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ANGELO BRANDUARDI

Angelo Branduardi

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.53 | 14 ratings

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Andrea Cortese
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3 stars This is the first official album of the interesting italian artist Angelo Branduardi. He had already recorded another one in the previous year but it remained unreleased.

In his career Branduardi never left his peculiar mix of folk, medieval, classical and baroque inspiration. For this reasons he is still very appreciated in the motherland and also well known in foreigner countries as France and Germany where he published different versions of his studio albums (as it happened with his official debut which was released with english lyrics).

The debut was thought as a concept: a man passes through different conditions, from solitude to love for a woman, to his child's birth and, finally, to the mystic contemplation of his descent ("Il Regno Millenario").

Sometimes Branduardi seems to build up his work on a madrigal scheme, as it became clearer in his next production.

The album was produced by Paul Buckmaster who had already worked for David Bowie and Elton John. It's not completely prog - strictu sensu - but it features many interesting things, above all in the second side where music becomes more aggressive with the use of electric guitar and serious drumming. As for example in the long track E Domani Arriverą (11:10). Music is tinged generally by acoustic instruments, flute, contrabass and strings but you will hear also soft keys and electric piano with some gentle reference to jazz-rock than strictly folk. Anyway folk is the main theme here and lovers of the genre could find it a very good addition especially if combined with the most famous albums of the seventies, above all Alla Fiera dell'Est (1976). You have to consider that Branduardi combined his eclectic style using the canzone formula so less proggy prima facie. By the way, it was quite common in Italy in that period when beyond bands were active many solo artists (I recommend also the first record of Riccardo Cocciante titled MU - 1972 - which is still not included in this site).

All in all, this is a quite good debut, especially for the second side of it. An interesting artist to re-discover.

P.S. He collaborated with Banco in their Come in un Ultima Cena 1976 album (he was also the translator for the english version of it) and had Nocenzi as guest in his Alla Fiera dell'Est.

Andrea Cortese | 3/5 |

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