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LIVE AT CARNEGIE HALL

Renaissance

 

Symphonic Prog

4.26 | 223 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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4 stars Carnegie Hall is a famous New York theater better known for its classical representations than for rock concerts. Of course, the "Renaissance" sound is so close at times with classic music that it made sense to play some concerts in this hall.

Most of the live albums available by the band almost feature the track list which you can find in this one. Vintage "Renaissance" my prog friends. Songs from each of their four (?) previous albums.

I put a question mark because when "Sheherazade" is announced, Jon Camp is speaking of their "upcoming" album. This double album was record during three sessions: from June 20th through 22nd, 1975. Just ahead of the release of the "Sheherazade" album. It will lead to a two minutes introduction to the song which explains the "1001 nights story". Quite a shortcut!

Even their old "Prologue" starts the show, which is quite logic of course. Then two songs out of each album from their bright period are featured.

What to say about this live album? That it is a brilliant representation of some of the best songs from their repertoire? Probably. That the interpretation is excellent? Probably. That the combination with the orchestra (New York Philharmonic) fits perfectly well (not too invading, but still present)? For sure.

This is valid up to the last number : "Ashes Are Burning". A great original which is here double the length, "thanks" to a dull and unnecessary bass solo. It would have been so nice to get a shorter version of this one and get the great "Trip To The Fair" instead.

For most of this live album, the band remains close to the original, and for once that they improvise a bit, it is a complete mess. A pity, since the original song was really good.

This is the main reason why I "only" give four stars to this very good live album. Do enjoy it, it delivers a lot of emotions and exhilarating moments.

ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |

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