Renaissance (4)

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Renaissance was originally formed in 1969 by ex-Yardbirds vocalist Keith Relf and drummer Jim McCarty who wanted to explore a new sound blending elements of rock, folk and classical music. Relf assumed the role of guitarist, and they were joined by bassist Louis Cennamo, keyboardist John Hawken, and vocalist Jane Relf. This lineup recorded the first self-titled album and most of the second album, Illusion (1971). A rapid series of personnel changes followed. Guitarist and composer Michael Dunford first appeared on Illusion. Before his departure from the band Hawken recruited new vocalist Annie Haslam. By 1972, when the Renaissance recorded their third album, Prologue, none of the original members remained though McCarty still wrote music for the band.

By 1973 the lineup had stabilized with Haslam, Dunford, keyboardist John Tout, bassist and vocalist Jon Camp, and drummer Terry Sullivan. This lineup produced a string of relatively successful albums over the remainder of the decade. They had one Top 10 single in the U.K., "Northern Lights", from the album A Song For All Seasons (1978).

By 1980 Sullivan and Tout departed leaving Haslam, Dunford, and Camp as the stable core of the group with various other musicians coming and going through the early and mid 1980s. The group released two albums, Camera Camera (1981) and Time-Line (1983) which were not well received by either fans or critics. Renaissance went into the studio to record a further album but found themselves without a label willing to release it. Material for this album as well as discarded tracks from the sessions for the previous three releases finally saw the light of day as Songs From Renaissance Days in 1997.

Renaissance broke up in 1987 but both Michael Dunford and Annie Haslam tried to revive the name with different musicians in the 1990s. Haslam, Dunford, Tout, and Sullivan did reunite and released a studio album, Tuscany, in 2001, and a live album, In The Land Of The Rising Sun, in 2002. In 2009 Haslam and Dunford reformed Renaissance for a 40th anniversary concert tour. Rave Tesar, who replaced John Tout on keyboards for the 2001-02 tour and David J. Keyes, the bassist from the same tour, also rejoined the band. Two new members were also added to the lineup, keyboardist Tom Brislin and drummer Frank Pagano.

Live CDs and DVDs from their 2011 tour were released, with Jason Hart replacing Tom Brislin on keyboards. In 2013 their first new studio album in 12 years, Grandine Il Vento was released. It was the last album to feature Michael Dunford, who died in November, 2012.
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Renaissance (4) - Renaissance album art Renaissance (4) Renaissance (Album) Island Records, Island Records US 1969 Sell This Version
Renaissance (4) - Illusion album art Renaissance (4) Illusion (Album) Island Records Netherlands 1971 Sell This Version
Renaissance (4) - Prologue album art Renaissance (4) Prologue (Album) Sovereign (2), Sovereign (2) Germany 1972 Sell This Version
Renaissance (4) - Ashes Are Burning album art Renaissance (4) Ashes Are Burning (Album) Sovereign (2), Sovereign (2) South Africa 1973 Sell This Version
Renaissance (4) - Turn Of The Cards album art Renaissance (4) Turn Of The Cards (Album) BTM Records, BTM Records US 1974 Sell This Version
Renaissance (4) - Scheherazade And Other Stories album art Renaissance (4) Scheherazade And Other Stories (Album) BTM Records Israel 1975 Sell This Version
CN 2303/SQ Renaissance (4) - Stereo Pop Special-99 album art Renaissance (4) Stereo Pop Special-99(LP, Quad, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 2303/SQ UK 1975 Sell This Version
Renaissance (4) - Live At Carnegie Hall album art Renaissance (4) Live At Carnegie Hall (Album, Comp) BTM Records US 1976 Sell This Version
CN 2596/S Renaissance (4) - Stereo Pop Special-125 album art Renaissance (4) Stereo Pop Special-125(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 2596/S UK 1976 Sell This Version
Renaissance (4) - Novella album art Renaissance (4) Novella (Album) Warner Bros. Records UK 1977 Sell This Version
CN 2736/S Renaissance (4) - Stereo Pop Special-141 album art Renaissance (4) Stereo Pop Special-141(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 2736/S UK 1977 Sell This Version
Renaissance (4) - A Song For All Seasons album art Renaissance (4) A Song For All Seasons (Album) Warner Bros. Records Spain 1978 Sell This Version
CN 3234/S Renaissance (4) - In Concert-188 album art Renaissance (4) In Concert-188(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 3234/S UK 1978 Sell This Version
Renaissance (4) - Azure D'or album art Renaissance (4) Azure D'or (Album) Warner Bros. Records UK 1979 Sell This Version
Renaissance (4) - Camera Camera album art Renaissance (4) Camera Camera (Album) Illegal Records (2) US 1981 Sell This Version
Renaissance (4) - Time-Line album art Renaissance (4) Time-Line (Album) I.R.S. Records UK 1983 Sell This Version
Renaissance (4) - The Other Woman album art Renaissance (4) The Other Woman (Album) HTD Records UK 1994 Sell This Version
Renaissance (4) - Songs From Renaissance Days album art Renaissance (4) Songs From Renaissance Days (Album) Repertoire Records UK 1997 Sell This Version
Renaissance (4) - At The Royal Albert Hall Parts 1 & 2 album art Renaissance (4) With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Renaissance (4) With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - At The Royal Albert Hall Parts 1 & 2 (Album) King Biscuit Flower Hour Records Japan 1997 Sell This Version
Renaissance (4) - At The Royal Albert Hall Part 2 album art Renaissance (4) With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Renaissance (4) With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - At The Royal Albert Hall Part 2 (Album) King Biscuit Flower Hour Records, BMG US 1997 Sell This Version
Renaissance (4) - At The Royal Albert Hall Part 1 album art Renaissance (4) With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Renaissance (4) With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - At The Royal Albert Hall Part 1 (Album) King Biscuit Flower Hour Records, BMG US 1997 Sell This Version
WOU 1001 Renaissance (4) - BBC Sessions album art Renaissance (4) BBC Sessions(2xCD, Album) Wounded Bird Records WOU 1001 US 1999 Sell This Version
CRESTCD 054 Z, CRESTCD 054 Renaissance (4) - Pictures In The Fire album art Nevada (11), Renaissance (4) Nevada (11), Renaissance (4) - Pictures In The Fire(CD, Album) Mooncrest, Mooncrest CRESTCD 054 Z, CRESTCD 054 UK 2000 Sell This Version
CRESTCD 056 Z - UK, CRESTCD 056 Export Renaissance (4) - 'Unplugged' Live At The Academy Of Music, Philadelphia USA album art Renaissance (4) 'Unplugged' Live At The Academy Of Music, Philadelphia USA(CD, Album, Gat) Mooncrest, Mooncrest CRESTCD 056 Z - UK, CRESTCD 056 Export UK 2000 Sell This Version
CRESTCD 53 Renaissance (4) - Day Of The Dreamer album art Renaissance (4) Day Of The Dreamer(CD) Mooncrest CRESTCD 53 UK 2000 Sell This Version