Retro Review: Renaissance (the band)

Among the trends in rock music that came to the fore in the 1970s was the sub-category most often labeled as “progressive rock” or “art rock” (I’ll let the aficionados split hairs among themselves regarding labels and definitions). Bands such as Yes, the Moody Blues, Jethro Tull, and several others often went for a bigger, more cinematic, even symphonic feel with their music, resulting in songs with extended instrumental passages that would run much longer than those commonly found in more “mainstream” rock, often with full orchestral accompaniment (and the use of instruments such as…