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Triade - 1998 - La Storia Di Sabazio CD (album) cover




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3.76 | 66 ratings

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Andrea Cortese
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4 stars "...Sabazio is still everywhere...with his six eyes he looks to the Universe" (yes, he is the who from the cover...)

The classic italian prog scene is a uninterrupted joy for the many fans and aficionados. There are many obscure gems that after the decades return to light, little by little. Thanks to BTF records and to other small but important labels of the genre.

Triade is one of those typical groups from the seventies: they only managed to released one album. The high standard of quality was not enough for them to go on with their career. How many times I've listen to "what a pity". And this is the case also.

They are obviously related to ELP 'cause, basically, Triade are a keyboards based trio very influenced by classic music. Differently from them, though, they do not focus on strong interplay between keyboards and rythmic section, being more interested in more melodic interludes with very inspired and mellow bass lines, wonderful cello. Acoustic guitar a la Greg Lake is also an important part in the album's construction but less in the ballad-mood as he did.

The unique negative remark that every reviewer has pointed out is the short running time of the album (slightly more than 30 mns!). BTW, this is not a great problem, I think, when music is very good.

The album opens with the instrumental mini-suite "Sabazio", builded up on four sections strongly inspired by classic music like they were a true piano-cello-guitar classic trio. Hammond organ and moog carefully alternating with the more acoustic and intimate interludes.

Side A close with "Il Circo" which is another instrumental (short) gem with an interesting alternation between a joyful keyboard ride and a more dramatic and pompous ending.

Side B features the best contribution of Triade: "Espressione" (wonderful interplay between piano and acoustic guitar, beautiful), "Caro Fratello" (strong interplay between keyboards and rythmic section, exciting!) and "1998".

Wonderful melodic italian symphonic prog with warm vocals and inspired lyrics.

Andrea Cortese | 4/5 |


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