Rip)

Blackmore’s Night – A Knight In York (2012)
24bit/192Khz Vinyl Rip | Flac(Image) + Cue | Scans |  3.35 Gb
Folk Rock | 2LP | UDR GmbH | UDR 0205 LP

When Blackmore’s Night rolled in to York, England, on 30 September 2011, the heat scorched the medieval streets and the sunlight bathed the old city walls. Inside the Grand Opera House, Ritchie Blackmore, Candice Night and their band of minstrels were generating their own heat as they took their devoted audience on a musical journey through the ages with songs from their two new albums, Secret Voyage and Autumn Sky, such as ‘Locked Within The Crystal Ball,’ ‘Darkness’ plus a new interpretation of ‘First Of May’ – a rarely played ballad, originally done by the Bee Gees, and an additional smattering of songs from earlier albums, most notably the classic ‘Fires At Midnight.’

Blackmore’s Night
Legendary Deep Purple and Rainbow guitarist Ritchie Blackmore (b. April 14, 1945, Weston-super-Mare, England) shifted his musical focus away from hard rock in the late 1990s and started concentrating on his love of Renaissance-era music. He formed Blackmore’s Night with his fiancee, vocalist/lyricist Candice Night (b. May 8, 1971, Hauppauge, Long Island, NY), and recruited other musicians from around the world to combine elements of world music, Renaissance, new age, folk, and rock & roll. Blackmore didn’t exactly retire his Fender Stratocaster, but he plays acoustic guitar almost exclusively in Blackmore’s Night. His acoustic guitar melodies and Night’s clear, ethereal voice blend with a host of instruments such as mandolins, keyboards, pennywhistles, violins, tambourines, military drums, and hurdy-gurdies. Blackmore once described the band’s sound as “Mike Oldfield meets Enya.” Blackmore and Night met in about 1989 when Deep Purple played soccer against employees of a Long Island radio station where she worked. Night, a former model, studied communications at the New York Institute of Technology and had her own radio show. Blackmore and Night discovered they shared a love of Renaissance culture and quickly became a couple. The formation of Blackmore’s Night is tied to the efforts of his previous two bands. Blackmore left Deep Purple — again — after 1993’s musically disappointing The Battle Rages On… album. Blackmore then revived Rainbow — technically under the original Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow moniker — with largely unknown musicians for 1995’s Stranger in Us All, and Night contributed lyrics for four songs. Blackmore didn’t really want to call it a Rainbow project, but record company executives insisted the name recognition would make it easier to market the album. After Stranger in Us All, Blackmore decided to actually record Renaissance-inspired music. He’d loved the style for years, but he never really played it himself. Once he began playing the music at home, Night would casually start singing along. This innocent, informal practice germinated into Blackmore’s Night. The debut album, Shadow of the Moon, was released domestically in 1998. Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson contributes flute on “Play Minstrel Play.” Under a Violet Moon followed in 1999, and since a full tour was planned Blackmore consciously wrote more upbeat, stage-friendly music.

by Bret Adams

01 Locked Within The Crystal Ball 7:33
02 Gilded Cage 5:44
03 The Circle 6:56
04 Journeyman 6:57
05 World Of Stone 5:55
06 The Peasant’s Promise 5:33
07 Toast To Tomorrow 4:40
08 Fires At Midnight 9:30
09 Barbara Allen 5:28
10 Darkness 3:44
11 Dance Of The Darkness 3:48
12 Dandelion Wine 6:07
13 All The Fun Of The Fayre 4:06
14 First Of May 3:39

* Ritchie Blackmore: Electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, mandola, hurdy – gurdy
* Candice Night: Lead vocals, Renaissance wood winds, pennywhistles and tambourine
* Earl Grey of Chimay: Bass, rhythm guitar
* Bard David of Larchmont: Keyboards and vocals
* Squire Malcolm of Lumley: drums and percussion
* Gypsy Rose: Violin and harmony vocals
* Minstrel Albert: Various medieval woodwinds


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