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• A NEW EXPANDED 4 DISC (3CD / 1 DVD) CLAMSHELL BOX SET OF THE LEGENDARY 1974 ALBUM BY RENAISSANCE, “TURN OF THE CARDS”
• FEATURING TWENTY BONUS TRACKS DRAWN FROM A NEWLY MIXED CONCERT PERFORMANCE AT THE ACADEMY OF MUSIC IN NEW YORK IN MAY 1974, A NEW 5.1 SURROUND SOUND MIX OF THE ALBUM & PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED MATERIAL
• INCLUDES AN ILLUSTRATED BOOKLET WITH NEW ESSAY FEATURING INTERVIEWS WITH ANNIE HASLAM, TERRY SULLIVAN AND JON CAMP

Esoteric Recordings America is pleased to announce the release of 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.

TRACK LISTING

DISC ONE: CD

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)

RECORDED AT DE LANE LEA STUDIOS,
WEMBLEY ON 23RD MARCH 1974

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)

DISC TWO: CD

LIVE AT THE ACADEMY OF MUSIC, NYC 17TH MAY 1974

1. CAN YOU UNDERSTAND (LIVE 1974)
2. BLACK FLAME (LIVE 1974)
3. CARPET OF THE SUN (LIVE 1974)
4. COLD IS BEING (LIVE 1974)
5. THINGS I DON’T UNDERSTAND
(LIVE 1974)
6. RUNNING HARD (LIVE 1974)

DISC THREE: CD

LIVE AT THE ACADEMY OF MUSIC, NYC 17TH MAY 1974

1. ASHES ARE BURNING (LIVE 1974)
2. MOTHER RUSSIA (LIVE 1974)
3. PROLOGUE (LIVE 1974)

DISC FOUR: DVD
TURN OF THE CARDS 5.1 SURROUND SOUND & HIGH-RESOLUTION STEREO MIXES

1. RUNNING HARD
(5.1 SURROUND SOUND MIX)
2. I THINK OF YOU
(5.1 SURROUND SOUND MIX)
3. THINGS I DON’T UNDERSTAND
(5.1 SURROUND SOUND MIX)
4. BLACK FLAME
(5.1 SURROUND SOUND MIX)
5. COLD IS BEING
(5.1 SURROUND SOUND MIX)
6. MOTHER RUSSIA
(5.1 SURROUND SOUND MIX)

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DISC ONE: CD

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)

RECORDED AT DE LANE LEA STUDIOS,
WEMBLEY ON 23RD MARCH 1974

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)

DISC TWO: CD

LIVE AT THE ACADEMY OF MUSIC, NYC 17TH MAY 1974

1. CAN YOU UNDERSTAND (LIVE 1974)
2. BLACK FLAME (LIVE 1974)
3. CARPET OF THE SUN (LIVE 1974)
4. COLD IS BEING (LIVE 1974)
5. THINGS I DON’T UNDERSTAND
(LIVE 1974)
6. RUNNING HARD (LIVE 1974)

DISC THREE: CD

LIVE AT THE ACADEMY OF MUSIC, NYC 17TH MAY 1974

1. ASHES ARE BURNING (LIVE 1974)
2. MOTHER RUSSIA (LIVE 1974)
3. PROLOGUE (LIVE 1974)

DISC FOUR: DVD
TURN OF THE CARDS 5.1 SURROUND SOUND & HIGH-RESOLUTION STEREO MIXES

1. RUNNING HARD
(5.1 SURROUND SOUND MIX)
2. I THINK OF YOU
(5.1 SURROUND SOUND MIX)
3. THINGS I DON’T UNDERSTAND
(5.1 SURROUND SOUND MIX)
4. BLACK FLAME
(5.1 SURROUND SOUND MIX)
5. COLD IS BEING
(5.1 SURROUND SOUND MIX)
6. MOTHER RUSSIA
(5.1 SURROUND SOUND MIX)