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Studio album by Kotipelto & Liimatainen
Released October 10, 2012 (2012-10-10)[1]
Recorded 2012
Genre Acoustic rock
Label Earmusic
Producer Jani Liimatainen and Timo Kotipelto

Blackoustic is a collaborative acoustic album by Stratovarius and Cain's Offering vocalist Timo Kotipelto and ex-Sonata Arctica and Cain's Offering guitarist Jani Liimatainen (credited as Kotipelto & Liimatainen). The album was released on October 19, 2012, and entered the Finnish charts at #13 the first week.[1] The album is self-financed. While initially only sold during performances, the album was eventually released through the Earmusic label, which had released the prior Stratovarius albums since Polaris.[1]

All songs from the album are covers, except for "Where My Rainbow Ends" written by Liimatainen. Regarding the song, Liimatainen commented, "I remembered a song I wrote last winter. Originally it was an instrumental track, but after listening back to it I thought that the melody would work very well with vocals. We rearranged the song into our acoustic format and as a slave of habit I wrote the lyrics for it the night before our last day of recording. It turned out surprisingly beautiful and delicate.[1]

After the release of the album the duo began touring, performing in shows taking place through November 23, 2012.[2]

Track listing[edit]

1."Sleep Well" (from Kotipelto's solo album)Timo Kotipelto/Tuomas Wäinölä3:35
2."Out In The Fields" (Gary Moore cover)Gary Moore3:58
3."Black Diamond" (Stratovarius cover)Kotipelto/Timo Tolkki4:05
4."My Selene" (Sonata Arctica cover)Jani Liimatainen4:54
5."Behind Blue Eyes" (The Who cover)Pete Townshend3:31
6."Hunting High And Low" (Stratovarius cover)Kotipelto/Tolkki4:43
7."Where My Rainbow Ends" (Original song)Liimatainen3:30
8."Speed of Light" (Stratovarius cover)Kotipelto/Tolkki4:04
9."Perfect Strangers" (Deep Purple cover)Ritchie Blackmore/Ian Gillan/Roger Glover4:28
10."Coming Home" (Stratovarius cover)Tolkki4:02
11."Serenity" (from Kotipelto's solo album)Kotipelto5:24
12."Rainbow Eyes" (Rainbow cover)Ritchie Blackmore/Ronnie James Dio6:00
13."Karjalan Kunnailla (On the Hills of Karjala)" (Finnish traditional)Liimatainen (arrangements)2:37
14.""Beauty Has Come" (from Kotipelto's solo album) (Japanese bonus track)" 4:31