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3.15 | 13 ratings

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3 stars With the advent of 2015's "legal bootlegs" of off air Renaissance concerts coming to light, its good see at least one former radio broadcast from Renaissance that is licensed by surviving member. In this case its Annie Haslam's White Dove organisation. While this, like many taped Renaissance performances of the era, are stellar concerts, this one is sonically a bit hard on the old eardrums. While the band sounds full and has good presence, Annie's singing sounds a shrill and tinny which was usual for the EQing for a radio broadcast but seems a bit over the top this time around. However, the band is note perfect as is Annie but there's little variation in the song arrangements to be found on this recording except for added vocals by bassist Jon Camp and guitarist Michael Dunford on "Prologue" that adds little to the song as compared to it's studio version. There is no orchestral accompaniment for this concert and the longer epic songs do suffer. However, Annie goes full ballastic on another show stopping version on the great concert closer "Ashes Are Burning". Two stars as more exciting radio broadcasts are available from this band's great era.
SteveG | 3/5 |


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