December 26, 2012 – 4:23 am

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Lancaster, PA 1978 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA; December 4, 1978. Excellent BBC PreFM (soundboard).

On November 20, 2012, Michael Dunford, one of the founding members of English prog rock group Renaissance, died from a cerebral hemorrhage. He was 68.

Thanks to glasnostrd19 for sharing this show on Dime in memory of the composer and guitarist.

This is what glasnostrd19 noted:

I’ve reseeded a few Renaissance shows lately to pay tribute to the recently passed Michael Dunford, and other than a 1978 BBC show from London, UK (which has been officially released on CD), this is probably the nicest one I have, between sound and music quality, that isn’t already on this tracker.

Since Christmas is the most celebrated holiday of the year around the world, I wanted to share the best recording I have (so far, that may change soon, let’s hope…) of the best female singer I’ve ever heard. This was recorded during the “Song For All Seasons” tour which was very enjoyable. Don’t recall who first seeded this nice gem, but it was last posted in 2010 and definitely deserves another whirl here on Dime so here it is.

Thanks also to steve23yh for the artwork, posted at bootlegzone.

BBC PreFM RR > MC > CDR > Dime download (FLAC) > CD >
CD extractor (wav) > FLAC (sb’s aligned)

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Intro Music (O Fortuna) 0:57 (1.5MB)
Track 02. Can You Hear Me? 15:34 (24.9MB)
Track 03. Carpet Of The Sun 4:54 (7.8MB)
Track 04. Opening Out 4:23 (7.0MB)
Track 05. The Day Of The Dreamer 11:00 (17.6MB)
Track 06. Midas Man 5:14 (8.4MB)
Track 07. Northern Lights 4:06 (6.5MB)
Track 08. Prologue 7:14 (11.5MB)

Annie Haslam - lead vocals
Jon Camp - bass, vocals
John Tout - piano
Michael Dunford - guitar
Terrance Sullivan - drums

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  1. 14 Responses to “RENAISSANCE - LANCASTER, PA 1978 (MICHAEL DUNFORD R.I.P. 1944-2012)”

  2. Very nice progressive-classical rock sound, akin to ELP or Yes. Excellent vocals. Thanks!

    By 4yrsnojob on Dec 26, 2012

  3. Thanks Big O and Merry Christmas! Its been a great year for us bloggers despite the Megaupload setback. The Stones shows are a great gift to us as well as this great show…Saw them a couple of times-once with Tim Weisberg (Azure D’Or tour) as well as by themselves (Camera Camera tour). The show with Tim Weisberg is in my top 5 shows still to this day. Wish I could’ve seen them a little earlier, but they were still beyond fantastic. Holiday cheers to Darth, Ed Saad, and all the other bloggers out there who make BigO a daily habit for me…Thanks again BigO and may you continue to thrive…..Cheers!

    By John Branin on Dec 26, 2012

  4. Thanks for posting this BigO. I got to know John Tout a bit in the 70’s and he was great to have as an acquaintance. I wonder how he is doing, I think he had a heart attack recently.

    By JB on Dec 26, 2012

  5. Great post. My very first concert (1976) in Rhode Island was Jean Luc Ponty opening for Renaissance. While this version of the band is considered the “Classic” line-up, and the one I saw, no one in this version were founding members. The band was founded in 1969 by ex Yardbirds Keith Relf & Jim McCarty, along with Keith’s sister Jane, John Hawken (later of Spooky Tooth)on piano & Louis Cennamo (later in Colosseum)on bass. There are some old BBC radio recordings of the original group from 1969 & 1970 floating around these days.

    By Mike Cummings on Dec 26, 2012

  6. very cool mike that you saw the originals.
    Wondering if they did “thinking of things i don`t understand” that`s my favourite.

    By sluggo on Dec 26, 2012

  7. While this line-up is not the original, it IS the classic line-up. Got to see them around this time in a small small club - my feet were resting on the stage, and Annie was a mere three feet in front of me. Fabulous.

    By Rick on Dec 27, 2012

  8. lots of good people getting off the bus in the last year or so.
    thanks for sharing this, BigO. much appreciated, as always

    By Tony on Jan 3, 2013

  9. I only liked Keith and Jane Relf’s Renaissance.

    By George Martini on Jan 5, 2013

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  11. Wow, that’s what I was looking for, what a material! existing here at this blog, thanks admin of this web site.

    By on Jan 7, 2013

  12. Thank you so much for adding this Renaissance show from their peak time as a band in 1978! This tour was in support of their great ‘A Song for All Seasons’ album (love the poster!). The timing of this is particularly poignant with the passing of Michael Dunford. The past 2 months, I have been listening to my Renaissance CD’s and Vinyl, been collecting Renaissance vinyl and recently purchased the ‘British Tour 76′, a fabulous recording. Thanks again for posting!

    By Rich Farquhar on Jan 24, 2013

  13. Gracias por este post, de verdad que estaba buscando esto desde hace un tiempo y no lo encontraba tan bien explicado, saludos y excelente el sitio.

    By crear outlook on Feb 4, 2014

  14. Great, thank you

    By mrbelette on Dec 3, 2016

  15. Could you repost please?

    By David Magy on Aug 3, 2018

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