Blackmore's Night - 'All Our Yesterday'

Ritchie Blackmore - guitars, mandolin, domra, hurdy-gurdy
Candice Night - vocals, chanter, cornamuse, shawm, rauschpfeife, tambourine
Bard David of Larchmont (David Baranowski) - keyboards
Earl Grey of Chimay (Mike Clemente) - bass, mandolin, rhythm guitar     Troubadour of Aberdeen (David Keith) - drums, percussion
Lady Kelly De Winter (Kelly Morris) - French horn, harmony vocals     
Scarlet Fiddler (Claire Smith)
ad vocal

1.) "All Our Yesterdays" - This track opens with Candice sings lead vocal lines over the top of Richie playing a dorma.  There are three percussion Congas cracks between the verse and chorus.  The full band kicked-in for the musical chorus.  Like all of Blackmore's choruses they have very huge hooks.  After the chorus there was a dorma lead guitar solo.  This solo connected the first and second chorus.  The only difference between the first and second verse was the addition of the hurdy gurdy.     
2.) "Allan Yn N Fan" - Instrumental
3.) "Darker Shade Of Black" - Instrumental
4.) "Long Long Time" - originally recorded by Linda Ronstadt in 1970 and released on her 'silk Purse'.
5.) "Moonlight Shadow" - This track opened with four lyric lines that was double-tracked by Candice.   Percussion kicks-in underneath the  third lyric line.  The bass line kicks in underneath the fourth and then the drum line underneath the fifth.  Richie plays an electric guitar arrangement for the musical chorus.  This was a rare treat since you hardly hear him play an electric anymore.  After the second chorus there was a short snare drum breakdown.  The breakdown lead to an electric lead guitar solo.  After the third verse there was a minor lead guitar solo.           
6.) "I Got You Babe" -"I Got You Babe" is a 1965 song written by Sonny Bono, the first single from the first album, Look at Us, of the American pop music duo Sonny & Cher.
7.) "The Other Side" - This trak opens with a pretty standard Blakmore's Night intro arrangement.  There as a small musical arrangement change for the musical verse.  Candice double-tracked her lead vocal lines.  There was an arrangement change after the verse.  The band used this same arrangement change for the chorus.  The backing harmonies were perfect.  After the second chorus there was a stringed instrument solo section.
8.) "Queen's Lament" - Instrumental
9.) "Where Are We Going From Here" - This version of a Blackmore's song that was originally released on their CD 'Ghost of a Rose' was remixed musically.
10.) "Will O' The Wisp" - This track opened with a hurdy gurdy that went to a standard Blackmore intro.  There was an arrangement change for the musical verse.  There was a vocal accent connecting the verse with the chorus.  The chorus had a huge Candice Night vocal hook.  After the second chorus there was an acoustic lead guitar solo.  After the third chorus there was a hurdy gurdy solo
11.) "Earth Wind And Sky" - This was a classic and amazing Blackmore's Night ballad.
12) "Coming Home" -This track opened with what sounded like two mandolin arrangement.  As it progressed there was had claps added.  There was a short musical rest connecting the intro with the musical verse.  The band used the same intro to connect the chorus with the second verse.  After the second chorus there was a lead solo section.  The coda consisted of the musical intro section. 


    In 1995 Ritchie Blackmore released his final Rainbow CD titled, 'Stranger In Us All'.  Shortly after the tour Ritchie and his then girlfriend (now his beloved wife) retreated to the UK.  In two years after moving to the UK Ritchie and Candice released a new project titled Blackmore's Night.  This new project was in the style of renaissance. A style of music which if you listen to a lot of the notes and phrasing of those notes he played with Deep Purple and with Rainbow especially the Dio years the notes are the same just in a different style and speed.
   'All Our Yesterdays' is the tenth CD the couple has released.  The CD contains twelve tracks three of which are instrumentals and two cover songs.  The two cover songs are "Long Long Time" by Linda Ronstadt and "I Got You Babe" by Sonny & Cher.  I must say I liked their version of "I Got You Babe" though it took a little getting used to hearing it as a solo.
    Once again Candice's vocals sound of an angelic angels (and she is not too bad on the eyes either).  While Ritchie is Ritchie never missing a note and knowing exactly were he is suppose to be.  In the way the couple present the songs transfers you into the time of that era.  For me as a musician I have falling in love with this band!  Now the downside.  Is this release as good as their others?  Well, I guess that would be a matter of your opinion.  Personally, I really liked this release.  With that being said, the CD is really only for Blackmore's Night fans.  If you are new to the band I would purchase one of their earlier releases first and then after getting familiar with the band build myself up to this one.