Blackmore’s Night – Paris Moon CD/DVD (2007)

Blackmore’s Night - Paris Moon CD/DVD (2007)

Blackmore’s Night – Paris Moon (CD/DVD) (2007, SPV USA/Steamhammer)

DVD tracklist:

  1. Introduction
  2. Past Times With Good Company
  3. Rainbow Blues
  4. Play Minstrel Play
  5. World Of Stone
  6. Under A Violet Moon
  7. Soldier Of Fortune
  8. Durch Dem Wold Zum Bach Haus
  9. Diamonds & Rust
  10. Minstrel Hall
  11. Home Again
  12. Streets Of London
  13. Renaissance Faire
  14. Keyboard solo
  15. Ariel
  16. Loreley
  17. The Clock Ticks On
  18. Fires At Midnight
  19. Saint Teresa
  20. The Village Lanterne

Bonus Features: Documentary & Photo Gallery

CD tracklist:

  1. Past Times With Good Company/Rainbow Blues
  2. Play Minstrel Play
  3. World Of Stone
  4. Under A Violet Moon
  5. Minstrel Hall
  6. Home Again
  7. Ariel
  8. The Clock Ticks On
  9. Fires At Midnight
  10. The Village Lanterne (studio version)
  11. All Because Of You (radio edit)

Ritchie Blackmore – Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Mandolin, Mandola, Hurdy-Gurdy
Candice Night – Lead Vocals, Renaissance Woodwinds, Pennywhistles, Tambourine
Sir Robert of Normandie – Bass, Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals
Bard David of Larchmont – Keyboards & Vocals
Squire Malcolm of Lumley – Drums & Percussion
Lady Madeline & Lady Nancy – Backing Vocals

(Region 1, NTSC, DVD Running Time = 128 minutes)

Blackmore’s Night official website
Blackmore’s Night MySpace page
Candice Night official website

I have been a Deep Purple/Rainbow fan for a long time so I take an interest in what Ritchie Blackmore does. I discovered Blackmore’s Night in 1998 when the band released their first album, SHADOW OF THE MOON. What I was hoping for was a continuation of Rainbow under a new band name but I knew about the concept but still hoped for the best. For a change of pace, SHADOW OF THE MOON, and the sophomore effort, UNDER A VIOLET MOON (1999), were pretty good. I found it interesting and enjoyed it even though it wasn’t Metal. Eight years later, I’ve lost touch of Blackmore’s Night.

PARIS MOON is the band’s live show during their 10th anniversary celebration. The bulk of the set is from the Blackmore’s Night catalogue and includes a good rendition of the Purple track ‘Soldier Of Fortune’ (listen for the audience reaction) and a cover of Joan Baez’s ‘Diamonds & Rust’. These two songs are the only break from the medieval stylings of Blackmore and company and even these are given the Blackmore’s Night treatment.

For fans of the band, the setlist is a good overview of all the albums. I like the first two, and I own the third album, FIRES AT MIDNIGHT (2001), and 2006’s THE VILLAGE LANTERNE,  so I knew a lot of the songs. To the uninitiated, it could seem that all the songs sound the same but there is enough to separate them. I enjoyed ‘Under A Violet Moon’, ‘Play Minstrel Play, and ‘Renaissance Faire’ but the rest of the set was kind of boring. I say that as a Heavy Metal fan who is used to a high-powered assault sonically and visually. The actual performance is top-notch: the band is tight and diverse, Candice Night has an excellent singing voice for this type of music, and then there is Mr. Ritchie Blackmore…..a musical legend. There is a lot of passion and enjoyment from the band (except Ritchie, he’s as stoic as ever!) during the performance and that translates to the audience. Best part of the performance is when Mr. Blackmore plugs in his Fender Strat, the audience goes wild! Granted, he doesn’t bang out the main riff to ‘Smoke On The Water’ but it’s seeing the instrument in his hands that fans are longing for.

The only real criticism I have is with Candice Night’s stage presence and Ritchie’s lack of emotion. Candice on stage reminds me of a Stevie Nicks clone costume wise and a deer caught in the headlights when she has to interact with the crowd. Not only are her words to the crowd unintelligible, they are also confusing. At times, I couldn’t tell if she was talking to herself, Ritchie, or the crowd. She enjoys herself and gives a solid performance but you can just tell that she lives and breathes Renaissance style. As far as Ritchie, well he never was one to interact with the audience. He rarely acknowledges the crowd and keeps focused on the instrument at hand. Talented as hell but not Mr. Personality.

The packaging is nicely done: the slipcase looks like an old book, full color booklet, and there is a CD of highlights from the concert as a bonus. On the DVD, there is options for sound (5.1 Surround, etc) and a documentary that is really an interview with Candice and Ritchie.

Bottom Line:
Great musicianship, solid performance of the material, but a lack of stage presence from the two primary band members. Filmed with many cameras, the visuals are done extremely well and everything sounds rich and vibrant. Favorite songs here: ‘Soldier Of Fortune’, ‘Under A Violet Moon’, ‘Renaissance Faire’, ‘Fires At Midnight’, ‘Play Minstrel Play’. If you like Blackmore’s Night and/or Renaissance music, this is a nice package to have. If you’re looking to rock out, this is not the DVD for you

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