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Prologue [Import]

Annie Haslam, Renaissance Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Repertoire
  • ASIN: B000006X8W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 86,286 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Prologue
2. Kiev
3. Sounds Of The Sea
4. Spare Some Love
5. Bound For Infinity
6. Rajah Khan

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Early promise 10 Jan 2011
By Sentinel TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
In some ways, this may well be my favourite Renaissance album, principally because the music is consistently good throughout, and there are none of the weaker tracks which began to crop up as 'filler' in later albums. The tracks vary in style from progressive rock to almost a 'pop' sound, with exciting classical influences amongst the longer, more serious numbers.
The title track is a weighty and atmospheric opener, piano-driven, with influences from Bach amongst others, and Haslam's wordless vocal arcing over it all. The two longest tracks, 'Kiev' and 'Rajah Khan',are among the most powerful and memorable: the Russian influence is haunting, with echoes of Rachmaninov and Camp's thoughtful lyric, while the Eastern atmosphere of the latter has tablas, synthesiser, and Haslam's oriental vocalise. 'Sounds of the Sea' makes superb use of taped sounds (waves & gulls) married to Haslam's beautifully pure tones, to create a memorably arresting piece. Finally, 'Spare some love' and 'Bound for Infinity' are in a lighter vein, with simpler melody lines, given a touch of class by Haslam's effortless purity of voice. A lovely album throughout.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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This initial album from the most beloved of the progressive/classical rock bands is certainly a mixed bag and it is not surprising that only the opening title track was included on the initial two-volume Renaissance "hits" collection. Michael Dunford, who had yet to become as comfortable with performing as he was with composing, wrote the music for four of the six songs but officially left the group before "Prologue" was recorded. However, there are clear signs of what was to come from the group. The influence of classical music is seen in Dunford's "Prologue" interpolates Chopin and Bach while the Jim McCarty piece "Kiev" quotes Rachmaninoff. All of the lyrics are penned by Betty Thatcher, the reclusive Cornish poetess, and sung by the glorious Annie Haslam. In retrospect it is certainly interesting to look at the the rough beginnings of "Spare Some Love" as a "pop hit" and "Rajah Khan" as a lengthy instrumental set piece and then compare them with "Carpet of the Sun" and "Ashes Are Burning" on the group's very next album (the two albums were released as a CD set "Renaissance: In the Beginning") by Capitol some time back), the point at which Renaissance can truly be said to have found its voice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jadore this album 26 Mar 2013
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This album is worth every penny for "Sounds of the Sea" alone, I previously downloaded a rubbish mp3 bootleg version of it but was glad to get the original, this was a time when i was looking into the Rennaisance back catalogue and did not neccesarily want to cough up the dough if it was gonna be a bit iffy, I need not have worried.

As an album it's not the best probably VFM would be something like "Scheharazade and other stories" but it's worth listening too and adding to your collection.

It reminds me of buying "weird scenes inside the goldmine" a compilation of the doors material totally blind as it were, and never regretting it, in fact that is the definative collection IMHO but I have it on vinyl.
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