In a recent online posting, BLACKMORE'S NIGHT frontwoman Candice Night explained how she and her fiancé, BLACKMORE'S NIGHT guitarist Ritchie Blackmore (ex-DEEP PURPLE, RAINBOW), came to record a reworked version of an old German composition for the group's recently released compilation CD, "Beyond the Sunset - The Romantic Collection", which brings together 13 ballads from across their catalogue. The song in question, "Once In a Million Years" (watch video: Launch, IFilm), is the sole new track on the collection, which also includes a remixed version of "Ghost of a Rose".
Says Candice: "It is a funny story about 'Once In A Million Years' and how we found it. Ritchie and I have a satellite dish at our home so that we can watch DW (German television) every day. Imagine me, not understanding a word but just looking at the pictures while he tries to translate for me! :) But they sometimes show the castles and the fields and it is all so beautiful. Anyway, about 5 years ago we were watching 'Boulevard Germany' and a blonde singer came on and sang this beautiful song . We didn't know who she was or what the name of the song was since we caught the performance in the middle. So, we spent the next 5 years asking every German person we knew if they had any idea who this was. We asked friends, fans, record company, I even wrote to the station and no one knew. But this year, we were watching DW again and there was a made-for-TV movie about a lounge singer. And there she was!!! This time we taped the show, slowed it down and got the credits and found her name. Then plugged her name into Amazon.de and came up with Angelika Milster's 'Sehnsucht'. We bought it and the song we had been searching for was on that album. Pretty good investigative work, huh? So, since we were putting out the romantic compilation, and since that song sounds so romantic and like a grand fairy tale, like the moment that Prince Charming rides upon horseback.... I came up with the words to fit the feeling in the song — not even knowing what the German original text was about. And 'Once In A Million Years' was born — BLACKMORE'S NIGHT style."