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PROLOGUE

Renaissance

 

Symphonic Prog

3.67 | 298 ratings

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voliveira
4 stars 8/10

Wow! What a great way to immerse yourself in this fantastic band. I have to say that lately I have heard a lot stuff "modern", but behold, you discover that not hear all that is good about the 70s. Renaissance has been one of the most renowned progressive rock bands, but I just started to listen to them more recently. I have with me all his albums from 1972 to 1978, and they are my new musical adventure. And now I can say I'm very impressed!

Although Prologue is the band's third album, is seen by many as the first truly genuine them. Once the elements of symphonic and orchestral albums following are not present here, to make much sense that title. This is the first album with Annie Haslam, the "goddess" of progressive rock, on vocals. She isn't revered for nothing. In a predominantly male genre she would have a prominent status in itself, but is an excellent singer - her angelic voice and melodic only further enriches the majestic sound of the band. Yes, there may not be an orchestra here, but on the other hand have a greater emphasis of the guitars, although the piano remains the main instrument, and have learned influences are present.

Opening with the instrumental title track, which already shows the basic symphonic rock, the album flows quite organic. My favorites are the sweet Sounds of the Sea and the epic Rajah Khan, an intense 11-minute psychedelic trip filled with exotic elements. This Renaissance' interest by East (either classical music or sounds Russian Indo-Arab) only makes his music more interesting and rich.

4 great stars!

voliveira | 4/5 |

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