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REALE ACCADEMIA DI MUSICA

Reale Accademia Di Musica

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.10 | 123 ratings

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kenethlevine
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4 stars At a time when Le Orme and Banco were just hitting their stride, "Reale Accademia di Musica" produced a self titled album that openly competed with the more household names of the Italian scene, but it was sadly ignored at the time. Today's fans have discovered this fine work that blends the raucous and the romantic as only this genre can.

I can't say how influential the album was, but certainly the rollicking pianos of "Mattino", the acoustic textures, and again, impressive piano accompaniment, of "Ognuno Sa", and the percussive organ flourishes of "Vertigine" have been oft expanded upon in subsequent decades. Names like "Metamorfosi", "Germinale", and "Foglie di Vetro" all come to mind. This is not to say that REDM were totally original - they themselves picked up on the earlier works of their countrymen as well as Deep Purple and the nascent proto prog scene, if that makes any sense, like Gracious! The aforementioned closing track reminds me a lot of Rick Wakeman's workouts on the live version of Strawbs' "Where is this Dream of Your Youth", and is psych in a way that only 1972 could produce so well.

A few of the more vocal oriented tracks are somewhat less interesting, such as "Favole" and "Padre", which drags on a bit in an uncomfortably bluesy meets Barclay James Harvest sort of way. In fact, the guitarist reminds me quite a bit of John Lees circa "Once Again". But "Lavoro in Citta" contains several masterfully integrated vocal themes and harmonies, including a reverent melody and gentle lead guitars in the later parts. The album is full of surprises, most of them pleasant.

Especially recommended to enthusiasts of Rock Progressivo Italiano, this should nonetheless appeal to most who enjoy good symphonic prog of any stripe. After a few listens you will be thanking the academy.

kenethlevine | 4/5 |

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