Blackmore's Night - Ghost Of A Rose

Year of Release: 2003
Label: Steamhammer/SPV
Catalog Number: 74992
Format: CD
Total Time: 00:00:00

Once I knew that Blackmore's Night would be releasing a new album, a few months ago now, I was counting the days until its arrival. Having had the utmost pleasure in consuming the band's entire catalog at the beginning of this year, I was anxious to hear their new offering. Well it's here and it is titled Ghost of a Rose.

The rock renaissance/medieval/Celtic influences once again rule the Blackmore roost, although a few surprises will delight the old guard of fans from the Deep Purple and Rainbow days. Ritchie is so smart when he records; he always uses all of his talents and influences to satisfy his worldly fan base that has been gathering steam since the '60s. All of you that have enjoyed the previous albums will absolutely love this release. ?Way To Mandalay? (which is also a bonus video on the U.S. release) sets the stage for songs like the title track and others such as ?Mr. Peagram's Morris And Sword,? which is a splendid instrumental track. Ritchie lets his old fans know he has not forgotten them with tracks such as ?Rainbow Blues? and ?All For One,? which offer some of that old Blackmore blues-rock guitar magic without giving up his newer sound and influences. Candace Night is once again her phenomenal self, singing her heart out, sounding like a gift from the heavens, and ostensibly playing the part of Maid Marion from the days of Robin Hood and Friar Tuck.

This amazing music touches my soul every time I hear it. If there is such a thing as reincarnation, this music certainly makes it feel real. I have always had an affinity for this kind of music and I have no idea why, and listening to this CD brings it all closer to my heart. Ritchie Blackmore has always been a brilliant guitar player now he is beyond that, it is indescribable. He has transformed himself into a pioneer and legend that is far ahead of those commonly used terms. He will surely continue to turn heads each time he sets his foot onstage or records. This is some of the most beautiful music recorded today. I have no doubt whatsoever with my convictions regarding this recording or any other released by Blackmore and his band.

Way To Mandalay / 3 Black Crows / Diamonds And Rust / Cartouche / Queen For A Day (Part 1) / Queen For A Day (Part 2) (instrumental) / Ivory Tower / Nur Eine Minute (instrumental) / Ghost of a Rose / Mr. Peagram's Morris And Sword (instrumental) / Loreley / Where Are We Going From Here / Rainbow Blues / All For One / Dandelion Wine

Ritchie Blackmore - acoustic and electric guitars, drums, tambourine, hurdygurdy, mandola
Candice Night - vocals and background vocals, chant, penny whistle, shawm, rauschpfeife
Lady Nancy and Lady Madeline - harmony vocals
Sir Robert of Normandie - bass
Mike Sorrentino - drums, percussion
Lord Marnen of Wolfhurst - viola, violin
Bard David of Larchmont - background vocals
Tim Cotov - background vocals
Pat Regan and the Minstrel Hall Consort
Tom Brown's Band from Dixieland
Blackmore's Night Band Of Minstrels
Squire Malcolm Of Lumley
Sisters Of The Moon - harmony vocals
Gerald Flashmen
Lady Green

Shadow Of The Moon (1998)
Under A Violet Moon (1999)
Minstrels & Ballads (2001)
Fires At Midnight (2001)
Past Times With Good Company (2002/2003)
Ghost Of A Rose (2003)
Home Again (2003)
Beyond The Sunset (2005) (CD/DVD)
The Village Lanterne (Special Limited Edition) (2006)
Winter Carols (2006)
Paris Moon (2007)
Secret Voyage (2008)
Autumn Sky (2010)
A Knight In York (2012)

Castles & Dreams (DVD) (2005)
A Knight In York (DVD) (2012)

Genre: Progressive Folk

Origin UK

Added: September 8th 2003
Reviewer: Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck
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