Blackmore's Night fans mulling over gifts for the upcoming holiday season might consider putting aside some coin for an expanded edition of the band's popular Winter Carols. The medieval folk-rock duo, fronted by ex-Deep Purple and Rainbow guitar legend Ritchie Blackmore along with his talented wife – singer and multi-instrumentalist Candice Night, reissued their popular holiday season favorite with three new tracks in multiple formats on Oct. 13 via Minstrel Hall Music.
The 2-CD reissue features the addition of three newly recorded carols, including “Deck the Halls,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” and “Oh Christmas Tree.” The songs have been arranged by the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer in the band's unique eclectic Renaissance style and are worthy editions to the award-winning holiday compilation, which was originally released as a 12-song set back in 2006.
The 2017 edition also features the 10 bonus tracks from the 2013 reissue. The extra disc features interesting live versions of tracks from the 2006 edition, including “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Emmanuel,” “We Three Kings,” “Ma-o-Tzur” and "Good King Wenceslas,” as well as the questionable inclusion of four alt-versions of “Christmas Eve,” including a disco version of the popular carol, which may raise a few eyebrows.
Originally produced by Pat Regan, the 2017 edition of Winter Carols has been remastered and features 24 tracks in total. The set is available here in digital and CD formats. Fans can check out a teaser version of the duo's “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” above.
Blackmore's Night have been celebrating their 20th anniversary and wrapped up their 2017 touring year on Oct. 7 in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Although the duo are are currently on hiatus from the road, Blackmore fans can look forward to catching Rainbow during their upcoming 2018 spring tour of Europe, which launches April 4 in Moscow at Olympisky Hall and is currently slated to wrap up April 20 in Prague, Czech Republic, at O2 Arena.
In the meantime, fans still praying for Blackmore to reunite with his estranged ex-bandmates in Deep Purple, can say farewell to the current line up during their Long Goodbye Tour of Europe, which begins a fall trek through the United Kingdom on Nov. 17 in Birmingham, U.K., at Arena Birmingham. Get your tickets now at AXS.