CD REVIEW Blackmore's Night

Band : Blackmore's Night
Album title : A Knight In York
Label : Minstrell Hall Music
Distributor : UDR - EMI
Release date : 29/06/2012
Release : CD + DVD

I know...another “late” review from my part, and regrettably, due to a set of diverse reasons, there's more coming...but let's not elaborate on that, shall we!

Weeks ahead of the enchanted evening of September 30, 2011, the gentle ladies and noblemen of the surroundings of the British town of York, as well as their kinsmen, were spending time with their dressmakers, for they intended to feast that evening in appropriate attire, for the Lady Candice, Lord Blackmore, and their band of merry minstrels were coming along for some gay get-together.

As the singing (and occasionally fawn playing) Lady declares following the set-introducing song “Locked Within The Crystal Ball” (off the 2008 album Secret Voyage, which so happens was the last studio recording by B's N yours truly reviewed – posted 20/08/2008), a lot of things had happened since the band had played in that town last. Of course the troubadours had released a couple of albums, and also she and Lord Blackmore had brought into Life a darling daughter by the name of Autumn, after which they titled their last studio album Autumn Sky, released in 2010 (issued through Sony, we never gót that album!). That very evening, she said, the band would play several songs of those recent albums and, just so as you know, from the 2008 album that would be the songs “Gilded Cage”, “The Circle”, “The Peasant's Promise” and “Toast To Tommorrow”. Autumn Sky would be represented by an equal amount of songs, namely “Journeyman”, “Barbara Allen”, “Darkness”, Dance Of The Darkness”, and “All The Fun Of The Fayre”. In between, the band brought some older songs, including “World Of Stone” (off 2006's The Village Lanterne), “Fires At Midnight” (originally on the 2001 album by the same title) and “Dandelion Wine” (from 2003's Ghost Of A Rose). The one and a half hour set was concluded with the song “First Of May”, the origins of which I was unable to ascertain.

Of course, there was more than just thàt...but for the purpose of the length-challenged CD there was quite some editing done. Luckily, the DVD delivers the show in its entirety (90 minutes in stead of 70 for the CD). It also shows some nice background footage of the town of York (pity that bit of the DVD is not even 3 minutes long, though). As this IS a live recording, there's no rating...even if the album WILL be amongst my favourite albums of the year! Please also check the review for the solo album by Candice Night.

Tony.