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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]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Sleep Well" (from Kotipelto's solo album) Timo Kotipelto/Tuomas Wäinölä 3:35
2. "Out In The Fields" (Gary Moore cover) Gary Moore 3:58
3. "Black Diamond" (Stratovarius cover) Kotipelto/Timo Tolkki 4:05
4. "My Selene" (Sonata Arctica cover) Jani Liimatainen 4:54
5. "Behind Blue Eyes" (The Who cover) Pete Townshend 3:31
6. "Hunting High And Low" (Stratovarius cover) Kotipelto/Tolkki 4:43
7. "Where My Rainbow Ends" (Original song) Liimatainen 3:30
8. "Speed of Light" (Stratovarius cover) Kotipelto/Tolkki 4:04
9. "Perfect Strangers" (Deep Purple cover) Ritchie Blackmore/Ian Gillan/Roger Glover 4:28
10. "Coming Home" (Stratovarius cover) Tolkki 4:02
11. "Serenity" (from Kotipelto's solo album) Kotipelto 5:24
12. "Rainbow Eyes" (Rainbow cover) Ritchie Blackmore/Ronnie James Dio 6:00
13. "Karjalan Kunnailla (On the Hills of Karjala)" (Finnish traditional) Liimatainen (arrangements) 2:37