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Secret Voyage

Blackmore's NightAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (July 15, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Steamhammer / SPV
  • ASIN: B001932LMW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,267 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. God Save The Keg
2. Locked Within The Crystal Ball
3. Gilded Cage
4. Toast To Tomorrow
5. Prince Waldeck's Galliard
6. Rainbow Eyes
7. The Circle
8. Sister Gypsy
9. Can't Help Falling In Love
10. Peasant's Promise
11. Far Far Away
12. Empty Words

Editorial Reviews

Secret Voyage is another kaleidoscopic musical journey through time and space, incorporating and rearranging traditional melodies from all over Europe, blending the "old" and contemporary. The brilliant guitar stylings of Ritchie Blackmore, the enchanting vocals and lyrics of singer/songwriter Candice Night and the saturation of authentic Renaissance instruments woven throughout the melodies, create a unique style of music they call Renaissance/Folk/Rock. Secret Voyage consists of twelve new tracks, recorded by Candice Night, Ritchie Blackmore and their Band Of Minstrels. This musical journey is inspired by nature and incorporates acoustic and electric guitars, strings, renaissance instruments and Candice Night s ethereal voice and mystical lyrics.

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34 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing blend of what has come before... July 15, 2008
Format:Audio CD
If you are a Blackmore's Night fan, you will not want to miss this album.

Firstly, the sound of this album seems to be a combination of the previous ones ~ I can hear elements of all 5 other studio albums, and I mean that in a very good way. There is a 'darkness' to it ~ a mix of "Shadow of the Moon" and "Village Lanterne" (especially a flavour of 'Child In Time').

Some of the songs on this album seem more introspective and 'deep' in places ~ Candice has come back to earlier themes with her lyrics, but it is as though she is looking at these subjects from a different perspective.

God Bless the Keg :
It starts off with a harpsichord sound, and seems rather 'French Revolution' in tone, and then the rest of the orchestration comes in. Just when you think it is finished, you are left with this beautiful, dark, deep organ (reminds me of Bach), and there's also what appears to be Gregorian chanting right at the end. Track 1 runs straight into track 2 ~

Locked Within the Crystal Ball :
A wonderfully powerful song {just over 8 minutes long} ~ I can almost picture that ship from the front cover being tossed on the waves, hear the thunder and see the lightning! The sound is rather like 'Just Call My Name' and 'I Guess It Doesn't Matter Anymore', because of the drums. There are two slightly lighter instrumental breaks, the first one reminds me rather of 1980's era Clannad... until Ritchie's guitar comes back in! And the second one is much more renaissance in style ~ *very* nice. Another nice little touch is that the lyrics very briefly reference track 7 : 'The Circle'.

Gilded Cage :
Similar in style to both 'No Second Chance', 'Castles and Dreams', and, slightly, 'Ghost of a Rose'.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take an Amazing Secret Voyage with Blackmore's Night August 5, 2008
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Secret Voyage is the latest from "Renaissance Rockers" Ritchie Blackmore and his lovely wife Candice Night, who lead the merry band otherwise known as Blackmore's Night. For those unfamiliar with this band, Blackmore's Night dons medieval garb, picks up a wide range of instruments from the last thousand years or so, and then proceeds to knock our socks (hose?) off, with their historically-inspired music.

For over ten years, BN has been wildly popular with New Agers and Renaissance Faire Enthusiasts, in the Americas, Japan, and in Europe. I have no doubt that Secret Voyage will make inroads for new BN listeners, and can satisfy BN's long-time fans, like myself.

Secret Voyage does not disappoint in its musical quest, a voyage through time and space, alluded to by the iconic ship on the cover. Some great musical escapism is at work here. The first track, God Save The Keg, is a stately overture, formally inviting us along on this voyage. It is echoed later on the CD in the haunting song, Empty Words. Locked Within the Crystal Ball reminds us that "No one can stop us, we're one with the stars". And so it goes; the melodies of Secret Voyage draw inspiration from east and west, old and new, the joyful and the melancholy. Rainbow Eyes, the sixth track, features a Blackmore guitar solo that will stand up to any performance from his vast earlier repertoire with Deep Purple and Rainbow.

