Prologue (Renaissance album)

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Studio album by Renaissance
Released 1972
Recorded 1972
Genre Progressive rock, symphonic rock
Length 41:29
Label Sovereign (UK)
Capitol (U.S.)
Harvest (Germany original release)
Repertoire (Germany 1995 CD reissue)
Regal Zonophone (Italy)
Producer Renaissance
Miles Copeland III
Renaissance chronology
Ashes Are Burning
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Prologue was a 1972 album by progressive rock band Renaissance.

Information about the album[edit]

In 1972, Renaissance's then-new management disbanded the lineup at the time (one of several short-lived transitional lineups), retaining only Haslam and Tout to build a new band around. The new members added at this point were Camp, Sullivan, and guitarist Mick Parsons. Shortly thereafter, Parsons died in a car accident. Electric guitarist Rob Hendry was brought in at the last minute to replace him, and left the band soon after the album was completed.[2]

Because Prologue was a new start for the band, with a lineup that now included none of the original members, it would frequently be referred to as their "first" album (for example, on the Live At Carnegie Hall album, both in a song intro and on the inside cover). Album recorded June and July 1972.

Though all the songs are Renaissance originals, they were not written by any current members of the band but by former members Jim McCarty (from the first lineup) and Michael Dunford (Ex Nashville Teens) (from the transitional lineups), along with lyricist Betty Thatcher (St. Ives, Cornwall). Dunford would become part of the band again after Hendry's departure (was officially a band member during recording of next album Ashes Are Burning in 1973 - see separate listing).

The piano intro to the song "Prologue" was borrowed from the beginning of Chopin's Revolutionary Etude.

In The Beginning reissue[edit]

In 1978 Prologue was reissued, together with the following album Ashes Are Burning, as a double album called In the Beginning (Captiol Records, USA). The original double LP (gatefold sleeve) included the complete Prologue; one song from Ashes was edited. The 1988 CD version of In the Beginning (on one disc) had edited versions of "Rajah Khan" and two Ashes songs.[3]

Track listing[edit]

EMI-Sovereign SVNA 7253 UK and in other EU territories as [IE 064 93685]

  1. "Prologue" (Dunford) - 5:39
  2. "Kiev" (McCarty-Thatcher) - 7:38
  3. "Sounds of the Sea" (Dunford-Thatcher) - 7:07
  4. "Spare Some Love" (Dunford-Thatcher) - 5:11
  5. "Bound for Infinity" (McCarty-Thatcher) - 4:23
  6. "Rajah Khan" (Dunford) - 11:31


Credits are adapted from Prologue liner notes.[4]

  • Annie Haslam (Ex The Gentle People) - lead vocals (Tracks 1,3,4,5/wordless co-lead track 6), percussion
  • Rob Hendry - (replaced Mick Parsons) electric and acoustic guitars, backing vocals, mandolin, chimes; left group after recording completed.
  • John Tout (Ex Rupert's People/deceased May 2015) - keyboards (acoustic and electric), backing vocals, arrangements (not credited)
  • Jon Camp (listed as "John Camp") - electric bass guitar (Rickenbacker 4001 original), backing and lead vocals (track 2/wordless co-lead track 6), tampoura,(arrangements/not credited)
  • Terence Sullivan - drums, percussion
Additional personnel
  • Francis Monkman - VCS3 (British EMS company-early synthesizer) solo (Track 6)
  • Jim McCarty (Ex Yardbirds) - composer/arrangements; original co-founder 1969//Keith Relf (Ex Yardbirds) - producer; original co-founder 1969
  • Mick (Michael) Dunford (deceased Nov 2012) - composer/arrangements
  • Betty Thatcher (Newsinger) (deceased Sep 2011) - Lyrics
  • Mike Weighell and Mick Glossop - engineering
  • Hipgnosis and Ronchetti & Day - cover art
  • M. Copeland II (BTM records, UK) - live photos


  1. ^ Eder, Bruce (2011). "Prologue - Renaissance | AllMusic". Retrieved 6 July 2011. 
  2. ^ The History Of Renaissance
  3. ^ Renaissance Discography
  4. ^ (1972). "Prologue liner notes". In Prologue [Album cover]. Harvest.