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Blackmore’s Night reissues

Ritchie Blackmore, House of Blues Chicago, Oct 17 2009, Photo: Nick Soveiko CC-BY-NC-SA

First four Blackmore’s Night albums are apparently being deleted by SPV and will be reissued by the in-house label Minstrel Hall Music. Differences from the previous pressings are summarized below.

Shadow of the Moon
(MHM001)

Tracklist as per the 1998 UK re-issue/US release. Artwork at the rear loses the BMG logo and gains the MHM logo. The track listing is in a darker/bolder type face. CD artwork and inner rear CD tray artwork now incorporates the central section from the front cover.

Under a Violet Moon
(MHM002)

Tracks as per the original UK version. Artwork on rear has the track listing done in a different font and is centralized. The production notes have been removed, and there is the MHM logo. The band’s logo appears on the spine of the cover. CD artwork, band’s name and album name are in a large font size, and the production notes have been removed. The track listing is again in a new font. CD Booklet is 12 pages long and is different from the original 16 page UK version.

Fires at Midnight
(MHM003)

Tracks as per original UK release, not the same as the deluxe box version. Rear cover artwork, the band logo is slightly larger with a black outline, making it more distinguishable from the fiery background. Has MHM logo.

Ghost of a Rose
(MHM004)

CD artwork removes SPV logo and replaces it with MHM logo. The band’s logo appears on the spine of the cover. Track listing is same as the basic UK version, however Way to Mandalay video has been added.

Thanks to Kevin Dixon for the info.



22 Comments to “Blackmore’s Night reissues”:

  1. 1
    olem says:

    ?
    For the hardcore HARDCORE fans!?
    Put Norway on your tour dates again, please!
    OleM

  2. 2
    Crimson Ghost says:

    I’m surprised this turned into no prospect for another record deal. But if they have their own label then good luck to them.

  3. 3
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Do we really need this?

  4. 4
    Jaro says:

    Vinyl editions would be great!!!
    Ritchie do it.

  5. 5
    joseph says:

    Also on Blackmore camp:

    http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B00338T6NI/ref=nosim?tag=bluesforblood-22&link_code=as3&creativeASIN=B00338T6NI&creative=3999&camp=767

    Rainbow – Rising – De Luxe edition to be released in Japan on March 24.

    The Amazon Jp doesn;t give mpre details.

  6. 6
    Tracy Heyder (aka Zero the Hero) says:

    Smart move…..the profits have to be bigger regarding sales on his Own lable. There is no need to repurchase these obviously, but for first time BN buyers, it makes perfect sense and a wise business move for the Blackmores….

    Cheers

  7. 7
    T says:

    When Shadow of the Moon was originally released, no one knew for sure how the album would perform. Blackmore’s Night was untested, and the move to a dramatically different genre of music by essentially the greatest hard rock guitarist of all time was bold and unprecedented. The record company was cautious, pressing relatively few units of the first run which quickly sold out. The success came as a bit of a surprise, and a subsequent pressing was made of that first album with slightly different copy. The first run CDs are somewhat rare.

    What the above article addresses is the back catalogue–not the upcoming album. An infinite supply of inventory does not exist for any album, and from time to time, record companies need to manufacture another run in a similar way that books go into a second or third edition–and so on. The back catalogue does run out from time to time, necessitating another pressing. Often, that next pressing has a slightly different look to it.

    Do we “need” a new edition with different fonts and slightly modified covers and booklets? Not really. However, it’s a smart business move to reïntroduce–and sometimes re-release–an album when supplies become limited or a contract expires, and that gives an opportunity to make revisions. Sometimes it is to save cost (delete a booklet; different jewel case design). Sometimes it is an opportunity to give fans and collectors another item to add to their collection. At other times, bonus material is added to entice owners of previous additions to purchase the album again. However, none of this is out of the ordinary.

    I have heard no news regarding Blackmore’s Night being unable to procure a record contract for their next new album and expect them to have no trouble in that regard given the band’s success. What is at issue here is the BACK CATALOGUE–and its move to Blackmore’s own record label is yet another smart business move, maximizing profit potential by cutting out a middelman. Other bands have done the same.

    I do not plan to purchase the “new” editions given a lack of any bonus material. I am a fan of the music and look for new mixes, new songs and performances in the form of extras or boots and couldn’t care less about having ten different editions of Machine Head. However, I see the above move as an indicator of the good health of Blackmore’s Night–not the contrary.

    Blackmore’s Night gets its share of criticism. As fans and non-fans at this site have often noted, this kind of music is not of interest to many Deep Purple and Rainbow aficionados. Blackmore noted that when, in a recent interview, he said, “Thanks for having an interest in our music. We know that we are not the trend of the day type of band and it takes a bit of courage to like our music.” That is, this music is a bit more mature than the usual mosh pit head-banging stuff–and sometimes peer pressure might prevent someone from admitting to liking it.

    On the other hand, Blackmore has gained a legion of new fans who couldn’t care less about the old bands he used to be in.

  8. 8
    purplepriest1965 says:

    @ 6

    I wonder, why not have done it earlier?

  9. 9
    james jay says:

    hope he makes bigs bucks–certain beetles-stones–zep folks did. RB more worthy and lots more talented.

  10. 10
    Svante Axbacke says:

    @8 Because the albums were owned by the record company he was under contact with. They got bust last year though and I guess BN got, or were able to buy cheaply, the rights back.

  11. 11
    Mark Davis says:

    Dear Ritchie Blackmore and Jon Lord,

    please get together to Rock once again in 2010 up until 2012 or 2013.

