VARIOUS Blackmore’s Castle Volume II|
Lion Music (2005)
Like the first volume this one sees mixture of Rainbow and Deep Purple
classics and again there is variance in quality!
Domain start things off in fine style with a cracking romp through Purple’s ‘Stormbringer’, whilst
Dogpound do justice to ‘Mary Long’ (interestingly the two main people
targeted in this song - Mary Whitehouse and Lord Longford - are now dead!) -
now an established part of Deep Purple’s set.
Sadly Orion Riders ‘Burn’ has a poor production and the speed metal drumming doesn’t quite fit the song.
House of Shakira put in a fine performance on ‘Starstruck’, whilst Chris
Heaven nearly outdoes Coverdale on ‘Soldier Of Fortune’.
With these tribute albums you will either love or hate them - for me
personally I enjoy most especially when the band/artist doing the cover
tries to add a twist to the original (like Munkes & Kloos on Rainbow’s ‘All
Night Long’). Overall better production and covers than volume one and I
fell sure we will see a third volume at some stage in the future.
Review by Jason Ritchie
***** Out of this world | **** Pretty
damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly