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LIVE AT CARNEGIE HALL

Renaissance

 

Symphonic Prog

4.26 | 225 ratings

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Evolver
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Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
3 stars I should like this album more than I do. Well, admittedly I once liked it more than I do now.

The main problem I have with this album is the sound. I never found a CD copy, so I can only base this on the LP version. The engineers do seem to have been able to deal with the acoustics of Carnegie Hall. Everything sounds like it was played in a cavern. And as much as I love Jon Camp's bass performance in this concert, he is mixed too loud, often drowning out the keyboards and drums. And the New York Philharmonic members who played with the band often sound too distant.

That said, the performance captures the band at it's peak, just before "Scheherazade" was released. There are two tracks release in advance of that album, one of which is the side long title piece. Those were one great reason to get the album. The other is an extended, twenty-three minute version of Ashes Are Burning.

I'd have to give this 3.5 stars, but rounded own due to the sound.

Evolver | 3/5 |

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