Blackmore’s Night – Under A Violet Moon (1999)

FrontCover1Blackmore’s Night is a British/American traditional folk rock band formed in 1997, consisting mainly of Ritchie Blackmore (acoustic guitar, hurdy gurdy, mandola, mandolin, nyckelharpe and electric guitar) and Candice Night (lead vocals, lyricist and woodwinds). Their lineup has seen many changes over the years. To date, they have released eleven studio albums.

Candice Night was a Rainbow fan, and first encountered Ritchie Blackmore to ask him for an autograph in 1989, while she was working for a local New York radio station. The two started living together in 1991, and discovered they both had a passionate interest in Renaissance music.

During the reformed Rainbow’s recording of the album Stranger in Us All in 1995, on which Night contributed some of the lyrics and backing harmony vocals, the duo were already gearing up their debut album. In 1997, the project started as being a pun of their own names, which would consist of themselves plus session musicians.
1997 to 2005.

Their debut album Shadow of the Moon was a musical success and featured Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull on flute for the song “Play Minstrel Play”. In subsequent albums, particularly Fires at Midnight, there was an increased incorporation of rock guitar into the music, whilst maintaining a folk rock direction. Over time, Night has increasingly participated instrumentally as well as singing the vocals, and is competent in a wide variety of Renaissance instruments.

Under a Violet Moon is the second studio album by the group Blackmore’s Night, released May 25, 1999. Under a Violet Moon won the New Age Voice award for the best vocal album of the year. (wikipedia)

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And here´s their second album:

Under a Violet Moon is the second album by Blackmore’s Night, and guitarist Ritchie Blackmore had a very clear idea of what he wanted for the sophomore release by the Renaissance-oriented world and new age music outfit. The former Deep Purple and Rainbow six-stringer and vocalist Candice Night wanted to take Blackmore’s Night on an extensive tour, so they made a conscious effort to record a more up-tempo album, making the music more conducive to live performance than much of the relaxed material on their debut, Shadow of the Moon. Countless guest musicians contribute to this album, which was co-produced by Blackmore, Jeff Glixman (best known for his work with Kansas), and Roy McDonald. A variety of sonic textures are found on the album, but the faster numbers do dominate the proceedings and therefore fulfill Blackmore and Night’s musical desires. “Under a Violet Moon” is propelled by Blackmore’s darkly rich acoustic guitar lines, Night’s urgent vocals, and the driving handclaps and tambourine.

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“Past Time With Good Company,” a traditional melody attributed to Henry VIII, utilizes appropriately regal-sounding horns. Rolling rhythms and swirling melodies illuminate the superb “Morning Star.” Bassist John Ford shares singing duties with Night on “Wind in the Willows.” Blackmore breaks out the electric guitar for some soloing on “Gone With the Wind.” The cosmic instrumental “Beyond the Sunset” has a soothing, new age dreaminess to it. “March the Heroes Home” has a sparse arrangement at first, but as each instrument comes in the dramatic feel is heightened. Blackmore’s lightning-fast acoustic guitar runs are matched by the violin on “Spanish Nights (I Remember it Well).” The guitarist dips into his past for a rearranged version of “Self Portrait,” which first appeared on 1975’s Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow. (by Bret Adams)

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Personnel:
Ritchie Blackmore (guitar, mandolin, bass, renaissance drums, tambourine)
Candice Night (vocals, pennywhistle)
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Miri Ben-Ari (violin on 04. + 11.)
Mick Cervino (bass on 04.)
Jason Chapman (trumpet, flugelhorn on 08.)
Albert Danneman (bagpipes, background vocals on 10.)
Kevin Dunne (drums)
John Ford (vocals, bass on 07.,background vocals on 01. + 10.)
Adam Forgione (keyboards on 04.)
Jeff Glixman (keyboards)
Mike Goldberg (military drum on 03.)
Mr. & Mrs. Heller (hurdy-gurdy)
Christof Heus (trumpet on 10.)
Jens Johansson (keyboards on 01., 04., 07. + 15.)
Adolf Lehnberger (trombone on 10.)
Roy McDonald (keyboards)
Mark Pender (trumpet)
Jost Pogrzeba (percussion on 10.)
Peter Rooth (bass on 01. + 16., drum programming on 07. + 08.)
Thomas Roth (bagpipes, background vocals on 10.)
Albrecht Schmidt-Reinthaler (harpsichord on 10.)
Gell Spitz (trumpet on 10.)
Rolf Spitz (trombone on 10.)
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background vocals:
Scott Hazell – Sue Goehringer – John Gould – Trish

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Tracklist:
01. Under A Violet Moon (Blackmore/Night) 4.23
02. Castles And Dreams (Blackmore/Night) 3.33
03. Past Time With Good Company (Traditional/ King Henry VIII) 3.24
04. Morning Star (Blackmore/Night) 4.41
05. Avalon (Traditional) 3.02
06. Possum Goes To Prague (Instrumental) Blackmore 1.13
07. Wind In The Willows (Bell) 4.12
08. Gone With The Wind (incl. “Polyushko-polye” by Lev Knipper, a popular Russian song of mid-1930s.) (Blackmore/Knipper/ Night) 5.24
09. Beyond The Sunset) (Instrumental) Blackmore 3.45
10. March The Heroes Home (Praetorius/Blackmore/Night) 4.39
11. Spanish Nights (I Remember It Well) (Traditional) 5.23
12. Catherine Howard’s Fate (Blackmore/Night) 2.34
13. Fool’s Gold (Blackmore/Night) 3.32
14. Durch den Wald zum Bach Haus (Instrumental) (Blackmore) 2.31
15. Now And Then” (including the Prelude in C by J.S. Bach) (Night) 3.11
16. Self Portrait (Blackmore/Dio) 3.18

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