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SIRIO 2222

Il Balletto di Bronzo

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

2.78 | 58 ratings

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andrea
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3 stars Il Balletto di Bronzo is an Italian prog band from Naples that was formed in the late sixties. The first line up featured Marco Cecioni (vocals, guitar), Michele Cupaiuolo (bass), Giancarlo Stinga (drums) and Lino Ajello (guitar). Their debut album was released in 1970 and sounds quite different from their best-known prog work "Ys", since keyboards wizard and vocalist Gianni Leone joined only in 1971 along with bassist Vito Manzari, leading the band in a completely new musical direction...

On "Sirio 2222" you can find many "beat" and "psychedelic" influences while lyrics deal with the myth of "hippies way of life" on the road... The music is definitively "guitar driven" and you can listen to some "echoes" of Jimi Hendrix ("Un posto", "Girotondo"), Canned Heat ("Eh Eh Ah Ah"), Animals, Yardbirds or The Who ("Neve calda", "Ma ti aspetterņ", "Ti risveglierai con me") mixed with a strong melodic flavour. The best moments on this album in my opinion are the romantic "Meditazione", an interesting effort to blend classical music with rock and "Incantesimo", a "psychedelic enchantment" trying to blend blues with fairy tales imagery... Good also the long "Missione Sirio 2222" that tells in music and words the wreckage of a spaceship: a strange kind of "psychedelic suite" with peculiar "oriental influences".

On the whole "Sirio 2222", although perhaps in some way naive and derivative, could be an interesting album for psychedelic rock lovers... Nonetheless I think it's very far from essential in a prog collection...

andrea | 3/5 |

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