Classic Diamonds is the ninth studio album by the German female hard rock singer Doro Pesch. It was released worldwide in 2004 by AFM Records. The album presents new acoustic and symphonic arrangements for songs of Doro’s repertoire, as well as some new compositions. The music is mostly played by the Classic Night Orchestra, an ensemble of young classical musicians that accompanied Doro in the following European tour.
Doro Pesch had already experienced mixing her powerful hard rock vocals with a symphonic orchestra in 2001 in a concert in Düsseldorf and later in 2003 in a benefit concert in Bochum. Excerpts from both shows are contained in the Für Immer DVD. The very good results of the two shows and the reaction of the fans prompted the German singer to plan a more organic approach to the symphonic facets of her songs, scheduling an album and a tour with an orchestra. The Classic Night Orchestra was recruited looking for young, open-minded and multi-ethnical classical musicians, reaching the number of 30 elements. With the help of the classically-trained band member Oliver Palotai and of producer Torsten Sickert, Doro arranged some old and new tracks for the orchestra and recorded them in Cologne. The album took almost eight months to be completed and is the most expensive recording produced by Doro. Besides eleven songs played with the orchestra, the album contains two tracks recorded live and acoustically in studio by Doro’s band and two other tracks played by Torsten Sickert with an emulator tuned to classical instruments.
The album was published at the same time of the European tour, where many elements of the Classic Night Orchestra played together with Doro’s usual live band in most venues. At Wacken Open Air festival on 6 August 2004, the full Classic Night Orchestra was on stage for the show. Various shows of the Classic Diamonds tour were filmed and later released on Classic Diamonds - The DVD.
The album was published in various formats by AFM Records, with and without bonus tracks and even as a deluxe 2-CD set, together with the Let Love Rain on Me EP.