Songs from Renaissance Days

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Best known for their light progressive sound, Renaissance combines startling vocals with resonant classical arrangements that results in a truly unique musical concoction. Songs From Renaissance Days is a mixture of both released and unreleased material that features Annie Haslam, Michael Dunford, and Jon Camp. With five different keyboard players strewn across the album's ten songs, the progressive air is well established, but not to be outdone by Haslam's enchanting voice. A timelessness is passionately felt on "Africa" and again on "Dreamaker," as the music washes over the lyrics conveying wispy aural illusions. The mystical atmosphere of "Northern Lights" is enhanced by the ghost-like vocal chorus, and exemplifies...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Best known for their light progressive sound, Renaissance combines startling vocals with resonant classical arrangements that results in a truly unique musical concoction. Songs From Renaissance Days is a mixture of both released and unreleased material that features Annie Haslam, Michael Dunford, and Jon Camp. With five different keyboard players strewn across the album's ten songs, the progressive air is well established, but not to be outdone by Haslam's enchanting voice. A timelessness is passionately felt on "Africa" and again on "Dreamaker," as the music washes over the lyrics conveying wispy aural illusions. The mystical atmosphere of "Northern Lights" is enhanced by the ghost-like vocal chorus, and exemplifies this band's sound better than any song of the set. While the synthesizer isn't powerfully dominating as in other progressive music, it's use is wisely intermingled with acoustic guitar and shimmering vocals as one of the most effective devices in each song. The beauty of Renaissance's music hides within the richness of the vocals, but it's the aid of the surrounding music that adds the extra element of mysteriousness to their sound. Other compilations offer a better insight into this group's music, but Songs From Renaissance Days
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/15/1997
  • Label: Pet Rock Records
  • UPC: 712786003945
  • Catalog Number: 60039

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Africa (4:40)
  2. 2 Dreamaker (4:57)
  3. 3 Northern Lights (4:23)
  4. 4 No Beginning, No End (5:04)
  5. 5 Only When I Laugh (4:08)
  6. 6 The Body Machine (4:06)
  7. 7 Writers Wronged (3:58)
  8. 8 Island of Avalon (2:44)
  9. 9 America (3:57)
  10. 10 You (8:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Renaissance Primary Artist
Annie Haslam Vocals, Background Vocals
Eddie Hardin Keyboards
Jon Camp Bass Guitar, Background Vocals
David Dowle Drums
Rod Edwards Keyboards
Gavin Harrison Drums
Ian Mosley Drums
Terence Sullivan Drums
Mike Taylor Keyboards
John Tout Keyboards
Michael Dunford Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
Bimbo Acock Flute
Peter Baron Drums
Technical Credits
Annie Haslam Artwork, Cover Design
Renaissance Producer
Rod Edwards Producer
Ron Edwards Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A good album

    Being more familiar with their earlier works, I was surprised by the general absence of instrumentals. While that's not always bad (it avoids the problem of instrumentals stuck in when they're not needed), sometimes the songs need-- and benifit from-- a bit of space to move around in. Despite that, Annie's voice has, if anything, improved with age, and the rendition of ''Northern Lights'' is fantastic. A couple of the songs get repetitive (''Only When I Laugh'' in particular), but overall, it's an enjoyable disk.

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