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Gruppo D'alternativa



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4 stars Wow!!

I'm shocked. I wasn't expecting the album to be this good! Like most of us here, before taking the plunge into the deep waters of "Ipotesi" I read as many reviews as I could, including the excellent (as usual . . . ) reviews above by BJ-1 and Finnforest. I admit I didn't put the album too high on my priority list, being perhaps put off a bit by some of the descriptions about the band's experimental side. But to my ears this album falls squarely in with the better experimental RPI bands, like Area, Pholas Dactylus, Planetarium and Stormy Six. In fact, when I think of the year this was done (1972), I'm amazed at how adventurous these guys were, and at the same time how absolutely enjoyable their adventure is! For example, they go from a fabulous RPI groove in "La Tua Lotta" to great jazz rock in "Messaggio Libero." There are some moments of experimentation that don't work quite as well for me--are there any RIO/Avant type bands that hit it every time?--but when they do get it, it is absolutely amazing.

As Jim mentions above, the BTF mini lp is gorgeous. You really should pick this up while you can! Four stars for this shockingly good, overlooked piece of RPI/Proto-RIO/avant/jazz rock from 1972. Wow!!

Todd | 4/5 |


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