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The Trip


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.67 | 68 ratings

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3 stars THE TRIP were an English band,formed in 1967,who moved to Italy in order to gain success,featuring Ritchie Blackmore as the original guitarist.Soon Blackmore and drummer Ian Board left and two Italians, Joe Vescovi and Pino Sinnone filled the posts of keyboardist and drummer.''The trip'',their debut,was released in 1970 and ,reportedly,it was a good blues/heavy rock album with classical touches,close to DEEP PURPLE's early sound,and with little interest for prog fans.Things much changed with ''Caronte'',published a year later.

Regarded by many as the first trully Italian progressive rock album,''Caronte'' delivers classical influences by THE NICE blended with DEEP PURPLE/ATOMIC ROOSTER heavy rock,some pop influences and lots of dark passages (hints of KING CRIMSON).Actually,the intro and outro (both named ''Caronte'') are two great instrumental classical/rock pieces of music,which could have been easily written by THE NICE.''Two brothers'' is a also a great track with both KING CRIMSON and DEEP PURPLE influences,a nice psychedelic/heavy prog dynamite.''Little Janie'' is a mediocre track with pop leanings (though it features some nice mellotron),while their familiar organ-driven style returns on ''L'ultima ora...'',which is a masterful track with dark bluesy vocals,tons of classical doses and spectacular ending covered by church organ and mainly by a mournful symphonic guitar solo,a thrilling progressive treasure!...Not only for their title as the first Italian-based trully prog band,but also for their daring music,THE TRIP is a band you should add in your collection.Another early-70's gem to discover!...3,5 stars for this album...

apps79 | 3/5 |


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