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Winter Carols, the 2013 edition


Without much fanfare, on November 15 Blackmore’s Night released an updated version of their Cristmas album Winter Carols. The 2013 edition comes on 2 CDs, with the first appear to be identical with the original album that came out in 2006, and second one containing bonus tracks:

  1. Hark the Herald Angels Sing / O Come All Ye Faithful (Live from Minstrel Hall 2013)
  2. Emmanuel (Live from Minstrel Hall 2013)
  3. We Three Kings (Live from Minstrel Hall 2013)
  4. Ma-O-Tzur (Live from Minstrel Hall 2013)
  5. Good King Wenceslas (Live from Minstrel Hall 2013)
  6. Christmas Eve (2013 Version)
  7. Christmas Eve (German Radio Edit)
  8. Christmas Eve (English & German Radio Edit)
  9. Christmas Eve (English Radio Edit)

The album is available from Amazon in Germany and UK, with German one also selling individual MP3 tracks.

Thanks to BraveWords for the info.

26 Comments to “Winter Carols, the 2013 edition”:

  1. 1
    Alket Kellici says:


  2. 2
    Alexander Taylor says:

    Never Mind that what of a rainbow ‘re union!? Also it’s twenty years since black more played rock music, now is the time to pick up the guitar!

  3. 3
    al says:

    I’d rather listen to ABBA than this !

  4. 4
    AndreA says:


  5. 5
    John says:

    Who cares!

  6. 6
    Robert says:

    Very diverse track list…

    Christmas Eve (2013 Version)
    Christmas Eve (German Radio Edit)
    Christmas Eve (English & German Radio Edit)
    Christmas Eve (English Radio Edit)

  7. 7
    gustavo says:

    NO!!!!!! Please!!!!!!!!!! After seeing Perfect Strangers Live…………Why???Why?????Why this punishment to us. Greetings. The worst………my wife is fan of Blackmore¨s Wife…like said the great Ronnie Dio

  8. 8
    al says:

    @6 diverse? are you serious ? lol

  9. 9
    cyclone says:

    I see the haters are out and about.

  10. 10
    Purple Person says:

    Looking forward to buying this great set. Love the Blackmore arrangements of those carols.

  11. 11
    Mark says:

    So what bits need to be cut out for the German market that can be left in for the English market? and vice verca !

  12. 12
    Kjetil Maribo says:


    It’s the same edit, the same same edit, and the same microscopically different same edit. It’s great value for money, that.

  13. 13
    Kevin says:

    Excellent work 1-8…you managed to prove an excellent bit of single minded stupidity there! Blackmore has moved on. Live with it. He was great in Purple and in Rainbow and now he’s doing something else. Just because you don’t happen to like that type of music is no reason for such childish comments. Purple have carried on, made a terrific album. We should all be happy.
    Meanwhile… Got the original version of the album and it’s a fantastic set of seasonal songs. Has anyone actually got hold of the new version yet? If so, is the second disc a CD or a DVD?

  14. 14
    stoffer says:

    @9 I didn’t see the word hate anywhere?! @13 I also didn’t see a comment that proves “single minded stupidity”, just because you do not agree with their comments is really not a reason to imply stupidity?! IMHO I wouldn’t waste my money on this music, but I don’t hate Ritchie or BN, let them do their thing, I will just enjoy the Blackmore that played rock for DP and Rainbow. I guess all the ‘haters’ wish for the same thing and that is for Blackmore to rock again, he could mop the floor with almost all guitarist out there now. Its not hate at all, its just some level of disappointment.

  15. 15
    Rick says:

    @13 Very well said.

  16. 16
    Yance says:

    Well said Kevin, I don’t like Blackmore’s stuff now, it just does not float my boat, but I don’t have to listen to it, so no problem. The guy was legend then , and has earned the right to make whatever music he likes. Now ! What ? is a terrific album . We are happy Kevin. 🙂

  17. 17
    Robert says:

    sarcasm went undetected…

  18. 18
    Jack says:

    Blackers… let Candice go alone with her fairy tales and reform Rainbow again with the Dtranger In Us All lineup!!! The Rock world needs you!!!

  19. 19
    Anthony says:

    Great music for anytime of the year but better at Christmas 🙂 . Ritchie’s beautiful instrumental “Winter” is wonderful. He is such a diverse guitar player and composer…just compare / contrast Perfect Strangers Live with Winter Carols.

    A real shame there are a lot of narrow minded people around who are stuck in some sort of time warp..move on guys and appreciate what Ritchie Blackmore has done and is still doing for the past 50 years!!!

  20. 20
    purplepriest1965 says:


  21. 21
    Lutz says:

    @13 Kevin,

    absolutely right! I am DP fan for 44 years now. I loved RB’s guitarwork during his Purple and Rainbow days, but I really don’t like was he is doing now. But, still, I’m far away from calling the musik he is playing with BN garbage, shit or anything else like that. There are a lot of folks around who love the musik he plays nowadays, and that’s OK! All the others, like myself, just don’t have to listen or buy the CD’s. In his way, he still is a genius on the guitar and the other instruments he plays.


    Lutz (a 58 year old DP fan from Germany)

  22. 22
    Tracy(Zero the Hero)Heyder says:

    Spot on Stoffer:

    Nothing wrong with being critical or opinionated about particular songs or music. That isn’t hate, it’s expression of one’s own level of self enjoyment. Duuuhhhh, it’s to each individuals taste and ear. There is enough back catalogue music from Blackmore to entertain us all till the geese fly home. I actually do enjoy Blackmore’s Night music so I get double the pleasure. Of course I would love to see Ritchie break away and do something hard rock or blues but as long as his Baby Mama wears the pants and he wears the tights, it ain’t gonna happen. But that’s OK. He is at least putting out something and it’s all good…. very repetitive but good.

    As for the 4 versions of Christmas Eve on this?…… WTF!


  23. 23
    Brian says:

    Cool your jets people. I don’t know if this is worth the effort of trying to find it in Australia, but the original is a great GREAT cd (except for ‘wish you were here’ which seems quite out of place).

    It’s nearly December. The shops are playing appalling versions of great Christmas songs. At least this is a good one.

  24. 24
    MacGregor says:

    Jethro Tull’s Christmas album is the one to have! Tull have always played a tune here & there from decades gone by, relating to this time of the year! Speaking of traditional tunes, I went to see Clannad in concert a few weeks back. Great to hear tunes from hundreds of years ago played & sung by true blue Irish heritage! In Gaelic also a few of them, as they have always performed them!
    It was magic, the Celtic harp & a tin whistle & or the flute, haunting music indeed! Of course they also play rock music at times & actually did sound a little Tull like, or should that be the other way around, as Tull have always drawn on traditional tunes here & there also!
    Hey Santa, pass us that bottle will you! Merry Christmas! Cheers.

  25. 25
    Mick says:

    This album is great, what are you lot moaning about, its what Richie now likes to do and I think he has done his bit for rock

  26. 26
    purplepriest1965 says:

    I prefer Mariah Carey and WHAM!

    Add some Sinatra and I m ok.

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