Renaissance (Renaissance album)

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Studio album by Renaissance
Released 1969
Recorded 1969 at Olympic Sound Studios, London
Genre Progressive rock, symphonic rock
Length 39:24
Label Island
Producer Paul Samwell-Smith
Renaissance chronology
Original US release cover
Innocence reissue
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

Renaissance was the self-titled debut album by progressive rock band Renaissance.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Music Length
1. "Kings and Queens"   Relf-McCarty-Hawken-Cennamo 10:56
2. "Innocence"   Relf-McCarty-Hawken-Cennamo 7:07
Side two
No. Title Music Length
1. "Island"   Relf-McCarty-Hawken-Cennamo[2] 5:58
2. "Wanderer"   Hawken-McCarty 4:02
3. "Bullet"   Relf-McCarty-Hawken-Cennamo 11:21


"Island" single[edit]

The single version of "Island" (a different recording from the album version, with faster tempo, more overdubbed backing vocals, and no classical themes at the end) was backed with a non-LP B-side, "The Sea." Some CD editions of the album include both of these tracks.


Renaissance was initially released in the UK in 1969 by Island records as catalogue ILPS-9114; it was also released in America on Elektra and by Island in Germany) as 87 609 ET.

In 1998 Renaissance was reissued by Mooncrest Records (U.K.) as Innocence. This reissue included six bonus tracks, but the packaging included no explanation of what they were. Besides "Island" (single version) and "The Sea" (see above), there were the following:[3][4][5]

  • "Shining Where The Sun Has Been": Pre-Renaissance demo (1968) recorded by Keith & Jim under the name "Together."
  • "Prayer For Light" & "Walking Away": Tracks recorded, post-Renaissance, by Keith & Jim (written & sung by Jim) for the unreleased 1971 film Schizom.
  • "All The Fallen Angels": Demo, 1976. Keith's final recorded performance. Also released on Enchanted Caress album (1979) under Illusion.

On 29 November 2010, Esoteric Recordings released a remastered and expanded edition (including both sides of the band’s first single).[6]


  1. ^ Eder, Bruce (2011). "Renaissance - Renaissance | AllMusic". Retrieved 6 July 2011. 
  2. ^ This track borrows heavily from Beethoven's Pathetique Sonata(Piano Sonata No.8 In C Minor Op.13, 'Pathétique' : III Rondo - Allegro)
  3. ^ "Renaissance Discography". Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  4. ^ "The History Of Renaissance". Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  5. ^ "Keith Relf". Music Sage. Retrieved 2012-06-02. 
  6. ^ "Renaissance 'Renaissance' Esoteric Recordings". Cherry Red Records. Retrieved 2014-03-26.