Turn of the Cards
|Turn of the Cards|
|Studio album by Renaissance|
|Genre||Progressive rock, Symphonic Rock|
|Label||BTM Records (UK)
Sire Records (US)
In the UK, this was the very first release (BTM 1000) on Miles Copeland's fledgling label, BTM Records (British Talent Managers). In 1977, after releasing a total of 10 albums, including 2 more by Renaissance (BTM 1006: Scheherazade and Other Stories, and a 2 LP, BTM 2001, Live at Carnegie Hall), the label folded due to bankruptcy.
The cover picture features Warwick Castle. The first BTM UK pressings had an alternate back cover, with a moody close-up portrait of Annie Haslam framed in one of the 'cards'. Later pressings, and in the US, a rather bland picture consistent in style and size with the other members portraits were added.
"Things I Don't Understand" was founder member Jim McCarty's last contribution to the band. "Running Hard" quotes a melodic phrase first used in "Mr. Pine" from the Illusion album, as well as the piece "Litanies" by French composer Jehan Alain. The music to "Cold Is Being" is taken entirely from "Adagio in G minor" (attributed to Tomaso Albinoni) and, contrary to the album credits, was not actually contributed to by Michael Dunford. It was, however credited in the back notes: "Thanks to Jehan Alain (for the opening piece of RUNNING HARD) and Albinoni for COLD IS BEING".
Some credits on the original album were later inexplicably cropped: "Many thanks to Miles Copeland, Julian, Shirley" had originally read, "Many thanks to Miles Copeland, Julian, Shirley, Richard and Natalie Halem."
All songs credited to Dunford/Thatcher except where noted.
- "Running Hard" - 9:36
- "I Think of You" - 3:08
- "Things I Don't Understand" (Dunford/McCarty) - 9:28
- "Black Flame" - 6:25
- "Cold Is Being" - 3:02
- "Mother Russia" - 9:18
- Annie Haslam - lead & backing vocals
- Jon Camp (listed as "John Camp") - bass, backing vocals
- John Tout - keyboards, backing vocals
- Terence Sullivan - drums, percussion, backing vocals
- Michael Dunford - acoustic guitar, backing vocals
Orchestral arrangements: Jimmy Horowitz