Novella (SHM-CD)

Novella (SHM-CD)

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$19.00
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SKU: WPCR-16302
Label:
Warner Bros Japan
Category:
Progressive Rock
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A masterpiece of classical prog. We can all fight over which is the best Renaissance album.  Novella would easily be a candidate.  Stunning sonics to boot.

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