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The music is what matters most...

On this page I'll list of Renaissance's releases (no bootlegs), I'll also give my opinions on all of them, and talk about my favorites, and what not.

The studio (and official live) discography.

Renaissance-1969
Kieth Relf; guitars/vocals
Jane Relf; vocals
Jim McCarty; drums
Louis Cennamo; bass
John Hawken; piano 
Kings and Queens (Relf/McCarty)
Innocence (Relf/McCarty)
Island (Relf/McCarty)
Wanderer (Hawken/McCarty)
Bullet (Relf/McCarty)
The Sea (Relf/McCarty)
The first Renaissance album, from the remains of the Yardbirds. This verson was much more piano heavy, as were the dominance of male vocals (unlike the Annie Haslam era). Unique for it's time (1969), it is seldom remembered when the name "Renaissance" comes up in conversation. An interesting fact was I got an e-mail from John Hawken (after I sent him a fan letter) and he told me him and Louis Cennamo both took classical music lessons and the piano solo in Island was from Beethoven's Sonata #13. Now remember, this was 1969, and stuff like this was, well rarer than later-but still creative and enjoyable to many.
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Illusion-1971
Kieth Relf; guitars/vocals
Jane Relf; vocals
Jim McCarty; drums
Louis Cennamo; bass
John Hawken; piano
Don Shin; piano (appears on "Past Orbits of Dust")
Michael Dunford; guitars (on Mr. Pine)
Terry Crowe; vocals (on Mr. Pine)
Neil Korner; bass (on Mr. Pine)
Terry Slade; drums (on Mr. Pine)
Love Goes On (Relf)
Golden Thread (McCarty/Relf)
Love Is All (McCarty/Thatcher)
Mr. Pine (Dunford)
Face of Yesterday (McCarty)
Past Orbits of Dust (McCarty/Relf/Thatcher)
Well, even before Illusion was released, the band began to fall apart. Jim McCarty hated to fly, so quit in 1970, Keith Relf and Louis Cennamo quit shortly afterwards. But before everything went under, Jim McCarty brought in Michael Dunford to bring in new members. Jim McCarty and Keith Relf would be involved in the background for some time more. But when it was clear there wasn't enough material to fill the album, the band reunited (minus Hawken) to make the song "Past Orbits of Dust", Hawken and Dunford continued on with the band as Louis Cennamo left and Keith Relf and Jim McCarty stayed in the background. The track Mr. Pine contained the line up that would tour for this album.
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The tour...
Jane Relf; vocals
Michael Dunford; guitar
Neil Korner; bass
Terry Crowe; vocals
John Hawken; piano
Terry Slade; drums
For the Illusion tour, it was anything less than stable. Jane Relf and John Hawken being the only two original members left. This line up never recorded anything (to my understanding).
Binky Cullom; vocals
Michael Dunford; guitars
Neil Korner; bass
Terry Crowe; vocals
John Tout; piano
Terry Slade; drums
More of the Illusion tour (but only a few months) and more changes. John Hawken left, unsatisfied with the new singer (amongst other things), he would later turn up in Illusion and The Strawbs. Binky Cullom is a member shrouded in mystery, her before career is a total blank as is anything after. I've only ever seen one (poor) video with her on it, singing "Face of Yesterday"...
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More touring...
Annie Haslam; vocals
Michael Dunford; guitar
Neil Korner; bass
Terry Crowe; vocals
John Tout; keyboards
Terry Slade; drums
*Danny McCullough; bass*
*Frank Farrell; bass*   
*John Wetton; bass*
My understanding as to these three bassists is limited, in that I'm not sure when they came and left, all I know is that they were "there" at some time or another.
So enter in Annie Haslam, the woman with the 5 octave range and great personality-something Renaissance needed if it was to survive these shifting times. Also, it's my understanding Keith Relf dropped out from doing anything with Renaissance, McCarty was still involved, and would be until 1973.
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Prologue-1972
Annie Haslam; vocals
Rob Hendry; guitar*
