Renaissance (Renaissance album)

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Studio album by Renaissance
Released 1969
Recorded 1969
Studio Olympic Sound Studios, London
Genre Progressive rock, symphonic rock
Length 39:24
Label Island (Europe)
Elektra (US)
Producer Paul Samwell-Smith
Renaissance chronology
Singles from Renaissance
  1. "Island" / "The Sea"
    Released: 1969
Original US release cover
Innocence reissue
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

Renaissance is the self-titled debut album by British progressive rock band Renaissance, released in 1969.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Keith Relf and Jim McCarty, with themes by John Hawken and Louis Cennamo, except where noted. 

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Kings and Queens"   10:56
2. "Innocence"   7:07
Side two
No. Title Length
3. "Island[nb 1]"   5:58
4. "Wanderer" (John Hawken, McCarty) 4:02
5. "Bullet"   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 in the UK 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:[2][3]

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

On 29 November 2010, Esoteric Recordings released a remastered and expanded edition (including both sides of the band’s first single).[4]

Notes and references[edit]

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