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Il Balletto Di Bronzo


Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.24 | 609 ratings

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4 stars This album is considered by many as one of the best in RPI genre. Released in 1972 by second line-up of Il Balletto di Bronzo, introduced Gianni Leone in keyboard section and vocal and Vito Manzari in bass.

There are 5 tracks (with one or two bonus tracks, depend on the version of release), all of them have strong progressive elements with a blend of jazz (extensive use of snare drums and cymbals, and dynamic bassline). The complexity of the tracks is challenging, and may take several spins before one can digest them. Too bad I could not find the English translation of the lyrics (would be more entertaining way to enjoy a concept album). There was an English version of this album, with only 2 tracks (and most reviewers say that it consists of demo version of the song).

Introduzione is the 15-minute first track. Complex time signatures and mood changes. Good guitar work in this part, with elaborated sound effects, mellotron / moog galore, and fast pace drums.

The next three tracks : the first, second and third encounter each lasts between 3 to 5 minutes. Many of good progressive moments in those tracks.

The last track Epilogo lasts 11 minutes. This is my favourite track. Very dark and aggressive composition, showing their high level of musicianship. The high-pitch human voice, vibrating sounds of guitar and keyboards (including dissonant sound of background piano) in the middle of the track is really a thrilling moment (a bit of metal prog atmosphere here).

While I appreciate much this work, I could not find themes or structured flow. To me the band seems like a bit too far in improvising in some tracks. But above all, I admire this work and their level of musicianship, and would agree to see it as one of the best in RPI scene.

Mark-P | 4/5 |


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