Whether or not Ritchie Blackmore wrote the greatest riff in rock
, he has certainly crafted some beautiful melodies. "Temple Of The King" from his Rainbow days has a clearly recognizable Dio lyric, but there are also some fabulous recordings by his group Blackmore's Night - which can't really be called covers. A 1998 live acoustic recording from Olsberg, Germany has a young Candice Night
sounding like Stevie Nicks - one of her acknowledged influences - while the Dancer And The Moon
album sees a more full-bodied performance from Mrs. Blackmore, by then a mother of two. In an interview Parenthood, 'Darkness,' and Dancer
with Dr. Music published after the birth of her first child, the Strawberry Girl
, Candice, said:
"We always felt that within that song, it may have been the moment, in the 1970s that Ritchie's fans may have realized that he was interested in medieval or renaissance style music. There were plenty of clues even before that song was created, but that song sort of brought it to the table in a more obvious way. Now, whenever we play onstage and ask for requests, after asking for Blackmore's Night songs, 'Temple of the King' is one of the first ones that gets called out for us to play on stage."
Alexander Baron - London, England