Shadow of the Moon

Shadow of the Moon

by Blackmore's Night
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Shadow of the Moon

Shadow of the Moon is the first album by Ritchie Blackmore's beloved Blackmore's Night project. The former Deep Purple and Rainbow guitarist and his fiancée, vocalist Candice Night, created a Renaissance-inspired work with elements of folk, new age, and occasional bits of electric guitar. Blackmore even plays bass, mandolin, drum (yes, singular), and tambourine. Night's voice isn't powerful, but it's bright and sweet, making it perfect for this style of music. Other musicians include co-producer Pat Regan on keyboards and the Minstrel Hall Consort; Gerald Flashman on recorder, trumpet, and French horn; Tom Brown on cello; and Lady Green on violin and viola. Most songs are original compositions but some are based on traditional melodies. "Shadow of the Moon" is a marvelous opener; it's catchy, haunting, and propulsive. Blackmore shreds on acoustic guitar and lets the electric guitar slip into the background for faint power chords. Regal, majestic horns lend an elegance to "The Clock Ticks On," which addresses the passage of time and a yearning to live in the past. "Play Minstrel Play" features Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, one of Blackmore's favorite musicians. The song moves along pleasantly until about halfway through when it explodes into a frantic, handclaps-led pace with Anderson's wild flute solo. The warmth of "Ocean Gypsy" makes it the song most easily classified as new age here; Blackmore plays a gentle but swift acoustic guitar melody under Night's softly yearning vocals. "Writing on the Wall" is quite fast and has a danceable beat, and there's even a blowout jam at the end. Blackmore's electric guitar work is the most prominent on "No Second Chance" and "Wish You Were Here." The instrumental "Possum's Last Dance" is a U.S.-only bonus track.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/18/2000
Label: Intersound Records
UPC: 0015095376626
catalogNumber: 3766

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blackmore's Night   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Ritchie Blackmore   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Drums,Electric Guitar,Mandolin,Snare Drums,Tambourine
Scott Hazel   Background Vocals
Scott Hazell   Background Vocals
Candice Night   Background Vocals
Tom Brown   Cello
Ian Anderson   Flute
Gerald Flashmen   Horn,Recorder,Trumpet
Pat Regan   Keyboards
Lady Green   Viola,Violin

Technical Credits

Ritchie Blackmore   Arranger,Producer
Candice Night   Arranger
Johanna Pieterman   Artwork,Cover Art
Michael Keel   Back Cover
Pat Regan   Engineer,Producer
Joseph James   Producer

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Shadow of the Moon 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this on impulse, I was searching for Ian Anderson and this popped up, Ian does a guest flute piece in one of the selections. This is an excellent work, Blaclmore and vocalist Candace Knight have taken traditional
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fabulous album. I listen to it and from work, cleaning the house, anything! It haunts you, and makes you think. The guitar is masterful and the lyrics very understandable. I recommend this as a great change from the ordinary! A friend introduced me to the album and I am now hooked!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the second cd by Ritchie Blackmore. he first ''Under A Raging Moon'' is another powerful and masterful is this cd. Crisp vocals, and some music which you HAVE to tap to . I look foreward to more of his works.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I purchased this album atthe recommendation off another artist's album and am very pleased with the smooth sounds and great music. This is a fabulous new age/celtic combination anf this group has great potential.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you dream of other lands and of a time long,long ago, you will love this album. The sound is haunting and mystical, the vocals are superb as are the instumentals. Ritchie Blackmore is multi-talented, (remember him from Deep Purple and Rainbow?) check out his soft side. This is a ''must have''.
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