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Renaissance Vinyl
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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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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: BTM
  • ASIN: B003FVSZDU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,503,675 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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VINYL LP. TRACKS ARE: 1. Running Hard 2. I Think of You 3. Things I Don't Understand 4. Black Flame 5. Cold Is Being 6. Mother Russia

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the 2006 remaster-accept no substitutes 12 July 2007
By Mark C.
Format:Audio CD
..and the sound is stunning. (Cat # REP 5079)
mini LP case with a nice insert, and UPC is on a sticker on the cellophane-not on the cover.
These were rather quietly released and much love was put into them.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't give 5 stars often, but... 1 Jun 2007
By Jonathan Rowe VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
What _is_ it about this album?

I mean, I like Renaissance a lot, they tick all my prog boxes. Dense, symphonic song structures? Check. Soaring multi-octave feminine vocals? That'll be Annie Haslam then - check! Atmospheric and slightly pretentious lyrical conceits? Let me see: existentialism, the Cold War, mystical mumbo jumbo - check again! Already this album is scoring high. Plus, I like their other stuff: A Song for All Seasons is a delight, with that lovely one-off hit single they had (Northern Lights); Novella sounds great on a sunny Sunday morning; that Carnegie Hall live album works as a sort of Greatest Hits. But this album, "Turn Of The Cards"... this album is in a league of its own.

I came across this disk on vinyl back when I was at school and took a C90 cassette tape to college (with Genesis on the other side, I recall). Long after the cassette had frazzled I hungered after the disquieting arctic tones of this record, so back in 2000 I scoured the internet for a CD release. Slipping it into the disk drive I expected disappointment. It would sound naff, dated, a paean to my adolescence. But no! Out rolled that chilly, driving opener 'Running Hard' with its none-so-Seventies vocal chorus reminding me of the old Pearl & Dean ads in the cinemas. Sit back. Enjoy.

I can see from other reviews that I'm not alone in being won over by the cold, distant quality of the production on this album. It is truly unearthly, something from a far off time or parallel dimension.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
"Turn of the Cards" is my favorite Renaissance album, although as I listen to them all in order I am struck by how it also perhaps the most atypical example of their progressive (nee classical) rock. Taken as a whole these songs are relatively unadorned. "I Think of You" is a relatively simple piece, ending with one of those wonderful high notes by Annie Haslam followed by some nice harpsicord work by John Tout. Likewise "Black Flame" begins with the simple elegance of an acoustic guitar (a reminder that the forthcoming "Unplugged" Renaissance album is not really breaking new ground for the group).
Of the two set pieces, "Running Hard" is most decidedly in this simpler vain, which has the overall effect of better showcasing Haslam's glorious voice. The other showpiece, "Mother Russia," shows that the group was paying attention to Russian dissidents (the song is dedicated to Alexander Solzhenitsyn) as much as they were Russian classical musicians and offers an emphasis on percussion quite usual for a Renaissance song in the driving conclusion. Again, Haslam's voice soars over and above, as well as through, the rhythmic progression of the music as proves that she does not need to be singing actual words to contribute to the beauty of a song.
Perhaps it is insightful to recall that in terms of Michael Dunsford's music, "Turn of the Cards" is the album that proceeds his most ambitious project, the Scheherazade cantanta. Whatever the reason, this is the Renaissance album that best showcases the vocal talents of singer Annie Haslam.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 good tracks 9 Oct 2000
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I first heard this album as a teenager, the best part of 20 years ago. I can now say that recording is one of those classic landmark albums. A sort of cross between Clannad and Genesis, there are 6 good tracks with RUNNING HARD, THINGS I DON'T UNDERSTAND and MOTHER RUSSIA being quite outstanding. In my opinion Renaissance have recorded about 12 great titles, 4 or 5 are here in the original studio recorded form. Look for other old Renaissance line-up albums - those sung by Annie Haslam - Song for all seasons, Ashes are burning being the best after this one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff 24 Feb 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I like creative music and music with melody but I wouldn't describe mysefl as a "progressive rock" fan and I don't think this music IS progressive rock or experimental, it's simply good music. Vast orchestral arrangements with good melodies that interweave throughout the tracks give this album instant gratification bit with depth too. It reminded me of the earlier Kate Bush albums which I also love, and for me Mother Russia is up there with Wuthering Heights at the very top in terms of depth, feeling, meaning, production and melody.

On the remaster issue. Personally I never did like cardboard sleeves for CD's and prefer jewel cases. A fold out sheet with new sleeve notes is included and the on-disc printing is pretty too. The sound quality is better here, notably a little brighter and there is definately more stereo space but that said unless you compare this with the 2002 release one after the other then I doubt anyone would notice the difference.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless classic 14 May 2010
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album on vinyl from a second hand record shop 25 years ago. I loved it then but hadn't listened to it for years. Since buying the album again on CD I've barely stopped playing it. Musically brilliant, its haunting melodies, enchanting and pure vocal, and the quality of the orchestration are simply superb. Cold Is Being (based on Albinoni's adagio) is probably the best blend of classical and progressive music ever. Renaissance were a much under-rated outfit - and this is without a doubt one of their best.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars simply the very best of Renaissance IMHO
I purchased this to replace the one I physically broke in half !

This timeless classic, is one of Renaissance's masterpieces it always is and always will be. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Clara Nett
5.0 out of 5 stars Do you love harpsichords?
If you do,you are in for a treat! A lovely unusual album,not like the "Northern Lights" era Renaissance. It's wonderful.
Published 6 months ago by natalie palmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this.
So long since I used to play this over and over, it's been a real memory jogger to be listening to it all over again. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Christine Day
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent Renaissence Albumn
With more of a theme to it than Prologue, and one I find very haunting and enjoyable. Definitely not dance music.
Published 11 months ago by M. Ginns
5.0 out of 5 stars Turn of the cards
Just as I remember it from the 70's. However, the CD has much better sound quality and clarity than the vinyl. Excellent value for money.
Published 15 months ago by jennifer shaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Hat trick rools ok
"Running Hard" and "Black Flame" are favourites on this must have album for me, and as for the epic "Mother Russia" which I hope makes Stalin feel very... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Linnaeus
5.0 out of 5 stars RENAISSANCE CD
It is FABULOUS!! Still have the LP, but not having a player, I never thought I could still get it - I'm one happy bunny
Published 17 months ago by beverley goulbourn
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to hear it again
This was a favourite album "back in the day" and sounds just as good now as then. Annie Haslam has a truly great voice and the arrangements of the numbers are outstanding. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Like meeting an old friend
Hadn't heard this for ages, so was very pleased to find it on Amazon. Great lyrical stuff and in beautiful condition thanks to the remastering. Brought back powerful memories. Read more
Published 21 months ago by H. Jaeschke
5.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to a great band
The album that introduced me to Renaissance. How could you have a prog rock band with no lead guitar and the keyboards were piano more often than organ or synth? But it worked. Read more
Published on 16 Jun 2010 by Amazon Customer
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