Renaissance – Prologue (1972) Capitol Records/SMAS-11116 – 1st US Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

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Renaissance ‎- Prologue
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Label: Capitol Records/SMAS-11116 | Released: 1972 | Genre: Symphonic-Rock

A1 Prologue
A2 Kiev
A3 Sounds Of The Sea

B1 Spare Some Love
B2 Bound For Infinity
B3 Rajah Kahn

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Capitol Records, Inc.
Arranged By – John Tout, Michael Dunford
Artwork By [Cover] – Hipgnosis, Ronchetti & Day
Bass, Performer [Tampoura], Vocals – Jon Camp
Engineer – Mick Glossop, Mike Weighell
Guitar, Mandolin, Bells [Chimes], Vocals – Rob Hendry
Keyboards, Vocals – John Tout
Percussion – Terry Sullivan
Photography – M. Copeland
Producer – Miles Copeland (2), Renaissance (4)
Vocals, Percussion – Annie Haslam
℗ 1972 Capitol Records, Inc.
Recorded at Nova Sound Studios, London, June-July 1972.
Special thanks to Mick Dunford, Dennis Bertrand and Cyclops B. Banjo.
A Pytheon Production.
This album is dedicated to Mick Parsons.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Matrix / Runout (Label, Side A): SMAS 1-11116
Matrix / Runout (Label, Side B): SMAS 2-11116
Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side A / Etched): 1-11116-F-3 ∙ ⊢ *
Matrix / Runout (Runout, Side B / Etched): 2-11116-F-3 ∙ ⊣ *

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Cleaning: RCM Moth MkII Pro Vinyl
Direct Drive Turntable: Technics SL-1200MK2 Quartz
Cartridge: SHURE M97xE With JICO SAS Stylus
Amplifier: Marantz 2252
ADC: E-MU 0404
DeClick with iZotope RX5: Only Manual (Click per click)
Vinyl Condition: NM-
This LP: From my personal collection
LP Rip & Full Scan LP Cover: Fran Solo

All change
A slightly misleading title for this album, as it was actually the third release under the Renaissance name. In fairness though, the line up completely changed prior to the release of this album, which saw Annie Haslam take on vocal duties for the first time.

Renaissance were forerunners for present day prog bands such as Karnataka and Mostly Autumn, complete with predominantly female vocals. “Prologue” was a major step forward for Renaissance from their rather patchy debut album, containing as it does a number of very strong pieces.

The opening “Prologue”, and the closing “Raja Khan” are similar, in that they are both essentially instrumental tracks, even though they have female vocals. There are no lyrics, the vocals merely leading the melody, the way they do on Pink Floyd’s “Great gig in the sky” for example. Both are excellent tracks, well performed, and refreshingly original. The other tracks have more orthodox vocals. “Kiev”, my favourite track, is somewhat unusual in the it has a male lead. The track tells a lovely story, bisected by one of Renaissance classically based piano pieces.

A superb album of lush melodies, full of originality, great song writing, and great performances. The LP sleeve is very original too.
Review by Easy Livin,
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