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Winter Carols

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BLACKMORE`S NIGHT WINTER CAROLS

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Hark the Herald Angels Sing / Come All Ye Faithful
  2. I Saw Three Ships
  3. Winter (Basse Dance)
  4. Ding Dong Merrily On High
  5. Ma-O-Tzur
  6. Good King Wenceslas
  7. Lord Of the Dance / Simple Gifts
  8. We Three Kings
  9. Wish You Were Here
  10. Emmanuel
  11. Christmas Eve
  12. We Wish You A Merry Christmas


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 17, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Minstrel Hall Music
  • Run Time: 42 minutes
  • ASIN: B000ILZ05G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,085 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1- Hark The Herald Angels Sing/Oh Come All Ye Faithful- I love the drums and horns that start this off and reappear on occasion throughout the piece. It gives a majestic regal feel to the piece. The soft guitar work and strings weave wonderfully into Candice Night's warm and blissful voice. Ritchie puts a nice bit of electric guitar into this "medley" that mixes with quick drums for a rollicking feel in the second piece. The backing chorals are beautiful. I find it puzzling that Christ is not mentioned by name in either tune , (Christ is born in Bethelem is replaced with Peace has come to Bethlehem in"Hark" and in "Faithful" "Christ the Lord" is instead "He is the Lord" ). Still the instrumentation and splendid singing make for an arresting piece.

2. I Saw Three Ships - I was quickly drawn in by the festive of this piece provided by the old-time period style percussion and instrumentation. As always, Candice's Night's voice invites the listener to bask in the joy of the piece and the season. The hand-claps are a nice occasional percussive touch, and I love the flute in here too. Ritchie Blackmore's guitar put a smile on my face.

3- Winter (Basse Dance) - Here we are invited to stand amidst the first gentle snowfall of the season and rejoice in the beauty of God's creation, and the company of good friends in an era long past. Ritchie Blackmore's guitar melodies mate exquisitely with soft percussion and yearning strings to take us on a beautiful and nostalgic journey into that era. This is among the loveliest cuts on this CD, and is among my favorites on the disc.

4. Ding Dong Merrily On High- I admit, I found the title humorous, but this is my first exposure to this song, and I am glad I've had it.
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This album has it all - dazzling guitar playing, lush orchestrations and beautiful singing, all performed in a style truly reverent to to the olde tyme feeling that these traditional songs deserve. I am not a huge fan of most present day Christmas albums precisely for this reason - too often the traditional feeling is lost by adding cheesy synthesizers, programmed drum machines and other such modern-day hokum. Blackmore's Night has wisely avoided this trap and has resultingly created a splendid album that will mentally transport the listener to a starlit, snow-covered countryside on a cold Winter's eve. I also like the fact that Blackmore has chosen several Christmas songs that are not widely known, such as "Ma-O-Tzur", "I Saw Three Ships", "Ding Dong Merrily on High" and "Lord of the Dance/Simple Gifts", so that we are not being barraged by the same songs being performed by all the other artists who are performing Christmas songs out there. While every Blackmore's Night CD is of uniformly high quality, there are always 2 or 3 songs on each album which jump out as instant classics. Winter Carols is no exception. "I Saw Three Ships" and "Lord of the Dance/Simple Gifts" not only rank right up there with the best Blackmore's Night songs, but are rapidly becoming two of my all-time favorite Christmas songs. That is how excellent they are. Both have such infectious, catchy melodies that they will swim around in your head for hours. I can just see minstrels dancing around the medieval courtyard every time I listen to them. "Emmanuel" is another standout, highlighted by Blackmore's fluid guitar playing and, during the last half of the song, droning cellos which will leave you begging for more.Read more ›
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Thanks to Amazon.com, I was able to find the new holiday album, WINTER CAROLS, by one of my favourite artists and one of my favourite bands...Blackmore's Night.

I looked everywhere for it, from my local record store to places like Barnes & Noble and Borders...both usually having Blackmore's Night albums in stock.

I have all of their CD's, and WINTER CAROLS is just another quality album among their masterworks. I was so pleased with their last original album, VILLAGE LANTERNE, that I knew this was going to be a sure thing.

All of the songs are beautiful, with that Renaissance sound that Mr. Blackmore has perfected. With such classics as "Hark The Herald Angels Sing," "Good King Wenceslas," and "We Three Kings," it makes the holidays much brighter and jollier. My favourite track is the majestic "Emmanuel." And of course, there are a few originals, most notably the wonderful "Christmas Eve."

If you have the Blackmore's Night collection, you HAVE to have this one...
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Imagine my surprise when I saw Amazon was offering this magical work some three weeks before its international release...but I'm not complaining!

Ritchie, Candice and the gang are in top form here -- far from a slapped together compilation of traditional Christmas favourites, this album has every bit of the careful attention to detail that make their works such a treat to experience. Happily, while many of the old stalwarts are included, such as We Three Kings, Hark the Herald and Emmanuel, to name a few, they have included a few of the more rarely heard holiday songs, Lord of the Dance (no relation to the musical) being a particularly rousing example.

For those few naysayers who have in the past brought Candice's vocal abilities into question, let me say this: this album will put any lingering doubters to shame. Truly a vocal tour-de-force, Candice's rendition of We Saw Three Ships is filled with such enthusiasm that it quickly becomes contagious. Her beautiful soft singing of Ma-O-Tzur, in particular, will evoke goosebumps on any who are fortunate enough to be listening. To the so-called pundits, this girl can sing!

Perhaps the only (minor) nit I have with the album is the relative scarcity of purely instrumental songs, but this being a Christmas album I suppose that's to be expected. Ritchie is at the top of his craft here, so instrumentals from this maestro are always a treat -- but then, we'd also lose out on Candice's lovely voice. So, all in all, I think they've achieved a fine balance.

I have to admit I was a bit surprised that Ritchie would have a go at a Christmas album, but then his creativity with established works in the past has been nothing short of brilliant, and it's no different here.

Now if only they'll have a concert here in the Great White North...
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