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Le Orme - Storia O Leggenda CD (album) cover


Le Orme


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.51 | 130 ratings

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4 stars Apocalyptical cover for this album. Really frightening.

What a contrast with the opening number "Tenerci Per Mano" which is a great and subtle "Le Orme" song. It brings me back to their excellent album "Uomo Di Pezza". Such a delicate voice, sweet music, wonderful harmonies. Extremely melodic. Wonderful, I have no other words.

And the same approach is used for the title track; at least till the chorus which is seriously pop-oriented (maybe too much). Still, there is no sign of a significant change of direction in their music. Still very symphonic and melodic (which I like very much). To put things into perspective, remember that "PFM" released the poor "Jet Lag" the same year (the great 1977).

The good work goes on with the more complex "Il Musicista". This is again "Le Orme" at his best IMHHO. A more rocking style to break the mood, but beautiful vocals brings this song to high levels. It is the most sophisticated from this album. It features so many themes or rhythm changes that the listener is just enchanted with so much brio. Another highlight.

Did I say emotional? I was then probably thinking of "Come Una Giostra". Some Trespass-esque mood for this delicate song again. This first side of the vinyl album is one of the best of the band. An ode to this great genre.

The second side also holds some fine music. Some might say that it is somewhat mellow, too much of the same. But when such beautiful melodies and superb vocals are performed, I just succumb. Can't help. And both "Se io Lavoro" and "Un Angelo" fall under this description. The latter holding some great harmonium parts.

"Il Quadro" is probably the weaker song of the whole. Childish instrumentation but these melodic vocals save it. The instrumental and closing number sounds almost as a neo-prog song. Close to some "Genesis" while they were four. Not bad but I would have hoped a better finale for this elegant and very good album.

Of course Storia o Leggenda doesn't reach the almost perfection of their greatest album "Uomo". But I can't really rate this one with three stars. Four stars then. Hopefully, I'll be able soon to upgrade "Uomo" to 4.5!

ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |


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