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There were two groups under the banner of RENAISSANCE. The first group included Keith and Jane RELF (vocals) and came from the YARDBIRDS ashes. The second and better known incarnation produced some of the best music that I have ever heard. Annie HASLAM's five octave range fit perfectly with the classical/orchestral rock (lot of piano playing & full symphony orchestra backup) created by the other members. The quick description I usually give is they are sort of like the old MOODY BLUES with a an incredible female vocalist. The soprano voice of Annie and the piano virtuosity of John TOUT allied to the beauty and refreshing melodies, the refinement of the arrangements gave their music its magnificent splendour.

My favorite RENAISSANCE albums are "Ashes Are Burning" and "Turn of the Cards". I also recommend "Novella", "Scheherezade and Other Stories" and "A Song for All Seasons" are must haves. I would add "Live At Carneige Hall" and "King Biscuit Hour Parts 1 and 2" as their 'prime' material. Plenty to fill a day with class, power and ethereal delights. The best introduction to the band would be the "Tales of 1001 Nights" compilation, which together contain of the band's best material from 72 through 80. Also the very first album from '69 is essential. After 1979, the band moved towards a more pop direction, like many other bands did in the late 70's.

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RENAISSANCE discography


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RENAISSANCE top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.71 | 220 ratings
Renaissance
1969
2.96 | 158 ratings
Illusion
1971
3.66 | 299 ratings
Prologue
1972
4.22 | 477 ratings
Ashes Are Burning
1973
4.06 | 433 ratings
Turn Of The Cards
1974
4.31 | 770 ratings
Scheherazade And Other Stories
1975
3.67 | 282 ratings
Novella
1977
3.62 | 249 ratings
A Song for All Seasons
1978
2.98 | 141 ratings
Azure D'or
1979
2.31 | 89 ratings
Camera Camera
1981
1.64 | 82 ratings
Time-Line
1983
2.03 | 48 ratings
The Other Woman
1995
2.94 | 36 ratings
Ocean Gypsy
1997
2.28 | 42 ratings
Songs from Renaissance Days
1997
3.08 | 73 ratings
Tuscany
2000
3.32 | 81 ratings
Grandine il Vento (Symphony of Light)
2013

RENAISSANCE Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.23 | 161 ratings
Live At Carnegie Hall
1976
3.75 | 50 ratings
Live at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Part 1
1997
3.62 | 47 ratings
Live at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Part 2
1997
3.79 | 24 ratings
BBC Sessions
1999
2.38 | 10 ratings
Unplugged - Live at The Academy of Music, Philadelphia USA
2000
3.20 | 12 ratings
Can You Hear Me
2001
3.32 | 10 ratings
Mother Russia
2002
3.80 | 5 ratings
Live + Direct
2002
3.50 | 30 ratings
In The Land Of The Rising Sun
2002
3.12 | 7 ratings
British Tour '76
2006
3.11 | 10 ratings
Dreams & Omens
2008
3.93 | 24 ratings
Turn Of The Cards & Scheherazade And Other Stories - Live In Concert
2011

RENAISSANCE Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

2.76 | 18 ratings
Song of Scheherazade
2008
4.10 | 10 ratings
Kings And Queens
2010

RENAISSANCE Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.55 | 9 ratings
In the Beginning
1978
3.33 | 3 ratings
Rock Galaxy
1980
3.42 | 28 ratings
Tales of 1001 Nights Volume 1
1990
3.18 | 25 ratings
Tales of 1001 Nights Volume 2
1990
3.41 | 12 ratings
De Capo
1995
2.51 | 3 ratings
Innocence
1998
2.56 | 3 ratings
Trip To The Fair
1998
4.03 | 5 ratings
Day of the Dreamer
2000
3.82 | 2 ratings
Songs For All Seasons
2002
4.00 | 1 ratings
Heritage
2003
2.00 | 3 ratings
Midas Man
2003

RENAISSANCE Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

1.20 | 7 ratings
Faeries (Living At The Bottom Of My Garden)
1981
3.57 | 15 ratings
The Mystic And The Muse
2010

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 Scheherazade And Other Stories by RENAISSANCE album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.31 | 770 ratings

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Scheherazade And Other Stories
Renaissance Symphonic Prog

Review by Dark Nazgul

4 stars Thousand and one words could not describe this beauty.

