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Topic: Best Renaissance song
Posted By: Mista-Gordie
Subject: Best Renaissance song
Date Posted: April 26 2011 at 22:21
My favorite one is Song for Scheherazade, but Ashes are burning and Mother Russia are also astonishing and, to me, very close to Scheherazade. 



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Posted By: octopus-4
Date Posted: April 26 2011 at 23:15
Originally posted by Mista-Gordie

My favorite one is Song for Scheherazade, but Ashes are burning and Mother Russia are also astonishing and, to me, very close to Scheherazade. 
The same for me, plus the guitarist in your avatar Clap. I guess you like Live at Carnegie Hall.


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Posted By: iluvmarillion
Date Posted: April 27 2011 at 01:05
Ashes are burning by a whisker to Scheherazade. Andy Powell's guitar work in the studio version of the song is the icing on the cake.


Posted By: Progosopher
Date Posted: April 27 2011 at 01:11
Can You Hear Me?

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Posted By: someone_else
Date Posted: April 27 2011 at 03:32
Running Hard. In fact, I like all songs from Turn of the Cards and A Trip to the Fair almost equally.

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Posted By: Passionist
Date Posted: April 27 2011 at 03:37
I used to picture a perfect melody in my head. Then I heard it on Opening Up, so that's obviously the most perfect song ever written. Hence I cannot vote on this...

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Posted By: akaBona
Date Posted: April 27 2011 at 03:53
Song for Scheherazade followed by Kiev and Rajah Khan.


Posted By: Blacksword
Date Posted: April 27 2011 at 04:31
Ashes are Burning!

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Posted By: Slartibartfast
Date Posted: April 27 2011 at 05:43
I went for Vultures, perhaps not their best, but I found the lyrics rather moving.

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Posted By: antonyus
Date Posted: April 27 2011 at 06:33
hard one!....ashes are burning 


Posted By: Prog Geo
Date Posted: April 27 2011 at 07:12
Things I don't understand!

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Posted By: b_olariu
Date Posted: April 27 2011 at 07:22
Great, I love this band between A song for all seasons or Song Of Scheherazade, voted for first.


Posted By: Morningrise
Date Posted: April 27 2011 at 07:31
All are great, but if i have to choose, Trip To The Fair followed by Ocean Gipsy


Posted By: Vompatti
Date Posted: April 27 2011 at 07:33
Mother Russia.

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Posted By: BrufordFreak
Date Posted: April 27 2011 at 08:38
No question:  "Trip to the Fair"!  It is one of the most eerie, haunting songs ever made! Still freaks my bothers and grown daughters out every time I play it!



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Posted By: infandous
Date Posted: April 27 2011 at 08:54
It was a toss up for me between Mother Russia and Trip to the Fair.  Mother Russia won, but only just.  Great songs all though (Vultures, not so much).


Posted By: colorofmoney91
Date Posted: April 27 2011 at 09:30
Ashes are Burning is one of my all time favorite songs, so it gets my vote.

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Posted By: Easy Livin
Date Posted: April 27 2011 at 09:51
Very hard choice! Went for "Ocean gypsy", I never appreciated the full beauty of that song until I head the Blackmore's Night cover.

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Posted By: jean-marie
Date Posted: April 27 2011 at 10:51
trip to the fair for today but tomorow....it could be anyone from this list, great songs, great band, i love Renaissance


Posted By: rogerthat
Date Posted: April 27 2011 at 11:53
Touching Once, especially this awesome performance from the King Biscuit live album:

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Posted By: Lark the Starless
Date Posted: April 27 2011 at 12:07
Trip to the Fair

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Posted By: Snow Dog
Date Posted: April 27 2011 at 12:22
Originally posted by Lark the Starless

Trip to the Fair

I do love that song.


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Posted By: Lark the Starless
Date Posted: April 27 2011 at 12:25
Originally posted by Snow Dog

Originally posted by Lark the Starless

Trip to the Fair

I do love that song.
 
Something about it that makes it exquisitely pleasant Cool


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Posted By: Gandalff
Date Posted: April 27 2011 at 12:52
Greensleeves.Wink

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Posted By: Moogtron III
Date Posted: April 27 2011 at 15:52
Ocean Gypsy, that is pure beauty.

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Posted By: yanch
Date Posted: April 27 2011 at 16:06
Some great songs. For me it's Ashes are Burning.


Posted By: richardh
Date Posted: April 28 2011 at 02:05
Northern Lights seems to be the giant elephant in the room no one wants to talk aboutSmile


Posted By: chopper
Date Posted: April 28 2011 at 06:35
Originally posted by Snow Dog

Originally posted by Lark the Starless

Trip to the Fair

I do love that song.
 
 
Me too, but I voted for Ashes, mainly due to the wonderful chorus. This was the song that first got me into Renaissance (thanks to Blacksword!).


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Posted By: jean-marie
Date Posted: April 28 2011 at 19:04
Originally posted by richardh

Northern Lights seems to be the giant elephant in the room no one wants to talk aboutSmile
beautiful song from a very good album 


Posted By: fast and bulbous
Date Posted: May 28 2011 at 19:44
I love each and every song from Prologue through Seasons but I'd have to say that Can You Understand gets my vote (although as a new member I can't actually vote!) That nifty counterpoint with the repeating bass motif gets me every time.


Posted By: Slaughternalia
Date Posted: May 28 2011 at 21:51
I wish that this trip to the fair had never BEGUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUNNN
Actually I do. Because it's a great song


Posted By: cannon
Date Posted: May 28 2011 at 23:29
Things I Don't Understand

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Posted By: Alitare
Date Posted: May 28 2011 at 23:57
Other: Let it Grow. Love that one.

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Posted By: The Dark Elf
Date Posted: May 29 2011 at 00:45
Originally posted by Lark the Starless

Originally posted by Snow Dog

Originally posted by Lark the Starless

Trip to the Fair

I do love that song.
 
Something about it that makes it exquisitely pleasant Cool
Agreed, and the piano intro is superb.

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Posted By: Harold-The-Barrel
Date Posted: May 29 2011 at 06:29
Ashes are burning today

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Posted By: Anthony
Date Posted: May 29 2011 at 10:31
Other: Black flame

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Posted By: resurrection
Date Posted: May 29 2011 at 12:57
The Day of the Dreamer


Posted By: Garden of Dreams
Date Posted: June 04 2011 at 11:58
Mother Russia.  Its such a beautiful song.


Posted By: Falx
Date Posted: June 04 2011 at 14:55
Midas Man

They even ripped off this song for the soundtrack to The Secret of Mana for the SNES LOL


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Posted By: jean-marie
Date Posted: June 04 2011 at 20:31
Difficult to choose among all these good albums and songs, and it's a fact, not that much songs from the album songs for all seasons chosen here, beautiful songs though


Posted By: esky
Date Posted: June 06 2011 at 10:54
Originally posted by Progosopher

Can You Hear Me?
 
Too right.


Posted By: deno
Date Posted: July 26 2011 at 07:11
trip to the fair


Posted By: frankbostick
Date Posted: July 27 2011 at 08:43
Other song, other band... Kings and Queens from the first album.


Posted By: JPatrickT
Date Posted: July 03 2013 at 12:22
I expected Carpet of the Sun to make a good showing here. The top votes are more along Renaissance's 'epic scope' realm, so perhaps CoS is too much of a 'straight forward ballad'. Still- anyone looking for prototypical Renaissance songs for a compilation should give it a listen.


Posted By: Gerinski
Date Posted: July 03 2013 at 14:22
Hard choice.
A Song For All Seasons was my introduction to them so even if the earlier albums are probably stronger, Seasons will always hold a special place in my heart, the tandem of Opening Out and The Day Of The Dreamer still sends shivers down my spine, as the title track does.
But they have so many other gems, Mother Russia is so damn beautiful and so many others, Can You Hear Me and Touching Once from Novella being often underrated.


Posted By: The.Crimson.King
Date Posted: July 03 2013 at 14:54
Not a big Renaissance fan but I absolutely love "Can You Understand".

