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Progressive rock pioneers Renaissance to record their first studio album in over a decade.  Own it; be part of this musical milestone.
Progressive rock pioneers Renaissance to record their first studio album in over a decade. Own it; be part of this musical milestone.
860 backers pledged $92,531 to help bring this project to life.

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We cherish our fans, the music we have created, and the place we have earned in the history of progressive rock music.  It is painful and disappointing that the very record labels who still happily profit from selling our extensive catalog of albums (from which we receive little if any royalties) have turned their backs and closed their doors to us in favor of working with quick-selling pre-packaged pop. 

We have been busy composing songs for an album we believe will be the best of our career. Thanks to Kickstarter, social media, lovers of good music, and our own wonderful fans, we're able to reach out directly to make available our album in advance of it's commercial release as well as other special items which will support the recording, promotion, marketing and distribution of this, our first studio album in nearly twelve years: Grandine il Vento.

For your pledges you will receive an album we're sure you'll love, as well as enabling us to make our music with pride and independence from the world of corporatized record companies. 

We appreciate the role you will play in helping to make this endeavor a reality.

Thank you...

Renaissance

 Cover art of Grandine il Vento

Annie with one of her unique painted guitars

Annie's custom velvet dress, worn on BBC's Top of the Pops television program  

Michael Dunford's guitars which performed Renaissance classics in the studio and live on stage

Annie's personal copy of the original Renaissance album, with her own cover art

Two unused tickets to the FIRST Renaissance show in the USA, from Michael Dunford's private collection

Royal Albert Hall 1977 ticket stub from Michael Dunford's private collection

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    You get an advance MP3 download of the new album to enjoy weeks before the commercial release date

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    An eco-friendly digipak CD (with fab artwork) will be mailed to you several weeks in advance of the commercial release PLUS the advance digital download

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    AUTOGRAPHED CD WITH BONUS DISC!

    The entire band will hand autograph your CD package + an MP3 download of the album several weeks in advance of the commercial release date.

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    YOUR NAME IN ALBUM CREDITS! Your name listed in album credits AND on the Renaissance web site + Autographed photo of the band
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    CD autographed by entire band + bonus disc
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    HAND SIGNED SHEET MUSIC OF THE ALBUM TITLE SONG and a HAND WRITTEN PERSONALIZED THANK YOU NOTE + a silver plated and enamel Renaissance pin + your name listed in album credits and on the Renaissance web site + an autographed photo of the band + the CD autographed by entire band + bonus disc + the MP3 download of the album several weeks in advance of the commercial release date

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    A PERSONALIZED (yes, with YOUR NAME inserted) acapella rendition of a RINGTONE or VM greeting with Annie singing it to the melody of 'Carpet Of The Sun' + handwritten personalized Thank You note + hand signed sheet music of the album title song + a silver plated and enamel Renaissance pin + YOUR NAME listed in album credits and on the Renaissance web site + an autographed photo of the band + the CD autographed by entire band + bonus disc + the MP3 download of the album several weeks in advance of the commercial release date

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    SIGNED GiCLEE PRINT ON CANVAS of Annie's interpretation of the album Prologue (unframed) OR the new album Grandine il Vento cover art (unframed) + your name listed in album credits and on the Renaissance web site + an autographed photo of the band + the CD autographed by entire band + bonus disc + the MP3 download of the album several weeks in advance of the commercial release date. (We'll write to you to find out which Giclee print you want.)

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    SIGNED GiCLEE PRINT ON CANVAS of the new album Grandine il Vento cover art by Annie OR Annie's interpretation of Prologue + your name listed in album credits and on the Renaissance web site + an autographed photo of the band + the CD autographed by entire band + bonus disc + the MP3 download of the album several weeks in advance of the commercial release date. (We'll write to you to find out which Giclee print you want.)

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    VIP TREATMENT! 2 VIP SEATS AND 2 PERSONALIZED VIP BACKSTAGE AFTER SHOW PASSES + A SPOTLIGHT STAND-UP THANK YOU FROM THE STAGE AT THE SHOW WITH YOUR NAME LISTED IN THE GOLDEN BENEFACTORS PAGE OF THE CD BOOKLET AND ON THE WEBSITE + YOUR PICTURE TAKEN WITH THE BAND AND SIGNED BY THEM + A PERSONALIZED (yes, with your name inserted) acapella rendition of a ringtone or VM greeting with Annie singing it to the melody of 'Carpet Of The Sun' + a handwritten personalized Thank You note + hand signed sheet music of the album title song + a silver plated and enamel Renaissance pin + your name listed in album credits and on the Renaissance web site + an autographed photo of the band + the CD autographed by entire band + bonus disc + the MP3 download of the album several weeks in advance of the commercial release date. NOTE: Tour will be October/November

