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Live Under Brazilian Skies Import, Original recording remastered


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This album is both an Annie Haslam solo career and Renaissance-lite presentation. Haslam finds a balance between the two sides of her repertory, and even introduces one pleasant if not earth-shaking song, 'Brazilian Skies,' written for the occasion of the concerts where this album was recorded. It also includes Annie's version of the Mike Oldfield song 'Moonlight Shadow.' Remastered. Voiceprint. 2005.

About the Artist

Annie Haslam began her singing career in earnest whilst at university when she got up and performed a version of Those Were The Days at a local pub. Annie later joined a cabaret band called The Gentle People who had a residency in a venue called the Showboat in London's West End. She also trained under the opera singer Sybil Knight. It was however in late 1970 that Annie joined the band she is probably still identified with. Annie became the singer with Renaissance in 1971 after answering an advertisement placed in the music paper Melody Maker in late 1970. Her five octave soprano voice was to be an outstanding feature of this band until the band split in the eighties. While she was a member of Renaissance Annie recorded a number of well-received albums including Prologue, Ashes Are Burning, Novella and Song For All Seasons. The latter album making the top forty of the British albums chart and also spawning a top ten hit single with Northern Lights.

Renaissance continued under the leadership of Annie and Michael Dunford until 1987. Following the end of Renaissance Annie and fellow Renaissance member Michael Dunford formed the short-lived Nevada although Renaissance did briefly reconvene in the late nineties for an album and touring following which Annie returned to her solo career.

Annie's solo career began in 1978 while still with Renaissance when she released Annie In Wonderland and although the album was critically well received Annie regarded Renaissance as her main concern at the time.


1. Carpet Of The Sun
2. I Think Of You
3. The Captive Heart
4. Moonlight Shadow
5. Blessing In Desguise
6. Seashell Eyes
7. Summon The Angels
8. Nature Boy/If I Loved You
9. After The Oceans Are Gone
10. The Young Prince And Princess
11. Let It Grow
12. Brazilian Skies
13. Turn On The Century
14. Northern Lights
15. Spare Some Love
16. Ocean Gypsy (Bonus Track)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 25, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Voiceprint UK
  • ASIN: B0007ULNFY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,933 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. D. Waters on July 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I am not a fan of live recordings. In fact even some of my favorite singers have done some terrible concert discs. The reasons vary -- sloppy musicianship, crowd noise mixed too high, and other audio problems to name a few. So, with some trepidation I purchased this live CD by Annie Haslam. What a lovely surprise it turned out to be.
The sound is quite good and the performances are excellent. Some of the old favorites are here like 'Turn of the Cards', 'Northern Lights', and 'Carpet of the Sun' from the Renaissance days. She even includes 'Nature Boy / If I Loved You' from the Roy Wood-produced 'Annie in Wonderland' disc. I think I actually prefer the concert rendition here. It has a cleaner, sparer musical backing that serves to accentuate Haslam's tremendous voice. Dave Biglin does a fantastic job of backing Annie on synthesizers, piano, and other instruments.
Of the new songs 'Brazilian Skies' (written for these shows) is a pleasant surprise. It is a lovely melody and Annie's voice positively caresses each word.
I cannot recommend this recording enough. I have already created a new fan for Annie just by playing this CD once for a friend. He now wants to hear her other recordings. Treat yourself to a lovely listening experience and purchase this disc. Thank you, Annie.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David R. Gaines on December 19, 2001
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I've seen Annie Haslam perform solo numerous times and this collection is head & shoulders above any of the live gigs I've seen. I haven't been too thrilled with her more recent solo material performed live, but she must have been tremendously inspired by the Brazilian atmosphere because everything she does works on this album. There isn't a single weak track.
Annie performs with a single backing musician, Dave Biglin, who does a superb job of jumping back and forth between acoustic guitar, piano, and synthesizers, with MIDI-triggered drums thrown in as well. Beautifully done and a very intimate feel to the performance.
If you're a Renaissance fan who has been disappointed with Annie's solo albums, I doubt you'll be disappointed with this CD. In fact, I think it would be a fine introduction to Renaissance and progressive rock in general for people with very mellow tastes.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Dickerson on July 9, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This enormously talented woman is my all-time favorite femalevocalist and this cd of a live performance is truly outstanding. Fromthe title cut, "Brazilian Skies" to Renaissance favorites you can't go wrong with this purchase. There is an import version that adds "Ocean Gypsy".
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By spiral_mind on September 28, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Hearing this music is like drifting off to a peaceful place. Here Annie gets a chance to shine on her own without the complex melodies and orchestral backing Renaissance gave her. She's accompanied only by David Biglin (mostly on piano with the odd guitar and drum program) who arguably does the best job that one person could. In most cases the bare-bones approach gives a warm, intimate feeling to the songs, especially the highlights "Northern Lights," "Let it Grow" and "Seashell Eyes." Only a couple ("Nature Boy," "Turn of the Century") sound flat without a band filling in. But this is a small complaint. In this setting the true beauty of Annie's voice carries the music by itself. For anyone Renaissance fan who's been curious about what Annie might sound like by herself, click and order this one - it's a wonderful overview of her solo albums and her voice sounds as heavenly as ever. For anyone not familiar with her music (shame..) it's a wonderful album to start with. What are you waiting for?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Carl McColman on July 3, 2000
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Annie's first solo live album is, to this reviewer, more interesting than the recycled live material of Renaissance currently being released (BBC Sessions, King Biscuit Flower Hour, etc.). On this outing, Annie performs some of Renaissance's lesser known gems, like "I Think of You" and "Spare Some Love." But what really makes this a must-have is the way it serves as a fine introduction to Annie's solo material. Songs like "Summon the Angels" (from her newest album, The Dawn of Ananda), "After the Oceans Are Gone," and "Moonlight Shadow" hold their own beautifully alongside Annie's more famous older material. I bought this album as a Renaissance fan, and it turned me into a fan of Annie's solo work as well. If you are not familiar with either Renaissance or Annie Haslam, I think this would be a fine place to begin. It's a great career overview of a truly wonderful (and underappreciated) vocalist. After this, go for her Dawn of Ananda CD, and pick up Renaissance's Ashes Are Burning, Prologue, and A Song for All Seasons. Enjoy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jazzfinger on August 8, 1999
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Perfect - how does she stay perfect? I first heard Annie on the "Turn of the Cards" album some 25 years ago. Her voice endeared me. I haven't heard her in a while but this new live album tells me she is still perfect. I am amazed that she sounds as good (if not better) than ever. This album is half Renaissance, half solo. Well, well worth the purchase. One of the finds of the year.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 12, 2000
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I have been a huge fan of this Diva since her Renaissance days. Sadly, I lost track of Annie over the years but continued to fill my collection with Renaissance gems that have appeared on CD. (King Biscuit Live at Albert Hall, etc.) Brazilian Skies is a beautiful live effort by an angel of a singer who sounds just as good as ever if not better. The choice of material is excellent and allows the listener to be introduced to new songs while remembering those beautiful ballads from the past. But more than anything it is her Voice that sends emotion done from your soul throughout your body. I can not give this CD any higher marks. She is a gift from God to those that her sing.
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