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Kiev - Renaissance (4) - Prologue (CD, Album)

Jazz by JoshuaK. Soho Underground by HungryFreaks. Sounds Of The Sea. Spare Some Love. Bound For Infinity. Rajah Kahn. Sovereign 2 , Sovereign 2. Please wait for an invoice to be sent through. Payment Methods:. Australia Post Money Order. You are welcome to combine purchases over a ten day period to take advantage of combined postage. Discs can be sent internationally, without jewel cases to reduce postage costs. Please email for quote. If you have any further questions please email me your query.

Sorry, no pickups. Views Read Edit View history. Help Learn to edit Community portal Recent changes Upload file. Download as PDF Printable version. Cover design by Hipgnosis. Progressive rock. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Styles Art Rock Prog-Rock. Recording Date June, - July, Introspection Reflection Relaxation Solitude. It is a bit too pretty and overly extended but still serves as the first showcase for Annie Haslam's plaintive style. Regarding Annie, it must be said that while her voice is not as naturally warm as that of Jane Relf, she does tug at the heart strings remarkably well for one with such superior technical prowess.

For me the highlight is "Spare Some Love", which begins as a simple acoustic song before becoming quite the funky rocker in the midsection. I am very partial to the mix of Annie and the male voices in the chorus, and the sprinkling of lead guitar and punchy bass lines add to the impact.

The closer, "Rahan Khan" sounds good on paper, but is ultimately an unconvincing blend of the eastern and classical styles, with plenty of psychedelia thrown in.

It is a lot more menacing than the Renaissance we knew or would come to know, but doesn't really do much with that aspect, perhaps partly due to all the wordless vocals. It was an approach they rarely took again, and for that I am grateful.

An uneven album with moments of magic and grandeur, this prologue to the new Renaissance suffers from some lazy songwriting both in the lyrics and the music. They would need to overcome these flaws to rise to the next level, which they subsequently did in a big way. This album is indeed the "prologue" of a brilliant career.

The typical "Renaissance" sound starts with this album. The classical and very much piano-oriented music is all here. I am just missing Annie during the first two songs in which she has more a backing than leading vocal role. But the great "Kiev" is still one of my favourite on this album. But there are plenty of highlights on this great album. The beautiful "Sounds Of The Sea" displaying indeed some seagull sounds is another very pleasant and thrilling moment.

On this occasion, Annie is fully in command of the vocal finally. More "Renaissance" than this is difficult. Another highlight. The band is right on track now. The compositions mainly written by Dunford and Thatcher who were not full-time band members, the latter being in charge for the lyrics are very well crafted.

And I am completely biased by Annie's fantastic vocal part during another excellent song : "Spare Some Love". She is definitely very influent in terms of band recognition.

IMHHO, she incarnates brilliantly the wonderful sound that the band will impose for some years. Even a short and sweet tune as "Bound For Infinity" is emotional thanks to her brilliant vocal part. I told you, I'm biased, so be prepared for some raving reviews. The central piece of this album is a long track almost instrumental if you except the vocalizing work which sounds slightly different than the rest.

A harder and more guitar oriented track which is kind of a rarity for the band. Oriental influenced, it sounds at times as a Page improv during the opening part. Percussion work is particularly well played. Maybe a bit too long and repetitive, but still a very good way to close the first truly "Renaissance" album. Four stars. The turn of the band's sound to more Classical-inspired paths is evident from the excellent eponymous opener.

Tout's classical piano battles with its jazzy middle section in a perfectly composed track with Haslam duplicating with a series of dreamy vocal chords. Great work by the rhythm section as well,while Hendry delivers a couple of nice electric explosions. I wish the band would maintain this high level until the end of the album. Please notice the multi-vocal sections of this track,which remind me a lot of YES. Good but nothing extraordinary. Time for the album's second round,which opens with ''Spare some love''.

This is a track in a simple song format,featuring mostly acoustic instrumentation and carrying a typical late- 60's UK Psychedelic sound,but Tout saves it with his lovely piano. After the middle the track gets more adventuruous with some decent interplays,nice electric guitars yet maintaining its ethnic feeling.

The truth is I would love to see the band insisting on the style of the first two tracks,that means a piano-centered rock format with intricate passages and some sparse oneiric vocals.

Still the album is very enjoyable and recommendable by a band getting really close to establish their own style. From the first note I realized that there was a lot of great music to discover, and even if no band ever released a new great album again, the 70's had a huge amount of music to offer.

The choirs by Annie are just perfect for the song and "John Camp" gives an outstanding bass performance. Yes it's true that no Classical musician would take this eclectic piece seriously, but who cares? This is Progressive Rock, a different universe for a different audience. As Certif1ed mentions in his review, the sea gull and waves sounds during the first 37 seconds of "Sounds of the Sea" is so predictable.

If we add the soft piano and very subtle percussion, we have an incredibly beautiful song, probably not the most elaborate expression of Progressive Rock, but Who cares if the melody is so delightful? For the moment in which we can listen "Bound for Infinity" is obvious that "Annie Haslam" is going to be one of the brightest stars in Prog firmament, her confidence for a debutante in a band that has been together for three years is amazing, and along with "John Tout" are the center of attention.

