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Errata Corrige


Rock Progressivo Italiano

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4 stars Lesser known, doesnīt mean to be less good!

Some people may argue why is there a separate genre for the Italian prog rock (symphonic), an easy answer would be because the RPI movement is unique, and not comparable with any other, so you better go and listen to some of these endless gems, and don't worry about labelling.

Errata Corrige was a band created in the mid seventies and inspired by their countrymates such as PFM or Le Orme, to say just a couple of examples, and created a couple of albums, the first is the one i will review in a few seconds, released in 1976 and their only succesful album, they later released another called Mappamondo which to be honest i havenīt listened to.

My knowledge about this band is actually very limited, but i know they were another oe of those Italian bands that created one great album and later couldn't make it any better, so they disbanded.

Siegfred, Il Drago e Altre Storie saw the light back in 1976 and it is another lost treasure from the Italian prog realm, i actually knew about it recently, and it is just awesome to see that so many great albums exist and we don't know.

The album consists on 6 songs and a total lenght of 38 minutes, the opener is Viaggio di Saggezza, since the very beginning we will notice their tendency to acoustic music, in a symphonic vein but without forgetting their folkish influences, this is a short song where guitars and a beautiful pastoral flute sound mark the road of the song. Del Cavaliere Citadel e del Drago della Foresta di Lucanor is without a doubt the best song of the album, with a start reminding me a bit to QVL, and then it has several changes in the same song which is divided in 5 parts if i'm not mistaken, the vocals are very melodic and pleasant to my ears, as well as the flute sound, this song shows their talent as musicians and of course their creativity, there are some nice keyboards here and there which produce a soft symphonic sound, the different parts of this epic are easily noticeable, as the change is obvious, there are some great strings at the middle of the epic, and the vocals remain clean an beautiful, the ending is very pastoral which sometimes reminds me to some Celeste moments. Siegfried (Leggenda) continues with the same acoustic and pastoral line, the acoustic guitars are often accompanied with a soft and delicate synth background, the song is progressing always, and then it suddenly fades out, but it is just to return with those melodic vocals, guitars and flute, but wait, it finishes with a surprising heavy ending, bellissimo! Siegfried (Mito) features a delicate cello sound along with some nice drumming and a music that is very Italian, i hope you understand what i mean pretty cool song. The next one is Dal Libro di Bordo Dell Adventure another beautiful song with piano, flute and guitars, along with that great voice, which is not superb or something, but it just makes this album better. After 2 minutes the song becomes a bit heavier, we can notice it by the bass sound, but anyway it returns to their soft and delicate sound the last minute is just beautiful instrumental music. The original released album, finishes here, but then in a new eddition the sixth track called Saturday, Il Cavaliere was added, and actually it perfectly fits with the original album, the acoustic guitars are still the leading instrument, but this time the vocals are sung in English, which may be the only weak point of the re-released album, the vocals remind me a bit to PFMīs english works or soft Bornermannīs vocals. After two minutes the song gathers all the instuments and with the drums create a sort of funeral song, and some minutes later changes again, nice closing song.

Well, a worth listening and discovering without a doubt, no weak moments in this album, an example of why the progressive rock from Italy is so much loved in this site. Highly recommended specially if you like RPI, 4 stars.

memowakeman | 4/5 |


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