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  • Audio CD (Jan. 1 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Steamhammer
  • ASIN: B00005J9YO
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #132,446 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Under a Violet Moon
2. Castles and Dreams
3. Past Time with Good Company
4. Morning Star
5. Avalon
6. Possum Goes to Prague
7. Wind in the Willows
8. Gone with the Wind
9. Beyond the Sunset
10. March the Heroes Home
11. Spanish Nights (I Remember It Well)
12. Catherine Howard's Fate
13. Fool's Gold
14. Durch den Wald Zum Bach Haus
15. Now and Then
16. Self Portrait

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Japanese edition of the former Rainbow guitarist's 1999 solo album in packaging limited to the initial pressing only, a thick standard jewelcase in a full color slipcase with an extra booklet packed with full color pictures of Blackmore & his significant other, Candice Night. 16 tracks. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By Dave_42 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Feb. 13 2009
Format: Audio CD
After a superb debut, it is natural to expect a bit of a decline in the follow-up album, and to my ear there is a bit of one, but not a huge decline. It is very much like the first album, with the modern take on medieval and Celtic themes. This album was released in 1999 and contains 16 pieces, most of which are written by Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night, but they do again take some traditional works are arrange them to fit their style.

As with their debut album, this one opens with the title track. "Under a Violet Moon" is an enjoyable piece, though not quite as addicting as "Shadow of the Moon" was on the previous album. This is followed by "Castles and Dreams" which has a more medieval sound than the opening piece. This is followed by "Past Time With Good Company" which is credited to Henry VIII and has an even more traditional sound, though still certainly a modern rendition. This is followed by "Morning Star" which is one of my favorite pieces on the album and is one of the two pieces which features Miri Ben-Ari's violin. "Avalon" returns to more of the feel of "Castles and Dreams", and is followed by the first of the three instrumental pieces on this album, "Possum Goes to Prague".

"Wind in the Willows" is another great piece, and the only one which has a male vocalist as John Ford guests and shares the vocal duties with Candice. This is followed by "Gone With the Wind" which is another great piece based on the Russian song "Polyushko Pole". Next is "Beyond the Sunset", which is the second instrumental piece and my favorite of the three with some wonderful guitar work by Ritchie Blackmore. This is followed by "March the Heroes Home", which has a lot of supporting guests on it, but falls short of the best pieces on the album for me.
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There are many out there who have expected Ritchie Blackmore's material with Blackmore's Night to be something along the lines of Rainbow or Deep purple, and have been sort of turned off by the whole idea that he is now in a band so different from his past work. But, this is a new band for him. And with a new band comes experimenting with new material, and a whole new group of musicians. Its a new experience, and a chance to express so many other feelings through music. Personally I am a big fan of Blackmore's Night. I own all of their albums, "Under a violet moon" being my all-time favorite. Their music is mystical and capitvating, and it blends the perfect amount of rock with soul soothing melodies. I found their remake of "Self Portrait" to have an amazing touch, and gives a little something extra to the original version. Their live performances are great, they hold very true to what you hear on the albums. I highly recommend this album, and the others, to anyone who likes something just a little bit different. After all, the whole purpose of a new band is to try something new, isn't it? Definitely give it a chance.
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As my title says, this cd is a "shrinking" one, in contrast to a "grower", those cds that you absolutely hate at first but then love as time goes.
This, for me at least, worked in the exact opposite direction.
When I first bought this cd, I was aware of the music style--folk, Rennaissance era music ("Past Time with Good Company" was written by King Henry VIII and is also the best track) touched with a bit of a rock influence.
I loved it. Here it was! Medieval and Rennaissance music! Splendid! A beautiful female vocalist and great male ones too!
Then I started to really listen to it. At the time, my music interests grew outwardly as well. I started getting into different kinds of music, along the same theme only much, much darker. Bands like Emperor and Nokturnal Mortum, while certainly not acceptable to most of those who love trad metal like Deep Purple or Rainbow, do the kind of Ren-medieval era music *much, much* better.
Here it sounds like Blackmore and his fiancee are interested in the music enough to be familiar with it's style and be competent in how to play it. But overall the sound is just cheesy. The lyrics are for the most part uninspired and most of the songs are not memorable in the least. I've never described music as "naive" before, but that's the best word I can think of to describe some of the songs on this album, such as "Wind in the Willows".
"March the Heroes Home" is a kind of Tudor-era patriotic ditty. It has a nice feel, but it's still repetitive and boring.
There are good tracks on here, though: the title, "Under a Violet Moon" is one of my favorites, along with "Catherine Howard's End" and "Past Time with Good Company".
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P>I have always been a fairly large fan of most of the bands Ritchie Blackmore has played in, Deep Purple and Rainbow being the main ones. I heard that he was no longer a part of the current Deep Purple lineup, and after a little research, discovered he was playing in a new band called Blackmore's Night. Accordingly, I bought one of their albums, expecting something along the lines of Deep Purple and/or Rainbow.
It's called Blackmore's NIGHT for a reason.
This is the sun setting on Blackmore's once glorious musical career. This isn't even rock and roll! It's a horrific mixture of modern soft pop with what sounds a bit like Jethro Tull, but don't let that get your hopes up, the style fusion doesn't work. I saw the band had a woman singer, but paid this no attention, thinking Blackmore could make ANYTHING work well for him. Well, guess what? HE CAN'T MAKE THIS WORK!
Put simply, this is NOT rock. It's SOFT POP. ...Two stars for the (horrid) effort. People, if you want progressive rock, stick with Jethro Tull. If you want soft pop, there's more than enough bands out there to satisfy you. My final verdict is NOT TO BUY THIS.
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