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Turn of the Cards


Download links and information about Turn of the Cards by Renaissance. This album was released in 1974 and it belongs to Rock genres. It contains 6 tracks with total duration of 41:07 minutes.

Artist: Renaissance
Release date: 1974
Genre: Rock
Tracks: 6
Duration: 41:07
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No. Title Length
1. Running Hard 9:39
2. I Think of You 3:06
3. Things I Don't Understand 9:32
4. Black Flame 6:26
5. Cold Is Being 3:04
6. Mother Russia 9:20



In the early to mid-'70s, plenty of prog-rock bands paid passing homage to classical music, but Renaissance were one of the few to make an explicit connection between the classical and rock realms. They were really hitting their stride in 1974, coming off of the excellent Ashes Are Burning, when they unleashed Turn of the Cards. Like its predecessor, Cards quotes freely from classical compositions while mating the band's acoustic-based sound with full-on orchestral accompaniment. While many of their peers depended on Moogs and heavily processed electric guitars for larger-than-life sounds, Renaissance dished up plenty of drama via John Tout's piano and Michael Dunford's acoustic guitar (not to mention Annie Haslam's near-operatic vocals) on tunes like "Things I Don't Understand" and "Black Flame." And when they leaned all their compositional and musical muscle into an extended piece like the closing cut, "Mother Russia," they achieved a true classical-rock hybrid that showed they'd learned the lessons of their classical influences exceedingly well.