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Shadow of the Moon 25th


A 25th anniversary edition of Blackmore’s Night’s Shadow of the Moon will come out on March 10, 2023, via Edel/earMusic. This edition has been remixed and remastered from the original multitrack tapes. It will come out in the usual multitude of formats, from CD+DVD digipak at €19, to a €105 super deluxe package that includes CD+DVD digipak, 2LP gatefold vinyl, 7″ single, documentary DVD, replica of the Japanese tour book, replica of the tour poster, and replica of the 1997 tour t-shirt. The 2LP colour choices include black, clear, and yellow/black marble. The album can be pre-ordered via this link.

A lyric video for the title track has been released to coincide with the announcement.

Thanks to BraveWords for the info.

31 Comments to “Shadow of the Moon 25th”:

  1. 1
    Uwe Hornung says:

    To give credit where credit is due: That remix sounds quite a bit different to the original, much more folksy and acoustic, less pop.

  2. 2
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Long before I realized it was a Renaissance cover, Ocean Gypsy was my favorite track on that BN debut (which in all fairness wasn’t bad, BN just became more and more banal over the years).


  3. 3
    MacGregor says:

    The very first album I didn’t mind back when it was released. I purchased it, so I did support them in a small way. Thinking it was a ‘solo’ album & Ian Anderson guesting on a song lured me into the abyss. The second album was a gift presented to me for being a do gooder, which I still am to this day. I don’t know, now I am feeling a touch guilty & ashamed that I confined those two discs to the bin a little while ago. I guess I will have to live with that & Uwe will probably never let me forget it. I need to repent or something, say a few Hail Mary’s I don’t know. I NEED to cast off this demon. “Begone I say”, alas to no avail. Ho Hum such is life. Maybe I should have sent both discs to an unsuspecting soul, at least that way it doesn’t leave ones self feeling guilty for not giving another individual a chance to listen to some music from the “dark ages’. Cheers.

  4. 4
    Mark says:

    I bought “Shadow of the Moon” from Anthem Import record store in Sydney when it was first released. I’m sure MacGregor will know that store. I was initially “shocked” not expecting that type of folk music, but stuck with it because, well because it was RB. And there is some great Strat playing on the album – for e.g. Wish you were here and No second chance. And I’m still buying BN today.
    I’ve been buying albums for 5 decades plus and generally found that a band/singers first album seems to be their best. I think this is the case with Shadow of the Moon.

  5. 5
    MacGregor says:

    I do remember Anthem Import records Mark, I bought quite a few imports from there back in the 1980’s. Also Utopia Records, happy days indeed. Cheers.

  6. 6
    AndreA says:

    No thanks.
    Everything to buy is better instead of this.

  7. 7
    Uwe Hornung says:

    I liked the BN debut at the time though the production was a bit glossy for my taste; it sounds like the new mix does away with that. Candice voice was still very young and inexperienced on that album which gave her singing charm, but of course she developed more depth over time. It would have been interesting to hear how she would sing those songs in the studio today.

    My favorite BN album is probably Ghost Of A Rose. I think the band peaked at this point and Candice‘s voice had gained authority. On consecutive albums the German Schlager/cheese-influence became too great for me.

  8. 8
    Hiza says:

    Where did all those years go?

    My elder sister was working in Japan back in 1997, and she not only brought me the CD, but the promoting poster as well. I have it still framed hanging on the wall of my band´s practising “cave”.

    Inspiring, fresh start for The Man in Black. And of course, it´s exciting that the other original one, the Man from The Tull is playing there, too. And furthermore, the late great Ken Hensley did help with some of the gear used on the album, if I remember it right. (Two years since his passing yesterday.)

    Ritchie plays relaxed, not forced to play just the Strat. The choice for the other cover song is very interesting, too.

    I agree strongly with Uwe. The Fourth BN record is a mighty one. And the ones between them (second and third) are good as well.

    Hoping very eagerly to see them play live once again here in Finland in the near future. Stay healthy and safe.


  9. 9
    Adel Faragalla says:

    I really can’t decide between buying an air fryer or this limited edition for my girlfriend for Xmas.
    Either way I think I am spending Xmas night in the garden shed.
    Peace ✌️

  10. 10
    Jon Blackers says:

    Seem to recall having bought the first 2 CDs in Japanese format.

    Must have been pricey.

    I went bankrupt on this addiction a few times so I , very painful,tried to wean off it.

    Felt restless often when I skipped releases or shows.

    Still tossed out a lot over the years.

    I m so happy I did cause…..well…..there s no end to this appetite.

    Having seen DP in Belgium in 1985 I felt depressed when I heard recordings. Was it that bad? Remember Blackers being there but not hearing him. Stood in front of Lordy though, People got squashed and some dled to the back of the hall.

    Been listening to Worcester serie on YT, must say I m kinda pleased. Not going to buy it soon…..though.


    Too many other priorities. A remix of Shadows of the moon?Must say I also always felt it was kinda glossy in sound.

    And what about that wanna bee ABBA disco song Writing on the wall that live became a rocker?

    Ow man, just to see him warm up on the Electric guitar for the encores was worth the price of the ticket.

    All these years ago……

    I did receive the JON LORD PHOTOBOOK(200 copies allegedly)last week.

    Must say I had to strangle mysef to order it.

    Then almost committed suicide when the emails kept rolling in that I had to pay a lot of extra money because of BREXIT fairytales…..

  11. 11
    Leslie S Hedger says:

    Ghost of a Rose is my favorite followed by SOTM.

  12. 12
    Micke says:

    This is a release I will definitely get. I have always liked SOTM!

