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Blackmore's Night - Paris Moon

4.1 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews

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For a decade, Candice Night, Ritchie Blackmore, and their fellow band of minstrels have crafted an enchanting folk/rock sound with Renaissance overtones that has earned them the devotion of fans around the globe. Over the course of five high internationally charting studio albums, several live and compilation releases, numerous awards and many sold-out tours around the planet, they have truly perfected their signature blend of music. The band continues to tour around the globe and this brand new DVD, filmed at the famous Olympia in Paris, France is a celebration of the past 10 years.

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If you still can't deal with the fact that the dude who played the solos on "Smoke on the Water" and "Highway Star" is the same guy who now stands on stage wearing Robin Hood boots, plucking a lute, and cranking a hurdy-gurdy, it's time to get over it--the release of Paris Moon roughly coincides with the tenth anniversary of Blackmore's Night, making it apparent that former Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore is intent on sticking with his goal of bringing music with a Renaissance flavor to a wider audience. He and his troupe of lords and ladies are doing a swell job of it, too. There's a fine line between credibility and risibility here. The two-hour concert's Ye Olde vibe, what with song titles like "The Village Lanterne" and band members sporting names like Bard David of Larchmont and Squire Malcolm of Lumley (to say nothing of the fellow in a rabbit suit who wanders onstage during "Minstrel Hall"), almost invites ridicule. But the Blackmore's Night sound, which evokes comparisons to the likes of world musician Loreena McKennitt and acoustic Jethro Tull (indeed, Ian Anderson made a guest appearance on their first album, and his "Rainbow Blues" is performed here) and ranges from the 12th Century ("Fires at Midnight") to Joan Baez ("Diamonds and Rust") and, yes, Deep Purple ("Soldier of Fortune"), is often powerful and evocative, especially when its disparate elements come together on "World of Stone" and several others. Candice Night, Blackmore's partner in music and life (she makes a wry reference to his three, count 'em, divorces), is a likeable frontwoman and a good if not especially distinctive lead vocalist, and the musicians are all first-rate--especially Blackmore, who brings out his Stratocaster for some heavy riffage on "Ariel," "Loreley," and "Saint Teresa" but otherwise confines himself to acoustic instruments. The audience helps, too, clapping and singing along and turning the occasion into a veritable Renaissance Faire. A brief (about nine minutes) documentary is the principal special feature; the package also includes an 11-track audio CD with songs from the concert and two bonus tracks. --Sam Graham

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Product Details

  • Actors: Blackmore's Night
  • Format: Color, DTS Surround Sound, PAL
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Alliance
  • DVD Release Date: November 6, 2007
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VVE2TS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,822 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By John J. Toutant on November 14, 2007
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Once upon a crisp winter's eve, I stood outside a brightly lit theater in New Jersey, dressed in my finest medieval garb. A local approached me, and asked me what band was playing that night. "Blackmore's Night", I replied. The quizzical look on the person's face indicated to me that she was not familiar with the band. So I added, "If rock and roll was played 500 years ago, it would sound like their music... you could call it Renaissance Rock." With a look of understanding, the person smiled, and went on down the street.

Blackmore's Night has been the purveyor of "Renaissance Rock" for ten years now, and shows no signs of slowing down. From America, to Japan, the UK, Germany, and Eastern Europe, Ritchie Blackmore, Candice Night, and their fellow minstrels have been filling the night air with lovely music, new and old, original and borrowed, for their appreciative fans, and for all others, too. It is difficult to convey to the uninitiated what feelings a Blackmore's Night concert imparts to dyed-in-the-wool fans such as myself.... the soaring vocals, the exquisite guitar mastery, the love and passion that is infused into each note, all lending to camaraderie, good cheer, good humor, and an all-around joie de vivre that is poured out like sparkling wine at each BN show.

Paris Moon is no exception to BN's earlier labors of love. This DVD and CD combination was recorded in Paris, France, in late 2006. BN's earlier two-DVD release, Castles and Dreams, gave an inside glance at their enchanting castle concerts in Germany, with imposing walls and natural twilight furnishing the backdrop to their magical performance. I submit to you that Paris Moon is the "flip side" of Castles and Dreams. Shot in a lovely theater, Paris Moon's 20 DVD tracks are a musical tour de force...
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Don't get me wrong: I love "Castles & Dreams" and all things Blackmore, as well, but, dare I say it, I find this DVD a tad BETTER than the last Blackmore's Night DVD. Why? I think the main performance is more inspired and VIRTUOSO in its depth: longer solos and more keyboard interplay. Unlike the band Kansas, not having the violin does *not* detract from this band in the least. In actual fact,Ritchie's amazing guitar---and the other musicians, too---shine even more without the addition of a violin player. Particular standouts are "World Of Stone", "Fires at Midnight", "Ariel", and even "Home Again", a track I felt was cute but kind of lame on the studio version.
I must admit that, when I first saw the track listing and so on, without having viewed the DVD yet, I thought Ritchie and Co. were merely "biding time" until another substantive release was forthcoming (and, yes, I also felt, again without having seen the DVD yet, that "Castles & Dreams" HAD to be the better of the two, was more definitive, and, frankly, "why bother"?). I was wrong. Get this asap!
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First, let me say, "I believe that Blackmore's Night is head and shoulders above 'any' musical recording artist of the past ten years!" I wish they would stick with renaissance flavoured music and leave the hard rock to a minimum! Granted, Ritchie Blackmore is a genius at his craft. The whole band is terrific, (Bard David, Squire Malcolm, Sir Robert! All the best at their art!) including the loveable 'Sisters of the Moon', and Candice is the best lead vocal in a generation! Perhaps had I not enjoyed "Castles and Dreams" over and over again before watching this performance then maybe I would have liked this concert better. But I am not a Blackmore's Night fan because of "Soldier of Fortune" for example. I am a fan because of songs like "Queen For A Day" and "Mid Winter's Night", etc.. That's what I and my wife truly love about this band!
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I used to be all about heavy music and harsh singing. Not sure what it is about Blackmore's Night but this overtook Blind Guardian as my favorite and they aren't even a comparison. I now have all their albums between actual CD Releases and iTunes Purchases. So as not to go on about the band in general, we are all here to know what this LIVE DVD is about.

Many bands seem to do great in the studio but you hear their live work and it's, well, nothing short of awful. Blackmore's Night is just the opposite. Candace's vocals are simply amazing, no matter how they are recorded. And their talented Musicians get plenty of 'show off' time too. It's like they play 'Studio Quality' on the road, not in that they are exactly identical. No. They are different but just as good as the originals. Just Great song selection, excellent quality of music and this DVD goes by before you even realize it. Because of this DVD, I now know I want to see this band play 'Live'.

Sorry, not very good at writing reviews, but if you like Blackmore's Night, and want to hear their Live work, don't hesitate!

MAC Owners, Please Note! I originally thought I had a defective DVD, the sound was wavy and going loud and quiet nonstop. Was driving me crazy. But I found the solution. In your DVD Player Preferences, go to the Disc Setup tab, and check the box that says "Disable Dolby dynamic range compression". Your problems will be solved.
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