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Fires At Midnight

Blackmore's Night Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (6 Aug 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Spv
  • ASIN: B00005KCDG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,071 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Written in the stars
2. The times they are a changing
3. I still remember
4. Home again
5. Crowning of the king
6. Fayre thee well
7. Fires at midnight
8. Hanging tree
9. The storm
10. Midwinter's night
11. All becuse of you
12. Waiting just for you
13. Praetorius (courante)
14. Benzai-ten
15. Village on the sand
16. Again someday

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Blackmore's Night--Ritchie Blackmore contributes guitar, hurdy-gurdy and mandolin whilst his honey-voiced wife Candice Night weighs in with lead vocals, bagpipes, shawm, harp and recorder--are something of a soft-rock / folk / medieval confection. Their brief on Fires at Midnight even stretches to fusing Capercaillie-style Scottish ballads with Japanese influences (the nod to the Shinto Goddess of Happiness on "Benza-Ten"), pinching the tune of Jeremiah Clarke's Trumpet Voluntary (" Waiting For You") and backdating Bob Dylan ("The Times They Are Changing") in a manner which is more akin to William Byrd than The Byrds. Blackmore clearly knows his stuff--his take on Michael Praetorious' baroque dance "Courante" is a treasure--whilst elsewhere "Crowning of the King" is worthy of mid-period Steeleye Span and the windswept "I Still Remember" is an improbably brilliant conflation of Rainbow and Sandy Denny's Fotheringay. Medieval purists are probably better off pointing their cheque books in the direction of anything by Maddy Prior and The Carnival Band but, nevertheless, Blackmore's Night are onto something intriguingly different and uniquely their own. --Kevin Maidment

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best band just gets better and beter! 15 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Ritchie Blackmore - original guitar hero with Deep Purple and Rainbow. He gave it all up and decided to try something different. In what is probably the biggest turn around of style and a big gamble, he formed Blackmore's Night with the angelic voiced Candice Night. The first album still rates as one of the best albums ever released and possibly the greatest shock from an established musician. The second whilst enjoyable didn't quite hit the same mark. Now we have Fires at Midnight... wow!! Blackmores Night have managed to fuse the Renaissance themes from the first two albums with just a small enough amount of the early Rainbow style and have come up with a magnificent masterpiece of an album. Ballads and anthems, acooustic and electric, all in one. On top of which is a pure pop single (All Because Of You) to rival the likes of Britney, Steps and Atomic Kitten... if they ever dared release it!! The title track is the best anthem since Rainbow's Stargazer, 'I Still Remember You' one of the finest ballads ever. Blackmore is back, and there is no one else anywhere near him for this type of talent and music. Listen without predjudice - Buy it and be amazed.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blackmore brilliance 21 Aug 2002
Format:Audio CD
A Fantastic ride of music genius from Blackmore and Candice Night.from the magical " Home Again", so catchy you can't help but sing along to the wonderful chorus, to " All Because Of You "a wonderful ballad that would grace any Music chart , this is an ablbum of Blackmore at his best , with the old white stratocaster come out of the cobwebs more than his previous 2 albums.A must for any music lover Blackmore fans in particular.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fusion of Medieval and rock music 21 July 2001
Format:Audio CD
This, the third Blackmore's Night album sees the band going from strength to strength. Those that bought the last two albums should snap this up. Those who are new to the band - buy this album you will not regret it. From the intricate guitar solo in the title track to the sublime acoustic guitar in tracks such as Praetorius this is Blackmore at his finest. The vocals are handled by Candice Night - she just keeps getting better. A good illustration of her vocal talents can be heard on Written in the Stars. There is not a bad track on the album and at 18 tracks on the limited edition the album represents excellent value for money.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hugs to my ears... 4 Feb 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Ritchie has never been afraid of naff, which is perhaps just as well, considering the gaucherie of Candice's lyrics, but all the same I can't help loving this album. From the first marvellous note Candice produces - she gets better with each album - this record has me by the throat. And I'm not exactly sure why, which is a little embarrassing. OK, Ritchie plays like a god and Candice has a voice I could listen to forever, some of the songs stand out as particularly well-made (I'm thinking here of The Hanging Tree and The Times They Are A-Changing - Bob Dylan's I know, but he's never as good as when someone else is doing his stuff), but the lyrics really are utterly cringe-worthy. Here the special prize goes the The Crowning of the King, which always makes me think of Monty Python ("King? I don't recall voting for any king! I thought we were an autonomous collective!). Perhaps it's the fact that I'm a Renaissance scholar which makes the holes in Blackmore's Night's take on the Renaissance so very obvious to me.
But, but, but... I have played this lord knows how many times since buying it, and still I'm not tired of it at all. I hope they carry on in the same vein for some time to come, because clearly it works. Well done.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A collection of musical talent 4 Oct 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is another excellent album by Blackmore's Night. The acoustics are absolutely brilliant and the voice of Candice is Angelical - if not magical. Having been a fan of Blacmore nearly all my life, I quickly 'adjusted' to this kind of music. Theis album has a few harder sounding songs (like Fires at Midnight) with RB using his strings beautifully. Candice helps, playing, amongst other things, electronic bagpipes. How does RB always manage to spot such talented people??? An excellent buy is the limited edition with a video incorporated. I'ts been loved by all those who heard the CD so far.
John Micallef
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5.0 out of 5 stars Try to see them live, too! 12 Oct 2001
Format:Audio CD
I'm biased. I've loved this guy's guitar playing for 30 years, through Deep Purple and Rainbow, and it came as no surprise that the Man In Black didn't simply return to his roots but went back even further, when he was obviously sprinkled with some magic star dust at birth (gushing, isn't it!). Magic it is, though. For lovers of good tunes, there are plenty of beautiful melodies; for admiring guitar techies, there are some awesome displays of both acoustic and electric playing (the electric lead solo on the title track is a jaw dropper). Candice's vocals are great but I must also mention Chris Devine, the violinist, who is superb (I saw the band recently and all the musicians were excellent - Blackmore and Devine were fantastic). Lets face it. Rock music nowadays is all about visuals, with little attention given to the actual music. Have some of this. Proper music, played properly.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not As Strong As Their First Two Albums 1 April 2009
By Dave_42
Format:Audio CD
Blackmore's Night's first two albums were very strong, and so it isn't a huge surprise that their third album doesn't quite measure up. For those who are fans of their sound, there is still a lot here to enjoy, especially in the first half of the album. The group has its own special blend of Celtic and modern sounds and acoustic and electric instruments which is still quite evident on this album.

