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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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,201 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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What do you get when you combine a legendary rock guitarist, an angel-voiced singer, a few more amazingly-gifted musicians; throw in a hurdy-gurdy, a pennywhistle and a Fender guitar; and then let them weave their musical magic into an unequalled holiday CD? Why, it's "Winter Carols", by Blackmore's Night, by Jove!This hardy band of medieval minstrels, led by Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple and Rainbow fame, along with his lovely and talented partner, Candice Night, have once again applied their Medieval- and Renaissance-inspired rock talents to some well-known, as well as some lesser-known holiday classics, and have crafted a wonderful, extremely listenable holiday CD, that would only leave the most incorrigible Scrooge among us unmoved."Winter Carols" has twelve tracks, with many favorites of Yuletides past, including "Hark the Herald Angels Sing", "Good King Wenceslas", "Emmanuel", and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas". These are not pale, watered-down elevator music renditions of songs we've all heard many times... these are heady, mirthful, musically- and lyrically-beautiful tunes that have received the inimitable Blackmore's Night hallmark. "We Three Kings" and "Ding Dong Merrily on High" round out the classics that have benefitted from BN's magical embellishments. If you are like me, these may spirit you away to a far-away time and place!Included are two songs perhaps more well-known to aficionados of British and Celtic music , "Lord of the Dance/ Simple Gifts" and "I Saw Three Ships". These magically-rendered pieces, along with "Ma-O-Tzur", a simple yet wondrous Hanukkah tune, lend an indescribable world music feel to this beautiful holiday CD.Read more ›
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