Friday, 27 June 2008


Legendary lead guitarist Ritchie Blackmore fires-up his fascination with the traditional dark arts of Renaissance rock. Together with partner, singer Candice Night and their band of merry minstrels Blackmore's Night have crafted yet another eclectic brew. From the grandiose opening of 'God Save The Keg' and the epic 'Locked Within The Crystal Ball', to the hauntingly enchanting 'Sister Gypsy' and 'Far Far Away', 'Secret Voyage' is an exquisite affair. Full of rich instrumentation, it's a magical journey of atmosphere, imagination, and imagery. Highlights include a cover of Rainbow’s 'Rainbow Eyes' and a completely off-the-cuff rendition of Elvis' 'Can't Help Falling In Love'. When all's said and done, it's a trip worth taking - Ritchie’s playing is exemplary, especially when he plugs himself in and delivers some 'unexpected' guitar bursts!

Mark Crampton

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