Thursday, March 09, 2006


It's strange to think that this delicate musical creature had been created in '69 by two ex-members of Yardbirds, a band who always loved the raw sounds of blues. Renaissance was born when Keith Relf and Jim McCarthy joined John Hawken, on piano, the bass player Louis Cennamo and the singer Jane Relf, whose crystalline voice was one of the distinctive feature of their music. No reminiscences of the Yardbirds, but a mellow and sophisticated blend of folk and classical music, with just a few jazzy flavours. The sound fits good with the progressive era, without being too baroque. The song Island, included on their first self titled LP, is a beautiful example of their style.
During the recording of the second album Illlusion this line up dissolved and Renaissance reformed with totally new members.
This is a live performance from the Beat Club.

Renaissance - Island (1970)

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See you soon.



Blogger Eddie Riff said...

Mirco, glad to see you back. Terrific posts since your return. Love this Renaissance clip. Thanks!

3/11/2006 4:05 AM  
Blogger Mirco said...

Eddie, nice to meet you here. I discovered your nice blog since a few days and added the link on my page.
All the best!

3/11/2006 5:29 AM  
Blogger Walknthabass said...

One word - Wow! Thanks Micro!

See what I miss by living in Texas?

Like I said before England Swings!

3/11/2006 8:20 PM  
Anonymous Eloina said...

Oi, Mirco ... maravilhoso seu site, estou chegando da comunidade rock progressivo, do orkut.
obrigada por trazer de volta, esses videos de uma época rica em conjuntos .. progressivos ou não.
espero que entenda um pouco de portugues ... se não :
I liked very very much .. your site ... piu bello !!! :-))))))

3/15/2006 3:26 AM  
Blogger Mirco said...

Oi Eloina, eu entendo um pouco de português, muito obrigado!

Até logo ;)

3/15/2006 4:04 AM  
Anonymous Sam Stone said...

Thank you very much for this beautiful clip.

3/16/2006 3:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My name is ANTONIO
I like to thank you very much for this "gifty" (excuse for my bad english), I live in brazil and I am a Renaissance Fan, I love this band and be a great preasure and a very deep emotion to see this video. thanks a lot.Ciao

6/01/2006 2:43 AM  
Blogger Mirco said...

Oi Antonio, pode escrever também em portugues, eu entendo :-)


6/01/2006 2:49 AM  
Blogger Paxjorge said...

Unbelievably great band, I think I listen to their "Can You Understand" at least every other day. Twisted, but that's what good stuff does to sensitive minds... :-) Thanks a million, man and keep it up.

7/07/2006 10:05 PM  

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