The album ends with the bizarre epic "Rajah Khan", with the addition of"Francis Monkman" as guest in the synths and the hallucinating and trippy performance of "Rob Hendrix" is the guitar and mandolin, we are before a strange blend of Psychedelia and Symphonic Prog, in some moments seems as of they were jamming, but the perfectly coordinated explosions of strength, piano sections and amazing vocal work proves us they have everything calculated, even when the excellent arrangements make the music sound as casual, a wonderful closer.

The title track has the classical mood that made them famous, it's the first song featuring the incredible voice of Annie Haslam, and is one of the few songs on the Live at Carnegie Hall to be played with few or no arrangements respect to the studio version.

It is followed by "Kiev". Now the city is in Ukraine, but actually it was in the Soviet Union. This song makes the pair with "Mother Russia" appeared some years after, in stating the connection with the russian classical musicians of the 19th century, clearly evident in the piano section in the middle of the song. This is still one of my favourite Renaissance songs, even if Annie Haslam is not the lead vocalist.

McCarthy is credited of the songwriting. Another little link between the two lineups. Not a great track, but good enough. Just a bit too long, and Side A is gone. The song has a hippy flavour in the optimistic lyrics of the poetress Betty Thatcher. The bass and drums interlude in the middle followed by an acid guitar give it a little touch of psychedelia, but it's just a moment.

I'm not the only one, probably, in hearing similarities with the YES in the bass lines and in the choirs. McCarthy is credited also as author of "Bound For Infinity". This is the most folky song. I can imagine it played by Angelo Branduardi, even if Aniie's voice is not comparable, of course.

It starts spacey even if a sitar can be heard initially, then a psychedelic guitar plays an oriental flavoured theme. If you can do without this track I recommend you stay with your Repertoire set. Pete Puma and moomoomoomoo like this.

Prologue to my ears sounds best on the Repertoire release REP Instant Karma likes this. My memory is the concert they added on cd only wasn't very good.

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The booklet features a new essay and exclusive interviews with Annie Haslam and Terry Sullivan and fully restores the original album artwork. 1. PROLOGUE 2. KIEV 3. SOUNDS OF THE SEA 4. SPARE SOME LOVE 5. BOUND FOR INFINITY 6. RAJAH KAHN. BONUS TRACK 7. SPARE SOME LOVE (SINGLE VERSION) (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED ON CD).

9 thoughts on “Kiev - Renaissance (4) - Prologue (CD, Album)”

  1. Akinoran says:
    Prologue was re-issued on CD in its original form by Repertoire Records in Expanded edition [ edit ] In Esoteric Recordings announced a re-mastered and expanded edition of the first Haslam era album which was released on the 28 September Genre: Progressive rock.
  2. Kajirg says:
    View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the CD release of Prologue on Discogs. Label: 24 Bit Remasters - RNSCOLCD • Series: Renaissance Collections • Format: CD Album, Reissue, Unofficial Release • Country: Russia • Genre: Rock • Style: Prog Rock, Folk Rock.
  3. Mooguramar says:
    View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Cardboard Sleeve CD release of Prologue on Discogs. Label: Capitol Records (2) - TOCP • Format: CD Album, Reissue, Unofficial Release Cardboard Sleeve • Country: Russia • Genre: Rock • Style: Prog Rock, Symphonic Rock/5(2).
  4. Arashijin says:
    Renaissance is perhaps my all time favorite group. I discovered their music in High School (SAHS class of '78). Yes I was considered a bit of a geek or 'long-hair' for liking music with a decidedly classical flair (progressive classical or progressive rock, whatever). Over the intervening 31 years I have worn out 3 or 4 CD's of each of their /5(65).
  5. Vok says:
    Renaissance Prologue Progressive CD. Description; Tracks; A re-mastered and expanded edition of the studio album by Renaissance. Prologue featured classic material including the title track, Kiev and and the epic Rajah Kahn (notable for the presence of .
  6. Fezil says:
    Discover releases, reviews, credits, songs, and more about Renaissance - Prologue at Discogs. Complete your Renaissance collection.
  7. Balabar says:
    Prologue is a music studio album recording by RENAISSANCE (Symphonic Prog/Progressive Rock) released in on cd, lp / vinyl and/or cassette. This page includes Prologue's: cover picture, songs / tracks list, members/musicians and line-up, different releases details, free MP3 download (stream), buy online links: amazon, ratings and detailled reviews by our experts, collaborators and members/5(46).
  8. Doujinn says:
    The first album by the '70s (i.e. Annie Haslam) version of Renaissance is a transitional work, rooted in more standard hard rock sounds (including psychedelia) than what followed. One can spot the difference, which may please some listeners and put others off, in the fairly heavy guitar sound of "Prologue," Rob Hendry's electric instrument playing both lead and rhythm parts prominently at.
  9. Yok says:
    Album · · 6 Songs. Available with an Apple Music subscription. Try it free. Open in iTunes. Sign In Prologue Renaissance Pop · Preview SONG TIME Prologue. 1. PREVIEW Kiev. 2. PREVIEW Sounds of the Sea. 3. PREVIEW Spare Some Love.

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