This album represents a sort of cornerstone in the career of Renaissance because with this record, on one side, the band released the sublimation of his progressive style (through one of the most successful fusion between rock and symphonic music of the 70s) and, secondly, show the first signs of wanting to give a more commercial appeal to their songs. It is also important to note the use of synth, which is very rare in the previous records. The centerpiece of the album is represented by the excellent suite Song of Scheherazade which occupies the entire second side of the 'original LP. The long epic is a top of the band's career, perhaps even the highest point ever reached in a single song from Renaissance. The lyrics refer to one of the most famous tales of the "Thousand and One Nights" but what really makes the difference is the excellent result of the fusion of rock music and symphony orchestra. The orchestral parts are performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, and they are absolutely fundamental in the construction of this long epic, so that in some moments the band is totally absent and the orchestra is the absolute protagonist of the scene. This aspect is a clear differentiation than in the past, where the orchestral parts were limited to give more redundancy to the sound of the band, in my humble opinion with not remarkable results. It should be emphasized above all the extraordinary contribution of the vocal choir of the London Symphony Orchestra, the section "The Young Prince And Princess" with a wonderful interpretation by John Tout on piano and Annie Haslam on vocals, and the amazing, majestic, grand finale.

The opening A Trip To The Fair is another excellent track. It opens with a long introduction by Tout on piano and various rhythm changes that lead to the vocal part, as always impeccably executed by Annie. The arrangements recall the classic music that you hear in markets or fairs.

The reasons why I will not rate with five star this excellent album are the other two songs: Ocean Gypsy," too melodic for my taste and monotonous after several listening, and the short and insipid The Vultures Fly High, clearly a filler.

In any case, this is an album not to be missed for lovers of symphonic genre, and the best album of Renaissance after "Ashes Are Burning".

Final rating 8/10.

Best song: Song Of Scheherazade

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 Grandine il Vento (Symphony of Light) by RENAISSANCE album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.32 | 81 ratings

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Grandine il Vento (Symphony of Light)
Renaissance Symphonic Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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3 stars The best Renaissance album for 35 years!

Renaissance has never been among my favourite bands, but they are one of those bands of which I have heard everything they have ever done. Like most people would probably agree, the band's output from the last three and a half decades has not been overly impressive compared to the output from their first decade of existence. Hearing this new album is a pleasant surprise and I would say without a doubt that it is their best since 1978's A Song For All Seasons. Indeed, Symphony Of Light stands heads and shoulders above the generally weak material the band has produced since then.

The most noteworthy track here is by far the 12 minutes plus opening title track (Symphony Of Light) which belongs to the band's all-time best compositions. It has all of the ingredients of classic Renaissance: the captivating voice of Annie Haslam, the piano and the acoustic guitar, the symphonic bombast. But it also has more than that, it has other keyboards beyond just piano (which I would have wanted to have heard more on the band's classic albums).

After such an excellent opening the rest of the tracks are not quite as interesting in comparison, but nonetheless the album continues to be enjoyable all the way. The band is helped by two stalwarts of progressive Rock in Ian Anderson and John Wetton. Anderson adds his characteristic flute to Cry To The World and Wetton his equally distinctive voice to Blood Silver Like Moonlight.

The Mystic And The Muse, Immortal Beloved, and Tonight were previously released as an EP, but are here tagged on as bonus tracks. The Mystic and the Muse in particular is another strong track in the style and quality of the band's 70's material.