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Posted By: Rivertree
Date Posted: July 03 2013 at 14:57
Mother Russia Heart

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Posted By: Dellinger
Date Posted: July 03 2013 at 18:37
I really like the albums I got from them. I guess I'm between "Ashes are Burning", "Mother Russia" and "Scheherazade". I'm going with Mother Russia. I feel Shceherazade just kind of failed as a single epic songs, they got too many segments in the middle, but the first ten minutes or so are just perfect, and then the ending too.


Posted By: Dellinger
Date Posted: July 03 2013 at 18:40
Originally posted by iluvmarillion

Ashes are burning by a whisker to Scheherazade. Andy Powell's guitar work in the studio version of the song is the icing on the cake.


Yeah, I really miss that guitar on the live versions of the song. But on the other hand, Annies vocals on the end of the song from the live versions kind of makes up for the lack of guitar, I really love them.


Posted By: Dellinger
Date Posted: July 03 2013 at 18:41
Originally posted by Gandalff

Greensleeves.Wink


Are you serious? Or is this some kind of joke? Did they really ever play Greensleaves? For I really love that little piece of music.


Posted By: ClemofNazareth
Date Posted: July 03 2013 at 18:54
"Things I don't understand" by just a hair over "Mother Russia".


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Posted By: Dayvenkirq
Date Posted: July 03 2013 at 19:11

"Trip" = "Scheherazade" = "Ashes". To sum up, no vote.


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Posted By: progbethyname
Date Posted: July 03 2013 at 21:36
Mama Russia. Me likie.

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Posted By: tszirmay
Date Posted: July 04 2013 at 01:03
I like the historical context on Mother Russia . Matiya Rus 

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Posted By: Dayvenkirq
Date Posted: July 04 2013 at 01:17
^ I'm a Russian, ... and I should know such things. Ermm Damn. I just don't read lyrics.

"Mat' Rossiya!" ... or "Mat' Rus'!" ... or "Matushka Rossiya!" Say it loud and bold!


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Posted By: SquonkHunter
Date Posted: July 04 2013 at 22:22
Originally posted by JPatrickT

I expected Carpet of the Sun to make a good showing here. The top votes are more along Renaissance's 'epic scope' realm, so perhaps CoS is too much of a 'straight forward ballad'. Still- anyone looking for prototypical Renaissance songs for a compilation should give it a listen.


I will second Carpet of the Sun. For me, it's like a "first among equals" kinda thing. Like them all but this one a little more.


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Posted By: Barbu
Date Posted: July 04 2013 at 22:31
Ashes

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Posted By: antonyus
Date Posted: July 05 2013 at 01:32
Ashes are burning


Posted By: chopper
Date Posted: July 05 2013 at 06:40
Originally posted by Blacksword

Ashes are Burning!


Me too, although Trip to the Fair is a close second.


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Posted By: snowsnow
Date Posted: July 05 2013 at 07:14
Shows how much I know, I would have thought Ashes are Burning would win by a mile.

Another vote for Ashes - just beating Trip to the Fair and A song for all Seasons


Posted By: chopper
Date Posted: July 05 2013 at 08:27
My favourite of the "lesser known" tracks is "On the Frontier".

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Posted By: octopus-4
Date Posted: July 05 2013 at 09:09
Mother Russia, but the live version of Ashes Are Burning on "Carnegie Hall" has that great Bass solo and the excellent final with Annie picking her higher notes...

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Posted By: rogerthat
Date Posted: July 05 2013 at 10:12
Originally posted by snowsnow

Shows how much I know, I would have thought Ashes are Burning would win by a mile.

Another vote for Ashes - just beating Trip to the Fair and A song for all Seasons

I am surprised too, more that it is losing out to Mother Russia.  Ashes is such a haunting and atmospheric track.  But maybe Mother Russia is more epic and all that, different strokes....


Posted By: Tapfret
Date Posted: July 06 2013 at 03:34
Originally posted by Progosopher

Can You Hear Me?


