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Pre-MTV promo video

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Comment by Jean-Luc on July 20, 2011 at 5:33am

From time to time I search for the Top of the Pops version of this, without really hoping to find it.

It has been on YouTube for a while, before being removed for copyright reasons. 


Today, it happened:


Northern Lights, Top of the Pops, 1978.


Comment by Esa on July 20, 2011 at 9:26am
GREAT find! Embedding this one takes some effort, but here it is:

Comment by Jean-Luc on August 7, 2011 at 4:11am

Question about the "blue" video. Is it taken from this show?


The Mike Douglas Show 

Television talk show features Renaissance performing "Northern Lights" on 4 May 1978. Syndicated (USA), 1978. 5 minutes, original running time unknown.


Quoted from The Northern Lights Website.

Comment by Jean-Luc on August 7, 2011 at 6:44pm
I'd like to know. Please.
Comment by Esa on August 7, 2011 at 8:16pm

Me too. :-(

By process of elimination (totally believing that Northern Lights listings of TV appearances are 100.00% complete), that must be it.  The only evidence suggesting the contrary is stage props and lighting effects that seem a notch above a 1970s daytime talk show.  

I'll ping Renaissance Touring LLC for confirmation. 

Comment by Esa on August 8, 2011 at 7:43am

Turns out that it's from the UK Kenny Everett show: 

Season 1, Episode 5: Elkie Brooks / Renaissance / Justin Hayward

That one is NOT mentioned on Northern Lights yet! 

Comment by Jean-Luc on August 8, 2011 at 10:22am

Thank you.


As usual there are "best of" DVDs and no Renaissance on them.


And we have yet to discover what was in the Mike Douglas show.

Comment by Jean-Luc on December 30, 2012 at 10:24pm

Edited version, mixed with images of Aurora Borealis by twostikks1:

His comment:

I always liked this track by Renaissance. So I went a little nuts, and did the obvious; pulled some really cool video of the Aurora Borealis, and used it to pad out the promotional video for the song. In fact, I even extended the song by repeating the chorus at the end a few more times. 

The source video had a few anomalies, where it skipped backward, repeating what it already showed, so I had to tweeze that out twice (you can probably still see it if you watch it closely). This final video required 19 edits, some of the video was cropped and sped up (which made it look REALLY cool!), and of course, I had to sync the band shots up with the audio. But I am really pleased with the results. IF you like this song, I think you'll enjoy the video.


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