Recommended, particularly for fans of classic Renaissance

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 Grandine il Vento (Symphony of Light) by RENAISSANCE album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.32 | 81 ratings

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Renaissance Symphonic Prog

Review by javajeff

5 stars I have been listening to some heavier prog lately, so I was in for some culture shock with this album. My review is of "Symphony of Light," and not the original "Grandine Il Vento." Symphony of Light contains the additional two tracks from "The Mystic and Muse EP" and a new track "Renaissance Man" written as a tribute to the late Michael Dunford. Although it has been a year or so since I listened to Renaissance, it did not take long for me to be swept away by Annie Haslam's angelic voice. It absolutely sent chills through my soul, and she has never sounded better. I can only imagine what they were trying to achieve with this album by creating a homage to the 70s. This is a modern album, but they absolutely gave it some of that 70s magic that they had when they were younger. People change when they get older, and this achievement was very difficult as their frame of reference changed from all of the life experiences. With the addition of John Wetton's vocals on "Blood Silver Like Moonlight" and Ian Anderson's flute playing on "Cry To The World," that 70's vibe was complete. This is an absolutely solid album with no duds and many tempo changes to give it a very progressive feel. If you enjoy the music of Renaissance, the vocals of Annie Haslam, or progressive rock, there is so much to like about this album.

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 Live at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Part 2 by RENAISSANCE album cover Live, 1997
3.62 | 47 ratings

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Live at the Royal Albert Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Part 2
Renaissance Symphonic Prog

Review by rogerthat

4 stars This is the second of the two disc release drawn from Renaissance's performance at Royal Albert Hall in October of 1977. It is also in my view the more interesting of the two albums.

The reason I say this is because it draws material from Novella apart from also including concert staples Running Hard, Mother Russia and Ashes are Burning (which is a super-super-extended version). In comparison, Part 1 only has Can You Hear Me from Novella, while the rest is mostly material you already have from Live at Carnegie Hall (I say mostly because Prologue on Part 1 is performed by the orchestra and is a very interesting interpretation), rendering that a little more superfluous.

It also helps that the two tracks drawn from Novella on this album, Touching Once and Midas Man, translate better live than Can You Hear Me with its plodding interlude. This performance of Touching Once features what is almost like a duel between saxophone and Renaissance's lead instrument Annie Haslam and is far and away the best one I have heard so far. Annie is in superlative form and the RPO also seems to respond better to Renaissance's music than did the New York Philharmonic, elevating this performance even perhaps above the studio cut. There's precious little to choose between the versions of the Turn of the Cards tracks on here and LATC.

The album also features a performance of Prologue drawn from a 1979 concert. It is a really good one and is now available in video format (um, black and white just like the rest of the Song of Scheherazade DVD, I am afraid) on Concert Vault. As an appendage, we have You (Pts 1 and 2) which would make it to the outtakes album Songs from Renaissance Days and sounds positively incongruous in this lush, orchestral live album with its extremely 80s sounding synths and percussions.

The other problem is the performance of Ashes Are Burning. By this point, Renaissance seem to have grown almost inordinately fond of this, one of their most magical and best loved tracks. Surely, extending an originally 11 minute or so track to 28 minutes (!) is a feat that even ELP would have been proud of. Consider that nearly 5 minutes of this is just Jon Camp on bass. While he may be a fine player, the problem is he doesn't really explore any interesting harmonic possibilities on this solo and only seems to be demonstrating the limits of what he can do on the instrument. The performance never completely recovers from the loss of momentum at this point even though all the rest of it that they play is very well done.

For this and for forcing You on to this collection, I dock a star and give the album 4 stars. If you would like to hear a more confident version of Renaissance than that seen (heard) on LATC and also add some Novella along the way, this is a great release. If you do not have LATC at all, then Albert Hall pts 1 and 2 are more worth your time in my humble opinion.

