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Tales of 1001 Nights Vol 1 [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 (16 Mar 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B000002LKN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,555 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Prologue
2. Can You Understand
3. Carpet Of The Sun
4. Running Hard
5. I Think Of You
6. Black Flame
7. Mother Russia
8. Ocean Gypsy
9. Trip To The Fair
10. The Vultures Fly High
11. The Young Prince And Princess As Told By Scheherazade

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent "best of" 19 July 2009
By oldhasbeen VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
An excellent compilation for anyone new to Renaissance. Great mix of live and studio cuts from the era when the band where at their best. Superb vocals throughout and some outstanding backing, particularly from Jon Camp on bass and John Tout on piano.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More tales 26 Mar 2013
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all the classics get volume 2 also, great starter for anyone who has heard "Norhern Lights" and wondered did they ever do any other stuff that was any good? Shame they did not include my favourite track "Sounds Of the Sea" that appears only on "Prologue"
"Sheharazade and other stories" is also an excellent album to add to your collection.
So get collecting, still Love Betty Thatchers lyrics for "Sounds of the Sea" (sorry not on this album) in which she reveals her inner most thoughts about her love of the sea, I know what she means I only have to here a seagull and I am transported to the cliff top at Godrevy Lighthouse Kernow
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2.0 out of 5 stars Looking back on nostalgia 15 July 2012
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If you love Renaissance you won't need to read this and you won't want to.

I enjoyed Renaissance in the 70s and wanted a selection on CD as my vinyl playing days are over. So these compilations (1001 Nights Vol 1 and 2) looked ideal, but I have to draw the conclusion that their sell by date is past. Annie Haslem's voice was amazing - true. Some of the songs were very good - also true. Some of the arrangements were brilliant - true again (later ones were a bit trite). At the time it was interesting and unique and it was easy to overlook what is now so painfully clear, that the playing was often ordinary and rather bland without the vocals and orchestra. You could put together a stunningly good single CD compilation from the mid-late 70s albums from Renaissance, but on these volumes you also have to plough things which at best have modest historical interest. Stick to Carpet of the Sun, Ashes are Burning, Can You Hear Me Call, Midas Man, Ocean Gypsy and one or two others, but preferably the studio versions. The Carnegie Concert versions, which some "true fans" find better, sound thin and when they diverge from the originals they just lose their way. It may have been great live. And then there are the bad songs and the ones that have aged badly - Trip to the Fair (even the vocals are bad), Mother Russia (sorry fans), Prologue and Jekyll and Hyde.

