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UOMINI UMILI POPOLI LIBERI

Eneide

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.16 | 18 ratings

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Finnforest
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3 stars Decent but far from essential

The origins of Eneide trace to 1970 when the teenagers from Padova began as Eneide Pop, later becoming simply Eneide. It's hard to believe, but in their mid teens they are said to have opened dates for Genesis and VDGG. This led to the opportunity to make an album for Trident in 1972, and the band recorded from September through November. However Trident never released their album and the band held the tapes until 1990 when there was finally given a limited, private release. Eneide broke up in 1974 but some of the members have kept playing and kept in contact, with the hope of completing another project one day.

Their album is a cool rarity of good quality although certainly not essential, of interest to more serious RPI fans who've heard all the great stuff. This is a mixture of less complex RPI flavored hard rock that often sounds a bit like Osage Tribe, Atomic Rooster, or Garybaldi. There are garage style rock jams with juicy electric leads and feisty rhythms, all fairly conventional and only flirting with serious prog, most tracks range from only 2-4 minutes in length. The album rises to its most interesting on the mellower stuff when they use some cello and flute to enhance things. There are also moments where acoustic guitars and gentle Italian vocals lend a singer-songwriter vibe. It's certainly nice stuff that is well played but falls well short of the kind of RPI excitement that I get from the more crucial stuff. "Cantico alle Stelle" is a lovely opener with acoustic guitar, mellotron, and melody followed by a jazzy organ section. "Ecce Omo" is another beaut with Moog and some nice drum fills. "Viaggio Cosmico" is a great track, a bit spacey, then very passive with a gorgeous cello interlude over acoustic. My biggest problem is that aside from the 7 minute track, most of the songs just don't have the time to really develop into something more substantial. This is one of those neat little albums for the hard core fans to hunt down and add to their collection. Rooster and Tribe fans should give it a shot, but not before hunting down the 2nd Flea album or Buon Vecchio Charlie, both of which provide more scenery from similar turf.

The Mellow reissue includes nice liner notes and lyrics, all in Italian only. The sound is quite decent for an archival release of this era.

Finnforest | 3/5 |

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