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3.32 | 81 ratings

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Renaissance Symphonic Prog

Review by snelling

4 stars Renaissance returns to form with this lovely effort, 'Grandine il Vento' (retitled 'Symphony of Light' in 2014 with the other 2 tracks from 'The Mystic and Muse' ep, and a beautiful new track written by Rave Tesar and Annie Haslam for the late Michael Dunford, appropriately titled 'Renaissance Man')

The album starts with my favorite track, Symphony of Light, which returns to the sound of earlier albums, most notably 'Novella', to my ears. Slow paced, mellow, and emotional in traditional Renaissance fashion, this contains a nice instrumental bit as well (there are too few of them on the album) even if it does borrow a line from 'Dancing With The Moonlit Knight'. This 'borrowing' was undoubtably intended, as there is no way all the progheads involved could possibly have missed the reference. It is a cool section, maybe my favorite on the album.

'Waterfall', the next track, is another favorite for me, reminding me a bit of 'Bound For Infinity', from 'Prologue', albeit not quite as beautiful.

Each of the rest of the tracks are quiet and pretty, with the exception of 'The Mystic and The Muse', which seems to be the lone dynamic (relatively) track. Having said that, all of the songs are quite good, although none of them blow me away, the closest being the aforementioned opening song, and the new closer (of the 'symphony of light' version of the album), 'Renaissance Man', which is a VERY beautiful little song, and a beautiful dedication to Mr. Dunford, who was an irreplacable musical force, and as I understand, a very kind and thoughtful gentleman. The one good thing being that he was able to see a resurgence in interest in his music before he passed away. 3 and a half stars for me, rounding up.

Where he could have gone from here, no one will ever know...

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 Ashes Are Burning by RENAISSANCE album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.22 | 477 ratings

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Ashes Are Burning
Renaissance Symphonic Prog

Review by fudgenuts64

5 stars This album is good. Really good. But seriously getting into it, Ashes Are Burning is light on the symphonic nature, but nails the pastoral sound so well it's absolutely essential for any fan of prog folk. The album kicks off with John Tout's excellent piano work on Can You Understand, with Jon Camp's bass guitar kicking in soon after making this piece rock a bit. Soon we get a bit lighter here and Annie Haslam comes in with perfect vocals that put the listener at ease. The song turns to a instrumental passage that is quite good and has some orchestration in it too. The song ends with a reprise of the intro and leaves you satisfied.

Let It Grow is a beautiful song that, while being a pretty straightforward pop song, is so good and fits right at home on this record. On the Frontier brings the folk back, with great backing vocals from Jon Camp. Some nice instrumental work here, particular on bass. Carpet of the Sun is one of the bands most well known pieces and for good reason, it's fantastic. A perfect symphonic sounding pop song with great piano and bass work as well as being arguably the most symphonic song on the album. At the Harbour is a sad song about women watching as there husbands die from a storm as they drown. A beautiful intro taken from Debussy's Sunken Cathedral, it fits the song incredibly well so I think most can excuse the quote.

And finally, the epic, Ashes Are Burning. The one everyone loves, and for good reason. Annie and Jon's vocals together work very well in this song and the piano work is just splendid. After the short first section we get the whole band going on an instrumental torrent, showcasing the abilities of all the members while still being very tasteful. The song ends with a slow vocal section with very intelligent lyrics. And then, the only electric guitar on the album comes in and a sweet solo by Andy Powell of Wishbone Ash ends the song with a bang, slowly fading out and leaving you satisfied. Overall, absolutely essential for anybody who likes prog folk or pastoral prog. The symphonic elements are a bit lacking on this one but it doesn't matter, it makes up for it with it's amazing pastoral feel. Best album they did. 5 out of 5.

