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The last great Renaissance album sure holds up today,
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: A Song for All Seasons (Audio CD)
This 1978 album by the British progressive (nee classical) rock Renaissance represents some major changes that probably explain in part why I consider this the last really good album by the group. There are eight tracks on the album, a radical departure for a group that had averaged only five tracks per album on its previous three, understandable since the hallmark of Renaissance was always their length set pieces. On "Song For All Seasons" only the title track really qualifies as such. The group also regresses somewhat, reintroducing electric guitars as well as synthesizers into the production mix and actually hiring an outside producer to work on the album (David Hentschel had produced the early work of Elton John).
There are two tracks that make this album worth owning. The first is "Northern Lights," a "single" that represented the group's biggest success in terms of radio play in Britain and their most popular "short" song since "Carpet of the Sun." The song is marked by a final chorus wherein Annie Haslam harmonizes with herself, a sound of which I never get tired of hearing. Similarly the title song, which closes the album, concludes with Haslam's soaring voice holding strong against the thunderous final rush of the orchestra. It is perhaps Renaissance's most symphonic song and if the orchestrations seem somewhat different from previous Renaissance efforts and yet somehow hauntingly familiar, it may well be because they were done by Louis Clark, who did similar work for the Electric Light Orchestra before losing his soul and doing the infamous "Hooked on Classics" albums.