Progrography

Renaissance
Renaissance arrived to the prog party later than some (1972) and left without ever releasing a gold record or hit single. What they did leave behind is some of the better prog rock from the mid '70s, a distinctive blend of English pastoral/classical prog that suggested what mid-career Yes or Genesis would have sounded like with a female vocalist. (No Jon Anderson jokes, please.) Renaissance's anonymity among music audiences may be a matter of timing more than talent. By the time the band had reached their peak (the mid to late '70s), prog had passed its prime. As with many prog acts from the period, Renaissance eventually tried to reach out to audiences with new wave, but ended up losing both sides of the battle. However, Renaissance continues to release albums in one incarnation or another, postcards for the faithful.

Date ALBUMS / Singles
1969 RENAISSANCE
1971 ILLUSION
1972 PROLOGUE
1972 Spare Some Love
1973 ASHES ARE BURNING
1973 Carpet of the Sun
1974 TURN OF THE CARDS
1975 September SCHEHERAZADE AND OTHER STORIES
1976 LIVE AT CARNEGIE HALL
1977 NOVELLA
1977 Midas Man
1977 Back Home Once Again
1978 A SONG FOR ALL SEASONS
1978 Northern Lights
1978 IN THE BEGINNING
1979 AZURE D'OR
1979 The Winter Tree
1979 Jekyll And Hyde
1981 CAMERA CAMERA
1981 Faeries (Living At The Bottom of My Garden)
1981 Bonjour Swansong
1983 TIME LINE
1983 Richard IX
1990 March TALES OF 1000 NIGHTS VOLUME I
1990 April TALES OF 1000 NIGHTS VOLUME II
1995 September 18 DA CAPO - THE COMPLETE ANTHOLOGY 1969-1982
1995 THE OTHER WOMAN
1997 January 28 KING BISCUIT FLOWER HOUR PRESENTS GREATEST HITS LIVE, PART 1
1997 March 25 KING BISCUIT FLOWER HOUR PRESENTS RENAISSANCE, PART 2
1997 OCEAN GYPSY
1998 INNOCENCE
1998 TRIP TO THE FAIR
1999 December 14 BBC SESSIONS
2000 September UNPLUGGED: LIVE AT THE ACADEMY OF MUSIC, PHILADELPHIA 1985
2001 November TUSCANY
2001 November CAN YOU HEAR ME - LIVE
2002 June MOTHER RUSSIA
2002 LIVE + DIRECT
2002 IN THE LAND OF THE RISING SUN: LIVE IN JAPAN 2001
2003 March HERITAGE
2003 August MIDAS MAN

SEE ALSO...
ANNIE HASLAM discography

 

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