Turn of the Cards

Turn of the Cards

by Renaissance
     
 

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The third album by this incarnation of Renaissance was a match for their previous success, Ashes Are Burning, with equally impressive performances and songwriting and a few new musical twists added. The songs here fit more easily into a rock vein, and the prior album's folk influences are gone.

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The third album by this incarnation of Renaissance was a match for their previous success, Ashes Are Burning, with equally impressive performances and songwriting and a few new musical twists added. The songs here fit more easily into a rock vein, and the prior album's folk influences are gone. Turn of the Cards rocks a bit harder, albeit always in a progressive rock manner, and Jon Camp's bass and Terence Sullivan's drums are both harder and heavier here, the bass (the group's only amplified instrument) in particular much more forward in the mix. This change works in giving the band a harder sound that leaves room for Jimmy Horowitz's orchestral accompaniments, which are somewhat more prominent than those of Richard Hewson on the prior album, with the horns and strings, in particular, more exposed. Annie Haslam is in excellent voice throughout, and finds ideal accompaniment in Michael Dunford's acoustic guitar and John Tout's piano. The writing team of Dunford and Betty Thatcher also adds some new wrinkles to the group's range -- in addition to progressive rock ballads like "I Think of You," they delivered "Black Flame," a great dramatic canvas for Haslam and Tout, in particular; and "Mother Russia" is a surprising (and effective) move into topical songwriting, dealing with the plight of Alexander Solzhenitsyn and other victims of Soviet repression (you had to be there in the 1970s to realize what a burning issue this was). And then there were the soaring, pounding group virtuoso numbers like "Things I Don't Understand," which managed to hold audience interest across nine or ten minutes of running time.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/01/1997
Label:
Repertoire
UPC:
4009910449127
catalogNumber:
4491
Rank:
27524

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Renaissance   Primary Artist
Annie Haslam   Percussion,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Jon Camp   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Terence Sullivan   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
John Tout   Keyboards,Vocals
John Camp   Bass Guitar,Vocals
Michael Dunford   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Renaissance   Arranger,Producer
Jimmy Horowitz   Orchestral Arrangements
Jim McCarty   Contributor
Richard Gottehrer   Producer
Jeffrey Lesser   Engineer
Dick Plant   Producer,Engineer
Keith Relf   Contributor
Betty Thatcher Newsinger   Composer

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