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Autumn Sky

18 Feb. 2014 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2010
  • Release Date: 18 Feb. 2014
  • Label: Spinefarm Records UK
  • Copyright: (C) 2010 Spin-Farm Oy, under exclusive license from Minstrel Hall
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  • Total Length: 1:01:25
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  • ASIN: B0041K64M8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,076 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Alex on 14 Sept. 2010
Format: Audio CD
If you don't know Blackmore's Night it is a band formed by former Deep Purple guitarist, Ritchie Blackmore, and his wife Candice Night. Along with an ever changing line up of `minstrels' they play renaissance style music, and when playing live they perform in period costume at castles and the like. Very popular in Germany and surrounds which can offer a range of that style of venue, and is an excellent evening's entertainment. They have a formula, and as per the old adage - `If it ain't broke, don't fix it.', so this latest release is very similar to all of their others, and I for one applaud them for it.

Autumn Sky is a mix of traditional and self penned numbers, vocal and instrumental, with a couple from outside writers, which while good, are the weaker tracks on the album.

For some reason Europe and the US have different cover art work. The US got the better deal.

If you know and like the band's previous work it is more of the same. If you are new to Blackmore's Night this album is typical and as good a start point as any. Highly recommended.

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Highland - Not the best choice of opener as it is the weakest on the album. One of those by outside writers. Over produced and what sounds like a drum machine. No, they wouldn't, would they?

Vagabond (Make A Princess Of Me) - Intro very similar to Purple's - Soldier Of Fortune. Goes into a lilting hypnotic piece and it is not just the lyrics that make it sound a bit like their song Queen For A Day.

Journeyman (Vandraren)- If this is not a drum machine then Squire Malcolm Of Lumley and the techs need to do something to stop it sounding like one. Features Ritchie's signature electric guitar tone.
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Format: Vinyl
I am a big fan of the group. I have seen them many times in concert during past UK and German tours and have all their albums. I purchased Autumn Sky on vinyl from a German music store during a recent business trip, as I could not get hold of a copy in the UK.

I was in two minds whether to get this vinyl or the CD version. From past experience 15 tracks on a single vinyl LP normally means reduced audio quality. Side 1 is close to 30mins and Side 2 around 28mins long. I can only guess that the record company are trying to save money and/or keep the retail price down to push sales. I am convinced that consumers buying vinyl records are willing to pay that little bit extra to maximise sound quality over two albums rather than one. The last album, Secret Voyage was pressed on two vinyl LPs and the audio quality is truly magnificent (good enough to use as a test record for any vinyl base Hi-Fi system). I only paid 3 Euros more for that album vs Autumn Sky.

The cover and packaging for Autumn Sky is a very basic single cover. The front cover from this vinyl album I understand is the US version not the UK CD one. The back cover lists the tracks, a few small colour photographs of the band members,the musical acknowledgements and special thanks to. No lyrics on the cover or a separate sheet inside the sleeve, which is a pity. The vinyl weight is very good at 204g but yet again not very well protected in a thin paper inner sleeve.

The sound quality in my view does suffer from this track overload. Although not a total disaster the sound does seem compressed. The album played on the same volume setting as Secret Voyage is much quieter. It lacks the presence, clarity and stereo image across the speakers in comparison.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By mickb on 9 Oct. 2010
Format: Audio CD
well what can isay,probably the worst release of blackmores night since their first brilliant release,it gets slowly boring to here the same sound every album ,sorry does nothing for me,been a big fan since beginning but slowly the songs and music are getting a bit yawny,hopefully the tour will be better,and maybe bringing back the sisters of the moon would help.ok thats it sorry to all u hard fans who disagree, but blackmores night have become stale,and the recycling paper is nearly being used more then quo lol
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I hate to give a poor review to this great band, but I don't think Ritchie and Candice really had their hearts in this album, distracted as they were by Candice's pregnancy. I read somewhere that it was mostly recorded by them alone in a tiny studio and that's exactly how it sounds. The comments by some about drum machines are almost certainly on target. Teamwork from great musicians is part of what BN is about and dropping the band is a bit short sighted. As for the songs, some of them are disappointingly repetitive, with little development or variation. It is almost as if Ritchie was working to a deadline and said "That'll do". Not good enough. The dearth of violins is a real mistake, and there's too much of the bagpipe-style sound (sorry don't know the name of the instruments). That said, the best tracks that I always play are Journeyman, Keeper of the flame (brilliant) and Health to the company, the last of which shows off Candice's mature voice, the meld of New England and olde England, and brings tears to my eyes. Sadly most of the rest is disposable. Never mind, onwards and upwards.
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