RENAISSANCE Turn Of The Cards
From page 69 of Classic Rock Magazine November 2006
Repertoire A very English art rock masterclass.
Somebody once described Renaissance as The Moody Blues with an amazing female singer. The vocalist in question, Annie Haslam, was stunning, with a range and clarity that few could – or even can – match. But the band, mixing folk, classical and prog with consummate skill, were more than her backing crew.
Released in 1974, T urn Of The Cards was arguably the finest album of their glittering yet underrated career. In its own way, it matches anything Yes, Genesis or King Crimson were doing at the time. The massive Mother Russia and the persuasive Black Flame are still thoroughly absorbing classics.