Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography
Samadhi - Samadhi CD (album) cover




Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.47 | 57 ratings

From, the ultimate progressive rock music website

1967/ 1976
5 stars The perfection of Classic RPI!

A sort of supergroup, as most of their members came from well-known bands, Samadhi were formed after the split of Raccomandata con Ricevuta di Ritorno by singer Regoli and guitarist Civitenga, along with keyboard player Sabatini (from Free Love and Kaleidon), Aldo Bellanova from Teoremi on bass and drummer Ruggero Stefani (L'Uovo di Colombo), and two other members. The band split soon after the LP due to the absolute lack of interest both by press and public.

Today it is time to remove the slices of ham from the eyes and ears and celebrate this masterpiece. Which I consider 100% RPI!

Musically Samadhi part by a sort of Jazz POP infused with Rock and mixed with a massive dose of rock, in order to obtain a Rock carpet extremely evocative but simple, no frills and trying to overcome the typical defects of RPI. What I want to remember is that Samadhi is not seeking the pure pleasure of an enjoyable listening but seeks to instill in the listener the power of music. As in RRR (previous band of Civitenga Regoli) the arrangements are included in the melody (although here the authors are not the same) but with other results. In fact in Samadhi this process of writing (helped by a production job at the console really good and not common in classical RPI) creates a very unusual power, often overflowing, but still quite enjoyable. So much so that magic and feeling are not describable, so they tend to be the only winning elements of the compositions. The use of the soul orchestra in 'Un Milione Di Anni Fa' (eng: 'One Million Years Ago'), together with a ruffian guitar and Renaissance oboe carry the listener into a parallel world, so as the magic of the romantic 'L'angelo' (eng: 'The Angel').

I have briefly described these two songs because I believe a few words I described the album, although it must be said that Renaissance elements are present at all times, except in the instrumental 'Passaggio Di Via Arpino' (eng: 'Arpino Way Passage') that is the only Jazz Rock (Funky Rock) composition of this album. We must not forget that Samadhi was a supergroup, and as such the music is the result of previous experiences of several members. However, only Lazareschi, Sabatini and Bellanova sign the compositions. This means the abandonment of the sperimental Jazz Folk RPI of RRR to become a sort of Rock/ RPI very simple and commonly Mediterranean. That, however, the Mediterranean and which has zero, at the same time, it smells of the atmospheres of 'Ulysses' Odyssey'! It does not take much (if you're Italian) to find a subtle reference to certain neo realistic poetry turned into anger and restored to the original spirit, pushing the music toward a generational exaggeration today to rosewater (I mean overtaking). That In this case (power of perfect things) has no age!

Basically the symphonic quotient of Samadhi is close to 100 on a scale of 50! Do not think I exaggerate. And even exaggerating I believe to be sincere and honest (which is what I want to prove). It is, although obvious, strange to see how all this is not planned but result of a case that I believe is planned. Here many questions may arise. But not being a musician I do not ask me the answers. And, then, why ask this question? Simply because I see in Samadhi the best spot for the classic RPI. That, unfortunately, I can not describe the way you wish. And this is a limit. So 'L'ultima Spiaggia' (eng: 'The Last Beach') with lyrics about a pilgrimage to Bethlehem (or the Crusades?) like me because as powerful as a melodic Heavy Prog but I can not say if this is an honor or not. For me it is a huge honor. So that this power is for me a source of magic. And, at the same time, transformation of this composition in a very pure West Coast Folk Rock!

Just because Samadhi can not be placed in a Prog category (because it is the synthesis of Prog known and established in 1974) it is a masterpiece. Sure, if I were a musician I could explain better (and correctly) because Samadhi is a masterpiece. But even so, I hope to be successful in the purpose that I set.

1967/ 1976 | 5/5 |


As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Share this SAMADHI review

Social review comments () BETA

Review related links

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: — jazz music reviews and archives | — metal music reviews and archives

Donate monthly and keep PA fast-loading and ad-free forever.