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Celeste - Celeste [Aka: Principe Di Un Giorno] CD (album) cover




Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.19 | 257 ratings

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4 stars The discography of this band is quite messy. The songs from this album were written in 1973 and recorded in 1974. It took two years to get them released! But don't ask me why. Such adventure already took place with another of their albums ("I Suoni In Una Sfera"). Therefore, this album does not really sounds as a 1976 release.

Anyway, the important factor is that this work has seen the light. This is a little jewel like Italian prog can offer. Unknown and confidential bands that deliver extremely catchy music. Like "Celeste" on this "Principe di un Giorno". The first two songs will plunge the listener in a beautiflul world of pastoral elements : nice acoustic guitar, subtle flute, great mellotron.

Influences ? "In The Court..." without "Schizoid" or "Trespass" without "The Knife". Some early "PFM" as well ("Storia di un Minuto"). I hope you got the point. Very sweet and peaceful music. I happen to like this style, you know not disturbing nor too tortured (although I can appreciate "VDGG" a lot).

"Favole Antiche" has the same flavour, but even softer : sometimes like during "Moonchild", but not as experimental. It is more structured and melodic.

You need to be keen on this type of music of course. Don't expect wild instrumental sections nor demonstrative vocals. All of this album breathes smoothness, beauty, tranquility. Great and relaxing music. Like "Eftus".

This album is perfect to accompany you while wanting to rest a bit or to cool down while in a traffic jam maybe. The only song which, partially, is a bit different is "Giochi Nella Notte". It features some sort of jazzy improvisation with heavy sax, but not for long. As if the band wanted to apologize for this. They are of course forgiven. The beautiful piano notes that one can listen to later on are really close to classical music. The flute only adding to the feeling.

If you like the three albums I have mentioned in my intro, chances are high that you will be enchanted with this one even if the last two numbers are weaker and more folkish.

But the global feeling is extremely pleasant. Four stars.

ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |


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