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Renaissance - 2015 De Lane Lea Studios 1973

ARTIST: Renaissance
ALBUM: De Lane Lea Studios 1973
LABEL: Purple Pyramid Records
YEAR: 2015


LINEUP: Annie Haslam - vocals * Michael Dunford - guitar * Jon Camp - bass * Terence Sullivan - drums

Additional Musicians: Andy Powell - guitar * Al Stewart - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Can You Understand? * 02 Let It Grow * 03 Sounds Of The Sea * 04 Carpet Of The Sun * 05 At The Harbour * 06 Ashes Are Burning * 07 Prologue


Recorded at London's infamous De Lane Lea Studios (Queen, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd) in front of a small live audience in the fall of 1973, this often bootlegged set was officially released by the Cleopatra imprint Purple Pyramid and significantly the only Renaissance gig in support of the remarkable 'Ashes Are Burning' album. The group decided to skip live work mainly due to the energy crisis in the UK and America and unlike their road-hardened contemporaries of the day, Renaissance were never known for large and lengthy tours mainly due to the ornate nature of their music but this document certainly proves they were a force to be reckoned with in an intimate live setting.

The Songs
The sound quality is excellent and it's clear Renaissance were enjoying themselves as heard in their in-between song banter that with exception of one nasty and obvious edit, seems to be left intact. Introducing to an appreciative crowd five of six cuts from 'Ashes Are Burning', there's plenty here to like from a band arguably at the peak of their prog rock powers. Of course Annie Haslam's voice is as stunning as ever as she seduces the crowd through the epic 'Can You Understand?', the beautiful classical folk of 'Let It Grow' and beckoning like a Siren on 'Sounds Of The Sea' from the 'Prologue' LP. The uplifting 'Carpet Of The Sun' is introduced as a single released in America (it never charted) and again Haslam nails it. 'Ashes Are Burning' turns to be one of the best versions of the song I've heard with special guest appearances from Al Stewart on backing vocals and Andy Powell from Wishbone Ash providing a typically tasty guitar solo for the song's climax.

In Summary
While this CD is a shadow of the band's 1976 double album 'Live At Carnegie Hall', truly one of the great live sets of all time, it's an auto-buy for both Renaissance and classic British prog fans alike. Get it while you can.

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