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Sign in Sign up. We've sent you an email with a link to update your password. No account yet? Create an Account Login. Bringing in strings and flutes, the orchestral elements opt for an unsurprising foreign bent, before a rolling piano and brass briefly evoke a score from a James Bond love scene. This is as fleeting as the opening motif; any hint of other-worldly romance is quickly swept away by swelling brass — more action than romance — quickly shifting again into the main musical thrust.
Haslam pitches a booming yet sweet vocal against the cinematic backdrop, all elements pulling together in a typically cock-sure way. With passages of quiet flute jostling against blustery orchestral strings and a haunting wordless voice, the band the middle of the tune with something that at first has the air of playing for time, but soon becomes apparent that this is the only natural way to shift back towards a grand piano climax. With a brief reprise of the main vocal, the bombast increases until the nine-minute mark, at which time, the tune reaches a natural end, all elements ebbing away, leaving a softly struck piano and oboe to close.
But therein is where its magic truly lies. For all the press column inches given to the over-rated Mike Oldfield in the seventies and, indeed, since , so many more of those should have belonged to Renaissance; their run of albums between are superbly complex — especially given the short time in which they were written and recorded.
There are proggy elements thanks to a swirling keyboard solo and a mid-paced mood that suggests a fairly solemn mood, but between Haslam finding a musical space between stage theatrics and pure balladry, the song also has a huge heart.
Discs two and three presents a complete live show, recorded at The Academy of Music, New York in Fans will be aware that this show has been doing the rounds for a while, most notably on a limited edition vinyl, issued in Help Learn to edit Community portal Recent changes Upload file. Download as PDF Printable version. Progressive rock. Renaissance Dick Plant Richard Gottehrer. Ashes Are Burning Turn of the Cards Scheherazade and Other Stories
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