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Fans of Renaissance and Annie Haslam


What they say about it :

• Digisleeve edition. The most collectable version on the market of
this very rare 70s Progressive Rock album.

• Detailed, extensive liner notes, including quotes from Annie Haslam
and Mike Dunford of Renaissance, by respected author and journalist
Chris Welch.

• Expertly remastered – superb sound - top quality reproduction.

Please remember that our digisleeve release are always highly
collectable, so order NOW while stocks last to avoid disappointment!

Pop, folk and the classics meet with joyous results in the sounds
created by Renaissance, one of the most creative and popular groups of
the Seventies.

'Prologue' has long been hailed as their 'first album', as it showcases a
brand new line up of artists who replaced the original founder members,
when the group was relaunched in 1972.

Annie Haslam takes the lead role alongside keyboard player John Tout and
she sings like an angel on a selection of six beautifully performed
arrangements. Songs like 'Kiev', 'Sounds Of The Sea' and 'Spare Some
Love' exemplify the Renaissance style that would evolve over many more
classic albums.

Intriguingly, much of the material was written by founder Jim McCarty of
Yardbirds fame together with poet Betty Thatcher and subsequent full
time member Michael Dunford. More assistance comes from synthesiser
wizard Francis Monkman who plays the VCS3 solo on the album's longest
track 'Rajah Khan'.

Here is a superb album that will appeal to all fans of a group whose
melodic and sensitive music ushered in a real 'rock renaissance'.


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Yes, I have the new "Prologue" reissue! I think that it the best sounding CD issue of that album. I also love the packaging! And I have all of the "Prologue" releases, starting with the 12" vinyl album! It is a classic record from Renaissance, and I know that it is a little pricey, but hey, I am a very loyal fan! I also have the new reissues of the "Scheherazade And Other Stories" and "Live At Carnegie Hall" albums. And to me they all are an improvement over the previous releases!

Repertoire announces the rerelease of

 

Dreams & Omens

Tuscany

In the Land of the Rising Sun

 

See Chris Welch's article.

The Repertoire cover for Dreams and Omens:

 

Repertoire will release Novella, A Song for All Seasons and Azure d'Or soon. So they

will have released, at a moment or another, each of the Renaissance studio albums.

Those 3 albums are now on their catalogue.

So Repertoire would be able to product a box set of the complete studio recordings.

Abba's "The Albums" (2008) would be an excellent reference: 13cm*13cm*3cm box with

each studio album in mini LP format plus one CD of extra album tracks and a 40 page

booklet. Repertoire has now each of the Renaissance studio albums in its catalogue

except Time Line (which was however in it a few years ago) but with Songs From 

Renaissance Days. They could add some other rare tracks like those in Nevada's CD,

some radio edits and  the acoustic version of Carpet of the Sun.

I just took delivery of the 2010/2011 Repertoire releases of Prologue, Song for All Seasons, and Azure D'or from a reputable local (USA) ebay seller.  I had put off the purchase of these for a long time due to high cost and unknown qualitative improvement.  After hearing them, I'm slapping myself for not buying them sooner. 

The Repertoire website has been rebuilt. Here is their new Renaissance Page. They use Jack O'Melia's picture that once was on the front page of the [RG] YahooGroup and that is still on the news page from autumn 2009 of my website.

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