Friday, 14 September 2012

Renaissance - Prologue (1972)

The third album by the band called Renaissance and the first album by the Annie Haslam setup. The setup that made Renaissance famous and hugely loved. That by myself included.

"Transitional" is the word. Transitional between Jane Relf's Renaissance (later renamed Illusion) Annie Haslam's Renaissance. There is still a lot of the flower power and hippie Relf era (from the two first albums) hanging around on Prologue. There is also a lot of Annie Haslam and in particular Michael Dunford on this album. That is the more clean hybrid between classical music and female lead prog which Haslam's Renaissance was all about.

The result is an album which two great songs in the title track and Kiev. The other songs are more a mixed bag with some good and some more less satisfying stuff. I rate this album as a transitional album and a debut album. I think this is a very good album.

3.5 points

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