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Past Times With Good Company - Blackmore's Night

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: Blackmore's Night / Live / Audio CD released 2002-10-28 at Steamhammer

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      21.02.2008 23:40
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      Blackmore's Night's first live album (2003).

      The Blackmore's Night live album is a rather disappointing affair, but those who have already experienced disappointment with the studio albums should at least find something slightly interesting here to cheer them up, though perhaps not. The folk band led by Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night (do you see what they've done there? The band name is like their names, only with a possessive male apostrophe indicating who wears the trousers in that marriage) isn't particularly suited to a live environment, at least not the type you'd pay to see. As a pub band they would be pretty good, especially if the tavern happened to exist in the sixteenth century, but here the predominant sound is quiet and extremely drawn-out, with most songs being extended unreasonably past their natural end point.

      The good news for Blackmore fans is that there's a slightly improved rock element to balance out the folk, culminating in the finale 'Writing on the Wall,' but even the scattered Deep Purple covers aren't really going to appeal to those fans, particularly the very weak rendering of 'Soldier of Fortune.' It's revealing that most of the songs chosen for the performance were among the only ones that stood out for being different, one way or another, in the studio releases, so we're treated to the dubious delights of the pleasant violins in 'Beyond the Sunset' and 'Morning Star,' the embarrassing la-la-la sing-along of 'Home Again' and the frankly cheesy 'Renaissance Faire,' which is at least preferable to another album of three-minute songs that sound exactly the same. This could reasonably seen to represent a "best-of" Blackmore's Night's early years, but it would be extremely disappointing if actually labelled as such.

      Disc 1

      1. Shadow of the Moon
      2. Play Minstrel Play
      3. Minstrel Hall
      4. Past Time With Good Company
      5. Fires at Midnight
      6. Under a Violet Moon
      7. Soldier of Fortune

      Disc 2

      1. 16th Century Greensleeves
      2. Beyond the Sunset
      3. Morning Star
      4. Home Again
      5. Renaissance Faire
      6. I Still Remember
      7. Durch den Wald zum Bach Haus
      8. Writing on the Wall

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Shadow Of The Moon
    2 Play Minstrel Play
    3 Minstrel Hall
    4 Past Times With Good Company
    5 Fires At Midnight
    6 Under A Violent Moon
    7 Soldier Of Fortune
    8 16th Century Greensleeves
    9 Beyond The Sunset
    10 Morning Star
    11 Home Again
    12 Renaissance Faire
    13 I Still Remember
    14 Durch Den Wald Zum Bach Haus
    15 Writing On The Wall

    Disc #2 Tracklisting
    1 16th Century Greensleeves
    2 Beyond The Sunset
    3 Morning Star
    4 Home Again
    5 Renaissance Faire
    6 I Still Remember
    7 Durch Den Wald Zum Bach Haus
    8 Writing On The Wall