Renaissance

Renaissance are an English rock band that released eleven studio albums between 1969 and 1983. The original concept behind the name — a fusion of multi-century folksiness and ivory-laden classicism — was expanded and modernized over the years, culminating with the neon-powered, precision-fueled trio lineup of the early 1980s. They formed from the ashes of […]

Yardbirds

The Yardbirds were an English rock band that emerged in London’s R&B–beat boom and released twelve 1964–68 singles. Their sonic innovations include harpsichord riffing (“For Your Love”), sitar-guitar tones (“Heart Full of Soul”), and explosive reverb (“Happenings Ten Years Time Ago”). They launched the careers of three guitar legends: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy […]

Steamhammer

Steamhammer was an English blues-rock band that released the 1969/70 albums Steamhammer (aka Reflection), MK II, and Mountains. Guitarist Martin Pugh assembled a new lineup for the 1972 release Speech on the German Brain label, featuring original Renaissance members Keith Relf and Louis Cennamo, who regrouped with Pugh in the 1975 A&M one-off Armageddon. Members: […]

Renaissance ‎– Renaissance (1969)

Renaissance is the debut album by the English symphonic-folk quintet of the same name, released in 1969 on the Island and Elektra labels. Tracklist: A1. Kings & Queens (10:56) A2. Innocence (7:07) B1. Island* (5:58) B2. Wanderer (4:02) B3. Bullet (11:20) 7″ version b/w The Sea Credits: Louis Cennamo — bass Jim McCarty — percussion, […]

Armageddon – Armageddon (1975)

Armageddon is the first and only album by English hard-rock supergroup Armageddon, released in 1975 on A&M. Tracklist: A1. “Buzzard” (8:16) A2. “Silver Tightrope” (8:23) A3. “Paths and Planes and Future Gains” (4:30) B1. “Last Stand Before” (8:23) B2. “Basking in the White of the Midnight Sun” (11:24) — | Warning Comin’ On — | Basking […]

Medicine Head

Medicine Head was an English rock combo led by multi-instrumentalists John Fiddler and Peter Hope Evans. In 1970, they signed to John Peel’s Dandelion Records label for three albums, including their 1972 third release Dark Side of the Moon, produced by Keith Relf (Yardbirds, Renaissance), who briefly joined as bassist. They released six albums total, […]

Armageddon

Armageddon was an English hard-rock band that released a 1975 self-titled album on A&M. The band featured ex-Yardbirds and Renaissance frontman Keith Relf with former members of Steamhammer and Captain Beyond. Members: Keith Relf (vocals, harmonica), Martin Pugh (guitar), Bobby Caldwell (drums), Louis Cennamo (bass) Armageddon formed in late 1974 when Keith Relf teamed with […]