Ocean Gypsy

Ocean Gypsy

by Michael Dunford's RenaissanceMichael Dunford's Renaissance


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The group on this CD is Michael Dunford's Renaissance, formed by the composer-guitarist of the 1970s progressive band, with Stephanie Adlington singing lead and Richard Brown playing keyboards and writing the arrangements. Ocean Gypsy is a partly successful attempt to revive and reconsider the group's '70s sound in an acoustic idiom. The songs will be familiar, a cross-section of classic Renaissance album highlights, including the title track, "Things I Don't Understand (Part 2)," "Young Prince and Princess," "Carpet of the Sun," and "At the Harbour," the latter with its original opening and closing from the music of Claude Debussy. Richard Brown's orchestrations are a little more playful in character and lighter in texture than the originals (mostly by Richard Hewson), and involve fewer instruments, but otherwise don't add enormously to the existing versions. Much more importantly, Adlington has an impressive vocal range but lacks the power that characterized Annie Haslam's singing on this same repertory. The playing is very good, but the whole album, with the possible exceptions of "Young Prince and Princess" and "A Trip to the Fair" -- which benefits from a fine reed solo -- stands in the shadow of the originals.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/29/2014
Label: Imports
UPC: 5026389930726
catalogNumber: 978826
Rank: 95295

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Dunford's Renaissance   Primary Artist
Richard Brown   Piano,Accordion,Keyboards
Jimmy Hastings   Flute,Soprano,Piccolo,Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Richard Brown   Piano,Accordion,Keyboards
Michael Dunford   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Accordion,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Rob Williams   Background Vocals
Dave Woolgar   Bass
Daniels   Keyboards
Stephanie Adlington   Vocals,Background Vocals
Rob Williams   Background Vocals
Alakhir Shaheed Daniels   Keyboards
Rod Brown   Percussion

Technical Credits

Richard Brown   Arranger,String Arrangements,Woodwind Arrangement
Malcolm Holmes   Booklet Design
Richard Brown   String Arrangements,Woodwind Arrangement
Rob Williams   Engineer
Ross Elliot   Liner Notes
Dave Woolgar   Engineer
Albert de Gouveia   Reissue Design
Rob Williams   Engineer
Russ L. Elliot   Liner Notes
Mike Dunford   Composer
David Woolgar   Engineer

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