But if you need another reason not to buy these compilations, then the liner notes by one David Samuel Barr are as good a reason as you will ever need. They are not informative and are so full of pejorative nonsense that one wonders who thought they were worth reproducing.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A chronological trip through the glory days of Renaissance 3 Oct 2000
By Lawrance M. Bernabo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This first volume in the 1990 Renaissance retrospective, also known as the "Orange" one, covers the progressive (nee classical) rock group's work from 1971-76. There is only the title track from their first album "Prologue," and then a marvelous representation of the best work from their three greatest albums.
It is interesting to note that the first three tracks--"Prologue," "Can You Understand" and "Carpet of the Sun"-are all live versions from the group's Carnegie Hall concert album. Most fans have usually considered these superior versions to the original recordings since it took the group a few albums to get a true feel for arranging their songs with the lush orchestrations that characterized their best work. The four tracks from "Turn of the Cards," my personal favorite Renaissance album, are where you can best appreciate not only Annie Haslam's voice but how it was as well integrated into the songs as any of the other instruments being played. "I Think of You" and "Black Flame" are relatively simply songs from the group's repertoire, while "Running Hard" and "Mother Russia" are totally representative of their more ambitious, longer, more deeply textured and layered works.
The only complaint would be the under-representation of the "Song of Schehrazade," with only "The Young Price and Princess" segment included, but it is understandable that the entire 25-minute cantata does not appear. There are plenty of other gems contained within. Devotees of Renaissance will note that one particular song is missing from this disc, namely the title track from their second album, "Ashes Are Burning." This was the group's celebrated encore piece, because it lent itself so well to solo efforts by everyone in the band, and the 24-minute live version from their Carnegie Hall concert album is quite appropriately the final track on the second disc.
Of the two volumes in this set, it is the first one that is going to get the most time in the CD player. Unlike most "greatest hits" efforts, this one is laid out chronologically, which allows you the see the growth of the group, as well as its sudden decline after an abrupt change in musical direction, represented by the pair of tracks from the "Azure d'Or" album on the second disc. However, this first album does show the work of musician Michael Dunford and lyricist Betty Thatcher at its zenith and the set is a first rate retrospective that fans will enjoy having until the individual Renaissance albums finally become available in the United States.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent collection from a unique group 24 July 2000
By A. C. H. Bergh - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Renaissance's music was, compared to other progressive bands, quite "soft". The compositions are generally dominated by piano and accoustic (or, if electrical, then melodious) guitar. There is a very strong classical influence, stemming mainly from romantic or baroque composers such as Rimsky Korsakov or Albinoni. And, always and crucially, there are Annie Halsam's pure, soprano vocals and the mellow (occasionally melodramatic) lyrics, often penned by a British poet, Betty Thatcher.
From an intellectual (and literary) point of view, Renaissance never got close to bands like Genesis or Van der Graaf Generator. But then again, they probably never wanted to. Instead, I presume they wanted to make their own brand of music; less challenging, perhaps, but certainly more than worthwhile. And the 70's allowed them to do just what they wanted: their albums from this decade feature wonderfully structured, long compositions on the one hand, and beautiful, wistful ballads on the other.
Okay, so that's the group. Now for this compilation. I'll be brief. This is just about the best collection of their material you could ever put together. Besides, this is a very handsome package indeed (from the cover to the sleeve notes to everything else). And the compilers certainly haven't skimped when it comes to the playing time: the CD lasts 75 minutes.
In fact, every last detail makes clear that a great deal of love and attention has been spent on this compilation, and because of this - and because of the music, obviously! - I recommend it very strongly to anyone looking for a great introduction to this band. Don't forget, though, that this is only half of the show: if you buy this, be sure to also get Tales of 1001 Nights, Volume 2.
Finally, a word of warning. You might like these two CD's too much. As a result, you might want to go out and get the original album's they're culled from. If so, you should realise that these compilations are pretty thorough, and you'd be doing yourself a disservice to get both these CD's and the orignal records. If in doubt, I'd advise you to buy the following albums (and take it from there, if you choose): "Scheherazade And Other Stories" and "Turn Of The Cards".
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Progressive Rock At Its Renaissance Peak 31 May 2000
By Anthony G Pizza - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Most progressive rock of the 1970s was built around jazz rock solo noodling in classical structure. Renaissance built a small but loyal following creating its music organically, romantically, and beautifully. "Tales of 1001 Nights," part one of a two-part best-of collection, was for loyal fans who could get the band's music on import releases or small labels, if at all.
The music on "1001 Nights," gathered from their 1970s peak, was written by lead guitarist Michael Dunford with lyrics by poet Betty Thatcher. But Renaissance received its energy from Annie Haslam's transcendent voice. Too sensual for folk, too clear and sweet for rock, Haslam's voice soars, strengthening the group's ballads ("I Think Of You," the should-have-been-classic "Carpet Of The Sun") and atmospheric story songs ("Black Flame," the moving "Mother Russia" and "Ocean Gypsy," which Haslam reads as poetry set to music).
Credit also goes to pianist John Tout and drummer Terence Sullivan, who masterminded the group's rock/Rachmaninoff, Bacharach/baroque hybrid. Their cohesive work (rock without electric guitar as main instrument), and Haslam's voice, makes "Tales of 1001 Nights" a recommended sampler for an underrated band in the criticized progressive rock genre.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Progressive Rock at it's best 26 Jan 1999
By Joseph (pawsta@worldnet.att.net) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I keep searching for music like Renaissance Tales of 1001 Nights. There was a time when rock could include instruments and proficiency, when the pieces were longer than 3 minutes, when the themes were more than mating, when one could listen in the dark and let the music paint pictures. This record achieves this 70's "Progressive Rock" goal second to none. Think of Tales in terms of ELP's densest & most serious work, not unlike Take a Pebble but gently, with an orchestra, and with unparalleled female vocals.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars your going to love this ! 3 Jan 2003
By "purplexed" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
What a treat this CD turned out to be infact after playing it just once I ordered VOL 2. First of all the sound quality is remarkable considering this material comes largely from the early 70`s. This is a band thats not frightened to challenge conventional progressive boundaries, not only that they get big results . For me Renaissance are like a more restraint version of all the older progressive bands, they include odd timing meters and loads of classical orientation. Perhaps the big plus to Renaissance apart from there fantastic musical composisions is Annie Haslam, WOW what a great voice she has (beautiful) yet also dynamic, and the keyboard work of John Tout will surely not go unoticed on this CD. To sum it up it runs for over 70 minutes and in all of that time I cant say there is a bad song on it. When they compiled this CD they must have really thought long and hard about it because I have listened to many progressive bands and rarely before have i heard such beauty.
I guess for me this was a perfect selection (being new to Renaissance) I plan to get every one of there CD`s but this was a great place to start . I hope you like Renaissance as much as I do, if you like prog with classical influences your going to love this !
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