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Blackmore's Night

British guitarist Ritchie Blackmore started out as a session player and then was a cofounder of the hard rock group Deep Purple in 1968. With Deep Purple, he made the albums Shades of Deep Purple (1968), The Book of Taliesyn (1969), Deep Purple (1969), Concerto for Group and Orchestra (with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, 1970), Purple in Rock, Fireball (1971), Machine Head (1972), Purple Passages (1972), Made in Japan (1973), Who Do We Think We Are? (1973), Burn (1974), and Stormbringer (1974) before leaving the group in April 1975. In Los Angeles in 1975, he took over the New York band Elf, replaced the guitarist, and renamed the resulting heavy metal quintet Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow. Personnel would change frequently during the band's existence. The first edition featured Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald Padavona, July 10, 1949, Cortland, NY) (vocals), Gary Driscoll (drums), Craig Gruber (bass), and Mickey Lee Soule (keyboards). They made the first album, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow. Driscoll, Gruber, and Soule then departed and were replaced by Jim Bain (bass), Tony Carey (keyboards), and former Jeff Beck Group drummer Cozy Powell (b. December 29, 1947, Cirencester, England) for the second album, Rainbow Rising (1976), and the third, On Stage, which made the U.K. Top Ten. (From the third album on, the band was credited only as Rainbow.) Carey and Bain then left and were replaced by David Stone (keyboards) and Bob Daisley (bass) for the fourth album, Long Live Rock 'N' Roll (1978), another Top Ten U.K. hit, after which Daisley and Stone left. In 1979, Blackmore, Dio, and Powell added former Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover (b. November 20, 1945, Brecon, South Wales) and Don Airey (keyboards), and started to make the fifth album, the U.K. Top Ten Down to Earth, but Dio left during the recording sessions and was replaced by Graham Bonnet. The album included two U.K. Top Ten singles, "Since You've Been Gone" and "All Night Long." Powell and Bonnet left in 1980 and were replaced by Bob Rondinelli (drums) and Joe Lynn Turner (vocals), and the lineup of Blackmore, Glover, Airey, Rondinelli, and Turner made the sixth album and fourth U.K. Top Ten LP Difficult to Cure in 1981. The album produced the U.K. Top Ten single "I Surrender." Then Airey left and was replaced by David Rosenthal. In 1982, Blackmore, Glover, Rondinelli, Turner, and Rosenthal made their seventh album and fifth U.K. Top Ten, Straight Between the Eyes. The eighth album, Bent out of Shape, was released in 1983 and featured the band's first U.S. Top 40 hit, "Stone Cold." In 1984, Blackmore disbanded Rainbow and joined a reformed version of Deep Purple, participating in the albums Perfect Strangers (1984), The House of Blue Light (1987), Nobody's Perfect (1988), Slaves and Masters (1990), The Battle Rages On (1993) and Stranger in Us All (1995). With new outfit Blackmore's Night, in 1997 he resurfaced with Shadow of the Moon; Under a Violet Moon followed a year later. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi
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#Locked within the crystal ball

LLAB LATSYRC EHT NIHTIW DEKCOL
LOCKED WITHIN THE CRYSTAL BALL
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Candace definitely needs to be added to BIO. happy 70th Ritchie--4/1 4 / 1 4
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NOOM TELOIV A REDNU
UNDER A VIOLET MOON
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carolgwood
I I agree with several commentators : Lyrics are essential for us sing along addicts and to add to our understandin g of the music: up-to-date performer info is valuable: We need to know more about original composer (hate the collections that rename the music and substitute a performer). and we want to find out about the lineage and influences for the music. You do hint at derivation with some performer(s) / c o m p o s e r s , when you discuss their influences. We realize there may be copyright issues.
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aejudd09
Amen - the biographies are a nice thought, but they always seem to be inaccurate, or outdated, or just missing.
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myekeh
Needs an update - it's 2015!!
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by shadows of darken moon every soul listens to banshees wailing coon and phantoms shown arise to play by morning dawn as lost spirits long await midnights prize before they to must hide in the grave by days surprise until once again the bells toll for the hallows to give way and each forgotten shriek awakens from sleep to bring life to the dead and unsaved with familiar company they keep as twilights eerie meek dance a haunted tune until earths call brings them back to lay deep in their tombs
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Shadow of the moon
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I agree 100% please bring back the lyrics otherwise you're just another station playing music put yourself back as number 1 thank you
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#UnderAViole t M o o n
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It would be nice if Pandora would put some info about Candace Night in the bio on Blackmore's Night. Ritchie's an awesome guitarist but she's extraordinar y , too.
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Ppppppllllll l l e e e e e e e a a a s s s s s s s e e e e bring back lyrics; fun to SING
Along!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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...although, I wouldn't be surprised if it turns out to be a copyright issue, since Pandora is for-profit, maybe they can't offer lyrics.
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Yes, please return the lyrics option -don't really care about inconsistenc i e s . ...in fact, I find those interesting. . . !
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mbera5
Ritchie seems to find the best vocalists for his bands. Loved Purple and now this band and their music. Candice is the perfect fit. Listen to her do Child in Time - She Rocks!
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aejudd09
I think Pandora stopped doing lyrics because there were so many (true) complaints about wrong ones. I was off for a few months and now even songs that used to have lyrics don't.
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2 things:
Where's the bio on Candice
Where are the lyrics

