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CONCERTO GROSSO PER I NEW TROLLS

New Trolls

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.74 | 226 ratings

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Itai Diamant
4 stars 3.5 stars really! a bit neo-classical...

Released in 1971, NEW TROLLS's "Concerto Grosso Per I" is the first album that was made by an Italian band and combined Classical music with Rock music; this is one reason why this album has influenced many artists, especially in Italy...

The opener "Tempo: Alegro" is rather short and features a very TULL-like flute. This song is a rock version for a collection of famous classical motifs.

Next is "Tempo: Adagio". Though the orchestral arrangements are very string-dominant (Other people may like it, but in my case it's a minus), there are great vocals on this one.

Coming right up is "Tempo: Cadenza - Andante Con Moto". The first minute and a half or so is pretty much a violin solo, but then again those strings come (which IMHO is bad). This one is barely a rock song - except the drumming though. Nice harpsichord and vocals over the strings and violin in the second half. Disheartening end with yet again those orchestral strings leading the listener out.

"Tempo Shadows (Per Jimy Hendrix)", yes there is a JIMMY HENDRIX reference here (with a misspell)! a soft but efficient Blues/Psychedelic (?) song that is sometimes influenced by early Jethro Tull (that influence pops up now and then on the album). Actually, this is one of the better moments in the album, but the song doesn't really belong, considering the concept of the album. The guitar solo tribute wraps up the end of that part of the album.

"Nella Sala Vuota: Improvvisazioni Dei New Trolls Registrate In Diretta" opens as a bluesy Hammond solo for the first two minutes. JETHRO TULL influences also come through in the second quarter of the song in the form of a breathy flute. After the break in the middle of the song, the music returns. Nice Hammond work is followed by a loud sound of an electric guitar solo which is then followed by an impressive (and long) drum solo. The drums finally build up the song back to its base, to allow the rest of the band to join in for the end. The musicians' skills are outweighed by the distractions of the engineering limitations of that era.

I like the first half of the album better than the second, though I do think it doesn't compare well with the other Rock Progressivo Italiano legends.

Itai Diamant | 4/5 |

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