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Renaissance
CD Reviews
A Song for All Seasons
Review by Gary Hill
I like this album quite a bit.

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Academy of Music
Review by Gary Hill
This live album is quite good. It does seem like it started life as a bootleg, though.

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Azure d'Or
Review by Gary Hill
This was the first album I ever heard from Renaissance.

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Camera Camera
Review by Gary Hill
Old time Renaissance fans have often slagged this disc. That’s a shame because it’s a great album.

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DeLane Lea Studios 1973
Review by Gary Hill
This live album catches Renaissance in the period many might call their best.

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Novella
Review by Steve Alspach
Renaissance was a unique band, blending a rare combination of acoustic rock and classical music into a never-duplicated result. Like many others, I was a Renaissance fan in the 70s.
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Prologue
Review by Gary Hill
This early Renaissance disc has a lot of the folky progressive rock that was a trademark of the band at times.

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Prologue (Remastered and Expanded Edition)
Review by Gary Hill

Newly released, this is a revised and expanded edition of the classic 1972 album from Renaissance. I love the sound on this version.


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Renaissance
Review by Steve Alspach
Funny outfit, the Yardbirds. In their early days they were a blues-based band, and their renditions of old standards as "I'm a Man" and "Smokestack Lightning" were something to reckon. But they also knew the zeitgeist of the 1960s, delving into such psychedelia as "Shapes of Things" and "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago" before finally packing it in around 1968.
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Scheherazade and Other Stories
Review by Gary Hill
Renaissance is a band that I never really followed closely, but always really enjoyed. In many ways I've always felt that they are a lot like Yes, but rather than focusing on the harder rocking styles, they were more interested in acoustic and organic sounds.
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Symphony of Light
Review by Gary Hill
This is a great return to form for Renaissance.

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Time-Line
Review by Gary Hill
I can see why a lot of Renaissance fans were put off by this set.

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Turn of the Cards
Review by Gary Hill
This isn’t my favorite Renaissance disc, but it is quite a good one.

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DVD Reviews
Renaissance - A Symphonic Journey DVD/2-CD Set
Review by Gary Hill

These collections that have both video and audio discs sometimes present a challenge at MSJ. The ones that seem to be CD first with bonus video go under the CD reviews while ones like this that seem to be more based around a video with CDs as extras go under the video reviews.


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Renaissance - Live at the Union Chapel DVD
Review by Gary Hill
The first thing I noticed about this set is just how good the audio and video both are. This is a top notch concert video for sure.

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Renaissance - Song of Scheherazade DVD
Review by Julie Knispel
Only one thing has been missing over the years for devoted fans of Renaissance, that band combining rock and classical music more completely and seamlessly than almost any other band in progressive music…a video document of the classic band (Annie Haslam, Michael Dunford, John Tout, Terrence Sullivan and Jon Camp) live in concert.
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Annie Haslam
Review by Gary Hill and Jason Hillenburg

Interview with Annie Haslam from 2015


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Annie Haslam - ‘Live’ Studio Concert DVD: Philadelphia, PA, USA, 1997
Review by G. W. Hill

I have been a big fan of Annie Haslam for a long time. She has an incredible voice.


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Various Artists - A Life in Yes: The Chris Squire Tribute
Review by Gary Hill
I grew up as a Yes fanatic from the age of 12. As a bass player myself, Chris Squire was a huge part of my own growth as a musician.
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Armageddon - Armageddon
Review by Larry Toering

When Keith Relf essentially put this band together he was obviously looking way beyond the blues to do something that was actually different.


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Various Artists - Citizens of Hope and Glory. The Story of Progressive Rock written by Stephen Lambe
Review by Scott Montgomery

This is an enjoyable read that saunters through the chronology and culture of progressive rock.


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Various Artists - Mountains Come Out of the Sky. The Illustrated History of Prog Rock – written by Will Romano
Review by Scott Montgomery
Overall, this is a very good and highly recommended overview of the genre and its history. 
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Shoot - On the Frontier (colored vinyl)
Review by Gary Hill

Jim McCarty was probably the biggest claim to fame of this group. This band was formed after his work in the Yardbirds and the original version of Renaissance.


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Annie Haslam - One Enchanted Evening
Review by Gary Hill
I’m sure most of the people reading Music Street Journal will have been introduced to Annie Haslam through her work in Renaissance.
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Various Artists - Poetry of the Air: A Collection of Love Letters to Music from Musicians written by Gary Hill
Review by Greg Olma
I have known Gary Hill for a while now and the one thing that I can say with complete certainty about him is that he takes his music seriously. 


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Jim McCarty - Sitting On the Top of Time
Review by Gary Hill

The name Jim McCarty might be familiar.


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Various Artists - Songs of the Century: An All-Star Tribute To Supertramp
Review by G. W. Hill

I am a big fan of pretty much anything Billy Sherwood is involved with and I love Supertramp, so when I heard Sherwood was in charge of assembling an all star tribute to Supertramp, I was excited.


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Various Artists - Supper`s Ready
Review by Gary Hill
A tribute album devoted to the music of Genesis, Supper`s Ready is a strong work. The renditions here stay more true to the original performances than on some similar albums, but this does not take away from the relevance of the CD.
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Various Artists - Tales From Yesterday
Review by Gary Hill
A tribute to the music of Yes, Tales From Yesterday, features some very fine renditions of Yessongs performed by a variety of artists (including several past and present members of Yes). This is a mixed bag. Some of the tracks are quite faithful to the original, while others represent major reworkings.
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Various Artists - The Show That Never Ends
Review by Gary Hill
This album is a compilation of various progressive rock performances that were presented on the King Biscuit Flower Hour radio show. All of the outings are quite good, and the selection of artists is also. 



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