"Prologue" and "Tales of 1001 Nights" are the only 2 I have. That live version of "Can You Hear Me?" is incredible and certainly my favorite. Listening to the studio version for the first time right now and its pretty damned good too. Annie's voice is chilling on that one.

HA! Its the same version. I always thought the 1001 nights version was live. Lernt something.


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Posted By: rogerthat
Date Posted: July 06 2013 at 10:32
Originally posted by Tapfret

Originally posted by Progosopher

Can You Hear Me?


"Prologue" and "Tales of 1001 Nights" are the only 2 I have. That live version of "Can You Hear Me?" is incredible and certainly my favorite. Listening to the studio version for the first time right now and its pretty damned good too. Annie's voice is chilling on that one.

HA! Its the same version. I always thought the 1001 nights version was live. Lernt something.

I like the Albert Hall performance a shade better than the studio one.   At just after 11:30, Annie finishes with a kind of quivering vibrato not unlike that of a trumpet (with a brass section playing in the background, incidentally).

[tube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHo5JSWylz4[/tube]


Posted By: trackstoni
Date Posted: July 08 2013 at 07:42
if the last part wasn't available on Ashes , i would say Mother , but the last part was able to create the Best Renaissance song !!

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Posted By: Dellinger
Date Posted: July 08 2013 at 19:20
Originally posted by trackstoni

if the last part wasn't available on Ashes , i would say Mother , but the last part was able to create the Best Renaissance song !!


Now, do you mean the last part on the studio version of the song, or the live ones?


Posted By: Guldbamsen
Date Posted: July 08 2013 at 19:26
Bullet

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Posted By: zwordser
Date Posted: August 13 2013 at 19:59
Tossup between Scheherezade and Trip to the Fair.

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Posted By: Prog-jester
Date Posted: August 19 2013 at 20:01
"Can You Hear Me?" from epics and "Kindness" from songs


Posted By: dr wu23
Date Posted: August 19 2013 at 22:46
Those are all great songs but my personal favorite has always been Black Flame from Turn of the Cards.

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Posted By: tszirmay
Date Posted: August 19 2013 at 22:51
Originally posted by Easy Livin

Very hard choice! Went for "Ocean gypsy", I never appreciated the full beauty of that song until I head the Blackmore's Night cover.

EXACTLY, my thoughts! Clap


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Posted By: ghost_of_morphy
Date Posted: August 25 2013 at 12:29
A tie between A Trip to the Fair and 'Things I Don't Understand.

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Posted By: Dellinger
Date Posted: August 25 2013 at 22:28
Originally posted by tszirmay


Originally posted by Easy Livin

Very hard choice! Went for "Ocean gypsy", I never appreciated the full beauty of that song until I head the Blackmore's Night cover.

EXACTLY, my thoughts! Clap


I just found about Blackmore's night a few weeks ago because I saw it at the recrod store I usually visit... I think it must be the last album. I still haven't heard anything from them, but got intererested. Is the "Ocean Gypsy" cover on the last album, or some previous one?


Posted By: Xonty
Date Posted: August 31 2013 at 08:23
Trip To The Fair for me - a great opener


Posted By: jacek1969
Date Posted: September 02 2013 at 00:46
Song Of Scheherazade

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Posted By: kenethlevine
Date Posted: October 10 2013 at 11:55
Originally posted by chopper

My favourite of the "lesser known" tracks is "On the Frontier".
LOVE IT!


Posted By: kenethlevine
Date Posted: October 10 2013 at 11:56
Originally posted by dr wu23

Those are all great songs but my personal favorite has always been Black Flame from Turn of the Cards.

if I have to pick one that would be it.  Simply a perfect song with not a note wasted and no notes missing


Posted By: kenethlevine
Date Posted: October 10 2013 at 11:58
I voted Ashes to tie things up again, based on the live version on Carnegie Hall.  Otherwise would be Mother Russia followed by Song for all Seasons, but a lot of real winners here


Posted By: dr prog
Date Posted: October 10 2013 at 17:01
I really like the Scheherazade album. The previous 2 albums aren't bad but lack the sound and composition quality. Trip to the fair is probably my fave song by Renaissance

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