Nevada were a British folk/progressive band and a spin-off from Renaissance, featuring Annie Haslam on vocals and Mick Dunford on guitar. Their Christmas single, "In the Bleak Midwinter" reached the lower edges of the UK singles chart in 1983.
Renaissance had been moderately successful during the 1970s, having a top ten UK singles chart hit in 1978 with "Northern Lights", but were better known as an album band, and for their live performances, particularly at Carnegie Hall. In 1979, the band had taken a less symphonic/orchestral and more electronically based turn with the album Azure d'Or, which resulted in disappointing sales and resultant dropping by their label, Warner Bros. Records. Meanwhile, the lineup of Renaissance was in flux, as John Tout and Terry Sullivan left for varying reasons.
"In The Bleak Midwinter"
, Picture sleeve of the single
Single by Nevada
Nevada singles chronology
"In the Bleak Midwinter"
"You Know I Like It"
The reduced version of Renaissance then took stock; according to the sleeve notes to their CD, "It was time to stand back, take a breather, experiment, and to embark on a new working relationship with their fellow countryman Peter Gosling". Gosling had been in the 1960s band "Moon Train" which had been managed and produced by Bill Wyman, played keyboards on the Renaissance album Camera Camera and later on Time-Line. The single "In the Bleak Midwinter", a version of the Christmas carol by Gustav Holst and Christina Rossetti was released for the 1982 Christmas market, but did not enter the UK singles chart until January 8 1983. It spent one week on the chart at number 71. Their second single, "You Know I Like It" did not trouble the charts and the project went no further. Renaissance finally folded in 1987; Haslam and Dunford embarked on solo careers, and Gosling wrote music for television and film.
Pictures in the Fire:
Pictures in the Fire
Compilation album by Nevada
1981 - 1982
folk rock/progressive rock
This was a compilation CD of Nevada's material, released in 2000 by Mooncrest Records; as well as the four single tracks, it included six other songs, and five bonus tracks recorded by Renaissance. The versions of the tracks released as singles are different on this compilation, possibly due to licensing issues, and the recording quality varies greatly.
All tracks credited to "Dunford/Gosling" except where noted
"Pictures in the Fire" - 3:19,
"You Know I Like It" - 4:46,
"Once In a Lifetime" - 3:44,
"Star of the Show" - 4:03,
"Fairies" - 4:44 (a precursor to "Faeries (Living At The Bottom Of The Garden)" which appeared on Camera Camera in 1981),
"Lady of the Sea" - 3:06,
"Mr Spaceman" (Jim McGuinn) - 4:32,
"Tokyo" - 3:01 (written as a candidate for the Eurovision Song Contest),
"In the Bleak Midwinter" - 3:44,
"Motorway Madness" - 4:16,
Renaissance bonus tracks
All tracks credited to "Dunford/Newsinger" except where noted; Newsinger is the married name of Renaissance lyricist Betty Thatcher
"Love Is a State of Mind" - 3:30,
"I Am a Stranger" - 4:16,
"On and On" - 4:15,
"No Beginning No End" - 4:15,
"Mother Russia" - 10:21