ANNIE HASLAM – ANNIE IN WONDERLAND (Esoteric)

... the old classic Nature Boy, a song whose other-worldly, slightly surreal melody has always made it sound like a song simply waiting for Annie's voice to join it ... In 1977, while Renaissance were taking a short hiatus in order for John Tout to recover from illness, Annie Haslam decide to take advantage of..

MAINHORSE – MAINHORSE (Esoteric)

What's this? It's the sound of a massively distorted guitar, fuzzed up to the psychedelic eyeballs and dying to run amok over the record ... Sometimes you just look at an album and you know exactly what it's going to sound like. Such as this one. The band's name is Mainhorse, the cover features a..

RENAISSANCE – TOUR 2011 (Esoteric)

Annie is a revelation throughout ... the standard that she continues to reach four decades on from the first release of these albums is quite astonishing. In 2011 Renaissance undertook a US tour which consisted of them performing their classic albums Turn Of The Cards and Scheherazade & Other Stories in their entirety.  Here in..

Anthony Phillips …in conversation

One might be inclined to think that an 86 minute album of guitar instrumentals could wear out its welcome and tempt the attention deficient among us to turn it off before it was halfway done. Certainly that has been the case with past releases from some of the flashier players in Guitarland, with their endless..