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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.Read more ›
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...
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...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this album! I especially loved the songs 'I Saw Three Ships" "Lord of the Dance" and my FAVORITE on the recording: "Ding Dong Merrily On High" I was... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Rodger B. Goolsby
Beautifully sung and tuneful, this would be a terrific Christmas songbook if they hadn't taken "Jesus" and "Christ" out of the carols that include his name in the... Read morePublished 19 days ago by WRG
I love Blackmore's Night's music. I have another cd and will probably get more. Really, really, beautiful. It made my holiday more festive.Published 24 days ago by Evie C.
Especially the rendition of "Ding Dong Merrily On High" is spectacular !Published 1 month ago by Florentino
Love this group and the music on this CD lives up to their reputation. Highly recommend it!Published 1 month ago by Loren Capsopoulos
This is honestly the only Christmas music I will listen to, this cd is just awesomePublished 3 months ago by Alli Elmlinger
I LOVE Blackmore's Night!! this is a reissue of a classic cd!! Wonderful Holiday music!!Published 3 months ago by Dawn Barela
Bought this last year before Christmas. Candice's voice is wonderful on these songs and Richie's guitars and arrangements are so totally great. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ray N. White