By the end of the 1970s Renaissance was established as one of the UK’s premiere rock bands, whose blend of classical, folk, jazz and rock genres resulted in a highly attractive sound and style. Hugely popular in America and Europe where they toured consistently, the band also produced a series of excellent albums.
‘Azure D’Or’ was one of the last released at the end of a turbulent decade, when punk was overtaking progressive rock in popularity. Nevertheless, this 1979 album did well in the UK charts and includes - among its diverse tracks - two that were released as singles, notably ‘Jekyll And Hyde’ and ‘The Winter Tree’, both written by guitarist Michael Dunford and lyricist Betty Thatcher.
With shining vocals from the delightful Annie Haslam, this CD captures Renaissance at their best. It is also the last to feature long term drummer Terry Sullivan and pianist John Tout, before they quit the band to seek pastures new. Produced by David Hentschel - famed for his work with Genesis - this is a superior and unmissable piece of art rock.