Live At Carnegie Hall

Artist: Renaissance
Label: Sire
Catalog#: SASY-3902-2
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1976-06
A1 Prologue 7:30
A2 Ocean Gypsy 7:13
A3 Can You Understand 10:26
B1 Carpet Of The Sun 3:37
B2 Running Hard 9:40
B3 Mother Russia 10:23
C1 Scheherazade 28:48
D1 Ashes Are Burning 22:59

Acoustic Guitar - Michael Dunford
Artwork [Original Cover And Collage] - Fred Marcellino
Bass - Jon Camp
Drums, Percussion - Terry Sullivan
Engineer - Carmine Rubino
Keyboards - John Tout
Lead Vocals - Annie Haslam
Music By - Betty Thatcher
Music By - John Tout
Music By - Jon Camp
Music By - Michael Dunford
Photography By - Annie Haslam
Photography By - Bob Gruen
Photography By - Chuck Pulin
Photography By - Denis Degnan
Photography By - John Kuczynski
Vocals - John Tout
Vocals - Jon Camp
Vocals - Michael Dunford
Vocals - Terry Sullivan


Recorded at Carnegie Hall,
June 20, 21, 22, 1975 by Record Plant, New York

Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Renaissance’s live double-album—recorded on their Scheherazade tour at Carnegie Hall with the New York Philharmonic, with Tony Cox conducting—is by most accounts their best (and most consistent) document on record. The band integrates well with the orchestra; that’s not much of a surprise though, considering that Michael Dunford’s compositions were classical in nature. In fact, the band’s music often comes closer to the sound of a Broadway stage show than that of a rock concert, which perhaps explains their significant audience in New England. The album highlights Renaissance’s lengthier compositions, including “Can You Understand,” “Mother Russia” and the Cox-arranged “Scheherazade.” But “Ashes Are Burning” steals the show, largely due to Jon Camp’s adept bass work and classic Rickenbacker tone. Here, with John Tout’s keyboards providing ample color, the band ditches the symphonic embellishment to prove that they can play rock music after all. The album reached No. 55 in the US, while the following year’s Novella also reached the US Top 50. Again, it was a solid effort, including the fan favorite tracks “Can You Hear Me” and “Touching Once (Is So Hard to Keep).” But “Midas Man” stands as one of Renaissance’s finest creations; drumless but propelled by huge twelve-string guitars, it’s Haslam’s long note on the opening lyric that’s stunningly seductive. The album would see release twice-with different cover art-due to a change in distributors in the US and wouldn’t see a UK release until the fall. With fiancé Roy Wood, Annie Haslam would record a solo album around this time, titled Annie In Wonderland.
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