Past Times with Good Company

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For the English folk song written by King Henry VIII, see Pastime with Good Company.

Past Times with Good Company
Live album by Blackmore's Night
Released October 22, 2002 (Germany)
February 20, 2003 (US)
Recorded May 3, 2002
Genre Celtic, folk rock, neo-Medieval, hard rock
Length 1:49:28
Label SPV/Steamhammer
Producer Ritchie Blackmore
Blackmore's Night chronology
Fires at Midnight
(2001)Fires at Midnight2001
Past Times with Good Company
Ghost of a Rose
(2003)Ghost of a Rose2003
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars [1]

Past Times with Good Company is a double live album by the band Blackmore's Night, recorded in May 2002 in Groningen, the Netherlands. It was released in October 2002 in Europe and in February 2003 in the USA and Canada. The European version includes a Greek rendition of "Home Again" and extra live tracks recorded at a press show in Solingen, Germany. CD 2 of the special Limited Edition leather-bound hard-cover package includes two bonus tracks: an acoustic "Fires At Midnight" and "Home Again" sung in Greek. The album's title is a homage to the 16th century English folk song "Pastime with Good Company", composed by King Henry VIII, and performed in a special 2-part arrangement by Blackmore's Night on this recording. "Fires At Midnight" is another piece with a royal lineage, attributed to King Alphonso X of Spain.

Track listing[edit]

Disc one
1."Shadow of the Moon"10:56
2."Play Minstrel Play"4:34
3."Minstrel Hall"5:43
4."Past Time with Good Company"7:04
5."Fires at Midnight"12:28
6."Under a Violet Moon"5:01
7."Soldier of Fortune"4:21
Disc two
8."16th Century Greensleeves"4:44
9."Beyond the Sunset"5:28
10."Morning Star"6:09
11."Home Again"6:32
12."Renaissance Faire"5:07
13."I Still Remember"7:03
14."Durch den Wald zum Bachhaus"3:11
15."Writing on the Wall"6:00
German release limited edition bonus tracks
16."Fires at Midnight" (acoustic)9:50
17."Home Again" (sung in Greek)5:17
Additional tracks on Japanese release


Production notes[edit]

  • Produced by Ritchie Blackmore


Two of the tracks on this album are covers from Ritchie Blackmore's earlier bands.


Chart (2002) Peak
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[2] 62


  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. Past Times with Good Company at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Phononet GmbH. Retrieved 12 October 2014.