1974 album remastered with 5 bonus tracks. Includes Live at The Academy of Music in New York City on 17th May 1974. Plus 5.1 mix of the original album. Esoteric.
Formed in 1969 from the ashes of The Yardbirds, Renaissance would become the renowned prog rock act they are today. Back in 1974, with all the founding members gone a new line-up had become established and the album they released that year - ‘Turn Of The Cards’ was an artistic triumph and heralded the band’s commercial breakthrough in the United States.
Featuring highly gifted vocalist Annie Haslam, Michael Dunford (acoustic guitars), John Tout (keyboards, vocals), Jon Camp (bass, vocals) and Terry Sullivan (drums, percussion), ‘Turn Of The Cards’ was recorded in March 1974 at De Lane Lea studios in Wembley, North London and featured the band incorporating symphonic orchestral arrangements into their material extensively on classic pieces such as “Running Hard”, “Things I Don’t Understand” and “Mother Russia”. The album would also feature the evocative “Cold Is Being” and the celebrated “Black Flame” which would result in ‘Turn Of The Cards’ being praised as one of the finest works by Renaissance.
This expanded edition has been newly re-mastered from the original master tapes and also features an entire concert at The Academy of Music in New York City on 17th May 1974 (with a 24-piece orchestra) over two bonus CDs which has been newly mixed from the original 16-track master tapes, including live versions of songs from the album, along with classics such as “Can You Understand”, “Carpet of the Sun”, “Prologue” and a 25 minute version of “Ashes Are Burning” featuring guest Andy Powell (of Wishbone Ash) on lead guitar. The fourth disc is a DVD which features a new 5.1 Surround sound and high-resolution stereo mix of ‘Turn Of The Cards’. The set also includes the previously unreleased song “Everybody Needs a Friend”, recorded during the sessions for the album and the rare single edit of “Mother Russia”. The release also features an illustrated booklet with a new essay featuring interviews with Annie Haslam, Terry Sullivan and Jon Camp.
Disc One: Running Hard / I Think Of You / Things I Don’t Understand / Black Flame / Cold Is Being / Mother Russia / Everybody Needs A Friend (Previously Unreleased) / Mother Russia (Single Edit) (Previously Unreleased) / Things I Don’t Understand (New Stereo Mix) / Black Flame (New Stereo Mix) / Mother Russia (New Stereo Mix)
Disc Two: Can You Understand (Live 1974) / Black Flame (Live 1974) / Carpet Of The Sun (Live 1974) / Cold Is Being (Live 1974) / Things I Don’t Understand (Live 1974) / Running Hard (Live 1974)
Disc Three: Ashes Are Burning (Live 1974) / Mother Russia (Live 1974) / Prologue (Live 1974)
Disc Four (DVD): 5.1 Surround Sound & High-Resolution Stereo Mixes - Running Hard / I Think Of You / Things I Don’t Understand / Black Flame / Cold Is Being / Mother Russia