  13. 13
    KevS says:

    Definitely getting this, although I would like to have seen a few extra/bonus tracks included. Just two on it.
    I notice that it’s also missing the original bonus track, ‘Posums Last Dance’.
    Also, if you buy one of the sets including CD and Vinyl you end up with the documentary DVD twice!

  14. 14
    Uwe Hornung says:

    If this sells well (as it probably will), I feel a BN remix series over many years a-coming …

    Ritchie must have taken advice from Santa Claus/an old band buddy re repackaging/regurgitating old work …


    Someone should have told DC though that you’re not supposed to touch the vinyl surface, he seems to have forgotten at 01:58.

    No word at all on what is gonna happen to that never finished presumably final WS tour and whether it will ever be resumed. It seems that he is still undecided or I would have either expected the announcement of new dates or a “this is it, folks” statement of closure.

  15. 15
    Adel Faragalla says:

    The number of times Candice keeps repeating the single phrase ‘Shadow of the Moon’ is quite compatible to the number of times my Mrs keeps repeating ‘Light up my life’
    Peace ✌️

  16. 16
    Rock Voorne says:


    Should I feel sorry for you?
    I m stroking my 4 cats knowing I had an almost porno looking relationship 30 years ago.

    the cut runs deep

    Boring Old Fart

  17. 17
    Adel Faragalla says:

    Rock Voorne@16
    Well a bit of humour and sarcasm doest take away the shining fact of how many time Candice repeated ‘Shadow of the moon’ so I guess we all got her message load and clear.

    I guess there is an army of fans who likes BN as I don’t think we are all the same in the dark.

    What a bunch of trash
    You got exuding from your ass
    That’s not the shit I want to hear

    Peace ✌️

  18. 18
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Adel: ‘Under A Violet Moon’ was – HEY!!! – even dumber …


    But also infectious, I grant it that.

    And Candice invented cute nose wrinkling long before most YouTube influencers did!

  19. 19
    Adel Faragalla says:

    Uwe @18

    I really can’t work out how I got from a deep lover of BN music to a complete cold turkey 🦃

    I honestly think there is a link between the double Covid vaccine that I took and my complete dislike of their music as it began to suffer after the double jab.

    Peace ✌️

  20. 20
    Buttockss says:

    And, Mr. Uwe Hornung, Samantha from Bewitched started it all with the nose twitching long before Candice¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

  21. 21
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Hey, Samantha wiggled her nose,


    she didn’t wrinkle!

    Oh man, I loved that show as a kid, thanks for bringing it back!

  22. 22
    Rock Voorne says:


    I dont to Knocking at your backdoor, gross lyrics IMHO.
    Whats is seen as Egyptian sex? Walking and fucking at the same time?


  23. 23
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Somehow, I never really believed KAYBD to be about the actual pleasures of derrière love, even though Ian would sometimes announce it that way. Too obvious for him. Perfect Street Rangers wasn’t about a football team either.

    Now don’t sully my illusions, what kind of a forum is this anyway?!

  24. 24
    Rock Voorne says:


    You remind me of the time I was under fire from the editorial board of PERFECT PURPLE.
    I never intended any harm but just asked a few times why this, why that, and I got a negative rating for some time.
    And I wasnt even being nasty or rude!!!!

    Way back, I thought I ve stepped on long German toes.

    It blew over, unlike their bombing of my families city.

  25. 25
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Rotterdam? The radio transmitters had been switched off (in line with Luftwaffe instruction manuals when in combat to avoid detection via radio messages). So the message that the city had surrendered never reached the bomber crews and the Bf 109s sent hurriedly after them to communicate with the bombers per sign language failed. Of course, the German bombers had no business in Dutch airspace in the first place, Germany’s attack on The Netherlands was unprovoked, but the Rotterdam raid itself was a – to quote Led Zep – communication breakdown. Unlike many other incidents of German brutality in the occupied Netherlands.

    Btw: My soon to be son-in-law is Dutch. Considering that my grandfather was stationed in The Netherlands during his Wehrmacht basic training (he did not bring a stolen bicycle home!) before he was sent to another country that had been attacked unprovoked, namely the Soviet Union, I consider that a very comforting development. With all the problems we face today, we sometimes forget how lucky we’ve been for the last 77 years or so.


  26. 26
    Adel Faragalla says:

    It’s time to end the fire in the basement.
    All in the name of humour but I am sorry if you got offended.
    But I wouldn’t put it past my Pharos to do the multiple tasks as described.
    Peace ✌️

  27. 27
    Rock Voorne says:


    From which part of the Netherlands is he?
    I m a nagging old patatgeneratie man so dont expect me to greet you like that.

    I dont hold a grudge against Germans though as a melancholy man a few things hurt.

    I mourn about the loss of the old centre and in the beachvillage where I grew up they tore down great buildings at the Boulevard.
    Looking out at sea they needed it to built locations from where to spot incoming allies against the Nazi s

    It made a lasting impression when my Dad said that the imprinted footsteps in wet cement , now used as a road to the beach, were from nazi s.

  28. 28
    Rock Voorne says:


    No injuries here. Taking offence takes more ego than I have.
    Its all taken lightheartedly,


  29. 29
    Uwe Hornung says:

    RV: Bram is from Amsterdam.

  30. 30
    Rock Voorne says:


    I thought it originated from Limburg, in the south, but I d have to do a search Etymology like.


    Zaanstreek is not Amsterdam.

  31. 31
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Believe it or not, but I’ve only seen the original promo vid now. Very innocent and admittedly with some charm …


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