Live at Carnegie Hall

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The fourth great album in a row for Renaissance, Live at Carnegie Hall was recorded at three concerts on June 20, 21, and 22, 1975, at New York's Carnegie Hall. Although no one could have known it at the time, it also marked the high point of the group's influence and acceptance -- waiting in the wings, at just about the time this album was released the following year, was the punk rock boom and, a little after that, the disco boom, which would quickly sour audiences and critics on progressive rock. Recorded on tour ahead of the release of Scheherazade and Other Stories, this was the most ambitious concert venture to come out of the progressive rock boom of the 1970s up to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The fourth great album in a row for Renaissance, Live at Carnegie Hall was recorded at three concerts on June 20, 21, and 22, 1975, at New York's Carnegie Hall. Although no one could have known it at the time, it also marked the high point of the group's influence and acceptance -- waiting in the wings, at just about the time this album was released the following year, was the punk rock boom and, a little after that, the disco boom, which would quickly sour audiences and critics on progressive rock. Recorded on tour ahead of the release of Scheherazade and Other Stories, this was the most ambitious concert venture to come out of the progressive rock boom of the 1970s up to that time, featuring the group accompanied by the uncredited New York Philharmonic, whose playing shows up on several numbers, but is mostly here for "Song of Scheherazade," which took up one side of the original double LP and more than half of the second disc in the CD version. It and the seven other cuts range across the group's repertory, including revamped versions of "Prologue," "Can You Understand," "Carpet of the Sun," and "Ashes Are Burning," plus live versions of "Mother Russia" and "Running Hard" and a concert preview of "Ocean Gypsy." The original LP suffered from the inevitable sound imperfections of live albums, but it was still a good representation of the group in an optimum concert setting -- not surprisingly, the new renditions of the older songs are the tracks that are the most interesting, as they diverge most sharply from the originals, while the new material is all very similar to the official studio versions, although "Song of Scheherazade" has some interesting moments as the band and John Camp's bass, which is practically a lead instrument here and the orchestra try to achieve a balance that works. The truly distinctive cut, however, is "Ashes Are Burning," which is turned into an extended jam showcasing John Tout's piano and John Camp's bass in gorgeous solo passages. The CD reissue on Repertoire Records from Europe has been remastered with exceptional success, correcting most of the difficulties arising from sound leakages that marred the original LP edition.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/2008
  • Label: Repertoire
  • EAN: 4009910512425
  • Catalog Number: 5124
  • Sales rank: 5,952

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Prologue (8:09)
  2. 2 Ocean Gypsy (7:13)
  3. 3 Can You Understand (10:45)
  4. 4 Carpet of the Sun (3:56)
  5. 5 Running Hard (9:57)
  6. 6 Mother Russia (10:37)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Scheherazade (4:49)
  2. 2 Ashes Are Burning (23:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Renaissance Primary Artist
Annie Haslam Percussion, Vocals, Group Member
New York Philharmonic Strings, Horn
Jon Camp Bass, Guitar, Vocals, bass pedals, Group Member
Terence Sullivan Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Group Member
John Tout Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
Michael Dunford Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Annie Haslam Liner Notes, Booklet Design
Renaissance Producer
Jim McCarty Contributor
Mark Brennan Liner Notes
Dick Plant Engineer
Keith Relf Contributor
Carmine Rubino Engineer
Betty Thatcher Newsinger Composer
Fred Marcellino Collage, Cover Art
Joe Reagoso Reissue Producer, Remastering
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  • Posted January 25, 2011

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    How Do You Get To Carnegie Hall? Play Prog Rock

    Renaissance was one of those oddities that only happened during the art rock boom of the 70s. Imagine Karen Carpenter singing classically themed lyrics, a band that stretched songs out like the Grateful Dead or the Allmans, and an orchestra backing them up and you have some idea of what was going on. Actually, I have a soft spot for Renaissance. I bought the original 2 LP set in 78 or 79 and liked it. The CDs feature improved sound and it is nice to hear the concert without pops and crackles. I don't feel this is a 4 star set but I would not argue with a 3 1/2 rating. You can hear much worse period bands than Annie Haslam and company.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    After all these years

    This was the first Renaissance ALBUM that I ever purchased , back in 1977 ! It is still my favorite live recording of the band . The band and orchestra work very well together . Annie Haslam's voice is captivating . John Camp's bass on Ashes Are Burning and Scheherazade is interesting . Carpet Of The Sun ( the shortest song ) is a song for the ages . It is that good . Skip the other live Renaissance CD's and get this one .

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    Posted October 27, 2008

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