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Squire Jaco
5 stars For 40 years, this has been one of my "top 5" albums.

Even though there were many other great (usually shorter) songs from their first few albums that didn't even make it to this album, "Live at Carnegie Hall" is still pretty much a "best of" for Renaissance up to their 1976 output. They grandly showcase their unique brand of classical rock (complete with orchestra!), which was often heavily influenced by Russian romantic and impressionist composers of classical music. Annie Haslam's voice is as beautiful as ever here, and she hits a high note at the end of "Scheherazade" that still astounds me. I love the between-songs dialogue between her, John Camp and the very appreciative audience. Camp's bass solo on "Ashes are Burning" - simply sublime! In fact, the whole band sounds tight.

This is an absolute treasure for progressive rock lovers.

Squire Jaco | 5/5 |


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