RENAISSANCE ILLUSION Through The Fire CD

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CD TRACKLISTING

1. One More Turn Of The Wheel
2. Good Heart
3. Glorious One
4. Through The Fire
5. Blowing Away
6. Mystery Of Being
7. Beat Of The Earth
8. Beyond The Day
9. My Old Friend
10. Through The Fire (reprise)

BONUS TRACKS
11. If There Was Something I Could Change?
12. Moving On

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In 1992 the YARDBIRDS were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame and JIM McCARTY, the bands drummer, has experienced fame and fortune since the band split back in 1968 with firstly RENAISSANCE, SHOOT, ILLUSION, BOX OF FROGS and STAIRWAY.

Having recorded solo albums in the 90’s, Jim decided in 2000 to form RENAISSANCE ILLUSION with his former band mates JANE RELF, LOUIS CENNAMO and JOHN HAWKEN, who had all been in the bands Renaissance and Illusion with him, to record a new album.

Album long out of print now re-released with two previously unheard bonus tracks.

MUSICIANS
JIM McCARTY, JANE RELF, LOUIS CENNAMO, JOHN HAWKEN

Reviews

...the surviving members of the original Renaissance line-up did reconvene three decades later to record a splendid new album in the shape of 'Through The Fire.' As an exercise in melodic soft-rock this tastefully constructed package was well nigh faultless, with 'One More Turn Of The Wheel' and 'Mystery Of Being' emerging as two and the stand-out tracks.

Kevin Bryan, Regional Newspapers (April 2017)


As with most of this version of Renaissance (and Illusion), the basis of this album may be more song based than many will expect, memorable and gently hook laden choruses sticking long in the mind as the likes of "Good Heart", "Glorious One" and "My Old Friend" play out. The latter a beautifully poised selection that conveys loss and time passing in a cleverly accessible manner, even as its pace refuses to rise above an engaging crawl. With "Beyond The Day" a gentle sway that incorporates pipes and whistle and "Through The Fire" almost a casual jaunt that possesses a decided glint in its eye, while this album could never be seen as anything other than reserved and controlled, it is somehow surprisingly diverse. This Angel Air reissue adds two previously unheard bonus selections in the shape of "If There Was Something I Could Change?" and "Moving On", which thankfully don't break the album's spell, fitting the mood and atmosphere perfectly. As such they are both welcome additions and, rather pleasingly, just as good as anything the original release contained.

They may have been overshadowed by the band they formed and then left behind and their reappearance as Illusion. However, with this solitary album Renaissance Illusion created a worthy legacy of their own and one that in this hectic world provides an excellent opportunity to slow down and relax with some beautifully poised and memorable music.

Sea Of Tranquility (April 2017)


 

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