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    VIP TREATMENT AND EXCLUSIVE ART: LIMITED EDITION SIGNED AND FRAMED GiCLEE PRINT OF THE ALBUM COVER ART + 2 VIP SEATS AND 2 PERSONALIZED VIP BACKSTAGE AFTER SHOW PASSES + A SPOTLIGHT STAND-UP THANK YOU FROM THE STAGE AT THE SHOW WITH YOUR NAME LISTED IN THE GOLDEN BENEFACTORS PAGE OF THE CD BOOKLET AND ON THE WEBSITE + YOUR PICTURE TAKEN WITH THE BAND AND SIGNED BY THEM + a personalized (yes, with your name inserted) acapella rendition of a ringtone or VM greeting with Annie singing it to the melody of 'Carpet Of The Sun' + a handwritten personalized Thank You note + hand signed sheet music of the album title song + a silver plated and enamel Renaissance pin + YOUR NAME listed in album credits and on the Renaissance web site + an autographed photo of the band + the CD autographed by entire band + bonus disc + the MP3 download of the album several weeks in advance of the commercial release date. NOTE: Tour will be October/November

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    AMAZING MEMORABILIA ARTIFACTS FROM MICHAEL DUNFORD'S PRIVATE COLLECTION:

    Ticket stub from THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL show October 14, 1977 - An EVENING WITH RENAISSANCE AND THE ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA +
    TWO UNUSED TICKETS from the VERY FIRST SHOW in the USA October, 27th 1973 + TURN OF THE CARDS PROMO STICKER + a PROGRAM from ACADEMY OF MUSIC, New York City – accompanied by a 24 piece orchestra (very first show with orchestra) + FRAMED AD from Academy Of Music New York + Program from UK tour 1975 + Program from US Tour + ROCKBILL CONCERT PROGRAM – 1978 + Letter from SIRE RECORDS with an invite to a reception to celebrate A SONG FOR ALL SEASONS at THE FOUR SEASONS RESTAURANT - March 23, 1978 + Tour Itinerary - Japanese Tour - March, 2001 + Itinerary from US Tour 1979 + Itinerary US Tour 1982-1983

    + 2 VIP SEATS AND 2 PERSONALIZED VIP BACKSTAGE AFTER SHOW PASSES + A SPOTLIGHT STAND-UP THANK YOU FROM THE STAGE AT THE SHOW WITH YOUR NAME LISTED IN THE GOLDEN BENEFACTORS PAGE OF THE CD BOOKLET AND ON THE WEBSITE + YOUR PICTURE TAKEN WITH THE BAND AND SIGNED BY THEM + A PERSONALIZED (yes, with YOUR NAME inserted) acapella rendition of a ringtone or VM greeting with Annie singing it to the melody of 'Carpet Of The Sun' + A handwritten personalized Thank You note + hand signed sheet music of the album title song + a silver plated and enamel Renaissance pin + your name listed in album credits and on the Renaissance web site + an autographed photo of the band + the CD autographed by entire band + bonus disc + the MP3 download of the album several weeks in advance of the commercial release date. NOTE: Tour will be October/November

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    ANNIE'S COLLECTOR LP RECORDS! Renaissance self-titled first album (first lineup) - bought by Annie to learn the band's music. In generic white cover with Annie's doodle artwork - original cover lost. Vinyl condition poor
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    Prologue - rough mix! An acetate test pressing owned by Annie. Acetates are made for special purposes, almost never for sale to the general public. They can be played on any normal phonograph but will be degraded by wear much more quickly than vinyl. Some acetates are highly prized for their rarity, especially when they contain unpublished material. AND Novella LP - US Pressing - sealed - owned by Annie + A PERSONALIZED (with YOUR NAME inserted) acapella rendition of a ringtone or VM greeting with Annie singing it to the melody of 'Carpet Of The Sun' + A handwritten personalized Thank You note + hand signed sheet music of the album title song + a silver plated and enamel Renaissance pin + your name listed in album credits and on the Renaissance web site + an autographed photo of the band + the CD autographed by entire band + bonus disc + the MP3 download of the album several weeks in advance of the commercial release date. NOTE: Tour will be October/November

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    ANNIE'S CUSTOM MADE VELVET DRESS worn on BBC's Top Of The Pops (a very exciting time for the band) + ANNIE'S OWN PROMOTIONAL SCARF (dog not included) made for the Song for All Seasons album + 2 VIP seats and 2 VIP backstage aftershow passes, a spotlight stand-up thank you from stage, your name in Golden Benefactors page of the CD booklet and on the website, your photo taken with the band and signed by them + a PERSONALIZED (yes, with YOUR NAME inserted) acapella rendition of a ringtone or VM greeting with Annie singing it to the melody of 'Carpet Of The Sun' + a handwritten personalized Thank You note + hand signed sheet music of the album title song + a silver plated and enamel Renaissance pin + YOUR NAME listed in album credits and on the Renaissance web site + an autographed photo of the band + the CD autographed by entire band + bonus disc + the MP3 download of the album several weeks in advance of the commercial release date. NOTE: Tour will be October/November

