Renaissance (4)

Also known as Michael Dunford's Renaissance
Members of Renaissance (4): Annie Haslam, Binky Cullom, David J. Keyes, Frank Pagano, Gavin Harrison, Jane Relf, Jason Hart, Jim McCarty, John Hawken, John Tout, Jon Camp, Keith Relf, Louis Cennamo, Michael Dunford, Mick Parsons, Mickey Simmonds, Mike Taylor (10), Neil Korner, Pete Finberg, Peter Barron (2), Peter Gosling, Rave Tesar, Rob Hendry, Stephanie Adlington, Terry Crowe, Terry Slade, Terry Sullivan, Tom Brislin
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://www.nlightsweb.com/, http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=603, http://www.johnhawken.com/renaissance.html, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renaissance_%28band%29, http://myspace.com/renaissanceofficial

Discography of Renaissance (4):

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 A Song For All Seasons 8 Audio 1978 WEA International Inc.
2 Illusion 6 Audio 1977 Island Records
3 Prologue 6 Audio 1972
4 The Other Woman 10 Audio 1996 Icebear
5 Songs From Renaissance Days 10 Audio 1997 Repertoire Records
6 Day Of The Dreamer 9 Audio 2000 Mooncrest
7 Camera Camera 8 Audio 1981 Illegal Records (2)
8 Turn Of The Cards 6 Audio 1974
9 Novella 5 Audio 1998 Sire
10 Novella 5 Audio 1977 Sire
11 Scheherazade And Other Stories 4 Audio 1994 Repertoire Records
12 Scheherazade And Other Stories 13 Audio 1975 Sire
13 Turn Of The Cards 6 Audio 1994 Repertoire Records
14 Illusion 6 Audio 1995 Repertoire Records
15 Illusion 6 Audio 1970 Island Records
16 The Other Woman 10 Audio 1994 HTD Records
17 Renaissance 5 Audio 2002
18 Live At Carnegie Hall 8 Audio 1994 Repertoire Records
19 Prologue 6 Audio 1972
20 Live At Carnegie Hall 8 Audio 1976 Sire
21 A Song For All Seasons 8 Audio 1978 Warner Bros. Records
22 A Song For All Seasons 8 Audio 1978
23 Live At Carnegie Hall 8 Audio 1976 Sire
24 Mother Russia 7 Audio 2002 Disky
25 Can You Hear Me 14 Audio 2001 Disky
26 Northern Lights 2 Audio 1978 Warner Bros. Records
27 Rock Galaxy 10 Audio 1980 RCA
28 Mother Russia 2 Audio 1974 Sire
29 Northern Lights 2 Audio 1978 Sire
30 Turn Of The Cards 6 Audio 1974 Sire
31 Illusion 6 Audio 1987
32 Scheherazade And Other Stories 13 Audio 1996 HTD Records
33 Azure D'or 10 Audio 1979
34 Prologue 6 Audio 1995 Repertoire Records
35 A Song For All Seasons 8 Audio 1978 Sire
36 A Song For All Seasons 8 Audio 1991-04-25
37 Renaissance 5 Audio 1973 Island Records
38 Azure D'or 10 Audio 1979 Sire
39 Azure D'or 10 Audio 1979 Sire
40 Ashes Are Burning 6 Audio 1995 Repertoire Records
41 Innocence 11 Audio 1998 Mooncrest
42 Time Line 10 Audio 1997 Repertoire Records
43 Camera Camera 9 Audio 1988 Line Records
44 Turn Of The Cards 6 Audio 2002-12-06 Arcàngelo
45 Novella 5 Audio 1977-01-00
46 Midas Man 2 Audio 1977 Sire
47 Prologue 6 Audio EMI
48 Scheherazade And Other Stories 13 Audio 1975 BTM Records
49 Illusion 6 Audio 1973 Island Records
50 Illusion 6 Audio Island Records


Renaissance was originally formed in 1969 by ex-Yardbirds guitarist/vocalist [a=Keith Relf] and drummer [a=Jim McCarty] who wanted to explore a new sound blending elements of rock, folk and classical music. They were joined by bassist [a=Louis Cennamo], keyboardist [a=John Hawken], and vocalist [a=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 [a=Michael Dunford] first appeared on Illusion. Before his departure from the band Hawken recruited new vocalist [a=Annie Haslam]. By 1972, when the Renaissance recorded their third album, [m=25026], none of the original members remained though McCarty still wrote music for the band.

By 1973 the lineup had stabilized with Haslam, Dunford, keyboardist [a=John Tout], bassist and vocalist [a=Jon Camp], and drummer [a=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., "[m=25018]", from the album [m=24998] (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, [m=66421] (1981) and [m=66404] (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 [m=25034] 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, [m=422543], in 2001, and a live album, [m=596367], in 2002. In 2009 Haslam and Dunford reformed Renaissance for a 40th anniversary concert tour. [a=Rave Tesar], who replaced John Tout on keyboards for the 2001-02 tour and [a=David J. Keyes], the bassist from the same tour, also rejoined the band. Two new members were also added to the lineup, keyboardist [a=Tom Brislin] and drummer [a=Frank Pagano].

Live CDs and DVDs from their 2011 tour were released, with [a=Jason Hart] replacing Tom Brislin on keyboards. In 2013 their first new studio album in 12 years, [m=569466] was released. It was the last album to feature Michael Dunford, who died in November, 2012.


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