Line-up changes for this disc have not dampened any of BN's earlier musical fire. The fiddler Gypsy Rose has integrated seamlessly into this fine assembly. Likewise, Earl Grey of Chamay brings his talent as a backing player of multiple stringed instruments, and sounds like he's been here a jolly long time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Secret voyage September 17, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I am a new fan to Blackmore's Night. I first heard their music on their Christmas album WINTER CAROLS. I was immediately taken by the group's beautiful brand of medieval folk music. I recently got a copy of their new cd SECRET VOYAGE. I immediately loved the album the very second I started playing the cd in my stereo. The delicate melodies, Candice Night's fragile vocals, and Ritchie Blackmore's dexterous skills as a musician is all there on the album. As I am listening to the cd again, I imagine myself at my local renaissance fair wearing a long flowing, flowery dress with a wreath of flowers wrapped around my head. I loved all of the songs even the band's unique take on Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling in Love". The two songs that really stood out for me is "Gilded Cage" and "Far Far Away". I really just love the lyrics and melodies. After hearing SECRET VOYAGE, I am definitely going to have to check out the band's previous cds. I find myself hooked on Blackmore's Night. I can see SECRET VOYAGE being in my top ten list of best cds of 2008.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great works by Blackmore again August 1, 2008
By M. Mohd
Format:Audio CD
I had always been a fan to Blackmore since the Rainbow days. What makes this album so extra special (to me at least..) is the song 'Rainbow Eyes'. I always thought that; this song that was originally sung by Ronnie James Dio (taken for Rainbow's album Long Live Rock On And roll)is so beautiful and haunting that I hear it over and over again during my schooldays.
In this album, Blackmore had given a new breath of life to this already beautiful song..
..a good and sturdy vocal...Blackmore's signature (spontaneous improvisation electric guitar playing style - which I consider as a bonus for this song and hope that he will do more of that on future albums)..good music arrangements..makes me listen to this song over and over again now....

How about giving a breath of life for 'Catch The Rainbow' on the next album?

great music....a must buy for Blackmore's fans out there.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It is enjoyable driving music for me.
Published 11 days ago by John N.
5.0 out of 5 stars bought again
I had to by. this one again on cd because my last copy was on lp. Glad to have it back. Great group to listen to
Published 4 months ago by Carrie-Anne Moncrieff
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Blackmore's Night
I love this album and all of their albums! This one even has a few of my favorites songs on it. If you like Blackmore's Night or any similar bands then you probably need this... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bonnie Kelley
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
This is another amazing piece of work by Blackmore's Night!!! I have listened to this over and over and it just doesn't disappoint.
Published 8 months ago by CHARLES H TAYLOR
5.0 out of 5 stars I am a fan of Blackmore's Night, discovered them in 2006...
They make music that transports you. They've yet to disappoint me and I don't think they ever will. Another great set of songs.
Published 9 months ago by Henry August Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music
If you like Celtic, or Rock, these guys are the best of both! Great music for driving, easy to sing along with, and truly fun!
Published 9 months ago by Gabrielle Cruz-Uribe
5.0 out of 5 stars Melodic and Mystical
If you like this genre and are familiar with the history of this band, echoes of all the incarnations of Ritchie Blackmores musical career from Purple through all variations of... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ulrik Bekker
4.0 out of 5 stars Vocals a little weak
Overall a really good album but the vocals on some pieces are weak. I would still recommend this album because it's rare that you would like all the cuts on any album.
Published 12 months ago by Lon
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional group!
How can they not any more well known? It's proof those in charge of pop culture have an agenda. This group rocks!
Published 13 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars good music
i love all of blackmores night music it is like nothing else out there worth listening to over and over
Published 16 months ago by kzin
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