Azure d'Or

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Azure d'Or
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Studio album by Renaissance
Released 1979
Recorded November 78 - February 79
Studio Maison Rouge Studios, London
Genre Progressive rock, symphonic rock
Length 42:55
Label Warner Bros. (UK)
Sire (North America)
Producer David Hentschel
Renaissance chronology
A Song for All Seasons
(1978)
Azure d'Or
(1979)
Camera Camera
(1981)
Singles from Azure d'Or
  1. "The Winter Tree" / "Island of Avalon"
    Released: 1979
  2. "Jekyll and Hyde" / "Forever Changing"
    Released: 1979
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

Azure d'Or is the ninth studio album by the British progressive rock band Renaissance, released in 1979.

Overview[edit]

With this album the band stopped using an orchestra, choosing instead to overdub multiple instruments themselves in an attempt to emulate an orchestral sound.[2] It was also the band's first album to exclusively feature short songs with no long "epic" pieces.

"Forever Changing" was the only Renaissance song on which drummer Terry Sullivan wrote all the music. His only other writing credit with the band was on the title track of the preceding album, A Song for All Seasons.

"The Discovery" was the only fully instrumental song ever released by the band (not including certain sections of "Song of Scheherazade", from the 1975 Scheherazade and Other Stories album).

A pre-release track listing, published in the Renaissance Appreciation Society newsletter, included the song "Island of Avalon". This song ended up being omitted from the album; the band members weren't sufficiently pleased with it, having not invested their usual amount of time in it. It was ultimately used as the non-album B-side to "The Winter Tree" in April 1979;[3] it was the only such B-side of the Haslam era of the band. It was released on CD in 1997 on the compilation Songs from Renaissance Days.

Following this album's release, Renaissance underwent major changes that left it with a very uncertain future. In 1980, following a short tour of Israel, both John Tout and Terry Sullivan left the band. Tout (who was dealing with some personal stress due to the death of his sister) had made a major mistake during a concert and walked offstage. After this it was mutually decided that he should leave the band. Terry Sullivan, a longtime friend of Tout's, then left the band as well on principle. On top of all this, the band's label, Warner Brothers/Sire, dropped the group due to disappointing sales of Azure d'Or.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Jekyll and Hyde" Betty Thatcher Michael Dunford 4:39
2. "The Winter Tree" Thatcher Dunford 3:03
3. "Only Angels Have Wings" Jon Camp Camp 3:41
4. "Golden Key" Thatcher Dunford 5:12
5. "Forever Changing" Thatcher Terence Sullivan 4:48
Side two
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Secret Mission" Camp Camp 5:00
2. "Kalynda (A Magical Isle)" Camp Camp 3:42
3. "The Discovery" (Instrumental) - Camp 4:24
4. "Friends" Thatcher Dunford 3:31
5. "The Flood at Lyons" Camp Dunford 4:55

Personnel[edit]

Renaissance[edit]

Production[edit]

  • David Hentschel - producer, engineer
  • David Bascombe - assistant engineer
  • Dick Plant - vocals recording
  • Gered Mankowitz - art direction and photography

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eder, Bruce. "Azure D'or - Renaissance review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 6 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Liner notes from the Tales Of 1001 Nights compilations
  3. ^ a b The History Of Renaissance