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Gigi Pascal E La Pop Compagnia Meccanica

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

2.36 | 10 ratings

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Finnforest
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2 stars Way down the RPI priority list

Considering this album was released in one of prog's finest places and hours, 1973 Italy, this is really quite an underwhelming album. Had it been released in the 60s it would surely garner another star but the context of time matters. In Italy and elsewhere by '73 the competition were light years beyond what Gigi Pascal was doing here. Pascal is working in the Italian pop style here with some rock and proggy infusion, sounding influenced by Procol Harum one moment, Santana the next (never getting close to either I might add). Typical and rather basic, short 3-4 minute tracks with lots of organ and little adventurous exploration leave me clockwatching for most of this short album, which feels much longer than its 26 minute running time. The guitarist is pretty good and the drummer equally feisty, in general the band is very competent. You will see Fabio Celi and Capricorn College mentioned in reference to Gigi Pascal but he doesn't rise to either level really. Fabio Celi was doing some really wild and crazy dramatics that were pure fun, while Capricorn is much more carefully arranged and beautiful. But this is not a complete disaster either and there are two tracks in particular that are very nice. The opener "la tua voce" is the highlight with a beautiful beginning melody drenched in organ, a children's chorus, and a parallel guitar lead. "fuga in si minore" is the other gem here, the most proggy of the eight songs. It begins with a fierce tribal drumming and swirling organ/guitar runs, then moving to a more introspective feeling with running water sounds and slow picked guitar notes. Then it begins rocking again before closing with a nearly two minute drum solo. While this is an enjoyable romp it is undeniably only for RPI collectors who have already been through the hundreds of more important titles in the genre. The scant single-paged insert in Mellow mmp-202 issue gives no information about the band. If you have the time and money to go all-out in your RPI quests, have at it. Casual RPI fans can keep right on driving

Finnforest | 2/5 |

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