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Renaissance - Scheherazade And Other Stories CD (album) cover




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4.31 | 1076 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars This is considered by most Prog fans to be a classic. Considering as I write this review it sits at number 60 on our all-time top album's list I guess that goes without saying. I've tried a couple of other records by this band including the live album from the tour of "Scheherazade And Other Stories" and was left unimpressed. It's the marriage of Progressive Rock and Classical music that just doesn't appeal to me. Now having said that I can see why this is so loved, and I actually enjoyed the first half of this album.

"Trip To The Fair" is the perfect song to show-case Annie's vocals. She sounds so clear as she carefully pronounces each word. This is my favourite song on here. It's actually somewhat jazzy for a while after 6 1/2 minutes. "The Vultures Fly High" is an uptempo track with vocals. I like it. "Ocean Gypsy" has strings to start as the vocals join in. This is quite beautiful at times. I like the bass 4 minutes in. "Song Of Scheherazade" is the closing side long suite and my least favourite. It's just too orchestral although if you like this style i'm sure you'd love how it twists and turns as the story is told out.

Just not my style of music really, but I certainly enjoyed a lot of the album.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |


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