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Released: 2006, AFM Records/Sound Pollution
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
This Christmas album by Ritchie Blackmore and his wife Candice Night is the newest release from Blackmore’s Night. I’m pretty sure that most of you already know what kind of music Blackmore’s Night plays, so lets skip that.
On WINTER CAROLS the band interprets different well-known Christmas songs, and they have definitely made the songs sound like their own, but that’s not hard when you have such a special musical style. Candice Night sings the lead part and is backed up by Lady Madeline and Lady Nancy on harmony vocals. The music is beautiful and you get the Christmas feeling, but it isn’t fun to listen to the album for any long period of time.
Altogether, the album is 45 minutes and 12 tracks long, but I unfortunately can’t find any favorite track. After all, the songs are Christmas covers in folk music form; if I wanted to hear proper carols I’d listen to the originals.
It’s a nice album that gets you somewhat into the holiday mood, but on a daily basis the album gets boring. I hope that Mr. Blackmore wakes up and starts playing hard rock again. That would be a much better Christmas gift than WINTER CAROLS.
Hark The Herald Angels Sing/Come All Ye Faithful
I Saw Three Ships
Winter (Basse Dance)
Ding Dong Merrily On High
Good Thing Wenceslas
Lord Of The Dance/Simple Gifts
We Three Kings
Wish You Were Here
We Wish You A Merry Christmas
Candice Night – lead vocals, shawms, pennywhistle
Ritchie Blackmore – guitar, mandola, nyckelharpa, hurdy gurdy
Pat Regan – keyboards
Lady Madeline – harmony vocals
Lady Nancy – harmony vocals
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