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La Famiglia Degli Ortega


Prog Folk

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3 stars Brothers from Venezuela creating an Italian band!

This is a very rare album released in the underground scene of the early 70's Italy, i would like to give you more info about it, but what i know is very limited and from a well known italian prog source. And the name of this band was created after two brothers from Venezuela, Ruben and Nestor Ortega, who ironically left the band before this selt titled and ony album was released.

The band despite having several members, doesn't feature a true complex musical background, actually what marks this band is their excellent use of backing vocals and harmonies, also the guitars. As an extra note, it says that they performed in a festival as a backing vocalists for the band Delirium, and that is why they were known more as a folk band than a prog one, anyway i believe they were just another band who belong to the powerful 70s Rock Progressivo Italiano era. The band dissapeared a couple of years later.

This album features 8 songs and a total time of 35 minutes, it opens with Archipielago which has a very nice musical background and spoken words of both male and female vocals, and besides the spoken word we can listen to the background vocals, which are characteristic of this band, the second part of the song shows a change and the folk side, some nice percussion and acoustic guitars.

Next is John Barleycorn - Due Aquile which starts with nice guitar chords and a beautiful female singer, which actually reminds me a bit to Itoiz, this is the longest song of the album with almost 6 minutes and one of the best, it has a catchy rythm and an excellent guitar playing as well as the synth, it leaves a very nice taste.

Guida la mia Lancia features male vocal as the main ones, but female as background, it has some nice piano work and a in moments it tries to create a rockier feeling, it's sound reminds me a bit to the 60s actually. Inversioni dei Fattoriis another beautiful song, with a delicate guitar sound and violins, it reminds me this time to some Focus moments, particularly in the Hamburger Concerto album, the backing vocals fit perfectly and after a minute or so o fa nice opening, the song becomes softer and the italian vocals appear and gives it, sorry for being redundant, an Italian flavour, the music is not truly prog rock, but it has it's moments.

Merryon has a bluesy mood, it features harmonica and nice bass lines, here the backing vocals are predominant again it does sound like a western or country song in some moments, it has an extraordinary violin solo.

Sogno Parigi has a classical piano beginning which could have been included in any Wakeman song jaja, then is a duo of piano and synth, and a delicate vocal sound, little by little the song becomes stronger and with a brief moment of progressive rock, the music is very well performed.

Una Vecchia Corriera this song reminds me a lot to Delirium, i assume in some way they were directly influenced by Delirium, this is a catchy pop folk song, but very nice for your ears if you like the beautiful Italian language.

Awamalaia with this song the album finishes, and this song resumes everything, great vocals (main and backing), excellent acoustic sound, percussion and a folkish flavour, what a pleasant song for finishing this album, it's perfect.

Well, this is not an album that everyone should have, nor even those who love the Italian progressive scene, though for them i surely recoommend it, in order to give it a spin and enjoy it when you can, i enjoy it but it is not an album that will be played frequently, 3.25 stars is my grade, so 3, good but non- essential.

Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 3/5 |


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