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Cleopatra Records To Release Two Rare Live Albums By UK Prog Legends Renaissance!

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For Immediate Release

Cleopatra Records To Release Two Rare Live Albums By UK Prog Legends Renaissance!

Los Angeles, CA – Cleopatra Records will be releasing two rare live albums by UK progressive rock legends Renaissance. The first release on February 3rd is ‘DeLane Lea Studios 1973’; a captivating live-in-the-studio recording from Renaissance performing to a small gathering of friends at the historic DeLane Lea Studios in London (used by everyone from The Beatles to Queen, Jimi Hendrix & Pink Floyd). Beguiling vocalist and ingenue Annie Haslam leads her group through nearly the entire fourth album ‘Ashes Are Burning’ with special guest appearances by Wishbone Ash’s Andy Powell and folk singer Al Stewart!

Track List:
1. Can You Understand
2. Let It Grow
3. Sounds Of The Sea
4. Carpet Of The Sun
5. At The Harbour
6. Ashes Are Burning (with Andy Powell and Al Stewart)
7. Prologue

To purchase Renaissance ‘DeLane Lea Studios 1973’ CD: http://geni.us/1fQp
iTunes: http://geni.us/1oAT

Renaissance’s ‘Academy of Music 1974’ will be released on March 31st and is an astonishing live performance of the ensemble at the height of their career. The concert showcases the band’s latest release at the time ‘Ashes Are Burning’. Unlike other prog-rock groups, Renaissance forwent much of the technology in favor of acoustic instruments and orchestral arrangements. Electric guitars and synthesizers were seldom used, giving the band’s music more of a symphonic sound.

DISC 1
1. Can You Understand
2. Black Flame
3. Carpet Of The Sun
4. Cold Is Being
5. Things I Don’t Understand
6. Running Hard

DISC 2
1. Ashes Are Burning
2. Mother Russia
3. Prologue

Press inquiries:
Glass Onyon PR
Billy James
PH: 828-350-8158


Audio Fidelity To Release Renaissance’s Legendary Prog Album ‘Scheherazade and other stories’ On Limited Numbered Hybrid SACD

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For Immediate Release

Audio Fidelity To Release Renaissance’s Legendary Prog Album ‘Scheherazade and other stories’ On Limited Numbered Hybrid SACD

“One of the signature albums of 1970’s progressive rock!”

Camarillo, CA – Prog fans worldwide are buzzing with excitement over the forthcoming release of Renaissance’s legendary Prog album ‘Scheherazade and other stories’ by Marshall Blonstein’s Audio Fidelity on limited numbered Hybrid SACD. 1975’s ‘Scheherazade and other stories’ is a beautifully crafted album, expertly sung and played by Renaissance. The recording is filled with lush, orchestral progressive pop-rock and considered by many music critics to be their best album. Unlike other prog-rock groups, Renaissance eschewed much of the technology in favor of acoustic instruments and orchestral arrangements. Electric guitars and synthesizers were seldom used, giving the band’s music more of a symphonic sweep.

“The group’s magnum opus – The music is absolutely stunning!”

Renaissance is a band that went through various permutations, the best known being the line up featured here and they shine throughout the album: Annie Haslam’s soaring, pure vocals, John Tout’s considerable piano prowess, Jon Camp’s imaginative bass, Michael Dunford on guitar and Terence Sullivan on drums.

The work is unique because it represents a rare example of musical collaboration between Dunford and the rest of the group. Dunford and lyricist Betty Thatcher wrote the three vocal sections, keyboard player John Tout wrote the opening fanfare and fugue sections, with bass player Jon Camp working with Dunford and Tout on the other sections. The orchestrations were arranged by Tony Cox.

There are only four pieces on the album: “Trip To The Fair” is a heavenly 11-minute dreamscape. “The Vultures Fly High” is a short but very effective prog-rocker. “Ocean Gypsy” is a gorgeous song, and one of the band’s all-time classics. And then, of course, there’s the 25-minute, nine-part epic, “Song Of Scheherazade,” one of the highlights of rock history featuring the prog icon’s unique interpretation of the Scheherazade legend accompanied by the London Symphony Orchestra and a chorus. The classical tale is told about the Sultan and the magical woman, Scheherazade, who ultimately wins his heart.

Aficionados of classical music will also appreciate the album.

TRACKS:
1-Trip to the Fair – 10:51
2-The Vultures Fly High – 3:04
3-Ocean Gypsy – 7:05
4-Song of Scheherazade – 24:39

i. Fanfare
ii. The Betrayal
iii. The Sultan
iv. Love Theme
v. The Young Prince and Princess
as told by Scheherazade
vi. Festival Preparations
vii. Fugue for the Sultan
viii. The Festival
ix. Finale

Produced by Renaissance
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio

For more information: http://www.audiofidelity.net/content/renaissance-scheherazade-and-other-stories

Press inquiries: Glass Onyon PR, PH: 828-350-8158, glassonyonpr@gmail.com