Really pandora this is my favorite music app but I wish they would add good stuff to it
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Love this sad & mournful songs by Blackmore! Gotta hear more!
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to val halla we shall sing and in the days of play our life will bring gaellic sounds threw the halls that usher us wenches to cling as victory spills out our last drop of blood to dance with the bravest of every adversary we could so we gain the rightful place in the after world slaying enemies to have the riches we should
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aejudd09
I'm a little crazy about Blackmore's Night right now. I found them on a Celtic station and can honestly call them one of the most incredible bands I've ever heard.
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Dandelion wine
Is a very calming song
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Amazing for Ritchie to migrate to this music and to do it so succesfully. I've heard Ritchie play Chet Atkins style and classical as well. Such a versatile artist.
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I love Blackmores Night there soo Spiritually Mystical really takes me back in time n space
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Locked within the crystal ball
#BstSongEvr
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Especially back in the mid seventies,I was enjoying some live deep purple,Black m o r e was absolutely blasting away with an energy that I could not believe,was blown away,lots of steady energy,espec i a l l y on "child in time"you gotta see it to believe it
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morning by night of dark and by light catching bright a glimce of white intence the magic skips in ryme to the time all gather for mistic endever bringing a gailic sound forever as stars twinkle across fields golden merryment sings keeping peace under wing while the earth is beholden within her breast for a parshal of life's zest as part of its request at its best for all to glean with every soul finding a place to rest and all is washed clean
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High energy.u fing right come get summ uv this.live what the......
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LLAB LATSYRC EHT HTIW DEKCOL
LOCKED WITH THE CRYSTAL BALL
#CantEscape
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Im not sure @terril3464
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Dandilion Wine
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Blackmore's Night is not just Richie..Cand i c e too...lame bio.
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I adore this band.
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What happened to the lyrics?
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Richie Richie Richie.....v e r y good instrumentat i o n . . . d e f i n i t e change from,say machine head,what a contrast,hmm m . . . . . . i t is good,but renaissance are a lllllittle better,but not guitar-wise, d o n ' t worry.
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Im not sure~t_bisca r r e t
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Why don't they post the lyrics anymore?
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The nighttime denizens prance around,garbe d in colors of older,under a lilac moon low,and a quarter.spir i t s join them during drunken nights by campfire,the y soon retreat to their tents and share their desire,nice thought I suppose
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I agree, Lorelei is my fav...or is it Ocean Gypsy? It's one of the two.

And yes, that bio stinks. I want to know about Candace.
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josephbenesc h
Correcting a misprint in the above write-up with regards to the Rainbow albums. The song Stone Cold, the band's first U.S. Top 40 hit, was on Straight between the eyes (seventh album), and the hit that was on Bent out of Shape (eight album) was Street of Dreams.
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Magic is afoot!
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sg8tealc
jesus tityfucking christ, this is the best band ever!
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Loreley is best song guys
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I LOVE LOVE LOVE "Lorelei" best song ever !!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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came up on my Delain station. immediately fell in love
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Thanks to this song I'm now in love with BLACKMORE's night my favorite band◻◻⬜⬜◻⬜◻◻
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play minstrel pray is awesome
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cozmiccowgir l 4 8
This bio sucks. Not a mention of Candace Knight. I'm sure that a man wrote it. Who cares which guy played in which band that Richie was in, or what they played. Knowing minutae does not impress, especially when you leave out 50% of the present group.
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I love Rainbow with Ronnie James Dio and I love Blackmores Night as it such great music and its not about some political crap or partying. It s just a escape with stories to be told.
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if they ever make the wheel of time into a movie blackmores night needs to be in the movie and to do the theme song
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I thought they were from Spain. I stand corrected.
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