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New Trolls


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.74 | 226 ratings

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4 stars I always thought that Per Un Amico would be first Italian Symphonic review, but I've been absolutely captivated by Concerto Grosso per I.

I've always thought that Rick Wakeman's Journey to the Center of the Earth was the perfect synthesis of bombast, classical influence and rock. I was wrong. Concerto Grosso per I features better symphonic parts, rock that rocks harder and better, and nearly as much bombasticity. (Did I just invent a new word?) Anyhow, this vinyl (which I luckily ran across a few months ago) is infused with the very spirit of prog, from the soaring string sections to the blazing guitar riffs. And, in the true spirit of Journey to the Center of the Earth, I'm not wild about the vocal performances. :)

Anyhow, if you like your prog over the top, with plenty of sweet symphonic sounds and some great guitar work (they pay homage to Hendrix in this album) this is what you want. I've always considered Wakeman's Journey to the Center of the Earth as definitive of what I expect out of prog, and this comes very close to that indeed, lacking only the captivating story and the excitement that Rick generates at the beginning and end of his magnum opus.

4 stars all the way. And it's taking a lot of restraint not to bump this up to 5.

ghost_of_morphy | 4/5 |


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