Turn of the Cards

Turn of the Cards

by RenaissanceRenaissance

CD(Bonus DVD)

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The third album by this incarnation of Renaissance was a match for their previous success, Ashes Are Burning, with equally impressive performances and songwriting and a few new musical twists added. The songs here fit more easily into a rock vein, and the prior album's folk influences are gone. Turn of the Cards rocks a bit harder, albeit always in a progressive rock manner, and Jon Camp's bass and Terence Sullivan's drums are both harder and heavier here, the bass (the group's only amplified instrument) in particular much more forward in the mix. This change works in giving the band a harder sound that leaves room for Jimmy Horowitz's orchestral accompaniments, which are somewhat more prominent than those of Richard Hewson on the prior album, with the horns and strings, in particular, more exposed. Annie Haslam is in excellent voice throughout, and finds ideal accompaniment in Michael Dunford's acoustic guitar and John Tout's piano. The writing team of Dunford and Betty Thatcher also adds some new wrinkles to the group's range -- in addition to progressive rock ballads like "I Think of You," they delivered "Black Flame," a great dramatic canvas for Haslam and Tout, in particular; and "Mother Russia" is a surprising (and effective) move into topical songwriting, dealing with the plight of Alexander Solzhenitsyn and other victims of Soviet repression (you had to be there in the 1970s to realize what a burning issue this was). And then there were the soaring, pounding group virtuoso numbers like "Things I Don't Understand," which managed to hold audience interest across nine or ten minutes of running time.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/27/2020
Label: Esoteric Antenna
UPC: 0760137326427
catalogNumber: 4002
Rank: 23080

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Renaissance   Primary Artist
Annie Haslam   Vocals
Jon Camp   Bass Guitar,Vocals
Andy Powell   Electric Guitar
Terence Sullivan   Drums
John Tout   Keyboards
Michael Dunford   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Mark Powell   Compield

Technical Credits

Annie Haslam   Composer
Renaissance   Arranger,Producer
Jimmy Horowitz   Orchestral Arrangements
Andrew Powell   Composer
Jim McCarty   Composer
Richard Gottehrer   Producer
Jeffrey Lesser   Engineer
Dick Plant   Producer,Engineer
R. Shulman   Authoring
Martin Turner   Composer
Ted Turner   Composer
Steve Upton   Composer
Michael Dunford   Composer
Hipgnosis   Cover Design
Betty Thatcher   Composer

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