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Post  Zedd Squared on Sat Oct 20, 2012 2:53 am


Voice type: Mystic Soprano
Vocal range: E3-G6

High notes:

  • G6 ("Ashes Are Burning" live 1983)
  • F♯6 ("Ashes Are Burning" live 1983)
  • E6 ("Ashes Are Burning" live 1983)
  • E♭6 ("The Mystic and the Muse")
  • D6 ("The Mystic and the Muse", "Touching Once" live)
  • C6 ("Flight" live, "Rockalise", "Running Hard" live 1983, "Rockalise", "Summon the Angels", "The Mystic and the Muse")
  • B5 ("Ave Maria", "Chains and Threads", "Further from Fantasy", "Okichi San", "Prologue", "Rockalise", "Still Life")
  • B♭5 ("At the Harbour", "Scheherazade Medley" live, "Song of Scheherazade")
  • A5 ("Air of Drama", "Can You Hear Me?", "Circular Motion", "Forever Bound", "Further from Fantasy", "Grandine il Vento", "One Day", "One More Arrow", "Rajah Khan", "Sounds of the Sea", "Symphony of Light", "Trip to the Fair", "Turn of the Century")
  • G♯5 ("Song of Scheherazade", "Tonight")
  • G5 ("A Song for All Seasons", "Ashes Are Burning", "Camera Camera", "Dolphin's Prayer", "On the Frontier", "Rockalise", "She's the Light", "Symphony of Light", "Things I Don't Understand", "Waterfall")
  • F♯5 ("Bonjour Swansong", "Can You Hear Me?", "Celestine", "Mother Russia", "Running Away from You", "So Sad", "Sounds of the Sea", "The Sisters", "The Winter Tree", "Ukraine Ways")
  • F5 ("A Song for All Seasons", "Ashes Are Burning", "Blood Silver Like Moonlight", "Communication", "Grandine il Vento", "Precious One", "Summon the Angels")
  • E5 ("Angel Blue", "Ashes Are Burning", "Ave Verum", "Carpet of the Sun", "Cry to the World", "Faeries (Living at the Bottom of the Garden)", "Further from Fantasy", "Let it Grow", "Okichi San", "Porcelain", "Remember", "The Mystic and the Muse", "Waterfall", "You")
  • E♭5 ("Dolphin's Prayer", "Mother Russia", "Okichi San", "Secret Mission", "The Sisters", "Tonight", "Touching Once", "Tyrant-Tula")
  • D5 ("Air of Drama", "Ananda", "Bitter Sweet", "Blood Silver Like Moonlight", "Bound for Infinity", "Can You Hear Me", "Circular Motion", "Faeries (Living at the Bottom of the Garden)", "Forever Bound", "Glitter and Dust", "Going Home", "Golden Key", "Grandine il Vento", "I Think of You", "If I Loved You", "Immortal Beloved", "Missing Persons", "Northern Lights", "One Day", "Paintings Last Forever", "Pearls of Wisdom", "Rajah Khan", "Running Hard", "Running River Runs", "Shine", "So Sad", "Spare Some Love", "Symphony of Light", "The Captive Heart", "Tonight", "Trip to the Fair", "Ukraine Ways", "Waterfall")
  • C♯5 ("Angel Blue", "Bonjour Swansong", "Hunioco", "It's All Over Now Baby Blue", "Jekyll and Hyde", "Kalynda", "Kiev", "Mother Russia", "On the Frontier", "Remember", "Symphony of Light", "The Day You Strayed", "The Flood at Lyons", "Twig")

Low notes:

  • B♭3 ("A New Life", "Going Home", "Mother Russia", "Summon the Angels", "Ukraine Ways", "Vultures Fly High")
  • A3 ("A Song for All Seasons", "Air of Drama", "Angel Blue", "Black Flame", "Blessing in Disguise", "Can You Hear Me?", "Celestine", "Chains and Threads", "Circular Motion", "Communication", "Cry to the World", "Decisions", "Faeries (Living at the Bottom of the Garden)", "I Think of You", "If I Loved You", "Immortal Beloved", "In My Life", "Kalynda", "Nature Boy", "Ocean Gypsy", "Precious One", "Renaissance Man", "Running Away from You", "Skaila", "Sounds of the Sea", "Still Life", "The Christmas Song", "The Mystic and the Muse", "Trip to the Fair", "Wildest Dreams")
  • G♯3 ("Bound for Infinity", "She's the Light", "The Christmas Song", "The Mystic and the Muse", "The Winter Tree", "Twig", "Wishing on a Star")
  • G3 ("Air of Drama", "Bitter Sweet", "Black Flame", "Brazilian Skies" live, "Faeries (Living at the Bottom of the Garden)"," Further from Fantasy", "Glitter and Dust", "Golden Key", "Immortal Beloved", "It's All Over Now", "Let it Be Me", "Paintings Last Forever", "Running Hard", "Shine", "Symphony of Light", "Things I Don't Understand")
  • F♯3 ("Carpet of the Sun", "Let it Grow", "Midas Man", "Pearls of Wisdom", "Scheherazade Medley" live, "Symphony of Light")
  • F3 ("Let it Be Me", "One Day", "Precious One")
  • E3 ("Air of Drama", "Bitter Sweet", "Ripples", "Carpet of the Sun" live, "Porcelain")

