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Novella Original recording remastered

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Editorial Reviews

Renaissance, featuring Annie Haslam, has had a cult following from their first album in the late 60's through Annie's la test recording in the year 2000. All of their albums have be en big catalog sellers throughout the years. This is the U.S. CD debut of the album. Originally released in 1977 with two different album covers, this is the original, very first cover. Digitally remastered. 5 tracks. 2001 reissue.

1. Can You Hear Me?
2. The Sisters
3. Midas Man
4. The Captive Heart
5. Touching Once (Is So Hard To Keep)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 19, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1977
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • ASIN: B00005LN6J
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,875 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Graham on September 2, 1998
Format: Audio CD
annie haslam - renaissance - novella
the english folk scene that became popular in the 1960s has proven to be very durable. most of the performers and bands who started the scene are still active, and many are doing some of their best work. one of the most notable facets of the style is role played by some distinctive women vocalists. the archetype was the late sandy denny of fairport convention, with her smoky alto that seemed always seemed to evoke misty castles from a bygone era. in addition to denny, there was maddy prior of steeleye span and jacqui mcshee of the pentangle, linda thompson, norma waterson, and of course annie haslam of renaissance, who sometimes got folky between her excursions into symphonic rock!
the title of this 1977 album is rather appropriate as it implies that the story told here is a short one, and indeed it does last only for a little over 40 minutes, but is as gripping and compelling a tale as you will hear anywhere. i came very late to an appreciation of the 70-80's group renaissance, for although i was aware of them in their hey-day, and even bought some of their albums, i did not become a fan as such. it has only been within the last year as a result of corresponding with internet friends, that i have started to listen to their music in earnest and have been rewarded by coming to know and love 'novella'.
annie haslam, the vocalist whose amazing five-octave range powered renaissance gives, for my money, her most inspired performance, and sings with more passion and feeling than on any previous or subsequent recording.
novella is a fascinating collection of influences, that in some ways reflects the group of musicians that was renaissance. there are melancholy lyrics that occasionally contrast with an upbeat settings.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ole Bolaas on June 4, 2000
I was made aware of Renaissance by a friend of mine 3 years ago. He told me that I should listen to "Ashes are burning". Well, I liked it, but it didn't knock me completely over. I liked the title track and a couple of other songs, but as a whole I thought it sounded a bit old-fashioned and immature. Then, last year I read "The Billboard Guide to Progressive Music" by Bradley Smith, where he actually considers Renaissance as one of the most important and ground-breaking progressive bands, beside Genesis, Yes, King Crimson and Pink Floyd. Shortly after I bought the double "best of"-album "Da capo", and I loved most of it, especially the pieces from "Scheherazade and other stories" and "A song for all seasons". Some months later I ordered "Novella" from England, not being available in the Oslo CD stores, and it hit me like an earth-quake. I love progressive rock, especially Genesis, Yes and Spock's Beard, but also more commercial pop music like Abba, ELO, Supertramp, Dubstar and Pet Shop Boys(!), but I have never had such a deep and heartfelt experience as with "Novella". For all the beauty and power of Genesis' and Yes' music, for me Renaissance surpasses them in one aspect, namely warmth. Their music never shares the sharper, rockier edges of "Close to the edge" or "The lamb lies down on Broadway", for example is the abscence of electric guitar nearly total. Their strength is the symphonic, pastoral beauty, being extremely close to romantic, classical works, combined with the almost angel-like voice of Annie Haslam (If I can say that I love a human being that I've never met, I love that woman). Well, let's go to the music.Read more ›
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Charles on February 25, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Renaissance was one of my favorite bands growing up as a youth in the early 70's.
I had the privilege to see them perform numerous times in small theaters and at local colleges in the area where I live. Those shows were always a treat. I wish it were possible to revisit those live shows.
Novella in my opinion, is Renaissance's strongest and most interesting recording. Haslam's voice is energized and is at its finest on these Camp, Dunford, Thatcher and Tout compositions. With support from these talented writers and creative musicians, it flows and entertains the listener from beginning to end... I do not think there is a weak track in the recording.
I took a break from this band for about 8 years, but decided to re-stock all of their recordings in CD format. I must say that when I placed this disc in the player, it was a journey back through time for me...
Goosebumps appeared as they did in the past. In my minds eye, the imagination began to envision the band performing live and the experiences I had in my life listening to this band.
This is what music, and may I add, only great music can do. It will not only take you back to those experiences in your past, but also at the same time, make you realize that the present is a great place to be...
If you enjoy, creative, progressive, classical style music with a twist of rock and a babe that sings like an angel, then I highly recommend this recording...
You cannot go wrong with putting your hard-earned money down and buying this recording. It will give you many, many hours of enjoyable listening pleasure!
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