I was greatly impressed with Renaissance while in high school, and was able to see them at the Minnesota State Fair playing in a small pavilion to only about 25 people. I couldn’t believe my eyes, standing right in front of one of the greatest bands and most people just kept walking down the path without coming inside — for free.

Jon Camp is still my favorite bass player — having such a soaring, majestic style — a one-of-a-kind! Some compare him to Chris Squire of ‘YES,’ but Jon has always moved me more.

Annie Haslam has a 5-octave voice, and still sings incredibly at age-70: (music video) Renaissance – ‘Carpet of the Sun’ with Chamber Orchestra

Renaissance’s style was elegance, standing tall like the Redwoods; though, some of the lyrics were a bit dark, and were written by another lady, who seemed to be occult influenced. This concert has a great, upbeat feel, unlike some of their studio LP albums, like “Turn of the Cards,” which I still remember buying at the record store at 66th St. and Penn Ave. in Richfield, MN, while living in nearby Bloomington.

I must have heard them on KQRS, the progressive rock FM station that I was often glued to. They never played the same song in a 24 hour period, and had real DJs playing real vinyl LP records, sometimes entire albums. What a treat!

I’ve always been impressed with their song, “Mother Russia,” but didn’t know until hearing Jon Camp’s intro here that it’s about Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the imprisoned truther, author.

Uplifting concert here!

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Renaissance – Sight & Sound (BBC 1977 PAL version)(DHV 2014)

István Császár

Published on Dec 15, 2014

00:09 – *Introduction by Alan Black

00:53 – Carpet Of The Sun

04:35 – Mother Russia

15:35 – Can You Hear Me

29:20 – Ocean Gypsy

37:02 – Running Hard

47:15 – *Band Introduction

48:12 – Touching Once

58:26 – Prologue

Renaissance – Sight & Sound (1977 PAL version – DHV 2014)

Golders Green Hippodrome, London

BBC Broadcast: 8 January 1977



Annie Haslam – lead & backing vocals

Michael Dunford – acoustic guitars, backing vocals

John Tout  – keyboards, backing vocals

Jon Camp  – bass, backing vocals

Terence Sullivan – drums, percussion, backing vocals


Thx for Renaissance & recorders & traders ! My Diamond Heart version source is original PAL DVD from DIME. This PAL version better than previously circulated NTSC version (and my DHV 2011 version). Better quality, colours and sound.


 – enhanced colours

 – Dark – Light range wide 


 – only channels balanced, no EQ

Higher quality video, same audio, but with lots of ads: here