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 Grandine il Vento (Symphony of Light) by RENAISSANCE album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.32 | 81 ratings

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Grandine il Vento (Symphony of Light)
Renaissance Symphonic Prog

Review by SteveG

4 stars A real prog album from the originators of Symphonic Prog. This elegant work is the best and most progressive album released by Renaissance since Novella in 1977. Annie Haslem is still in great voice at this late stage (amazing!) and the songs are true classical symphonic works that never veer toward the cliched. The standout songs are Grandine Il Vento, Symphony Of Light, The Mystic and The Muse and Blood Silver Like Moonlight (a beautiful duet with Annie sharing vocals with the great John Wetton.) My only complaint that I have is that I find some of Annie's "all is love and bliss" lyrics a bit trying on a couple of the songs. Aside from that, her lyrics are much improved from her solo work and the last Renaissance album,Tuscany, and are outstanding on the rest of the songs. New keyboard man Rave Tesar is an equal to the greats, John Hawkin and John Tout, that proceeded him and is probably the person most responsible for the sound of this album. BTW, I purchased an expanded edition of this album retitled A Symphony Of Light which includes three additional songs; one composed and recorded in honor of late guitarist/songwriter Michael Dunford that was, I believe, recorded just a few months after the Grindine Il Vento album was completed. Look out for it if you do not already own this album.

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 Ashes Are Burning by RENAISSANCE album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.22 | 477 ratings

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Ashes Are Burning
Renaissance Symphonic Prog

Review by stefro
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5 stars Briefly-popular during the latter half of the 1970s, symphonic folk-rock quintet Renaissance were initially formed by ex-Yardbird Keith Relf during the dying embers of the 1960s, the vocalist having tired with amost a decade worth of playing blues-based rock. Keen to try something new, Renaissance was Relf's ambitious attempt to stretch out musically, yet he would only stay with the group for a single album. That album was 1969's self- titled debut, which also featured Relf's sister Jane(vocals), Jim McCarty(percussion), John Hawken(piano) and Louis Cennamo(bass), none of whom feature on 'Ashes Are Burning'. Issued in 1973, this was the fourth Renaissance album overall, but the first to feature what is now recognised as the 'classic' line-up of Annie Haslam(vocals), Jon Tout(keyboards), Michael Dunford(guitar), Jon Camp(bass) and Terry Sullivan(drums), all of whom featured on previous album 'Prologue' bar Dunford, who replaced the outgoing guitarist Rob Hendry. Augmented by lyricist Betty Thatcher, this line-up would issue a trio of excellent albums from 'Ashes Are Burning' onwards, marrying strong classical influences with folk, rock and pop to create a thrilling brand of symphonic music. Whilst 1975's 'Scheherazade & Other Stories' is often referred to as the group's masterpiece, 'Ashes Are Burning' also deserves special mention for it's sheer power and bravado, showcasing the group's core creative force of Haslam's incredible five-octave vocals and Tout's lush piano-playing. The whole album proves a sumptuous treat, yet it is the two lengthy pieces that book-end the album that show off Renaissance at their very best. Opener 'Can You Understand?' starts a beautifully-judge piano medley that gathers in pace as it spirals towards it's satifyingly grandiose inclusion, whilst the epic title-track literally bursts into after another gorgeously-sung Haslam intro makes way for the booming bass rhythms and churning keyboards of the tracks powerful second half. In between, the pretty and melodic 'On The Frontier' and the anthemic 'Carpet Of The Sun' showcase the usual Renaissance trademarks, once again marrying strong classical tones with elegiac folk touches and the subtle medieval feel that permeates much of their best work. One of the group's trio of classic mid-seventies albums, 'Ashes Are Burning' may just be their most ambitious album, and certainly their darkest. STEFAN TURNER, STOKE NEWINGTON, 2O14

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 Turn Of The Cards  by RENAISSANCE album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.06 | 433 ratings

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Turn Of The Cards
Renaissance Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars ''Ashes are burning'' had a major success in the States, entering the Billboard 200 and reaching No. 171.Renaissance had the chance to play live in the USA for the first time with surprisingly outstanding results, to the point they considered focusing more on the American market than the English one, who ignored them as a poor offshot of the classic Renaissance of the 60's.The band left Sovereign Records and signed with the newly established BTM Records of Mike Copeland.Their next album ''Turn of the cards'' was firstly released in the States on Sire Records in August 74', the English release came late in March 75' on BMT.

