Blackmore is best known for his explosive times with Deep Purple and many incarnations of Rainbow. I was interested in sampling his new venture, but people warned me 'isn't it just some sort of medieval folk music?'
Well, yes, its different, but listen to the man play. Give him anything with strings and he will give you a good tune. This is unmistakable Ritchie Blackmore, soaring solos with electric and acoustic instruments, just not at 50,000 watts.
He IS a virtuoso, his amazing talent shows through whatever he plays. As to the album, it would be quicker to list the couple of weaker tracks, the worst of which, 25 years & streets of London, get 3 stars - the rest get 4 and 5. His playing nicely complements Candices vocals, and the rendition of Child In Time is wonderful. (I did notice the writing credit was Ian Gillan and thought it ironic that he should be earning royalties from his arch nemesis from DP days)
This album is an excellent addition to my collection of 40 years worth of Rock and Metal music and I have no hesitation recommending it to anyone who wants to hear a true guitar genius at work.