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The Moon Is Shining

Blackmore's Night in Tarrytown, NY, Oct 25, 2012; photo © Nick Soveiko CC-BY-NC-SA

Frontiers Records has announced digital release of the first single from the new Blackmore’s Night album Dancer And The Moon. The track is called The Moon Is Shining (Somewhere Over the Sea):

[It is] based on an old folk Czech melody which Candice and I thought were very melodic and haunting. We adapted and arranged to suit more of a rock structure. We also played it as a ballad as it was originally intended. We asked several of our Czech friends what it was called but they couldn’t tell us, so it remains a mystery.

The single can be downloaded now from iTunes or Amazon and streamed via Spotify and Deezer.

Listen to the sample of The Moon Is Shining courtesy of Frontiers Records.

Dancer and the Moon will be released on June 11 in the US and June 14 in Europe in the following formats:

  • regular CD
  • deluxe edition: digipak, including bonus DVD featuring a 40-minute “making-of” documentary and acoustic versions of The Spinner’s Tale, Somewhere Over The Sea/Moon Was Shining, The Ashgrove and Queen For A Day
  • “super deluxe” limited edition (2,000 copies): all of the above, packaged in a polyston frame with the cover artwork printed on canvas and including a black tote bag with Blackmore’s Night artwork, four Blackmore’s Night pins, and a certificate of authenticity
  • Blackmore's Night - Dancer and the Moon cover art; image courtesy of Anne Leighton Media
    Thanks to BraveWords and Blabbermouth for the info.

22 Comments to “The Moon Is Shining”:

  1. 1
    LRT says:

    Not bad, it sounds like Blackmore’s Night should sound. If that matters. Sometimes if you’re just in-pocket together well the material isn’t as much to question.

  2. 2
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    Pretty much Deja vu all over again…..

    Come on Candice, let little Ritchie go out and play with the boys sometime before he sprouts man-boobs?


  3. 3
    Anthony says:

    I am looking forward to this release from Ritchie, Candice and the minstrels. The single sample sounds very ‘modern’ and I just hope the album retains at least some of that organic feel and sound exemplified on ‘shadow of the moon’ and ‘under a violet moon’.

    The brilliance of Ritchie is still there and his style and playing are just a joy to listen to.

  4. 4
    LRT says:

    This album might not satisfy along the lines of the new Purple album, but it seems to be a good one nevertheless for them. Best since GOAR, more than likely.

  5. 5
    AL says:

    @3 you re serious ? looking forward to that ? same old same old cheesy poppy crap!

  6. 6
    AL says:

    Hey Tracy you heard the new Purple album ? what da ya think of it ?

  7. 7
    David Elías says:

    Doesn’t he get tired of doing the same record time and again?

  8. 8
    HZ says:

    Ah, that sound – White Strat take you to the stratosphere.

    It’s heavier than DP these days. 😛

  9. 9
    nupsi59 says:

    You can listen to the entire album here: (snippets)

    The Jon Lord hommage sounds interesting!

  10. 10
    Rajaseudun Rampe says:

    What Ritchie should do now is to plug his Stratocaster to the Marshall amps and turn the volume to eleven. This minstrel thing is sooo boring to listen to. He should check what his old band mates are doing: Now What!?

  11. 11
    purplepriest1965 says:

    Again :

    I read that he has earproblems with the volume, so far as I understood.

    Maybe we can ask him if that is just an excuse to stay with the wifey : )

  12. 12
    Alexander says:

    He don’t owe you all anything and must do just what he want. Even if you don’t like it, he give a damn on opinions, and that’s why he is Ritchie Blackmore. And I’m really looking forward to this album, yes, much more than to the new DP record (now insult to DP, they can play what they want to, it’s just me liking different music).

  13. 13
    Anthony says:

    Ah same same old slaggers…rather funny. @5 yeah I am serious probably because I am a fan of Ritchie and his guitar style and I dont pigeon hole myself into listening to one type of music he has produced over the last 50 years….his music now may not be everyone’s cup of tea but you dont have to listen to it

  14. 14
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:


    I haven’t gotten hold of the actual CD yet. I did get to listen to the crappy MP3 version though. I don’t want to make my evaluation from that, but what I have listened to, they seem to have really come up with a winner. Can’t wait to get the real deal and critique it….


