Pop, folk and the classics meet with joyous results in the sounds created by Renaissance, one of the most creative and popular groups of the Seventies.
'Prologue' has long been hailed as their 'first album', as it showcases a brand new line up of artists who replaced the original founder members, when the group was relaunched in 1972.
Annie Haslam takes the lead role alongside keyboard player John Tout and she sings like an angel on a selection of six beautifully performed arrangements. Songs like 'Kiev', 'Sounds Of The Sea' and 'Spare Some Love' exemplify the Renaissance style that would evolve over many more classic albums.
Intriguingly, much of the material was written by founder Jim McCarty of Yardbirds fame together with poet Betty Thatcher and subsequent full time member Michael Dunford. More assistance comes from synthesiser wizard Francis Monkman who plays the VCS3 solo on the album's longest track 'Rajah Khan'.Here is a superb album that will appeal to all fans of a group whose melodic and sensitive music ushered in a real 'rock renaissance'.