Winter Carols

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Winter Carols
Winter carols.jpg
Studio album by Blackmore's Night
Released October 2006 (2006-10)
Recorded 2006
Genre Celtic, folk rock, neo-medieval, Christmas music
Length 42:38
Label AFM Records (Germany)[1]
Locomotive Music (US)
Producer Pat Regan
Blackmore's Night chronology
The Village Lanterne
(2006)
Winter Carols
(2006)
Paris Moon
(2007)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [2]
Metal Storm (7.4/10) [3]

Winter Carols is the sixth studio album by the group Blackmore's Night, released in the United Kingdom on October, 2006, and in the United States on November 7, 2006. It is a Christmas themed album. The cover artwork for this album, painted by Karsten Topelmann, is an adaptation of a street in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany, in line with the band's heavy Renaissance influence. The same street is portrayed in the cover of Blackmore's Night's second studio album, Under a Violet Moon. In the cover of "Winter Carols" the street is painted as winter time, whereas Under a Violet Moon's cover takes place on apparently a summer night. While the selections "Winter (Basse Dance)" is credited to Ritchie Blackmore as composer, it is an adaptation of the second section of Joaquin Rodrigo's "Fantasía para un gentilhombre," which Rodrigo composed for classical guitar virtuoso Andres Segovia in 1954.

On December 2006, Winter Carols entered at #7 on USA Billboard New Age Charts.[4]

The album won the New Age Reporter Lifestyle Music Award as the Best Holiday Album.[5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Hark the Herald Angels Sing / Come All Ye Faithful" trad. 3:50
2. "I Saw Three Ships" trad. 2:40
3. "Winter (Basse Dance)" Ritchie Blackmore 3:07
4. "Ding Dong Merrily on High" trad. 3:16
5. "Ma-O-Tzur" trad. 2:19
6. "Good King Wenceslas" trad. 4:44
7. "Lord of the Dance / Simple Gifts" Sydney Carter / Joseph Brackett 3:34
8. "We Three Kings" trad. 4:48
9. "Wish You Were Here" (song from Shadow of the Moon) Leskelä Teijo 5:02
10. "Emmanuel" trad. 3:32
11. "Christmas Eve" Blackmore, Candice Night 4:20
12. "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" trad. 1:21

2013 Reissue[edit]

The album was re-issued in 2013 with an additional CD of live versions, along with that year's single - a reworking of the track Christmas Eve

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Hark the Herald Angels Sing / Come All Ye Faithful - Live from Minstal Hall 2013" trad. 4:12
2. "Emmanuel - Live from Minstal Hall 2013" trad. 4:35
3. "We Three Kings - Live from Minstal Hall 2013" trad. 5:26
4. "Ma-O-Tzur - Live from Minstal Hall 2013" trad. 5:26
5. "Good King Wenceslas - Live from Minstal Hall 2013" trad. 6:13
6. "Christmas Eve - 2013 Version" Blackmore, Candice Night 4:33
7. "Christmas Eve - German Radio Edit" Blackmore, Candice Night 3:56
8. "Christmas Eve - English & German Radio Edit" Blackmore, Candice Night 3:56
9. "Christmas Eve - English Radio Edit" Blackmore, Candice Night 3:56
10. "Christmas Eve - Video" Blackmore, Candice Night  

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[6] 74

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AFM Records will release Blackmore`s Night winter album!". AFM-Records official website. 2006-09-15. 
  2. ^ Prato, Greg. Winter Carols at AllMusic
  3. ^ http://www.metalstorm.net/pub/review.php?review_id=3494
  4. ^ "Ritchie Blackmore Bio". The Official Ritchie Blackmore and Blackmores Night Website. Retrieved 2011-03-16. 
  5. ^ "NAR 2006 LifeStyle Music Award Winners". ZoneMusicReporter. Retrieved 2010-08-02. 
  6. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved 12 October 2014.

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