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    Another good review... http://blogcritics.org/archives/2008/01/31/075242.php Music DVD Review: Blackmore s Night - Paris Moon Written by Scott Deitche
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 2, 2008
      Another good review...


      Music DVD Review: Blackmore's Night - Paris Moon
      Written by Scott Deitche
      Published January 31, 2008
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      Ritchie Blackmore needs no introduction. Besides being, in my
      opinion, the most underrated guitarist in hard rock, Blackmore has
      been a fixture on the music scene for forty years, from his days with
      Deep Purple through Rainbow. About ten years ago the master of
      memorable riffs formed a band to explore his love of Renaissance
      music. Since that time Blackmore's Night has been a fixture on the
      concert scene in Europe, playing everywhere form historic halls and
      castles to Renaissance fairs and outdoor arenas in Russia. Last year,
      the band filmed its first ever gig in Paris, and has just released a
      new DVD of that show, Paris Moon.

      It shouldn't work. It really shouldn't. I mean, a Renaissance band?
      That dress in period garb? With a rock guitarist? I could have gotten
      into this as a kid playing Dungeons and Dragons, but now? I really
      shouldn't have liked this. But I did. A lot. And as much as I respect
      and admire the virtuosity of Ritchie Blackmore and his frenetic
      guitar work, a lot of the credit falls squarely at the feet of
      Candice Night, lead singer and longtime girlfriend of Blackmore.
      Night is simply an amazing singer, with a pure, melodic voice. She's
      at ease with the crowd, conversing with conviction rather than
      spewing out the usual crappy stage banter so prevalent at shows.

      The "Introduction" starts off like the soundtrack for an 80's sword-
      and-sorcery movie, but melds into a re-arrangement of a traditional
      English song, written by King Henry VIII. Things take off from there
      with a searing rendition of Jethro Tull's "Rainbow Blues". Other
      highlights include a cover of "Diamonds and Rust", which Joan Baez,
      the original artist, reportedly said was the best version she ever
      heard. Another, more obscure cover, is of the Joan Osborne
      track "Saint Teresa". Night pulls it off, rearranging the original
      melodic structure and working into the Renaissance milieu. "Play
      Minstrel Play", "It's Good to Be Back Home Again", and "Under a
      Violet Moon" are rousing and upbeat, perfect tracks to accompany a
      stein full of mead. The whole band really melds well, and have
      evolved into a seasoned live act. It's unusual to see Blackmore
      playing mainly acoustic guitar (though he does bring out the Fender a
      few times), but his prowess has not faded over the years. His nimble
      finger and fret work are at their peak.

      The video looks sharp, perfectly capturing the eclectic lights and
      stage set. Though the crowd is heard throughout the show, the mix
      keeps the music front and center. The DVD has some extras including a
      short documentary. Packaging includes a lyric book and separate
      soundtrack CD.
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