Jon Camp; bass
Terry Sullivan; drums
John Tout; keyboards
Prologue (Dunford)
Kiev (McCarty-Thatcher)
Sounds Of The Sea (Dunford-Thatcher)
Spare Some Love (Dunford-Thatcher)
Bound For Infinity (McCarty-Thatcher)
Rajah Khan (Dunford)
Renaissance changes management and the band is reformed around Annie Haslam and John Tout. This is the first time in awhile Renaissance has had a somewhat stable line up. Michael Dunford was asked to sit aside and focus on writing and was replaced with Mick Parsons. Tragically, he was killed in a car crash, so was quickily replaced by Rob Hendry.
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The tour
Annie Haslam; vocals
Peter Finer; guitar
Jon Camp; bass
John Tout; keyboards
Terry Sullivan; drums
Before the tour, Rob Hendry left, I personally think it was never intened that he stay. Some one named Peter Finer played guitar for the Prologue tour.
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Ashes are Burning-1973
Annie Haslam; vocals
Michael Dunford; guitar
Andy Powell; guitar on "Ashes are Burning"
Jon Camp; bass
John Tout; keyboards
Terry Sullivan; drums
Can You Understand (Dunford/Thatcher)
Let It Grow (Dunford/Thatcher)
On The Frontier (McCarty/Thatcher)
Carpet Of The Sun (Dunford/Thatcher)
At The Harbour (Dunford/Thatcher)
Ashes Are Burning (Dunford/Thatcher)
The most well known line up is established, Michael Dunford taking the stage again and changing the sound (adding orchestral arrangements, more acoustic guitars). Ashes are Burning would be seen by many as Renaissance's best album, and is the first to really show their trademark sound. Although Dunford played on the album, he wasn't credited-as the inner sleve notes had been written before he rejoined the band. The song, Carpet of the Sun, is the only one people really know, as it was a minor hit back in the day.
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Turn of the Cards-1974
Annie Haslam; vocals
Michael Dunford; guitar
Jon Camp; bass
John Tout; keyboards
Terry Sullivan; drums
Running Hard (Dunford/Thatcher)
I Think Of You (Dunford/Thatcher)
Things I Don't Understand (Dunford/McCarty)
Black Flame (Dunford/Thatcher)
Cold Is Being (Dunford*/Thatcher)
Mother Russia (Dunford/Thatcher)
Renaissance makes another album, now with a stable line up. Turn of the Cards was written for the most part by Michael Dunford and Betty Thatcher. But it also has Jim McCarty's last contribution to the band, he would later turn up in Illusion. Mother Russia would be a popular song in Annie's solo years, and for me is the highlight to an already wonderful album.
*Note "Cold is Being", the music was originally by Tomaso Albinoni, lyrics by Dunford/Thatcher.
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Scheherazade and Other Stories-1975
Annie Haslam; vocals
Michael Dunford; guitar
Jon Camp; bass
John Tout; keyboards
Terry Sullivan; drums
Trip To The Fair (Dunford, Thatcher, Tout)
The Vultures Fly High (Dunford, Thatcher)
Ocean Gypsy (Dunford, Thatcher)
Song Of Scheherazade
-"Fanfare" (Tout) [instrumental]
-"The Betrayal" (Camp, Dunford, Tout) [instrumental]
-"The Sultan" (Dunford, Thatcher)
-"Love Theme" (Camp) [instrumental]
-"The Young Prince and Princess as Told by Scheherazade" (Dunford, Thatcher)
-"Festival Preparations" (Camp, Dunford, Tout) [instrumental]
-"Fugue For The Sultan" (Tout) [instrumental]
-"The Festival" (Dunford, Tout, Thatcher)
-"Finale" (Camp, Dunford, Tout) [instrumental]
Scheherazade, probably one of Renaissance's best (if not the best). It contains some of their most well known songs; Trip to the Fair, Vultures Fly High, Ocean Gypsy and the epic 25 minute "Song of Scheherazade" (and that's the whole album). This is considered by most to be Renaissance's highest peak.
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Live At Carnegie Hall-1976
Annie Haslam; vocals
Michael Dunford; guitar
Jon Camp; bass
John Tout; keyboards
Terry Sullivan; drums
Prologue (Dunford)
Ocean Gypsy (Dunford, Thatcher)
Can You Understand (Dunford, Thatcher)
Carpet Of The Sun (Dunford, Thatcher)
Running Hard (Dunford, Thatcher)
