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Renaissance|Scheherazade and Other Stories  (Expanded & Remastered)

Scheherazade and Other Stories (Expanded & Remastered)

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This album was the group's magnum opus in the perception of many onlookers and fans, and it still plays well, though its flaws are more evident than they were at the time. The "Song of Scheherazade," really a suite for the group supported by the London Symphony Orchestra and a chorus, started with guitarist-composer Michael Dunford, who had a personal fascination with the medieval literary work Tales of 1,001 Arabian Nights, and was realized by Dunford and his composing partner Betty Thatcher, with bassist Jon Camp and pianist John Tout. The piece, really nine sections assembled together, was one of the more ambitious works to come out of the progressive rock boom -- it fits together nicely and does have some gorgeous passages and many lyrical, powerful sections, although it also seems slightly repetitive, overstaying its welcome somewhat; additionally, it never uses the orchestra quite as effectively as one senses it might have, for anything except embellishment. Less ambitious and more completely successful are "Ocean Gypsy," "The Vultures Fly High," and "Trip to the Fair" on side one, all relatively unpretentious pieces which feature extraordinary singing by Annie Haslam.
© Bruce Eder /TiVo

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1
Trip to the Fair (2021 Remaster)
00:10:50

John Tout, Composer - Renaissance, Instruments, MainArtist - Michael Dunford, Composer - Campbell Connelly and Co Ltd, MusicPublisher - Betty Thatcher, Composer

(C) 2021 Cherry Red America (P) 2021 Cherry Red America

2
The Vultures Fly High (2021 Remaster)
00:03:09

Renaissance, Instruments, MainArtist - Michael Dunford, Composer - Campbell Connelly and Co Ltd, MusicPublisher - Betty Thatcher, Composer

(C) 2021 Cherry Red America (P) 2021 Cherry Red America

3
Ocean Gypsy (2021 Remaster)
00:07:07

Renaissance, Instruments, MainArtist - Michael Dunford, Composer - Campbell Connelly and Co Ltd, MusicPublisher - Betty Thatcher, Composer

(C) 2021 Cherry Red America (P) 2021 Cherry Red America

4
Song of Scheherazade: Fanfare / The Betrayal / The Sultan / Love Theme / The Young Prince And Princess As Told By Scheherazade / Festival Preparations / Fugue For The Sultan / The Festival / Finale (2021 Remaster)
00:24:55

John Tout, Composer - Renaissance, Instruments, MainArtist - Michael Dunford, Composer - Campbell Connelly and Co Ltd, MusicPublisher - Jon Camp, Composer - Betty Thatcher, Composer

(C) 2021 Cherry Red America (P) 2021 Cherry Red America

5
Ocean Gypsy (Single Version, 2021 Remaster)
00:03:01

Renaissance, Instruments, MainArtist - Michael Dunford, Composer - Campbell Connelly and Co Ltd, MusicPublisher - Betty Thatcher, Composer

(C) 2021 Cherry Red America (P) 2021 Cherry Red America

DISC 2

1
Can You Understand (Live, Nottingham University, 24 January 1976, 2021 Remaster)
00:10:52

Renaissance, Instruments, MainArtist - Michael Dunford, Composer - Betty Thatcher, Composer - Pytheon Music, MusicPublisher

(C) 2021 Cherry Red America (P) 2021 Cherry Red America

2
Running Hard (Live, Nottingham University, 24 January 1976, 2021 Remaster)
00:09:28

Renaissance, Instruments, MainArtist - Michael Dunford, Composer - Campbell Connelly and Co Ltd, MusicPublisher - Betty Thatcher, Composer

(C) 2021 Cherry Red America (P) 2021 Cherry Red America

3
Ocean Gypsy (Live, Nottingham University, 24 January 1976, 2021 Remaster)
00:07:30

Renaissance, Instruments, MainArtist - Michael Dunford, Composer - Campbell Connelly and Co Ltd, MusicPublisher - Betty Thatcher, Composer

(C) 2021 Cherry Red America (P) 2021 Cherry Red America

4
Prologue (Live, Nottingham University, 24 January 1976, 2021 Remaster)
00:06:28

Renaissance, Instruments, MainArtist - Michael Dunford, Composer - Pytheon Music, MusicPublisher

(C) 2021 Cherry Red America (P) 2021 Cherry Red America

5
Song of Scheherazade: Fanfare / The Betrayal / The Sultan / Love Theme / The Young Prince And Princess As Told By Scheherazade / Festival Preparations / Fugue For The Sultan / The Festival / Finale [Live, Nottingham University, 24 January 1976, 2021 Remas (Live, Nottingham University, 24 January 1976, 2021 Remaster)
00:24:53

John Tout, Composer - Renaissance, Instruments, MainArtist - Michael Dunford, Composer - Campbell Connelly and Co Ltd, MusicPublisher - Jon Camp, Composer - Betty Thatcher, Composer

(C) 2021 Cherry Red America (P) 2021 Cherry Red America

6
Ashes Are Burning (Live, Nottingham University, 24 January 1976, 2021 Remaster)
00:20:12

Renaissance, Instruments, MainArtist - Michael Dunford, Composer - Betty Thatcher, Composer - Pytheon Music, MusicPublisher

(C) 2021 Cherry Red America (P) 2021 Cherry Red America

Album Description

This album was the group's magnum opus in the perception of many onlookers and fans, and it still plays well, though its flaws are more evident than they were at the time. The "Song of Scheherazade," really a suite for the group supported by the London Symphony Orchestra and a chorus, started with guitarist-composer Michael Dunford, who had a personal fascination with the medieval literary work Tales of 1,001 Arabian Nights, and was realized by Dunford and his composing partner Betty Thatcher, with bassist Jon Camp and pianist John Tout. The piece, really nine sections assembled together, was one of the more ambitious works to come out of the progressive rock boom -- it fits together nicely and does have some gorgeous passages and many lyrical, powerful sections, although it also seems slightly repetitive, overstaying its welcome somewhat; additionally, it never uses the orchestra quite as effectively as one senses it might have, for anything except embellishment. Less ambitious and more completely successful are "Ocean Gypsy," "The Vultures Fly High," and "Trip to the Fair" on side one, all relatively unpretentious pieces which feature extraordinary singing by Annie Haslam.
© Bruce Eder /TiVo

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