|Re-mastered and expanded 3CD/1DVD edition of the classic Renaissance studio album from 1974.
Format: CD / Cat No: ECRUS 4002 / Released: 13/04/2020
Track Listing: CD 1 - TURN OF THE CARDS RE-MASTERED:
1. RUNNING HARD / 2. I THINK OF YOU / 3. THINGS I DON’T UNDERSTAND / 4. BLACK FLAME / 5. COLD IS BEING / 6. MOTHER RUSSIA
BONUS TRACKS: 7. EVERYBODY NEEDS A FRIEND (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED) / 8. MOTHER RUSSIA (SINGLE EDIT) (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED) / 9. THINGS I DON’T UNDERSTAND (NEW STEREO MIX) / 10. BLACK FLAME (NEW STEREO MIX) / 11. MOTHER RUSSIA (NEW STEREO MIX)
CD 2 - LIVE AT THE ACADEMY OF MUSIC, NYC 17TH MAY 1974:
1. CAN YOU UNDERSTAND / 2. BLACK FLAME / 3. CARPET OF THE SUN / 4. COLD IS BEING / 5. THINGS I DON’T UNDERSTAND / 6. RUNNING HARD
CD 3 - LIVE AT THE ACADEMY OF MUSIC, NYC 17TH MAY 1974:
1. ASHES ARE BURNING / 2. MOTHER RUSSIA / 3. PROLOGUE
TURN OF THE CARDS 5.1 SURROUND SOUND & HIGH-RESOLUTION STEREO MIXES
5.1 SURROUND SOUND MIXES: 1. RUNNING HARD / 2. I THINK OF YOU / 3. THINGS I DON’T UNDERSTAND / 4. BLACK FLAME / 5. COLD IS BEING / 6. MOTHER RUSSIA
More information: A newly re-mastered and expanded four-disc clamshell box edition of the classic album, TURN OF THE CARDS by RENAISSANCE. Released in 1974, the album was an artistic triumph and heralded the band’s commercial breakthrough in the United States.
Featuring highly gifted vocalist Annie Haslam, Michael Dunford (acoustic guitars), John Tout (keyboards, vocals), Jon Camp (bass, vocals) and Terry Sullivan (drums, percussion), TURN OF THE CARDS was recorded in March 1974 at De Lane Lea studios in Wembley, North London and featured the band incorporating symphonic orchestral arrangements into their material extensively on classic pieces such as ‘Running Hard’, ‘Things I Don’t Understand’ and ‘Mother Russia’. The album would also feature the evocative ‘Cold is Being’ and the celebrated ‘Black Flame’ which would result in TURN OF THE CARDS being praised as one of the finest works by Renaissance.
This expanded edition has been newly re-mastered from the original master tapes and also features an entire concert at The Academy of Music in New York City on 17th May 1974 (with a 24-piece orchestra) over two bonus CDs which has been newly mixed from the original 16-track master tapes, including live versions of songs from the album, along with classics such as ‘Can You Understand’, ‘Carpet of the Sun’, ‘Prologue’ and a 25 minute version of ‘Ashes Are Burning’ featuring guest ANDY POWELL (of WISHBONE ASH) on lead guitar. The fourth disc is a DVD (NTSC / Region Free) which features a new 5.1 Surround sound and high-resolution stereo mix of TURN OF THE CARDS.
The set also includes the previously unreleased song ‘Everybody Needs a Friend’, recorded during the sessions for the album and the rare single edit of ‘Mother Russia’. The release also features an illustrated booklet with a new essay featuring interviews with Annie Haslam, Terry Sullivan and Jon Camp.