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I Califfi


Rock Progressivo Italiano

2.27 | 2 ratings

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1967/ 1976
2 stars Third version by I Califfi... All new members... Supervised by original keyboardist Giacomo Romoli!

This third version of I Califfi have a totally new line-up (without connections between 60's and 70's line-ups) with all totally new members. Since this band is only supervised by the original keyboardist Giacomo Romoli you (and I) we should expect a band devoted to the Beat revival. But this is not true. Or better...

...'Fiore Di Metallo' is all forgotten (and you forget it). Precisely is good to see in this album a POP version of Procol Harum! But, for to be precise, is not true because Procol Harum is not inspiration for this version of I Califfi because this is an album of POP with Fusion bass (a la Jaco Pastorius!!!) in certain songs. It is true that 'La Fiera Del Perdono' (original ('Scarborough Fair' by Simon & Garfunkel) in this new version is a pure English Folk but it is true that in all this CD it is a strange perception that invedes my body and mind. In fact if in first plan is the melody (POP melody) it is true that the complexity of Prog is present. It is in first plan the fact that 'All'Improvviso' (eng: 'Suddenly') is a Beat revival album but the perception is that, at the same time, 'All'Improvviso' is a Proto Prog album.

With this type of premises 'All'Improvviso' is an album that crowd. Because yes, I Califfi are a great band in the revival Beat festivals but it is true that I Califfi music is not a pure Beat, is not a Prog music, is not a POP music. Or better, except for 'Fiore Di Metallo' I Califfi music is a strange hybrid, Proto Prog if we have to classify this music, but that today not have a pure classification.

'All'Improvviso' is also a good album, but if you do not are a RPI fan 'All'Improvviso' is not a good album.

(P.s.: 3 or 4 stars for me... But 2 stars in PA definition of ratings!!!)

1967/ 1976 | 2/5 |


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