Mother Russia (Dunford, Thatcher
Song Of Scheherazade
-"Fanfare" (Tout) [instrumental]
-"The Betrayal" (Camp, Dunford, Tout) [instrumental]
-"The Sultan" (Dunford, Thatcher)
-"Love Theme" (Camp) [instrumental]
-"The Young Prince and Princess as Told by Scheherazade" (Dunford, Thatcher)
-"Festival Preparations" (Camp, Dunford, Tout) [instrumental]
-"Fugue For The Sultan" (Tout) [instrumental]
-"The Festival" (Dunford, Tout, Thatcher)
-"Finale" (Camp, Dunford, Tout) [instrumental]
Ashes Are Burning (Dunford, Thatcher)
The first live album by Renaissance, (played with an orchestra too), it is considered well made amongst fans (as live albums can be "tricky" to make sometimes). They also play the epic Song of Scheherazade, which is done very well I might say. Annie Haslam said in an interview (I saw somewhere) that Renaissance's sound changed after Live at Carnegie Hall. But to me the sound wouldn't really change until Azure d'Or.
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Novella-1977
Annie Haslam; vocals
Michael Dunford; guitar
Jon Camp; bass
John Tout; keyboards
Terry Sullivan; drums
Can You Hear Me? (Camp-Dunford-Thatcher)
The Sisters (Dunford-Thatcher-Tout)
Midas Man (Dunford-Thatcher)
The Captive Heart (Camp-Dunford)
Touching Once (Is So Hard To Keep) (Camp-Dunford)
By now, Jon Camp and John Tout begin to assist in the writting, changing the sound a tad. Novella is shorter, only five songs. Still, it's a powerful release, with many of the Renaissance strings still holding tightly. What can you expect from this band?
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A Song for All Seasons-1978
Annie Haslam; vocals
Michael Dunford; guitar
Jon Camp; bass
John Tout; keyboards
Terry Sullivan; drums
Opening Out (Camp-Dunford)
Day Of The Dreamer (Camp-Dunford)
Closer Than Yesterday (Camp-Dunford)
Kindness (At The End) (Camp)
Back Home Once Again (Camp-Dunford)
She Is Love (Dunford-Thatcher)
Northern Lights (Dunford-Thatcher)
A Song For All Seasons (Camp-Dunford-Thatcher-Tout-Sullivan)
In comes "A Song for All Seasons", leaning more to what would be in Azure d'Or, but still with the long epic tracks. Drummer Terry Sullivan having his first writting credit here (on the title track). Northern Lights was a rather big hit, and a popular song in Annie's solo career. More contributions by Jon Camp, even more so then Betty Thatcher (who's only on three songs).
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Azure d'Or-1979
Annie Haslam; vocals
Michael Dunford; guitar
Jon Camp; bass/vocals
John Tout; keyboards
Terry Sullivan; drums
Jekyll And Hyde (Dunford/Thatcher)
The Winter Tree (Dunford/Thatcher
Only Angels Have Wings (Camp)
Golden Key (Dunford/Thatcher)
Forever Changing (Sullivan/Thatcher)
Secret Mission (Camp)
Kalynda (A Magical Isle) (Camp)
The Discovery (Camp) [instrumental]
Friends (Dunford/Thatcher)
The Flood At Lyons (Camp/Dunford)
Azure d'Or, Renaissance's last "true album" until Tuscany. Still, despite the lack of orchestra's and the additions of synthasizers instead of piano's, Azure d'Or still makes for a pleasing listen. Interestingly enough, Azure d'Or has Jon Camp singing on "Only Angels Have Wings". Many feel this album is weaker than the others, but I beg to differ. See; reviews for my thoughts on it.
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Camera Camera-1981
Annie Haslam; vocals
Michael Dunford; guitar
Jon Camp; bass
Peter Gosling; keyboards
Peter Barron; drums
Camera Camera (Camp/Dunford)
Faeries (Living At The Bottom Of The Garden) (Dunford/Gosling)
Remember (Dunford/Thatcher)
Bonjour Swansong (Dunford/Thatcher)
Tyrant-Tula (Camp/Dunford)
Okichi-San (Dunford/Thatcher)
Jigsaw (Dunford/Thatcher)
Running Away From You (Camp)
Ukraine Ways (Camp/Dunford)
A new, very different album emmerged two years later. Camera Camera is seen as a flop to may fans, as the radical changes to the band's sound was unlike any other albums they had ever done (it was much more commercial too). Despite this, Camera Camera still has some good, catchy tracks to it. Remember, this was the age of punk rock and Renaissance was fadding away, and at the time, would do anything to survive.