One of the greatest voices I've ever heard. Known as the lead singer of the great and underrated progressive rock band Renaissance, Annie's voice has sustained it's crystal clear clarity, diction, emotion, and range over the entirety of her over 40 year long musical career. She comes from a classical background and it definitely shows in her vocals, but she also a folk flavor to her poetic and dramatic delivery. Truly a virtuoso.
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*Underlines mark notes in backing vocals.
*Italics mark non-melodic notes.


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Re: Annie Haslam

Post  KeithMoonIsGod on Sat Oct 27, 2012 12:28 am

Great D5 in "I Think of You"
"Blow cool over MEEEEEEE!"

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Post  Guest on Sun Oct 28, 2012 2:07 pm

My internet is extremely (and weirdly) slow at the times, so I can't watch a video right now, but i remember some amazing singing by Annie here.

I don't remember exactly, but there's a beautiful A#5 here and a low notes as well (back in my teenage angst prog-ladden days I haven't pitched that note



Later part of Ashes are Burning the way, ashes are burning the waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyy, where Annie hits some strained, but really high notes. (Don't remember which, but when she's "singing the guitar solo")


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Post  B6 on Sun Oct 28, 2012 2:24 pm

jever_oliveira wrote:Later part of Ashes are Burning the way, ashes are burning the waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyy, where Annie hits some strained, but really high notes. (Don't remember which, but when she's "singing the guitar solo")

Great D5 at 0:31, 1:11, incredible sustained E5 at 1:44, falsetto G5 at 2:11, 2:39 B5, later gliding up to C6 and D6! E6 at 2.50, F#6 at 3:17 and then again at 3:27, them some C6-D6 singing, and then at 3:53 sustained E6 gliding to two sharp F#6s! Later on more unbelievable E6-F#6 coloratura singing, and loooooooooooooooong sustained full E5 to end it all.

Had never heard of her. Fucking awesome.

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Post  Guest on Sun Oct 28, 2012 2:28 pm

B6 wrote: Great D5 at 0:31, 1:11, incredible sustained E5 at 1:44, falsetto G5 at 2:11, 2:39 B5, later gliding up to C6 and D6! E6 at 2.50, F#6 at 3:17 and then again at 3:27, them some C6-D6 singing, and then at 3:53 sustained E6 gliding to two sharp F#6s! Later on more unbelievable E6-F#6 coloratura singing, and loooooooooooooooong sustained full E5 to end it all.

Had never heard of her. Fucking awesome.

Thank you dude!

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Post  Cro on Sun Oct 28, 2012 2:28 pm

jever_oliveira wrote:

4:35 towards the end Shocked

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Post  B6 on Sun Oct 28, 2012 2:56 pm

I could help you if you post notes you're unsure about, she's got a cool voice.

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Post  Cro on Sun Oct 28, 2012 2:57 pm

B6 wrote:I could help you if you post notes you're unsure about, she's got a cool voice.
It's not that I'm unsure I'm just staring in awe haha Very Happy

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Post  B6 on Sun Oct 28, 2012 3:10 pm

jever_oliveira wrote:My internet is extremely (and weirdly) slow at the times, so I can't watch a video right now, but i remember some amazing singing by Annie here.

I don't remember exactly, but there's a beautiful A#5 here and a low notes as well (back in my teenage angst prog-ladden days I haven't pitched that note

Some A3s, easy C5s throughout and a good D5 at 5:20, breathy falsetto singing starting at 5:47 with D5s, E5s, F#5s, G#5s and Bb5s. If the last "la la la"s are her (I think they are), then also surprisingly easy and solid F#3s.

