RE-POSTED JANUARY 2013 - One of my all time favorite (officially released) live albums has to be Renaissance Live At Carnegie Hall from 1976. Despite the emergence of punk and the associated back lash to the 'millionaire rock stars' and the music business excesses, somehow Renaissance seemed to sit outside of the fury.
For me it was simply a band that were both astonishing musicians and writers rather than posers and pretentious, and their live performances reflected this. Annie Haslam's five octave range, and the balanced use of a live orchestra just added to the bands credibility'
This is a recording originally broadcast live on WNEW from a concert at the Academy of Music, New York on the 17th May 1974. It makes a great companion to the subsequent Carnegie Hall album and the sound quality is crisp and clear.
Renaissance (including Annie Haslam and Michael Dunford) will be performing live this summer, some forty years after the original incarnation of the band was formed.
Source: FM Broadcast (WNEW - New York).
Sound Quality: Very good stereo mp3@320kbps.
Genre: Progressive rock, Folk.
Set: Full Set.
1. Introduction & music
2. Can You Understand
3. Black Flame
4. Carpet Of The Sun
5. Cold Is Being
6. Things I Don't Understand
7. Running Hard
8. Ashes Are Burning
9. Mother Russia
Renaissance were accompanied by a 24 piece orchestra & conductor. Ashes Are Burning included Andy Powell (Wishbone Ash) on guitar and promoter Howard Stein on piano.
The Academy of Music was a theater and opera house located at East 14th Street and Irving Place in Manhattan, New York City. The Academy was built in 1854 and seated approximately 1,500 people. It was rebuilt in 1866 after being destroyed by fire. It served as a venue for rock concerts in the 1970s, and in 1985 became the Palladium nightclub. The theater was demolished by New York University and replaced by the present Palladium Residence Hall.
New download link (January 2013) in comments.