Blackmore's Night: Secret Voyage (2008)
On "Locked Within The Crystal Ball," drummer Squire Malcolm of Lumley executes a rumbling rhythmic pattern that signals a tuneful and up-tempo rock pulse in support of Night's wistful vocals and Blackmore's resonating electric guitar lines. The entire album is engineered upon an acoustic-electric methodology, where Blackmore renders a potpourri of British folk and classical acoustic guitar parts amid the keys, violin and rhythmic foundations. On the flip side, the group morphs Elvis Presley's pop hit, "Can't Help Falling In Love," into a thrusting and rather profound rock groove. However, the amalgamations of various European folk derivations prevail as a recurring parameter throughout the entirety of the album. Blackmore does let it rip in spots, but tones it down and mans the flow when required. Entertaining, heavenly and uplifting are just a few of the descriptors that convey the band's ongoing legacy.
Track Listing: God save the keg; Locked within the crystal ball; Gilded cage; Toast to tomorrow; Prince Waldeck's galliard; Rainbow eyes; The circle; Sister Gypsy; Can't help falling in love; The Peasant's promise; Far far away; Empty words.
Personnel: Richie Blackmore: guitars, Swedish fiddle, hurdy gurdy, mandocello, mandola, tambourine, various percussion instruments; Candice Night: lead and backing vocals, recorders; Pat Regan: Early Music Consort and various string instruments; Gypsy Rose: violin; Bard David: vocals; Joe Castle: vocals; Jim Manngard: vocals; Squire Malcolm of Lumley: drums and percussion.
Record Label: Minstrel Hall Music
Style: Beyond Jazz