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Hi, 

As you know I run a website in french about Renaissance, Prologue.

There are 3 reasons why I called it Prologue:

1) I love the album.
2) The album represents a transition between the Relf-McCarty era and the Dunford-Haslam era.
3) The word is the same in french and in english.

I'll use this thread to inform you about my main updates.

 

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Today,  after 20 months, I updated at last my Renaissance discography:


Two updates will be imposed, one by Facebook, the other by Youtube.

On Facebook, everybody will have to turn to the timeline mode. I did and I think it's better like this. At least it is now clear that my profile is about my website and not about myself.

On YouTube there will be changes too and every profile will be updated tomorrow. I'm not convinced by the new profile so I kept the old one as long as I could.

I will do the best I will be able to do with the new format.

There's a long time I have not updated the discography and the video collection and I'm afraid of the work to do.

The best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time. 

First bite: update the video collection from 1969 to 1978.

Done. 5 new videos : Scheherazade 1976, the two songs at the Mike Douglas Show in 1978 and the two versions of Northern Lights at TOTP in 1978. The TOTP2 edition has been withdrawn. 

Thank you to point at any mistake or omission. 

Next bite: videos from 1981.

What tells Northern Lights about 1981? 

In their list of Film/TV Appearances, there are 3 items from 1981:

concert performance

Audience-shot video of Renaissance performance at Rochester, NY. Set list unknown, venue unknown. 1981. 100 minutes.

TV performance

Television studio performances of "Camera Camera" and "Bonjour Swansong," apparently part of longer television program. Origin unknown, 1981. 7 minutes, original running time unknown.

TV interview/performance

Television studio performance of "Camera Camera," with interview featuring Canadian reporter. Origin unknown (Canada), 1981. 5 minutes, original running time unknown. 

In their Renaissance Concert Listing, there are 5 items from 1981:

1981: The Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland

Lineup: Annie Haslam (Vocals), Michael Dunford (Guitars), Jon Camp (Bass),
John Tout (Keyboards), Terrence Sullivan (Drums).

October 10, 1981: City Hall, St. Albans, England
Lineup: Annie Haslam (Vocals); Michael Dunford (Guitars); Jon Camp (Bass);
Peter Gosling (Keyboards); Peter Barron Drums)

November 16, 1981: Old Waldorf Theatre, San Francisco, CA
Lineup: Annie Haslam (Vocals); Michael Dunford (Guitars); Jon Camp (Bass);
Peter Gosling (Keyboards); Peter Barron Drums)

Prologue; the Vultures Fly High; The Day Of The Dreamer; Camera, Camera;
Faeries (living at the bottom of the garden); Running Hard; Northern Lights;
Tyrant-tula; Mother Russia; Jigsaw; Bonjour Swansong; A Song For All Seasons;
Ashes Are Burning.

November 26, 1981: Ripley Music Hall, Philadelphia, PA
Lineup: Annie Haslam (Vocals); Michael Dunford (Guitars); Jon Camp (Bass);
Peter Gosling (Keyboards); Peter Barron Drums)

Can you Understand; The Vultures Fly High; Day Of The Dreamer;
Camera, Camera; Faeries (living at the bottom of the garden);
Running Hard; Northern Lights; Tyrant-tula.

November 27, 1981: Stargate Theatre, Dover, NJ
Lineup: Annie Haslam (Vocals); Michael Dunford (Guitars); Jon Camp (Bass);
Peter Gosling (Keyboards); Peter Barron Drums)

A) Rochester

Mentioned in the Film/TV Appearances but not in the Concert Listing.

On Youtube, there are videos from "Rochester Triangle Theater, 12-8-81". And some puzzles about them.

1) What is the true date? What does 12-8-81 mean? 12th of August 1981 or 8th of December 1981? According to the comment to Mother Russia it's December (and I ask: why not notating the dates in such a way that the chronological order and the alphabetic order are equal ? for example, 2013-12-24 for the 24th of December 2013). But the question of the date is not totally solved as, according to setlist.fm, the show was the 12th of November 1981. Or were there 2 shows at the same place that year? Northern Lights doesn't help.

2) What's the setlist?  According to setlist.fm, it's

Can You Understand (instrumental intro)
The Vultures Fly High
Day of the Dreamer
Camera Camera
Faeries (Living at the Bottom of the Garden)
Running Hard
Northern Lights
Bonjour Swansong
A Song for All Seasons

Ashes Are Burning

Which of those do you find on Youtube?

Can You Understand (instrumental intro): no
The Vultures Fly High: no
Day of the Dreamer: no
Camera Camera: no
Faeries (Living at the Bottom of the Garden): yes
Running Hard: yes
Northern Lights: yes 
Bonjour Swansong: yes 
A Song for All Seasons: yes

Ashes Are Burning: yes

but there are also tracks not listed at setlist.fm
Mother Russia
Jigsaw.
... to be continued.

By comparison with the show in San Francisco, a plausible order is

Faeries
Running Hard
Northern Lights
Mother Russia
Jigsaw
Bonjour Swansong
A Song for All Seasons
Ashes Are Burning

I have no guarantee it's the actual order but I will place them like this in my video page.


B) Canadian TV

According to Northern Lights: Television studio performance of "Camera Camera," with interview featuring Canadian reporter. Origin unknown (Canada), 1981. 5 minutes, original running time unknown

It might be this one, despite a comment saying it's from CanaRian TV.



C) TV performance of Camera Camera and Bonjour Swansong

According to Northern Lights: Television studio performances of "Camera Camera" and "Bonjour Swansong," apparently part of longer television program. Origin unknown, 1981. 7 minutes, original running time unknown.

I found no trace of this on Youtube.


D) Philadelphia

In the concert listing at Northern Lights, there is November 26, 1981: Ripley Music Hall, Philadelphia, PA with this setlist:

Can you Understand
The Vultures Fly High
Day Of The Dreamer
Camera, Camera
Faeries
Running Hard
Northern Lights
Tyrant-tula.

On Youtube, you find 6 videos corresponding to "renaissance ripley music hall philadelphia november 26 1981":

Tyrant-Tula
Mother Russia
Bonjour Swansong
Running Hard
A Song For All Seasons
Faeries

... to be continued.

There are only 3 titles in common and I have no explanation about that.

Once again I compare the list of videos with the San Francisco setlist. I obtain this order:

Faeries
Running Hard
Tyrant-tula
Mother Russia
Bonjour Swansong
A Song For All Seasons

Once again, it's plausible but not guaranteed.

 

E) SUNY, Buffalo

It means The State University of New-Tork at Buffalo. There's no mention of it at Northern Lights but there's a video of Can You Understand? on Youtube. There's no precise indication about the date.

 

CONCLUSION

I will present the videos like this:

1981 - Canadian TV

Camera Camera

1981 - SUNY, Buffalo

Can You Understand?

1981 - Ripley's Music Hall, Philadelphia

Faeries
Running Hard
Tyrant-tula
Mother Russia
Bonjour Swansong
A Song For All Seasons

1981 - Triangle Theater, Rochester

Faeries
Running Hard
Northern Lights
Mother Russia
Jigsaw
Bonjour Swansong
A Song for All Seasons
Ashes Are Burning.

 

There's still much to do in the discography but at least I cared of the main stuff: the Renaissance albums.

I am deeply honored that Annie Haslam accepted to paint decorations for my news pages:

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