Scheherazade and Other Stories

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Scheherazade and Other Stories
Scheherazade and Other Stories (Renaissance album - cover art).jpg
Cover design by Hipgnosis
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 1975
RecordedMay 1975
StudioAbbey Road Studios, London, UK
GenreProgressive rock
Length45:39
LabelBTM (UK)
Sire (North America)
RCA (Europe and Japan)
ProducerDavid Hitchcock and Renaissance
Renaissance chronology
Turn of the Cards
(1974)
Scheherazade and Other Stories
(1975)
Live at Carnegie Hall
(1976)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[1]

Scheherazade and Other Stories is the sixth studio album by the English progressive rock band Renaissance, released in 1975. Some critics consider it their best album, although others prefer earlier albums.[2][3] This is the first album in which Renaissance (Annie Haslam's version) did not use quotes from actual classical pieces and the first not to feature any songwriting credits from the original members. Contrary to popular belief, "Song of Scheherazade" is not based on Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, but does have a brief recurring motif that alludes to that work.[2]

History[edit]

There is confusion over where the sections of "Song of Scheherazade" begin and end. This was caused by the fact that "Fanfare" and "The Betrayal" together sound like a single section, while "Festival Preparations" has two distinct parts of its own (4:00 and 1:11 in length). This confusion was reflected in the packaging and labels of original LP copies of this album, and in the mis-titling of "Festival Preparations" (part 1) as "The Young Prince and Princess" on the 1990 Tales of 1001 Nights, Volume I compilation.[4]

Also, as has been admitted by the administrators of the official Renaissance site, Northern Lights, assigning exact composing credits to the individual sections is difficult, since the composers borrowed themes from each other. For example, based on the official credits, which differ slightly between the actual album package and the official Renaissance site, a particular melodic phrase ends up being attributed to both Dunford ("The Sultan") and Tout ("Fugue for the Sultan"); lyricist Betty Thatcher is not credited for her lyrics on "Finale" (which are repeated from "The Sultan").

"Trip to the Fair" was about Annie Haslam's first date with Roy Wood.[5]

"Ocean Gypsy" has since been covered by Blackmore's Night.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "Trip to the Fair" (Michael Dunford, Betty Thatcher, John Tout)[a] - 10:50
  2. "The Vultures Fly High" (Dunford, Thatcher) - 3:07
  3. "Ocean Gypsy" (Dunford, Thatcher) - 7:06
Side two
  1. "Song of Scheherazade" - 24:38
    a. "Fanfare" (Tout) - 0:38
    b. "The Betrayal" (Jon Camp, Dunford, Tout) - 2:05
    c. "The Sultan" (Dunford, Thatcher) - 4:45
    d. "Love Theme" (Camp) - 2:42
    e. "The Young Prince and Princess as told by Scheherazade" (Dunford, Thatcher) - 2:29
    f. "Festival Preparations" (Camp, Dunford, Tout) - 5:10
    g. "Fugue for the Sultan" (Tout) - 2:10
    h. "The Festival" (Dunford, Thatcher) - 2:10
    i. "Finale" (Camp, Dunford, Tout) - 2:29

Personnel[edit]

Renaissance[edit]

  • Annie Haslam – lead and backing vocals
  • Michael Dunford – acoustic guitars, backing vocals
  • John Tout – piano, organ, backing vocals
  • Jon Camp – bass, bass pedals, lead vocals on track 4c, backing vocals
  • Terence Sullivan – drums, percussion, backing vocals

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Tony Cox : orchestral arrangements
  • London Symphony Orchestra : orchestrations

Production[edit]

  • David Hitchcock - producer
  • John Kurlander - engineer
  • Patrick Stapley - assistant engineer
  • Hipgnosis - cover design
  • W.T. (Terry) Penman - keyboards/stage manager

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Official songwriting credits for "Trip to the Fair" are inconsistent. The back cover and label of the original album both credit Michael Dunford, Betty Thatcher, and John Tout, but the inner sleeve and BMI records (see BMI Work #2014030) both credit only Dunford and Thatcher.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eder, Bruce. "Renaissance - Scheherazade & Other Stories review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 6 July 2011.
  2. ^ a b Liner notes from the Tales of 1001 Nights compilations
  3. ^ "Ashes Are Burning - Renaissance : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 8 June 2013.
  4. ^ Elliot, Russell W. (10 November 2002). "The History Of Renaissance - Distant Horizons: 1984–198e". Northern Lights. Retrieved 5 August 2022.
  5. ^ Liner notes from the Da Capo compilation