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Time Line-1983
Annie Haslam; vocals
Michael Dunford; guitar
Jon Camp; bass
Peter Gosling; keyboards
Peter Barron; drums
Flight (Camp/Dunford)
Missing Persons (Camp)
Chagrin Boulevard (Camp/Dunford)
Richard IX (Camp)
The Entertainer (Camp/Dunford)
Electric Avenue (Camp/Dunford)
Majik (Camp/Dunford)
Distant Horizons (Camp)
Orient Express (Camp)
Auto-Tech (Camp/Dunford)
The last studio album until "Tuscany", Time Line steered deeper into the commercial oddness that was the early 80's. Long time lyricist Betty Thatcher departed and Jon Camp took over writing, further changing the style of the band. Despite the album's potential, it didn't work commercially and Annie, Michael and Jon found themselves as a three part once more.
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Out of Place 1983-1984
Annie Haslam; vocals
Michael Dunford; guitar
Jon Camp; bass
Gavin Harrison; drums
Mike Taylor; keyboards
For the Time Line tour, two new members joined the band. Despite changes in their sound, they always were a croud pleaser and played to full houses. But, sadly, this wasn't enough and the record company dropped them, and soon after, the two new members left...
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Unseen Future 1984-1987
Annie Haslam; vocals
Michael Dunford; guitar
Mark Lampariello; guitar/bass
Raphael Rudd; keyboards/harp
Charles Descarfino; Percussion
With no record contract, Renaissance soldered on, even without Jon Camp (as he left sometime in late 1984, early 1985). Renaissance became an acoustic quartet (sort of) until 1987, when they disbanded and went their own ways...
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Tuscany-2000
Annie Haslam; vocals
Michael Dunford; guitar
Jon Tout; keyboards
Terry Sullivan; drums
Roy Wood; bass
*Mickey Simmonds; keyboards*
*Alex Caird; bass*
*These two were only brought in to complete what  John Tout and Roy Wood couldn't do, as they had other commitements.*
Lady From Tuscany (Haslam/Dunford)
Pearls of Wisdom (Haslam/Dunford)
Eva's Pond (Haslam/Dunford)
Dear Landseer (Haslam/Dunford)
In the Sunshine (Haslam/Dunford)
In my Life (Haslam/Dunford)
The Race (Haslam/Dunford)
Dolphins Prayer (Haslam/Dunford)
Life in Brazil (Haslam/Dunford)
One Thousand Roses (Haslam/Dunford)
Renaissance reunited (although without Jon Camp-I don't know why), but anyway, with a new studio album, Renaissance were in the 2000's, though not for long. Lack of interest from record company and the change in style (some say it would fit right in between A Song for All Seasons and Azure d'Or) would make this reunion a one off deal.
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The Last Breath
Annie Haslam; vocals
Michael Dunford; guitar
Terry Sullivan; drums
Mickey Simmonds; keyboards
Rave Tesar; keyboards
David Keyes; bass
The last Renaissance tour to date, and it was a short one, only in Japan and a show in the UK. Rave Tesar and David Keyes joined to fill the gaps, also Mickey Simmonds stayed on board to play additional keyboards. After the tour, Renaissance broke up again.
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So there you have it, a band that never acheved the fame it deserved. One that struggled threw long periods of bleak horizons and dark futures. Renaissance's songs still live on with the individual members solo careers (Annie Haslam's in particular), who knows if the name Renaissance will be on a freashly pulled ticket stub once more...One can only wait and dream...

And there you have it. The discography of my favorite band in the world, Renaissance. This is my best page here, and I'm really proud of it.

Favorite CD

My favorite would have to be Azure' d'Or, being the first Renaissance album I heard, it has just grown on me. It is underrated by fans and critics, but is a great work of music.

The albums

Below are all the offical studio and live albums to my understanding.

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