This time Renaissance focused on producing a grandiose Orchestral Progressive Rock with dominant string sections, acoustic guitars and piano as the leading instruments, but the vocal lines of Annie Haslam and the shorter tracks still retained an evident ethereal, folky flavor, based on soft drumming, dreamy piano and acoustic textures.''Things I don't understand'' was a regular piece among Renaissance's live gigs but it was recorded properly for the first time, somewhat connecting the early and present sound of the band, revealing strong psychedelic influences among smooth orchestrations and strong Classical flavors with a romantic mood.Despite entering the mid-70's, Renaissance's style remained pretty old-fashioned.The constant use of acoustic movements and the extended use of piano recall mostly of a band trying to become more artistic from the mass of 60's Psychedelic groups, and the delicate use of harsichord adds a very symphonic taste to the music.They attempt a cover of ''Adagio in G Minor'' of Baroque composer Tomaso Albinoni with ''Cold is being'', which is pretty great and highlighted by Haslam's dramatic voice and Tout's depressive church organ.''Mother Russia'' is the one track that really shined through time from this album, based on the self-biography of Russian writer and activist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.The band captures the feeling of the cold Soviet winter in a dramatic Symphonic Rock with nice twists between string lines, marching parts and bombastic orchestrations.However the finest piece to my ears appears to be ''Black flame'', led by a beautiful acoustic guitar/organ intro and Haslam's poetic vocals and developing into a charming Piano/Symphonic Rock with polyphonic lines, romantic piano textures and charming harsichord.

Well-crafted album with some amazing orchestrations.Sounds pretty dated at moments for the year it was released and the one-dimensional guitar/piano dual executions are a bit annoying to lead a whole album.On the other hand Haslam's unique vocals, the lovely symphonic mood and the rich arrangements are elements you can hardly turn your back to.Warmly recommended.

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 Ashes Are Burning by RENAISSANCE album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.22 | 477 ratings

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Ashes Are Burning
Renaissance Symphonic Prog

Review by ebil0505

5 stars I truly do believe this album deserves five stars. It is a masterpiece of progressive rock, in my opinion, and it is so different from many other A-list prog bands. Annie Haslam's voice may be the most beautiful voice in progressive rock. Their style of playing only justifies their name and sends the listener to the Renaissance of Prog.

"Can You Understand?" has been a favorite of mine for what seems like years, though it's probably just a bit over a year. The piano instantly caught my attention and then took me for a ride once the song really picked up. Some of Haslam's best singing is in this song, especially when paired with such elegant lyrics. This ~10 minute song is a fine reminder why we enjoy dedicating our full attention to the music we listen to.

"Let it Grow" is a gentle song (like several Renaissance hits) and will not disappoint the love-struck listener who pours his/her heart out of their ears. Don't take that too seriously.

"On the Frontier" develops very nicely. If you ever find yourself in a good mood, this song will happily sing along with you. The transitions between each section smooth over nicely, which makes the song sound like a miniature escape all by itself.

"Carpet of the Sun" is the hit of the album. Want a catchy tune that sounds like the Renaissance era without being too classic? Here ya go.

"At the Harbour" borrows Claude Debussy's Sunken Cathedral piano concerto to beautifully meld this spacious melody. Haslam shows off her range and delicateness during the peak of the chorus, her voice like a shower of sound.

"Ashes are Burning" is, for me, the peak of the album. It starts off just as you'd expect a Renaissance song to start off; with a catchy rhythm and dreamy instrumentals. Once this song truly peaks after some nice changes and mood swings, the final build up is epic and ends the album perfectly. Fans of Yes's "Starship Trooper" would probably like this ending as it is their version of "Wurm", theoretically speaking of course.

I highly recommend this album for some easy listening. Gentle yet memorable, this album has it's unique symphonic sound that gives new meaning to the subgenre.

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