    I suggest one of the following band names: LORD BLACKMORE, or Blackmore Lord Group (BLG)

    A suggested course of action would be the standard recording of a new album followed by a world tour, including several dates in Quebec, Ontario, and Manitoba.

    I suggest the following touring line-up:

    Ritchie Blackmore – Guitar
    Jon Lord – Keyboards
    Bob Daisley or Neal Murray – Bass
    Bobby Rondinelli – Drums
    Jorn Lande or Joe Lynn Turner – Vocals

    Thank you for your consideration, and I hope to get chance to finally see you two playing together in concert some time soon.

    Sincerely,
    Your biggest fan
    Mark

    p.s. Highway Star editors – please make sure Ritchie, Jon, and their managements get this letter

  12. 12
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Hi Mister Davies

    You cant be the biggest fan…….

    I am!!!!!!

    hehehe

    I subscribe your WISH completely.

    IN ROCK is 40 years old this year, its about time to do something REALLY SPECIAL now…..

    Pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    Cheers, Mark(……)

  13. 13
    Mark says:

    hey PurplePriest,

    haha, thanks for the support of my idea. Obviously I know it probably won’t get anywhere, but I can’t help think to myself that my favourite two heroes – Lord and Blackmore are still alive & well and playing their instruments as well as – if not better than before. It’s been since 1993 I believe the time is right for them to play at least a few rock shows together again.

    take care

  14. 14
    Jim Sheridan says:

    “Blackmore noted that when, in a recent interview, he said, “Thanks for having an interest in our music. We know that we are not the trend of the day type of band and it takes a bit of courage to like our music.” That is, this music is a bit more mature than the usual mosh pit head-banging stuff–and sometimes peer pressure might prevent someone from admitting to liking it.”

    I guess Ritchie thinks his audience is a bunch of 14-year-olds! Jeez! REALLY?! I seriously doubt that his fans – who are NOT spring chickens – worry about “peer pressure”! That is classic. Deep Purple fans snap up “Butterfly Ball.” It takes NO courage to like music unless the music is so far out that it really challenges you, like free jazz or atonal stuff. I just happen to think BN is lightweight overall.

    “On the other hand, Blackmore has gained a legion of new fans who couldn’t care less about the old bands he used to be in.”

    Do you really think that is true? What would you say the percentage of the crowd is at a BN concert that does not like DP or Rainbow? Most reviews I read suggest that any Purple or Rainbow played at a BN show gets quite a bit of applause….

    I would love Ritchie to do an instrumental album – not DP, not Rainbow, not BN, not metal, just beautiful music without any of the singers he’s had already.

  15. 15
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Hi Jim

    Thanx for endorsing my statement in the other thread!!!!

    Cheers, Mark

  16. 16
    HZ says:

    Mark Davis (11), I don’t know have you seen one of my previous posts, but I asked for same thing – I even suggested name Lord Blackmore, so our and thoughts of a lot of fans are same: Ritchie do some kind of retrospective!!!! You and Lord, take Lande, Lars or Rondinelli and some of your bassist or other ones (Daisley, Murray, or someone else); then do with Jon some cheerful hard rock play for sake of all fans – young, middle aged, and old 🙂

  17. 17
    stefan says:

    And the point to this obsolete reissues are…….????? Can´t be that great demand in my opinion !

  18. 18
    Jaro says:

    Hi everyone,
    Ritchie has told that he play in his basement some heavy blues music…
    Maybe Jon & Ritchie will play this kind of music together 🙂
    With some material from Deep Purple-Rod Evan’s era.
    Keep fingers crossed.
    Jaro.

  19. 19
    T says:

    Re: #14

    Blackmore is correct. It does take some courage to go against the grain in the context of rock music and admit to liking Blackmore’s Night in a venue such as this site–a site dedicated to one of the greatest hard rock bands ever.

    For instance, most people here have something in their collection that they probably would not be willing to admit to. “Peer pressure” is not an exclusively pubescent term. As you know, even adults are subject to some ribbing. Strawberry margarita or Shirley Temple, anyone?

    Many Blackmore’s Night fans are not Deep Purple/Rainbow fans in the same way that Jon Lord draws people who are not Deep Purple/Whitesnake fans. That is a fact.
    Certainly their fame in those bands help their current success from a public relations perspective, but the music does stand on its own in both cases.

    You said, “It takes NO courage to like music unless the music is so far out that it really challenges you…” For some, Blackmore’s Night is such a challenge.

    You quoted me as saying, “On the other hand, Blackmore has gained a legion of new fans who couldn’t care less about the old bands he used to be in” and then asked, “Do you really think that is true?”

    I hope that was rhetorical since if I didn’t believe it I wouldn’t have said it.

  20. 20
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I understood from Gillan that he was a fan of Mark 1.

    I wish he had sung an album full of remakes like only he could in the early 70 s.
    Songs like April and Blind could have been so wonderful with him on it.

    Well, have to do with HUSH from the Concerto 69 and Bird has flown from the BOX.
    Ooops, not that forget that astonishing revamping of Mandrake Root live!!!!

  21. 21
    T says:

    Re: #14

    This from the DPAS site, written by individuals who have more expertise in the area than we do:

    “He [Blackmore] took some of his old fans with him, but over the next few years built an entirely *new following* [emphasis mine] who entered into the spirit of Blackmore’s Night with surprising zeal.”

    “…by the time of their return in 2001, most fans who had originally gone along hoping for an evening of rock music had either accepted the band for what they were, or had been **replaced by new fans.** [emphasis mine]”

  22. 22
    purplepriest1965 says:

    @ 21

    I d like to pay respect to DPAS but they are not perfect as well…..
    Well, who is?

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