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    ANNIE WILL CREATE A BEAUTIFUL HAND PAINTED GUITAR FOR YOU + 2 VIP seats and 2 VIP backstage aftershow passes, a spotlight stand-up thank you from stage, your name in Golden Benefactors page of the CD booklet and on the website, your photo taken with the band and signed by them + a PERSONALIZED (yes, with YOUR NAME inserted) acapella rendition of a ringtone or VM greeting with Annie singing it to the melody of 'Carpet Of The Sun' + a handwritten personalized Thank You note + hand signed sheet music of the album title song + a silver plated and enamel Renaissance pin + your name listed in album credits and on the Renaissance web site + an autographed photo of the band + the CD autographed by entire band + bonus disc + the MP3 download of the album several weeks in advance of the commercial release date. NOTE: Tour will be October/November

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    YOU PROMOTED TO EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, AND DINNER AND A SHOW FOR FOUR: An intimate dinner for you and three friends with Annie & Michael within 5 days of end of 2012 fall tour tour + EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT ON THE ALBUM + YOUR PHOTO IN THE ALBUM BOOKLET + 4 VIP tickets (center orchestra) to show of choice
    + spotlight stand-up thank you from stage
    + framed signed giclee
    + toast with band after show + A personalized (yes, with your name inserted) acapella rendition of a ringtone or VM greeting with Annie singing it to the melody of 'Carpet Of The Sun' + A handwritten personalized Thank You note + hand signed sheet music of the album title song + a silver plated and enamel Renaissance pin + YOUR NAME listed in album credits and on the Renaissance web site + an autographed photo of the band + the CD autographed by entire band + bonus disc + the MP3 download of the album several weeks in advance of the commercial release date. NOTE: Tour will be October/November

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    THE GUITAR WHICH RECORDED THE CLASSICS: Michael Dunford's Yamaha 12-string guitar featured on all studio albums + 2 VIP seats and 2 VIP backstage aftershow passes, a spotlight stand-up thank you from stage, your name in Golden Benefactors page of the CD booklet and on the website,your picture taken with the band and signed by them + A PERSONALIZED (yes, with YOUR NAME inserted) acapella rendition of a ringtone or VM greeting with Annie singing it to the melody of 'Carpet Of The Sun' + A handwritten personalized Thank You note + hand signed sheet music of the album title song + a silver plated and enamel Renaissance pin + your name listed in album credits and on the Renaissance web site + an autographed photo of the band + the CD autographed by entire band + bonus disc + the MP3 download of the album several weeks in advance of the commercial release date. NOTE: Tour will be October/November

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    STANDING OVATION: MICHAEL DUNFORD'S OWN OVATION ADAMAS 12-STRING GUITAR PLAYED BY MICHAEL ON EVERY RENAISSANCE TOUR SINCE NOVELLA + 2 VIP seats and 2 VIP backstage aftershow passes, a spotlight stand-up thank you from stage, your name in Golden Benefactors page of the CD booklet and on the website,your picture taken with the band and signed by them + A PERSONALIZED (yes, with YOUR NAME inserted) acapella rendition of a ringtone or VM greeting with Annie singing it to the melody of 'Carpet Of The Sun' + a handwritten personalized Thank You note + hand signed sheet music of the album title song + a silver plated and enamel Renaissance pin + Your name listed in album credits and on the Renaissance web site + an autographed photo of the band + the CD autographed by entire band + bonus disc + the MP3 download of the album several weeks in advance of the commercial release date. NOTE: Tour will be October/November

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    RENAISSANCE IN YOUR HOME: PRIVATE UNPLUGGED PERFORMANCE / ACOUSTIC QUARTET + 4 VIP seats and 4 VIP backstage aftershow passes, a spotlight stand-up thank you from stage, your name in Golden Benefactors page of the CD booklet and on the website, your photo taken with the band and signed by them + a personalized (yes, with your name inserted) acapella rendition of a ringtone or VM greeting with Annie singing it to the melody of 'Carpet Of The Sun' + A handwritten personalized Thank You note + hand signed sheet music of the album title song + a silver plated and enamel Renaissance pin + your name listed in album credits and on the Renaissance web site + an autographed photo of the band + the CD autographed by entire band + bonus disc + the MP3 download of the album several weeks in advance of the commercial release date. NOTE: Tour will be October/November. If beyond 300 miles from Philadelphia metro area, backer will cover travel and lodging expenses.

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