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Fires At Midnight
Released: 2001, SPV / Steamhammer Records
As one of the founding members of DEEP PURPLE, Ritchie Blackmore has been a big influence on both guitar players (ask Mr. Malmsteen) and the history of hard rock. However, since leaving PURPLE, he's traded his strat for an acoustic and teamed with his wife Candice to form BLACKMORE'S NIGHT. Apparently this is the third release for BLACKMORE'S NIGHT. I didn't know how to take this CD on first listen, as I wasn't prepared for a full CD of Celtic and folk music, actually one of the last things I expected from Ritchie Blackmore. While working on reviews this month, I've played this in the background a number of times and it's grown on me with each listen. Candice's voice sounds like a breath of fresh air and if you had any doubts of Blackmore turning his back on his strat, check out the solo on "Fires At Midnight". Also includes a cover of Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are A Changin.'. Recommended as a late-night listening experience.
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