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Post  Guest on Sun Oct 28, 2012 3:18 pm

Yes, Jon Camp (the bassit) does some backing vocals, but the la la la's are hers indeed.

PS: I love you dude In Love .

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Post  B6 on Sun Oct 28, 2012 3:32 pm

Thank you thank you Tiphat

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Post  Zedd Squared on Mon Oct 29, 2012 12:55 am

Would this be considered a full B5 at 6:29? It's got more force to it than the other B5's I've heard her do at least (and more so than the studio version). Sustained one at 6:42 too. Great singing.

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Post  Zedd Squared on Thu Nov 01, 2012 12:13 am

Any verdicts people?

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Post  KeithMoonIsGod on Thu Nov 01, 2012 9:39 am

Whackooyzero wrote:Would this be considered a full B5 at 6:29? It's got more force to it than the other B5's I've heard her do at least (and more so than the studio version). Sustained one at 6:42 too. Great singing.
God, that's a mystery to me...
Women's falsetto can be quite tough to distinguish.
Full? pale

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Post  Guest on Thu Nov 01, 2012 9:55 am

Orange.

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Post  Zedd Squared on Thu Nov 01, 2012 11:14 pm

Probably more of her upper range is orange in actuality, I just made the assumption that anything that sounded head voicey by a woman is considered non modal.Confused

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Post  KeithMoonIsGod on Thu Nov 01, 2012 11:22 pm

Who cares, her voice is seriously amazing. In Love In Love In Love

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Post  B6 on Fri Nov 02, 2012 5:58 am

The operatic technique probably makes her falsetto a lot stronger-sounding, but the sustained B5 sounds full. Really impressive note either way, I'd orange it atm.

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Post  Crimsonfripp on Sat Nov 03, 2012 6:08 am

New here. Just stumbled on this forum while reading up the Kate Bush article on wikipedia and was delighted to see a topic on Annie Haslam. I am a huge fan and would like to give my two cents to the above discussion on Prologue.

There is this DVD called Song of Scheherazade which was released in 2009 which has a concert from 1976. It has a performance of Prologue (which is better imo) where she hits the first B5 with a very full tone. The last sustained B5 is fuller, more powerful and much steadier as well. The performance posted above is from a concert they did for BBC which I'd mark as an 'off' day for her and so also the 80s performances posted earlier. Yeah, that's how good she was/is on off days.

There is a new track Mystic and the Muse they play these days where I believe she hits a sustained D6 right at the end. Would be an interesting addition to the list of high notes, I think. Sorry, sound is not great as it seems to be a fan video.





Think there's another D6 (pretty incredible one) here at 5:04:



It's an excerpt from their track Touching Once, by the way.

Black Flame and Can You Hear Me are wonderful exhibits of her strength in 'middle' notes. Can't provide the exact pitch right now (but around the region of C5 I expect) but here are the performances I have in mind:

Black Flame, check out the chorus "I am not to blame, I didn't see the black flame":



Can You Hear Me...around 10:00, there is some soft falsetto followed by a powerful "Aaaaa" vocalise:





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Post  Crimsonfripp on Sat Nov 03, 2012 6:20 am

Had never noticed an E3 in Captive Heart. Never marked it down as 'low' actually; always identified Midas Man from the same album as one of the tracks where she gets pretty low. Wow! Where exactly does the E3 occur, could you provide a time stamp or the lyrics, Whackooyzero? Thanks!

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Post  Zedd Squared on Sat Nov 03, 2012 6:24 am

Well first of all, welcome to the range place! Great to have another Renaissance fan on the board.

As for the Captive Heart, the E3 is actually the first note of the song she sings. It's at 0:51, and is fairly short but definitely there.

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Post  Crimsonfripp on Sat Nov 03, 2012 6:26 am

Ah, thank you.

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Post  B6 on Sat Nov 03, 2012 7:18 am

There's at least a G#3 too in that "The Mystic And The Muse" performance, plus some nice E5s.

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Post  B6 on Sat Nov 03, 2012 7:21 am

Also easy D5s, E5s and F#5s in Can You Hear My Name live (not really falsetto, just soft).

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Post  Crimsonfripp on Sun Nov 04, 2012 3:35 am

B6 wrote:Also easy D5s, E5s and F#5s in Can You Hear My Name live (not really falsetto, just soft).

lol, my bad, I got it mixed up with the Sight and Sound performance of the same song, where she seems to be using falsetto. You are right, in the one I posted, it's just a soft tone.

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