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Ashes Are Burning [Extra tracks, Import]

Renaissance Audio CD
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The career paths of bands with long and rich histories are akin to fingerprints; no two are identical. No such statement could be more appropriately applicable than to the forty-four year career of British progressive rock pioneers Renaissance.

The band, acclaimed for their unique blending of progressive rock with classical and symphonic influences, can trace its origins back to 1969 ... Read more in Amazon's Renaissance Store

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  • Audio CD (30 May 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: Repertoire Records
  • ASIN: B000006X8V
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,615 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Can You Understand?
2. Let It Grow
3. On The Frontier
4. Carpet of the Sun
5. At the Harbour
6. Ashes Are Burning

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RENAISSANCE Ashes Are Burning CD

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best! 5 April 2005
Format:Audio CD
I'm not a big fan of folk music, but then I'm no expert on classical music either. Its wrong to dismiss any one genre out of hand, and Rennaisance make things pleasantly hard for the listerner by fusing styles of music, your typical rock fan may choose NOT to listern too. 'Ashes are Burning' is a beautiful blend of rock, classical and folk, in just the right quantities of each. Annie Haslam is one of the most beautiful and haunting singers of the time, and along with John Touts virtuoso piano playing, their input forms the conerstone of this album. The album has a natural 'organic' feel, largely thanks to the dominance of the piano and acoustic instruments, and only tasteful and conservative use of electric keyboards. Also the production is the type that typifies 70's rock; honest, clear and un-enhanced. For that reason AAB has a pleasantly dated and melancholic feel, that I think ALL good prog rock albums of the era had a generous helping of.
Theres not a bad track in sight, but the strongest are 'Can you Understand' 'On the Fontier' 'At the Harbour' and the brilliant title track. I challenge anyone to listern to 'At the Harbour' and not come away moved, by the story of a disaster at sea, and so many men folk from a village dying and leaving their wives and children behind. Haslams lyrics reflect the drama and grief so precisely and so articulately it cant fail to move the most cynical of music fans. You're not likely to hear many other acts like Rennaisance although, Mostly Autumn can be similar at times. Ashes are Burning is the peak of their career in my opinion. I strongly reccomend this album.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ashes Are Burning - The Real Album 11 Jan 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'm not going to waste time evangelising people on Renaissance - You either love them or hate them. I love the band's output in the '70s and early '80s. This CD was long overdue. It carries the full version of "At the Harbour", not the castrated version on the US/Japanese import. The difference is immense, especially for John Tout fans. Both CDs are great, but this one is transcendental!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Artistic Rock music 23 Jun 2002
Format:Audio CD
The album is a perfect blend of rich almost orchestral sounds with good paced melodies and the beautiful voice of Annie Haslem. Track 5, At the Harbour, provides the definitive introduction to the voice which is Renaissance through a simple, evocative and haunting vocal piece. This is an album where you can appreciate the care and crafting that these classically trained musicians bring to the pop and rock arena. To my mind, there is no other music like this,.. which is a shame. Probably their best album.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting! 7 Sep 2008
By Vince
Format:Audio CD
so emotive, so beautiful,so haunting. A craftsmans work of art.
So much could be written about this band, Folk Rock mixed with poetry?, maybe, Classical Rock? again maybe. No. I don't think a label could be put upon them. Annie Haslams vocal purity is surely from heaven placed into musicianship highly skilled in its profession and here you have the perfect collage of sound fit for the angels to savour. Every song is an experience from Can You Understand down but the final two tracks 'At the Harbour' and the title track 'Ashes Are Burning' will live with you forever and ever. Sombre, atmospheric, thought provoking and hauntingly brilliant. Music at a peak of excellence! This album should be hung in the tate gallery for all, with headphones attached. it is a masterpiece. Ten Stars!!!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite Renaissance Albums 2 Mar 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Annie Haslam is in particularly fine voice on this one. The songs are varied and often poignant. Carpet of the Sun is a lovely piece and contrasts with At The Harbour which captures the mood of a sea disaster brilliantly. I'm glad to see it re released on CD
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The kind of work you just can't argue with 1 Aug 2013
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In my opinion, this is probably Renaissance's strongest single album, and that's saying something given their body of work. The opening 2 minutes of the first track, Can you Understand, will leave you breathless, and after that it's a bit of a problem to remember to keep breathing. Song follows song with the very highest level of musicianship all dripping with Annie Haslam's matchless vocals. This really is remarkable piece of work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stoke up the fire somethings cookin 26 Mar 2013
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I really like the title song "Ashes Are Burning" no idea what it's about but that concerns me not, "Carpet of the sun" is a wonderfull evocative song basically it tells you wake up look around everything in the world is just tickety boo, Betty Thatcher at her most observational concise mode,I have listened to "At The Harbour" a lot and am getting into that, it's another of those Betty thatcher sea songs.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I was a bit disappointed with this
I was a bit disappointed with this. I had not heard it before and had enjoyed their later music. To me this was not so melodic or sophisticated as my other discs. Read more
Published 10 days ago by A. J. Montgomery
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent service and great cd Renaissance at their best
For anyone who doesn't know how good Renaissance are then this is a good start, Annie Haslem has a ridiculously good voice and the musical depth of the songs is superb. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mistermike
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
Very creative and strong music with moving and complex melodies, delightfully executed to make this a 'must have' album for the Renaissance fan as well as many others who... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Dr Keith
5.0 out of 5 stars Understated, under-rated - and simply BRILLIANT!
In a time when hyperbole and over-used cliches pour from all corners of the media, its refreshing every now and again to remind oneself that this band from the 1968-78 era produced... Read more
Published on 13 Oct 2011 by CJ WESTHEAD
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like them your love it,
As a fan I have to say I love this, but then as a fan I would. I am slowly buying digital copies of their songs although I still have my vinyl. Read more
Published on 19 Sep 2011 by preparethome
5.0 out of 5 stars This one's a cracker
1972's Prologue introduced the voice of Annie Haslam to the prog audience. Along with Sonja Kristina, she was a breath of fresh air in a genre dominated by the whiff of po-faced,... Read more
Published on 5 Sep 2011 by speedtripledave
5.0 out of 5 stars Be aware that THIS is the 2006 remastered edition....accept no...
...and the sound is stunning. (Cat # REP 5078)
mini LP case with a nice insert, and UPC is on a sticker on the cellophane-not on the cover. Read more
Published on 12 July 2007 by Mark C.
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