This time they do not open the album with a title track, but instead it opens with "Written in the Stars" which is a very good piece that demonstrates all that the fans of this group like. This is followed by a pleasant but not particularly special version of Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are A Changin'". This is followed by one of my favorite pieces from this album, "I Still Remember" which has a driving beat which really grabbed my ear. This is followed by the nice sing-a-long piece titled "Home Again". At this point, it would have to be considered as good as any of the Blackmore Night's albums, but the next piece, "The Crowning of the King" is a bit too similar to some of their pieces from earlier albums for me. This is followed by "Fayre Thee Well", one of Ritchie Blackmore's acoustic instrumental works which is one of the better of those pieces, but I think it suffers from its placement after "The Crowning of the King". "Fires at Midnight" is the other of the really first rate pieces on the album. Some might find it a bit long at around seven and a half minutes, but for myself it all works. The piece builds beautifully to a masterful finish.

"Hanging Tree" is pleasant, but it is a couple cuts below "Fires at Midnight". "Storm" builds with some good energy as it goes along and I like the violin, but it did feel to me as if something were missing from the overall piece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's like sitting right in front of a fire
I've listened to Blackmore's Night snippets many time, and now decided to collect them all. I admire Ritchie Blackmore, his unique talent, musical visions and feels. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Rene Reinar Svendsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this album
This CD captures the essence of Blackmore's Night Live perfectly. Beautiful singing a tight band and the everyone's favourite guitar player in tights. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars brillant
i am a harden Blackmore Kinghts fan but fantastic cd, but i love the new Tradtional side hes gone into so mabey it fits in to what im into anyway? but great relaxing sound
Published on 27 Nov 2011 by South Somerset
When listening to "fires at midnight" I am instantly transferred back in time, in the Medieval era, probably in a cavern , listening to a minstrel... Read more
Published on 30 Sep 2005 by melissa
3.0 out of 5 stars Rainbow meets Jethro Tull meets Enya
I've been a Rainbow fan for longer than I'd care to admit and bought this on the strength of listening to Blackmore's Stranger in Us All, thinking I'd get a more lyrical Rainbow. Read more
Published on 17 Sep 2001
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