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MAXOPHONE

Maxophone

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.21 | 313 ratings

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progaddict_salvatore
5 stars MAXOPHONE - Maxophone

Simply: what an album! I love it. This is so full of life, joy and melody. Maxophone homonymous album is another lost gem of the prolific era of the Italian prog; a truly masterpiece. I can go on and on with words trying to describe the beauty I find in this record. So let me tell you my opinion over this amazing album.

Overall, I believe this album is a little bit jazzier, but definitively has the sounds and nuances to fit perfectly into the symphonic sound and of course, a marvelous progressive sound.

1. C'e un paese al mondo.

This is the song. This is what is all about the beauty in this genre. A piano intro, seconds by the electric guitar and drums to change the mood again with the participation of the great vocals of the Italian singer to go to a middle part full of joy, fun and overwhelmingly beautiful played by that clarinet that absorbs me, and draws a smile in my face, to keep up the sound of the electrical guitar into a chorus proclaiming "a walk to the world, that measures an enormousness." Beautiful, beautiful song.

2. Fase

Here, Maxophone changes the mood to an instrumental song, more focused in a jazzier sound but plenty of changes and enjoyable harmonies. We can enjoy here the saxophone, keyboards, electric guitar (which realises a splendid job) to finish with a beautiful piece of transverse flute. Believe me, the arrangements are one of the greatest. Magical sound.

3. Al Mancato Compleanno Di Una Farfalla.

Once again, the beautiful sound of the flute, delivers the first notes of the song, which are lovely. Some a-capella lyrics after that, accompanied only by the flute! What a flute! I love its sound in the background! Then things turn over and change into a more melodic mood filled by this impressive keyboard that dominates the song all along. Electric Guitars, Italian lyrics, saxophone, super organ, and everything is glued marvelously. The song fades out to calmness, like the beginning of the song.

4. Elzeviro

Two minutes of Italian lyrics once again followed by brilliant saxophones and the beautiful mellotron (?) in the background. This is the awesome part, when things change direction and flows with the chords of that electrical guitar, changing tempos with the melodic voice of these Italian guys in the center of the song. A terrific song. What else can I say? The end: very pleasing.

5. Mercanti di Pazzie.

Ahh. The harp, what a soft sound! And the mellow voice of the singer. Pleasant flute and organ makes this song the delicate and slowest track, but not for that less valuable: a beautiful haven of the flashy mellotron (showing why it's the king of the gender), being played so subtle and wonderful. This is a very enjoyable track for sure. 6. Antiche Conclusione Negre.

Wow! This has to be one of my favorite tracks (if I can pick a favorite one). A calm sound at first to burst into this beautiful mellotron and even horns, those sounding gloriously, this song different from the above, shows the rock-style of Maxophone, even in a way that the sound feels for me dramatic (maybe for the way it sounds the singing and of course that energetic, breathtaking and spectacular saxophone!). The end changes to sound more like a church organ and kind of a gospel chorus (perhaps, not very accurate, but it reminds me that at first impression) Splendid song, with those jazzy hints, and it just makes me happy, the entire song is a wonderful piece. Very good song to closing the album.

7. Il Fischio del Vapore.

This extra track, instead of depreciate the album, raises its value. This track is extraordinary. We have more of the mellotron, with those unique voices. I love that riff guitar with those tambourines. It is a marvelous song, great drumming, and splendid mellotron throughout the song. Ten points to this song. I just don't know why they didn't release with the original album; such a great work definitively deserves a space in this disc.

8. Cono di Gelato.

For many time I despite this song not because was bad, but because of I was in ecstasy finishing 'il fischio.' that I didn't pay attention to the last song, but actually Cono di gelato is a very fine and enjoyable work that I think is the tribute to the jazz music and the thanks for the influence. Lovely track.

It is so bad that this band finished their great career so soon. This album competes with any prog masterpiece from the Italian side with no doubt.

But here we are, I honor them and show them respect they deserve for creating an album that is so unique and wonderful, and for helping me to develop my love to this genre. And I can say that Maxophone's album is the best album for me, just after another wonderful piece that I need to review.

No hesitation: five stars.

A progposito: RSDMCG

progaddict_salvatore | 5/5 |

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