Title - Winter Carols (Deluxe Edition)
Artist - Blackmore’s Night
For those unaware, and following traditional Holiday music back to its roots, Blackmore’s Night (Candice Night and Ritchie Blackmore) always approach Christmas songs with their own unique styling.
On November 19th, 2021, they will celebrate the holidays with the relaunch of their classic album Winter Carols, available as a high-quality 2CD Digipak Edition and digital album (earMUSIC).
Originally released in 2006, this 2021 version has been carefully remastered and contains these four tracks that were previously unavailable in this format: Here We Come A-Caroling, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, O Little Town Of Bethlehem and Silent Night.
Additionally, Winter Carols includes a remastered version of their timeless Christmas single Christmas Eve.
A brand-new song, Coventry Carol, is an English Christmas carol dating back to the 16th century with additional lyrics by award-winning lyricist / vocalist Candice Night and new musical arrangements by legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore.
CD 1: :
1. Coventry Carol
2. Deck The Halls
3. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
4. O Christmas Tree
5. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing / O Come All Ye Faithful
7. Winter (Basse Dance)
8. Ding Dong Merrily On High
10. Good King Wenceslas
11. Simple Gifts (Lord Of The Dance)
12. We Three Kings
13. Wish You Were Here (2021)
15. Christmas Eve
16. We Wish You A Merry Christmas
This quite delightful, and uniquely resonating deluxe edition of the album opens on the aforementioned new song, the English carol Coventry Carol and the more traditionally-known Deck The Halls before bringing us the ornately created God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, the gentle hipsway of O Christmas Tree, a luscious, guitar-enhanced medley of Hark! The Herald Angels Sing / O Come All Ye Faithful, the jaunty bounce of I Saw Three Ships, the pure guitar gossamer of Winter (Basse Dance) and then comes the delicately beautiful Ding Dong Merrily On High.
Next up we get to hear the full reach and vocal tone of Candice on the Hebrew hymn Ma-O-Tzur (sung in both Hebrew and English) and the gorgeous traditional fare of Good King Wenceslas and they are in turn followed by the gently rambunctious Simple Gifts (Lord Of The Dance), an effervescent We Three Kings, some yearning guitar balladry on Wish You Were Here (2021), the first disc rounding out on the gently beauty of Emmanuel, the airy Christmas Eve, closing on the rousing We Wish You A Merry Christmas.
1. Crowning Of The King
2. Here We Come A-Caroling
3. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
4. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
5. Silent Night
6. Christmas Eve (2013 Version)
7. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing / O Come All Ye Faithful (Live From Minstrel Hall)
8. Emmanuel (Live From Minstrel Hall)
9. We Three Kings (Live From Minstrel Hall)
10. Ma-O-Tzur (Live From Minstrel Hall)
11. Good King Wenceslas (Live From Minstrel Hall)
The second disc opens on the stirringly Renaissance-imbibed Crowning Of The King and the delightfully merry Here We Come A-Caroling and then we get the restfully peaceful ambiance of It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, the charming O Little Town Of Bethlehem and then comes the free flowing majesty of Silent Night and a spirited Christmas Eve (2013 Version).
The second disc rounds out proceedings with five live tracks recorded at Minstrel Hall: the emphatic Hark! The Herald Angels Sing / O Come All Ye Faithful, the gently ornate Emmanuel, the stunningly acoustic, Latin guitar work found within We Three Kings, the beautifully sung Hebrew hymn Ma-O-Tzur, and then (after some faint background chit-chat), the simply divine Good King Wenceslas is brought forth.
Mastering the mix of Rock and Folk elements, Blackmore’s Night have always perfected the art of creating music for family, friends, and fans to come together and celebrate. Winter Carols provides the perfect backdrop for the holiday season.
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