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Having done his time in the hard rock and heavy metal worlds as the key guitarist in Deep Purple and Rainbow, Ritchie Blackmore has lately found a more comfortable niche making music with his wife, Candice Night. The duo explores an eclectic mix of new age and Celtic/Medieval progressive folk with an undertow of world beat. Dancer and the Moon also pays unique tribute to Blackmore's past, with the touching Deep Purple–like instrumental "Carry On…Jon" for keyboardist Jon Lord, his late Purple bandmate. Randy Newman's "I Think It's Going to Rain Today" gets a stunning overhaul, with Blackmore's incredible tone and technique adding a skyward push to Night's delicate read of the classic. Uriah Heep's "Lady in Black" is brought into full Technicolor with fluid flute work adding to the mystic vibe. "Temple of the King" reaches back to Blackmore's Rainbow days with Ronnie James Dio for a tune fully transformed by Night's gentle folk delivery.

Customer Reviews


I'm a big fan of all kinds of music, and this is refreshingly different from most of the other bands out there. It's a combination of someone who is equally influenced by power-metal bands like Firewind, to "pop" bands like Clannad. It is a very different sound that is breathtakingly intricate and complex. Good job.

Love This!

Way to go Blackmore's Night!!! This is a magical album full of emotion!!!
This is going to be a must have, for all of us with a ear and a heart for music.

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For those who may not be familiar, the music of Blackmore’s Night is an alchemical brew of Renaissance and Medieval music, Celtic, English folk, and rock influences. The seven-piece band employs a wide range of instruments harkening from the Middle Ages to the present. I liked how the first track on the album, entitled “I Think It’s Going To Rain Today,” opens with a slow chugging rhythm and Candice’s soulful vocals for the first verse, only to explode like a thundershower into a fully orchestrated ensemble piece with traces of Celtic, pop, and rock. Richie doesn’t make his electric guitar fans wait long for a taste of his fiery fretwork as he cuts loose with his trademark solo sound on the opening track. The spirit of the Renaissance period that Blackmore’s Night is so well known for is captured in a song called “The Last Leaf.”

“Dancer and the Moon” is another outstanding release by Blackmore’s Night with something to please the rainbow spectrum of their fans. In a previous review I compared elements of Blackmore’s Night’s sound to aspects of Jethro Tull, and with this album featuring more electric guitar, the comparison is still apt in certain respects. Although the elegant vocals of Candice Night put Blackmore’s Night in a league of its’ own. Fan’s of Richie’s soaring Stratocaster who wanted to hear more of it in the music will certainly be happy – I know I am. And those who love the group’s more traditional acoustic fare will find a nice balance of that on Dancer and the Moon as well. Despite the wide variety of influences in their sound, or possibly because of it, the group has managed to build a huge following around the world, showing that there is a market for original music that breaks the mold of standard radio fare. And that is something Blackmore’s Night does in grand style.


Genre: Pop

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 '90s and started concentrating on his love of Renaissance-era music. He formed Blackmore's Night with his fiancée, vocalist/lyricist Candice Night (b. May 8, 1971, Hauppauge, Long Island, New York), and recruited other musicians from around the world to combine elements of world music, Renaissance, new age, folk, and rock & roll. Blackmore...
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