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Renaissance - A Song For All Seasons (10/10) - Great Britain - 1978

Genre: Progressive Rock
Label: Sire Records
Playing time: 44:36
Band homepage: Renaissance


  1. Opening Out
  2. The Day Of The Dreamer
  3. Closer Than Yesterday
  4. Kindness (At the End)
  5. Back Home Once Again
  6. She is Love
  7. Northern Lights >mp3
  8. A Song For All Seasons
Renaissance - A Song For All Seasons

brought out so many innovative and – in the truest sense of the word - progressive rock and pop bands like no other country in the 1970s. YES, GENESIS, PINK FLOYD, EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER, QUEEN,… - the list is as long as it is iridescent, but the list does mostly forget to mention one group, which cannot even compete at the commercial way, but they can compete in the creative way without any problem with those named legends: RENAISSANCE.


After two proper albums with a completely different line-up – “Renaissance” (1969) and “Illusion” (1971) – the band was running up for their top form with “Prologue” in the year 1972. One of the most iridescent albums of this outstanding band is named “A Song For All Seasons” which is also the last progressive album of that line-up. Beside the godlike instrumentation there is this beautiful voice of Annie Haslam standing out. One of the most beautiful voices of the whole rock genre. RENAISSANCE play a mixture between Prog, Folk and Symphonic Rock, which is arranged in a very brilliant way, so that it sounds like it would be out of one cast.


Even the opener “Opening Out” is based on a worldclass melody, it is entering and demanding. Especially the both last songs "The Day Of The Dreamer" and "A Song For All Seasons” are definately real highlights, which can compete at any time with their earlier recordings. Above all the title-track with the constant change between lyrical, relying on acoustic guitar carried parts with strong orchestra-passages and the symphonic-bombastic final, where Annie Haslam’s vocals is soaring up to the highest heights belongs to the greatest masterpieces of RENAISSANCE in any case. Partially with backings of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, you just can be astonished and suspended.


What amazes me all the time, is that pop-appeal, which the Brits also lay down at their difficile longtracks. Somehow a kind of ABBA of Prog Rock! I have rarely heard such original and seizing vocal melodies. And if you think, that this album has some years upon his hat and sounds nevertheless no tiny bit ancient... Not to mention the older recordings. Adorable! (Online April 1, 2006)

Ralf Henn

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