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Blackmore's Night

Paris Moon DVD

Review by Greg Olma

I have to admit that I am as guilty as anyone when it comes to wishing that Ritchie Blackmore would grab onto a Stratocaster and let rip. But like all things musical, we have to accept where the artist is going and what they are trying to say to us. Once I got to grips that this was Blackmore’s new venture, I was able to sit back and enjoy it. For those out there that are looking for something in the vein of Deep Purple or Rainbow, then this release will not satisfy that craving but for those fans that are willing to try something a little different, maybe more organic, then Paris Moon will be an enjoyable DVD. It goes without saying that the musicianship from the whole band is top notch and the videography is flawless. Even though Blackmore is the one with the long musical legacy, Candice Night is almost the focal point of the show. She commands the stage like a seasoned pro (well, this isn’t her first tour but she doesn’t have 20 years under her belt) and she puts in a great vocal performance. One of the great things that this band does is that they don’t try to fall back on Blackmore’s old catalogue but instead stand on their own material. Of the 20 songs on offer here, only two of them are old songs. They do “Ariel” from Rainbow and “Soldier Of Fortune” from Deep Purple. The rest of the setlist is derived from the Blackmore’s Night catalogue which is getting quite extensive. There is a short bonus documentary but the package also contains a CD of highlights from the show. All in all, this is a good release and those who are open minded enough to forget about Blackmore’s past will enjoy it.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2007 Volume 6 at
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