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SCHEHERAZADE AND OTHER STORIES

Renaissance

 

Symphonic Prog

4.31 | 802 ratings

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The Lost Chord
5 stars 9.0/10 Incredible

Let me start off on this album by stating that Song of Scheherazade is my favorite Renaissance song. This song is epic, adventurous, extremely melodic and just all together brilliant! This album is worth listening to alone because of this single, 25 minute long track. The problem is that none of the earlier tracks can contend with Scheherazade. Trip to the Fair has some great keyboards but overall is a little dragging and not too climactic or engaging. Vultures Fly High is really a pretty weak track from Renaissance and doesn't do much for me at all. On the other hand, Ocean Gypsy really is a great track with some superb melody, one of Annie's most perfect matches. For these first three tracks the album would probably get around a 4 star, or an 8/10 from me, but this final track is something of complete turn around to pure magic. Song of Scheherazade compiles a lot of different melodies and parts all to culminate in a climactic explosion at the end. There are various goosebump moments along the way, where horns and piano runs are just so incredible you can't believe it! Really, this is their best song and should be heard by anyone interested...while the rest of the album is OK, Scheherazade brings this to an incredible level. The track is long enough to take up the whole second half of the album as well! Check this one out if only for that final peice of incredible music!

The Lost Chord | 5/5 |

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