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Edgar Allan Poe - Generazioni (Storia di Sempre) CD (album) cover


Edgar Allan Poe


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.78 | 80 ratings

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4 stars Yeah, another excellent work!

And i can be sit front of my computer reviewing and suggesting Italian bands with it`s great albums. This time i return again to the symphonic side of the Italian scene (i know, the most of the Italian scene rests in the symphonic side (ISP) but after having finished a review of an Italian jazzy album, i had tu point that.

Back again in that beautiful 1974, when so memorable albums were released and so many Italian bands gave light to their best works, Edgar Allan Poe (you can imagine why the name and who was an inspiration) released their only effort, sadly so many gread and promising (at that time) Italian bands released only one album and dissapear, or desintegrated i dont know, this was also the case od E.A.P.

Generazioni is an album that gathers elements of classical music, of folk music, with it`s italian roots, and jazz elements as some references, the album was made with 7 tracks, the same number of tracks that you might probably enjoy.

"Prologo" as the name says, is an introduction to the album, not as short as a usual intro, it contains spoken words and a dark atmosphere, with a noticeable bass sound, not outstanding, though.

"Considerazioni" is without a doubt one of the best songs of the album, starst again with a dark atmosphere witth great bass lines, and then reminds me a bit of Goblin tones, not that scary or horror tones, but it could suite in a soundtrack, the piano work is very delcated and good, also the vocals are excelellent, Giorgio Foti is the man that gives the voice to the record and also has to charge with the responsibility of keys, and believe me, he does it great. This song is excellent, everyone could enjoy it.

"Per un Anima" is an acoustic song, a short one that offers only melancholic vocals and an acoustic guitar, imagine a short New Trolls song with the acoustic sound, that`s all, it`s good anyway.

"Alla Ricerca di una Dimensione" returns again to a harder sound of symph prog, this is not acoustic and has again that noticeable bass sound, but with the addition of a great organ making a extraordinary piece, (believe me, it has the classic sound of Italian bands) so if you like them, right now i could tell you that you may like this one. Some litlle changes through the song, suddenly slow and mellow, but then harder and more challenging.

"Ad un Vecchio", besides being the logest song here (almost 7 minutes) is my favorite song, not for much because i like the other ones as well, but if i have to take one as my favorite, i would take this. Starting with the sound of keyboards but giving us a different atmosphere, not that different from the basic statements of the album, but with a bit more variety through it, the vocals are great as usual, maybe the thing that i like the most here is the sound of the bass, this song could be divided into little pieces, going slowly to a sudden crescendo with great keys sound, imagine New Trolls meet Alphataurus, it was just an example, great song anyway with a sympathic end.

"La Batalla del Carne Infelice" is another nice piece with a classical tone, acoustic and beautiful passages which could sound as a folkish song, also notice the mandolin here, doing a nice work, this kind of mellow songs are always good in an album, the majority of the Italian albums i`ve heard has one of those.

"Generazioni" the title track, the last song, and actually i think it continues La Batalla because the begginning is pretty similar but this time with keyboards and the same acoustic guitar, it`s a nice closer song, not the best but a bit emotive when vocals appear, pure symphonic sound here.

Since i love symphonic prog and obviously RPI (rock progressivo italiano) it`s hard to me to give a grade less than 4 stars, i have done it before, and i could do it with so many albums that i have in mind, but i always suffer because i think this Italian scene is so prolific (and was in the 70`s) and i dont want to give less than 4, this time is not different, i like this album a lot, and i think it could be a nice addition to any prog fan, enjoy it!

memowakeman | 4/5 |


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