Review: Blackmore’s Night

Blackmore’s Night
“Past Times with Good Company”

This double-CD live album include Ritchie Blackmore’s renaissance-flavored band doing not only the mighty minstrel thing, but also Deep Purple (“Soldier of Fortune”) and Rainbow (“16th Century Greensleeves”) tracks. Vocalist Candice Night does an excellent job sweetly and distinctly leading the group through this varied material. The turbo-charged folk melodies are in no way devoid of their rustic charm and simple elegance though each is briskly and boldly delivered as any Deep Purple arena rock anthem. The material was recorded May 2002 in Groningen, The Netherlands. The instrumentation features much traditional tools, like recorder and shawm. Besides electric and acoustic guitars, Blackmore also plays mandolin, mandola and more.