Under a Violet Moon

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bret Adams
Under a Violet Moon is the second album by Blackmore's Night, and guitarist Ritchie Blackmore had a very clear idea of what he wanted for the sophomore release by the Renaissance-oriented world and new age music outfit. The former Deep Purple and Rainbow six-stringer and vocalist Candice Night wanted to take Blackmore's Night on an extensive tour, so they made a conscious effort to record a more up-tempo album, making the music more conducive to live performance than much of the relaxed material on their debut, Shadow of the Moon. Countless guest musicians contribute to this album, which was co-produced by Blackmore, Jeff Glixman best known for his work with Kansas, and Roy ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bret Adams
Under a Violet Moon is the second album by Blackmore's Night, and guitarist Ritchie Blackmore had a very clear idea of what he wanted for the sophomore release by the Renaissance-oriented world and new age music outfit. The former Deep Purple and Rainbow six-stringer and vocalist Candice Night wanted to take Blackmore's Night on an extensive tour, so they made a conscious effort to record a more up-tempo album, making the music more conducive to live performance than much of the relaxed material on their debut, Shadow of the Moon. Countless guest musicians contribute to this album, which was co-produced by Blackmore, Jeff Glixman best known for his work with Kansas, and Roy McDonald. A variety of sonic textures are found on the album, but the faster numbers do dominate the proceedings and therefore fulfill Blackmore and Night's musical desires. "Under a Violet Moon" is propelled by Blackmore's darkly rich acoustic guitar lines, Night's urgent vocals, and the driving handclaps and tambourine. "Past Time With Good Company," a traditional melody attributed to Henry VIII, utilizes appropriately regal-sounding horns. Rolling rhythms and swirling melodies illuminate the superb "Morning Star." Bassist John Ford shares singing duties with Night on "Wind in the Willows." Blackmore breaks out the electric guitar for some soloing on "Gone With the Wind." The cosmic instrumental "Beyond the Sunset" has a soothing, new age dreaminess to it. "March the Heroes Home" has a sparse arrangement at first, but as each instrument comes in the dramatic feel is heightened. Blackmore's lightning-fast acoustic guitar runs are matched by the violin on "Spanish Nights I Remember it Well." The guitarist dips into his past for a rearranged version of "Self Portrait," which first appeared on 1975's Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/21/1999
  • Label: Pony Canyon Japan
  • EAN: 4988013885134
  • Catalog Number: 1377

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Blackmore's Night Primary Artist
Ritchie Blackmore Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar, Mandolin, Tambourine
Mike "Metal" Goldberg Drums
John Ford Bass, Vocals, Background Vocals
Jeff Glixman Keyboards
Jens Johansson Keyboards
Roy McDonald Keyboards
Mark Pender Trumpet
Kevin Dunne Drums
Thomas Roth Bagpipes, Vocals
John Gould Background Vocals
Candice Night Vocals, Penny Whistle
Mick Cervino Bass
Jost Pogrzeba Percussion
Miri Ben-Ari Violin
Peter Rooth Bass
Des Geyers Schwarzer Haufen Bagpipes, Vocals
Christof Heus Trumpet
Mrs. Heller Hurdy-Gurdy
Mr. Heller Hurdy-Gurdy
Scott Hazel Background Vocals
Jason Chapman Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Trish Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Mike "Metal" Goldberg Engineer
Ritchie Blackmore Arranger, Producer
Jeff Glixman Producer, Engineer
Joe James String Arrangements
George Marino Mastering
Roy McDonald Producer
David Greene Contributor
Peter Rooth Engineer, drum programming
Peter Pracownik Cover Art
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    A Renaissance Feast

    Blackmore's Night is the premier "renaissance" band. Each song is individually tailored to tell a story or to evoke mediaeval/renaissance tymes and life. Candice's vocals are evocatively enchanting; Ritchie's a virtuoso on the guitar and similiar stringed instruments; the band's members are second-to-none in their musicianship. Blackmore's Night entices you into a magicl and mystical world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Fantasy Music; brings you back in time

    I love this CD. It brings you back in time to the minstrels. It is very medevil in sound and content. I love the song about Catherine Howard. Very peaceful and melodic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Haunting

    I just finished listening to Under a Violet Moon. I have listened to Ritchie Blackmore for a long time and this work appears to be his musical essence. Hauntingly suggesting another time and another place... Ritchie has done it again!!

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    Posted October 26, 2008

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