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A Song For All Seasons [CD]

Annie Haslam, Renaissance Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (31 Oct 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Repertoire Records
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,085 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Opening Out
2. Day Of The Dreamer
3. Closer Than Yesterday
4. Kindness (At The End)
5. Back Home Once Again(Theme from the T.V. series The Paper Lad)
6. She Is Love
7. Northern Lights
8. A Song For All Seasons

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite Renaissance album! 2 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
Renaissance's "A Song for All Seasons" is, for me at least, one of those mid-career peaks that not all bands are lucky enough to experience.

The album sees the band in transition from its pure early symphonic-rock of such albums as "Ashes Are Burning" (1973) and "Turn of the Cards" (1974) to its more conventional rock style of later albums such as "Azur D'Or" (1979) and "Camera Camera" (1981). For my musical taste, then, it combines the intricacy of symphonic rock with the misleading simplicity and joy of pop, resulting in a melodic blend that is always makes enjoyable listening, whatever the mood.

"Opening Out", "Day of the Dreamer" and "A Song for All Seasons" comprise the album's symphonic elements. "Day of the Dreamer", a piece in four movements, follows on seamlessly musically from the first piece, "Opening Out" and is one of the album's highlights. Superbly conceived, the piece makes full use of the band's instrumental virtuosity on piano and keyboards, bass (Jon Camp plays his bass guitar in lead guitar style and produces a wonderful dynamic, driving sound that is a general feature of the band's overall sound) and acoustic guitar - all beautifully complemented by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Also, not forgetting Annie Haslam's voice, so near-operatic at times that it can be rightly perceived as an instrument in its own right and on this piece producing one of the most sublime moments when at the beginning of the third movement she breaks into "To stand and gaze upon your smile/A deep reflection/Held in my soul as a child...." with the most beautifully sung melody - it's enough to send shivers down your spine!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Memories & Future Hopes 26 Sep 2006
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I first bought this album on vinyl when I was at University in the 1970's and I was lucky enough to see Renaissance on tour during that time.

Absolutely fantastic melodies and arrangements not only is Annie Haslam's voice fantastic but the male members sing well and Jon Camp's vocals on She is Love are wonderful.

Finally I fancied Annie Haslam like rotten when she sang Northern Lights on Top of the Pops and my girlfriend at the time was most put out!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Woman?! Singing Prog Rock?! 30 Aug 2004
Format:Audio CD
And what a voice! Perhaps not the voice of an angel that someone suggests earlier but Annie Haslam sets Renaissance apart from other prog/folk bands. It is Haslam's voice and the arrangements of most of the songs on this album that make it such a pleasurable listen. The opener (called 'Opening Out' funnily enough') introduces us to Haslam's fantastic vocals but the stand out tracks include a splendid prog rock/classical workout, 'The Day of the Dreamer' and the hit single 'Northern Lights'. Unfortunately Jon Camp adds his vocals to a couple of tracks and his surname reflects a tad in his singing style. Maybe I'm being unfair here as it would take an exceptional male voice to compare with Haslam on this album and sadly he doesn't compare. Haslam sings a slightly exscrutiating track, 'Back Home Once Again' which was the theme tune to a little known children's tv programme called 'The Paper Lads'. These minor quibbles apart, some of the tracks here compare with any of prog rock's finest and I recommend this album to lovers of this genre and absolutely anyone who enjoys a near perfect singing voice.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still fresh and exciting after 30 years 25 Feb 2008
By Bobl
Format:Audio CD
This isn't just my favourite Renaissance album, it's my favourite album of all time. I return to it over and over again, and despite having heard it 100s of times, I still find it fresh and exciting. I can always find something new on each hearing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pop music or progressive? Who cares? 5 Dec 2007
By Unsmart
Format:Audio CD
It is a shame that Renaissance started giving up progressive rock, just when they were at their best at it. But this is still a great album. Most of it is still progressive enough even if 3 songs sound a bit like Abba. But if you like progressive rock AND Abba you've got nothing to complain about. And Anne Haslam's beautiful voice has probably never sounded better than it does here.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Annie Haslam - icing on the cake 23 Nov 2007
By alan b
Format:Audio CD
Comparisons with other bands are really not necessary here. Renaissance were unique and after a number of excellent albums (my favourite being Scheherezade and other stories), 'Song for all Seasons' really drives home what a truly great band they were. Fine compositions, coupled with superb musicianship topped out with Annie Haslam's fabulous voice. This is without doubt a stand-out album that the band were unable to match with later attempts.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite 7 Aug 2001
Format:Audio CD
Having been a renaissance fan for a long time, I read the customer reviews of this album and decided to try it. I listened to it and thought 'Hmmm, Okay but not that good' and promptly never played it for a while. I then put it on again and started listening. Then again and again. I couldn't stop playing it. It's an album that grows on you - which are often the most rewarding ( chart music relies on instant gratification which wears off quickly ). This is a delightful album which warrants repeated play to savour the delights it has to offer. Certainly 'Back home...' is excellently done and very catchy. It's a mystery why the delights of the album only surface after a few plays. Strange. Buy this if you are a true music lover. You will not be disappointed. Just don't expect to play it the once to fully appreciate all that it has to offer ....
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I purchased the original LP many years ago so decided to upgrade as I still enjoy the words and music.
Published 22 days ago by Margaret Malvern
4.0 out of 5 stars a song for all
Outstanding CD but only really worthwhile for me for one track, but I seem to have done that many times over the years, I might change my mind further down the line, but I do not... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Red Dragon
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Renaissance CD
Bought the album in the late 70's and was pleased to find that I still found it as fresh and innovative now as it was then. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr ANDREW CROFT
1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING - think before purchasing in Europe
Between May and July 2013 I bought 3 copies of this CD, none of which play. The music is there - just - under a cloud of white noise, so this suggests that all of Amamzon's current... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Christopher Wells
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC.
I really believe this album is a classic. Not a bad track on it. For me it is better than Dark side of the moon by Pink Floyd though I am sure not many people will agree with this.
Published 8 months ago by dave shane
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful symphonic prog rock
I admit it. I bought this for the knock out single 'Northern Lights' that has featured recently on BBC 4's Top of the pops 1978. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Neil
4.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the past
I used to have this album many years ago. I had forgotten just how musical it is. almost a crossover album between opera.stage show and pop. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars Best sounding Renaissance cd
Recording engineer Eroc does the best post production bringing out the sound the way was meant to be heard.
Forget all other versions of Renaissance this is the real deal.
Published 10 months ago by Richard R. DiPuma
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories
Great music takes me back to my youth at University listening to the sound of Annie Haslam with a cold beer in hand
Published 10 months ago by visayas
5.0 out of 5 stars Memory Lane
I lost my vinyl version as part of a divorce many years , and over time I have been replacing the lost vinyl. I only wished I had obtained this years ago. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mr. Neil Feirn
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