Close relatives of LED ZEPPELIN, RENAISSANCE were a radically different recombination of THE YARDBIRDS’ DNA, but many tend to forget their genesis – eclipsed soon enough by a new line-up that fully embraced the art-rock idiom. Still, that was the original plan of Jim McCarty and Keith Relf when the two enlisted the latter’s sister Jane as a co-vocalist, as well as bassist Louis Cennamo and keyboard player John Hawken. Debuting in 1969 with a self-titled album, the band soon enough found themselves in America, and it was there that “Live Fillmore West 1970” comes from.
Recorded on March 6th, when the quintet were opening for Paul Butterfield, these recordings could be found on a bootleg previously, yet now, prepared for August 26th release by McCarty himself, alongside four tracks from the U.S., there’s also “Statues” which was preserved for posterity in London and never taken to the studio, as well as three original demos. It would be the first official concert document from the original collective. Read the review here.
3. No Name Raga
6. I’d Love To Love You Till Tomorrow
7. Please Be Home
8. Try Believing