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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
It appears that Ritchie Blackmore, legendary Brit guitar god, axe king of the glorious Deep Purple and Rainbow, is persisting in his attempt to reinvent himself as a Medieval folkie. The fifth outing by Blackmore's Night is another bag of originals, plus a cover of Joan Baez's classic "Diamonds and Rust." The issue with Ghost of a Rose is not whether Blackmore and vocalist Candice Night have the chops. They clearly do. That they insist on using the recording studio to virtually sterilize all that made the music they hold so dear, so vital and dangerous is the real problem. These songs, with their glossed-over edges and Night's completely rounded vocals, don't help to reveal ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
It appears that Ritchie Blackmore, legendary Brit guitar god, axe king of the glorious Deep Purple and Rainbow, is persisting in his attempt to reinvent himself as a Medieval folkie. The fifth outing by Blackmore's Night is another bag of originals, plus a cover of Joan Baez's classic "Diamonds and Rust." The issue with Ghost of a Rose is not whether Blackmore and vocalist Candice Night have the chops. They clearly do. That they insist on using the recording studio to virtually sterilize all that made the music they hold so dear, so vital and dangerous is the real problem. These songs, with their glossed-over edges and Night's completely rounded vocals, don't help to reveal all of the dark passions embedded in the songs themselves. One listen to the early Steeleye Span recordings, or the Watersons "Frost and Fire," reveals just what Blackmore should have been aiming for. [The Enhanced/Special Edition includes a bonus video track for "Way to Mandalay."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/2003
  • Label: Hunter
  • UPC: 693723749921
  • Catalog Number: 237499

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Way to the Mandalay - Ritchie Blackmore (6:26)
  2. 2 3 Black Crows - Ritchie Blackmore (3:43)
  3. 3 Diamonds and Rust - Ritchie Blackmore (4:55)
  4. 4 Cartouche - Ritchie Blackmore (3:48)
  5. 5 Queen for a Day, Pt. 1 - Ritchie Blackmore (3:05)
  6. 6 Queen for a Day, Pt. 2 - Ritchie Blackmore (1:36)
  7. 7 Ivory Tower - Ritchie Blackmore (4:24)
  8. 8 Nur Eine Minute - Ritchie Blackmore (1:08)
  9. 9 Ghost of a Rose - Ritchie Blackmore (5:45)
  10. 10 Mr. Peagram's Morris and Sword - Ritchie Blackmore (2:02)
  11. 11 Loreley - Ritchie Blackmore (3:36)
  12. 12 Where Are We Going from Here - Ritchie Blackmore (4:05)
  13. 13 Rainbow Blues - Ritchie Blackmore (4:30)
  14. 14 All for One - Ritchie Blackmore (5:36)
  15. 15 Dandelion Wine - Ritchie Blackmore (5:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Blackmore's Night Primary Artist
Ritchie Blackmore Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Drums, Electric Guitar, Tambourine, Hurdy-Gurdy, Mandola
Gerald Flashmen Group Member
Lady Green Group Member
Candice Night Vocals, Background Vocals, Chant, Penny Whistle, Shawm, Rauschpfeife
Tom Brown's Band from Dixieland Group Member
Lady Madeline Group Member
Lady Nancy Group Member
Bard David Of Larchmont Background Vocals
Lord Marnen of Wolfhurst Violin, Viola
Tim Cotov Background Vocals
Mike Sorrentino Percussion, Drums
Sisters Of The Moon Vocal Harmony
Sir Robert Of Normandie Bass
Technical Credits
Joan Baez Composer
Ian Anderson Composer
Ritchie Blackmore Composer, Contributor, Executive Producer
Pat Regan Producer, Contributor
Candice Night Composer
Johanna Pieterman Artwork
Squire Malcolm Of Lumley Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Renaissance meets classic rock

    This CD combines Ritchie Blackmores neo-classical guitar skills with a Renaissance flavor. When listening to this music I get a feel of Blackmore's passion for music and fantasy, his melodic expression of old world spirituality. Candice Night holds her own in many songs where her vocals seduce the listener and challenges the boundaries of cover songs such as "Diamonds And Rust" and "Rainbow Blues". Her song writing is clearly profound in "Ghost Of a Rose". The bonus video and song "Way To Mandalay" shows the commercial integrity of the CD, giving the buyer something sweet and satisfying. The hard driven song "All For One" is backed by haunting background vocals that bring you into a world of mystery and suspense.The song "Cartouche" offers an esoteric sound and meaning of life that can take you back five hundred years where gypsies and mystics influenced European culture and life. When I listen to this CD it takes me to a tavern in the mountains where I am singing along with my friends, drinking a wheat beer while making memories for a lifetime. This is possibly the best of Blackmore's Night and is a must purchase for those who appreciate the romance of the Renaissance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An unusual, terrific CD that deserves to be heard

    I stumbled onto this CD through a listing for a local venue where Blackmore’s Night will be performing. The clip from the title track, “Ghost of a Rose,” was enough to make me want to hear more. The CD alternates between Renaissance styled ballads and more up tempo tracks. The opening “Way to Mandalay” is a catchy mix of pop, Renaissance, and even a hint of Middle Eastern influence. The cover of Joan Baez’s “Diamonds and Rust” is terrific, highlighted by Ritchie Blackmore’s moody guitar work. There are even a couple of tracks that feature Blackmore’s (formerly of Deep Purple and Rainbow) electric guitar work, the first being Ian Anderson’s (yes, Jethro Tull) “Rainbow Blues.” The second, “All for One,” even includes a rocking bagpipe (I assume) solo that is one of my favorite moments on the CD. This CD is now a favorite of mine, my son the progressive metal fan, daughter the Celtic and "ambiance" music fan, and wife the classical music fan. The appeal of this CD, featuring Candice Night’s beautiful vocals and Ritchie Blackmore’s acoustic to electric guitar work, seems to cross musical tastes and genres. It is unusual, terrific, and deserves to be heard.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Renaissance Rules

    This is a beautiful, beautiful collection of songs, mostly of them folkish, but some of them true old rock (with some folk influences). I bought this CD just to see what it was, and when I first turned on the CD-player I became everything else but disappointed. "Way To Mandalay" is groovy, strong and passionate, with wonderful vocals by Candice Night, Queen of Avalon. Every song is original, and the covers are really good and leaves one smiling over how the original artists didn't think of playing the songs like this. So, what I'm trying to say is that this is one of my most precious CD's, and as a fan of Renaissance and Medieval influenced music, I'm glad that I bought it.

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    Posted October 26, 2008

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