  15. 15
    Roberto says:

    Great cover, another anonymous album…

  16. 16
    al says:

    @13 I get point,and love his guitar work as well,but it is the same old same old mediocre stuff,cup of tea ? it is cheesecake to say the least,but yeah every one to his own,and yes he is been playing that for almost 20 years now.

  17. 17
    al says:

    @ 14Hey Tracy
    Have you tried to downloaded for free,I got it from SOULSEEK,COM,file sharing network,couldn’t wait too much longer for the North America shipment.lol

  18. 18
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    Hey Al, thanks for the link but I preferred to wait and pay the boys for their effort. Got it Tuesday. Sent in my review to be posted as a separate ‘read and comment’ subject. We’ll see. What a great album. Can’t stop listening.

    BYE IT!!!!

  19. 19
    cyclone says:

    Doing what HE likes….don’t we all wish we could?

  20. 20
    Skow says:

    The only deja vu’s that I hear are the same old comments from the same few people pretending that this album brings the same ‘old stuff’.
    The ones who are writing this…are you the same criticmasters for the DP album ‘Now What?’

    Like I read above from some more honnest fans : Blackmore’s Night music tempo is more rocky and a lot faster then the manipulated ‘miracle ‘DP album.

    I can hardly believe that no one amongst you doesn’t notice that DP stole and copied from The Doors, ELP,Rainbow,Black Sabbath, and some stale old stuff of their own….
    That together with Gillan singing with that ennoying sharp voice, synthetic drums, plump keyboard and a bassist who pretends to make hard rock rifs (how dare they still speak out the word).
    And IF there is a not stolen rif from other bands ,then their rifs are going up- and downwards like a flock of elephants climbing up and off the mountains and who are thincking they are agile and fast…

    I had no intention to speak of that album, but so much truly stupidity and very bad collective memories make me do this .

    The solo ‘Carry on John’ on the Blckmore’s Night album sounds so beautiful and sensitive and just like Lord and Blackmore always used to do together at most unexpected moments during their Hard Rock songs.We all remember, if we want to.
    And one more thing: DP now that brings an homage honnor to Lord????
    Let me laugh with that, and a laugh of vexation and sadness…I remember that the announcement of Jon lord’s death was removed the second day from their official DP website, due to ‘not want to miss an eventually commercial bussiness proposition’…and that while all other bands kept the condoleance announcement for weeks and months on their front page.
    DP official website was also the last in line to put something about Jon on their site..Yes!!! I did not forget!!!

    That Candy somethimes sounds mellow, that is true, but that is a choice for a few songs, far not all.She has a wonderful mature voice, a healty voice not polluted by sigarettes and amounts of alcohol.A voice with an incredible large range ,always in tune .She can have that Yankee accent but also that beautiful perfect old classical English pronunciation.

    The Blackmore’s Night band has magnificent musicians…just listen and look who they are and what they can…their keyboardplayer touches the skill of lord!
    This album has it’s exciting surprises ,as always, beautiful songs and wonderful instrumental ones too.…it is a lot more different then Autums Sky, but I think it will hit just the same also the first (!)place for months on the billboard charts.

    The art work of ‘the moon shine’s over the sea’ album is as always of very good taste and chique and very very beautiful in harmony and atmosphere…a last comparison with the cover of the ‘Now what’ album…let’s be impartial objective …A 3 year old kiddy can make that…..on the other hand ,‘Now What cover’ does reveal also a lot of the group…namely all what this DP stands for: Once again:no talent anymore, no composing talents, no pride, no ispiration,no taste, no soul!
    What do they have then still: The hunger fot money and the skill to perform in Cirque de money !!!


  21. 21
    al says:

    @20 That Candy somethimes sounds mellow, that is true, but that is a choice for a few songs, far not all.She has a wonderful mature voice, a healty voice not polluted by sigarettes and amounts of alcohol ?
    wow pathetic !!your adulation doesn’t let you see that Blackmore’s night has become a laughinstock,and they re only covering others people songs and music has no appeal whatsover anymore.

  22. 22
    Skow says:

    But Al, you don’t read profoundly, you are covering your own talk .
    Besides, how could you know, we only have a trailer…
    I bet that you can’t even know/sing by heart Autumn Sky…but give critics that’s easy 🙂

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