RENAISSANCE - Scheherazade And Other Stories (1975) & Live At Carnegie Hall (1976)
Renaissance are an English progressive rock band, best known for their 1978 UK top 10 hit "Northern Lights" and progressive rock classics like "Carpet of the Sun", "Mother Russia", and "Ashes Are Burning". They developed a unique sound, combining a female lead vocal with a fusion of classical, folk, rock, and jazz influences. Characteristic elements of the Renaissance sound are Annie Haslam's wide vocal range, prominent piano accompaniment, orchestral arrangements, vocal harmonies, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, synthesiser, and versatile drum work. The band created a significant following in the northeast United States in the 70s, and that region remains their strongest fan base.
Many critics and fans alike consider Scheherazade to be one of the finest Renaissance albums, and one of the finest classical/rock fusion albums ever. Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs released an "Orignal Master Recording" (LP) of the album in 1978 featuring a remarkable remix of the original master tapes. Michael Dunford realised the potential of the "Song Of Scheherazade" and formed his initial concepts for a musical based on this piece after seeing the audience reaction to it being performed live with a full orchestra.
"Live At Carnegie Hall (1976)"1994 reissue on Repertoire of the prog icon's 1976 double live album for BTM, complete with the original artwork. Contains all eight tracks on two CDs within a double slimline jewel case. Includes Mother Russia, Ocean Gypsy and Ashes Are Burning. The album was recorded with the New York Philharmonic backing Renaissance.