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Renaissance - Ashes Are Burning [Capitol / Sovereign Records ST-11216] (October 1973)

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Renaissance

Title:

Ashes Are Burning

Released: October 1973
Label: Capitol / Sovereign Records
Catalog: ST-11216
Genre: Rock, Folk Rock, Art Rock, Symphonic Rock, Prog Rock, Classic Rock


T R A C K L I S T:
01 Can You Understand
02 Let It Grow
03 On The Frontier
04 Carpet Of The Sun
05 At The Harbour
06 Ashes Are Burning
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Bruce Eder [allmusic.com]

With electric guitarist Andy Powell sitting in on the title track, Renaissance delivered its best, and first fully formed album, mixing Russian, French, and Indian influences in musical settings that are both lively and elegant. The title track is one of the few lengthy progressive-rock pieces of the era that holds up, and the rest of the material runs the gamut from folk (''Carpet of the Sun'') to Impressionist (''At the Harbor''), all of it hauntingly beautiful and enlivening.


Renaissance - Time-Line [I.R.S. Records SP-70033] (1983)

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Time-Line

Released: 1983
Label: I.R.S. Records
Catalog: SP-70033
Genre: Rock
Note: Promotional Copy - stamp on back cover


T R A C K L I S T:
01 Flight
02 Missing Persons
03 Chagrin Boulevard
04 Richard IX
05 The Entertainer
06 Electric Avenue
07 Majik
08 Distrant Horizons
09 Orient Express
10 Auto-Tech
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Time-Line the eleventh studio album by the British progressive rock band Renaissance, released in 1983. It was the last album released by Renaissance before they disbanded in 1987.

With this album, Renaissance moved farther away from their signature sound and toward 1980s pop, than even on their previous album, Camera Camera. Though, in the view of some fans, it contained some excellent pop songs, it was a commercial failure, receiving the worst reviews of the band's career.

While Camera Camera's sound was clearly influenced by the band members who had played as Nevada (Annie Haslam and Michael Dunford, along with keyboardist Peter Gosling), this time the responsibility seems to have landed squarely on the shoulders of Jon Camp. He wrote all the lyrics, strongly influenced the musical style, and went so far as to publicly call this the band's ''best album.''

Renaissance's Biography

Renaissance are an English progressive rock band, best known for their 1978 UK top 10 hit ''Northern Lights'' and progressive rock classics like ''Carpet of the Sun'', ''Mother Russia'', and ''Ashes Are Burning''. They developed a unique sound, combining a female lead vocal with a fusion of classical, folk, rock, and jazz influences. Characteristic elements of the Renaissance sound are Annie Haslam's wide vocal range, prominent piano accompaniment, orchestral arrangements, vocal harmonies, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, synthesiser, and versatile drum work. The band created a significant following in the northeast United States in the 70s, and that region remains their strongest fan base.

The original line-up included two former members of The Yardbirds, Keith Relf and Jim McCarty, along with John Hawken, Louis Cennamo and Relf's sister Jane Relf. They intended to put ''something together with more of a classical influence''. Renaissance was born, and the band released a studio album in 1969, and another in 1971. Subsequently, John Tout replaced Hawken on keyboards, followed by a period of high turnover of musicians until the ''classic line-up'' of Haslam, John Tout, Michael Dunford, Jon Camp, and Terry Sullivan was established, although none of them was in the original band. They were assisted with lyrics on many songs from Cornish poet Betty Thatcher-Newsinger. From 1972 to 1979 Renaissance released seven successful studio albums, toured extensively, and sold out three nights in a row at Carnegie Hall with Tony Cox conducting the New York Philharmonic.

The 80s were a lean time for them, with personnel changes, and two relatively unsuccessful studio albums, leading to disbandment in 1987. Two different offshoots of Renaissance existed at the same time at one stage in the mid-90s. The band re-formed in 1998 to record Tuscany, which was eventually released in 2001; however they disbanded again the next year.

2009 heralded a new line-up for Renaissance, led by Haslam and Dunford, and since then the band has continued to record and tour. They were shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Dunford in November 2012. Later, Haslam stated that the band would continue touring. The current line-up is not as English as the band's early period, with five U.S.-born members and one English-born member who lives in the U.S. In April 2014 Renaissance released the studio album Symphony of Light. [wikipedia.org]
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