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The Village Lanterne

Blackmore's NightAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 4, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Steamhammer Us
  • ASIN: B000EMG954
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,577 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 25 Years
2. Village Lanterne
3. I Guess It Doesn't Matter
4. The Messenger
5. World Of Stone
6. Faerie Queen
7. St. Teresa
8. Village Dance
9. Mond Tanz / Child In Time
10. Streets Of London
11. Just Call My Name
12. Olde Mill Inn
13. Windmills
14. Street Of Dreams
15. Call It Love (bonus performed by Candice Night)
16. Street Of Dreams (bonus featuring Joe Lynn Turner)

Editorial Reviews

At long last, Ritchie Blackmore, Candice Night and their band of minstrels have returned with a brand new studio album! The Village Lanterne takes the listener on a wondrous renaissance tour-de-force and yields Blackmore's Night's strongest and most fully-realized album to date! The guitar mastery of Blackmore is ever-present, the vocals of Candice Night are truly heaven-sent, and the accompanying musicians give the album a truly cheerful and communal sprit. With the success of the recent DVD, brand new added awareness via the PBS special, and an aggressive marketing plan in place, Blackmore's Night is now positioned to reach new heights on every level. Steamhammer. 2006.

Customer Reviews

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another essential Blackmore's Night album April 4, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Blackmore's Night return with a brand new album titled The Village Lanterne, in some ways their most realized effort. After several releases and years of touring together, Ritchie Blackmore and Candice Night seem to have a more clear idea of what they want to do with their music, and where to take it. Especially Candice Night has grown and improved immensely both as a lyricist and singer. Her voice is more mature now, with a distinct sense of confidence and passion. She sings with sheer emotion and conviction through the whole album, proving she's a key element in the unique sound of Blackmore's Night. As for Ritchie Blackmore, no words would do justice to describe his talents and songwriting skills, let alone his distinctive tone and phrasing he puts behind his compositions.

For those of you not familiar with Blackmore's Night (however unlikely that may be), they play an impressive style of Renaissance era music, combining it with elements of new age, folk, rock, and blues, among others. Though heavily acoustic guitar driven, their songs blend a rich array of mandolins, violins, cellos, tambourines, drums, trumpets, bagpipes, and keyboards. Still retaining the classic Blackmore's Night sound, The Village Lanterne is arguably their most modern-sounding release to date. This seems to be because of the recording techniques they employed in the studio, rendering some of the pieces noticeably more contemporary than their earlier work. They are not omnipresent, however. It's more like the band and producer Pat Regan decided to incorporate some new textures and a heavier focus on atmospherics on some tracks. Songs like "Olde Village Lanterne" and "I Guess It Doesn't Matter Anymore" are both marked with effective rhythmic patterns, particularly in the way the drums and percussion are played.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ritchie and Candice Weave the Magic Yet Again April 5, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have been a fan of Blackmore's Night for awhile now, and I own all the group's albums and the DVD released last year. I really enjoyed Village Lanterne for the same reasons I liked everything else they have done. If you already like the band, you will not be disappointed in the least with the songs found on this disc. The music is beautiful, melodic, and will sweep your mind off to enchanted worlds.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime Serenade! May 11, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've loved this duo ever since I first learned of them. Ritchie Blackmore is a virtuosos with the guitar. He can play rock but he plays this stuff even better. "This Stuff" has a definite renaissance flair to it but it sometimes turns to rock as well. It is all excellent, unexpected and well done. I would buy just for the instrumentals...but there is more.

Candice Night is the other half of this duo. She is a delight to the eyes but that is not the reason for any man over 18 to buy an album. She is also a gifted singer with skill and a method of delivery that fits this style to a tee. She has some instrumental skills as well on period wind instruments. For her voice alone, also, this would be great recording.

Fortunately, they work together and the result is sublime. It is beauty. It is among my favorites.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Times, they are a changing February 7, 2007
By antryg
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
After listening to Blackmore's Night for several years, I was really looking forward to this cd. Their unique updating of medieval themes and instruments set them apart from the rest of the music scene.

Once again Blackmore's virtuosity playing reaches the high standard you expect. Candace Night shows that her amazing voice has only become more mature and rich. This cd exhibits fantastic playing and a voice that Heaven is trying to get into their choir; so what else do you need to know?

The most important point is that this is not the album for you if you are looking for Blackmore's Night unique medieval/renaissance sound. This cd moves very strongly into the rock/pop genre. Depending upon your expectations, that may be a plus. While the original compositions are good, Blackmore covers his past with both a Deep Purple and Rainbow entry. Sadly, the originals win and you walk away wondering why Mr. Blackmore is revisiting his musical legacy.

The times for Blackmore's Night are changing with this cd. They have moved from medieval/renaisance music infused with rock to a pop/rock band infused with medieval sounds.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic cd----Blackmore shines, as does Candice April 21, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I was very impressed with this cd. As I am a die-hard Blackmore fan, you may think this would be a no-brainer for me to love this cd. Well, while I do love Blackmore's Night (BN), there are some times I feel the music of BN is a tad too mellow or, for lack of a better way to phrase it, "celtic" (I find that I often times have to be 'in the mood' to listen to their cds, as opposed to Deep Purple and Rainbow [I have seen Rainbow live twice, Deep Purple live 3 times, and BN live once in 2004, all terrific, but I digress]). That said, this cd really suprised me---it's a lot harder than I thought it would be; a pleasant suprise.

In my opinion, this cd joins "Shadow of the Moon" and the 2-dvd set "Castles and Dreams" as the best product BN has produced to date (the 2-cd live set and "Ghost of a Rose" would be the next rung [75% great], followed by "Fires At Midnight" and "Under A Violet Moon" [50-75% great material; all are actually terrific, but, being a manic Blackmore/ DP/ Rainbow/ BN fanatic, I judge Ritchie's music quite seriously and do some severe comparison judgments lol]. Get this at once!!!!!!!!!! :)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Fell in love with Blackmore's Night with the Ghost of a Rose album - this is just as good - Candace Night's vocals just blow me away - The title song is awesome!
Published 2 months ago by LYNN P. RACITI
5.0 out of 5 stars Medieval Folk Rock at its finest
I stand by that statement. Some people do not like the lead singer's voice, but I think she's fantastic. I love Blackmore's Night, and this album is by far my favorite. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Chris Kizer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Always great from Blackmore's Night. Vocals are beautiful and the music is reminiscent from long ago. They always deliver beautifully.
Published 5 months ago by Christina Wagner
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 8 months ago by Henry August Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Period Music
I am a big fan of this period in time when life was simpler and simple pleasures were enjoyed and savored so much more by the people. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jerry Leszyk
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 CD set
These guys are fabulous! I've liked everything I've heard by them so far. The second CD is interesting as it has several versions of a few songs. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Gabrielle Cruz-Uribe
5.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't Dissapoint
I have been listening to Pandora Radio and Blackmore's Night comes on one of my stations quite frequently. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Christina D. Wire
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not up to their usual standards
I generally love Blackmore's Night albums but this one struck me as a bit flat compared to the other albums that I own.
Published 14 months ago by Paul O'Connor
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Introduced
Just found Blackmore's Night and now cannot get enough. One of the best I have ever heard. Look forward to downloading all the rest of this awesome band!!
Published 15 months ago by Stephen A. Schwarz
5.0 out of 5 stars Blackmore's Night
Excellent music based in Medieval and Renaissance styles but with timeless lyrics and cool stories. Blackmore's music is an awesome background for Night's distinctive voice. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Kathlene Pettycrew
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