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The six tracks on the album range in length from 3'34" to 11'24" (with most in the 3-7 minute range) and feature haunting melodies and soft acoustic textures, with some heavy bass playing. In general the overall style is that of progressive rock, with a great deal of English folk influences and European classical. In fact, there are a number of classical sounding melodies scattered throughout the album that sound awfully familiar - I am sure that if I took out some recordings by (for example) Debussy or Prokofiev, I would probably unravel the mystery. My favorite tracks include the proggy Ashes are Burning with it's churchy organ work and Can you Understand? although the rest of material is pretty strong.
This album is strongly recommended to prog fans that do not mind a lot of classical and folk mixed in with their prog rock. Other great albums include Turn of the Cards (1974); Scheherazade and other Stories (1975); and Novella (1977).
The title track is undoubtedly the ultimate Renaissance encore piece. Indeed, it serves as the final track on not only that pair of albums but also the two volume "Tales of 1001 Nights" set, where it is moved from its contemporary pieces on the first volume to the last track on the second. "Ashes Are Burning" is the perfect encore piece because it serves so well as an extended showcase for solos by the group's members.
In contrast, "Can You Understand?" has always been the ideal opening song for a Renaissance album, with its driving piano melody that spurns the rest of the band to match it as the song progresses. Yet within this 10 minute epic we are also treated to Annie Halsam singing accompanied only by acoustic guitar, before the song again builds upon a larger them appropriated from a Russian classical composer.
"Carpet of the Sun" remains the group's best known "single," not only because it is one of the few songs short enough to be given airplay, but also because Annie Halsam's vocals with that dazzling trill continues to delight. More than any other singer of her time, Halsam's singing voice was an instrument integral to the composition and performance of each song, which is why she is as effective singing a series of la's as she is singing Betty Thatcher's lyrics.
Michael Dunford wrote the music for all but one of the songs on this album, which marked his official return to the group.Read more ›
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This is one of three of their highly critically recommended albums that I own. The music is not overly saccharine or distasteful but somber and addictive. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jersey Jon
This C.D. was not very good. It had some of there Renaissance music on it that was know however the rest of the tunes were tiring to listen to.Published 6 months ago by Rebelrocker
I bought this album around 1973 or 1974. I can't remember exactly when. What I do remember is hearing the sound of Annie Haslam's wonderful voice for the 1st time. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Reuben E. Marks Jr.g
Absolutely beautiful music! Such a wonderful flashback to my college days! Thank you for making this available when I thought there was no way. Wow.Published 7 months ago by Joanne
Love my Renaissance, had to get in touch with my roots again, purchased all the old ones again as my records were all worn out and tapes gone! Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer