Songs You May Have Missed #403


Renaissance: “Ocean Gypsy” (1975)

Annie Haslam, an operatically-trained singer with a three-octave range, brought a touch of class to the 70’s prog scene. However, the band Renaissance may have been the victim of its own classical ambitions. Although songs like “Ocean Gypsy” still sound good today and have influenced latter-day “Renaissance faire rock” acts such as Blackmore’s Night, even their best albums are laced with some of prog’s pretentious tendencies.

Some prog acts withstood punk’s late-70’s takeover better than others; Renaissance was not one of those that continued to thrive.

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