Renaissance - Prologue

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Sealed 1972 Gatefold Original With The Original Record Store Price Code Tag On The Shrink Wrap. “The First Album By The '70s (I.E. Annie Haslam) Version Of Renaissance Is A Transitional Work, Rooted In More Standard Hard Rock Sounds (Including Psychedelia) Than What Followed. One Can Spot The Difference, Which May Please Some Listeners And Put Others Off, In The Fairly Heavy Guitar Sound Of "Prologue," Rob Hendry's Electric Instrument Playing Both Lead And Rhythm Parts Prominently At Various Times Behind Annie Haslam's Soaring Vocals And Adjacent To John Tout's Piano. "Kiev" May Also Startle Some Longtime Fans, Since Haslam Doesn't Handle The Lead Vocals, The Male Members' Singing Being Much More Prominent. The Ethereal, Flowingly Lyrical "Sounds Of The Sea" Is The Cut Here That Most Resembles The Music That The Group Became Known For In The Years Ahead, And Shows Haslam Singing In The High Register For Which She Would Become Famous. "Spare Some Love," With Its Prominent Folky Acoustic Guitar, Also Anticipates Material (Specifically "Let It Grow" And "On The Frontier") Off Of The Group's Better Known Second Album, Ashes Are Burning. The 11-Minute Epic "Rajah Khan," With Its Elements Of Raga-Rock, Including Sitar-Like Passages On Hendry's Electric Guitars And An Extended VCS 3 Synthesizer Solo By Francis Monkman, Is A More Advanced And Virtuoso Descendant Of Late '60s Psychedelia. The Sound Is Outstanding, And This Version Of Prologue Is To Be Preferred Over Capitol's Abortive Attempt To Reissue It In The Late 1980's As In The Beginning, Which Cut Some Of The Material And Had Totally Lackluster Sound.” Bruce Eder, AMG.

Artist: Renaissance Title: Prologue Genre: Pop Type: New - LP Label: Capitol Catalog ID: SMAS 11116 Country: USA Our ID: 145531
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