Murple - Io Sono Murple CD (album) cover




Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.91 | 114 ratings

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4 stars ****1/2

This album has been a real grower for me. I remember being slightly disappointed when I first heard this and it was probably because I was exploring a lot of the biggest Italian classics at the same time. This is not the greatest Italian album ever but excellent nevertheless. The story of the album is about the adventures of a penguin called Murple and how he leaves his home, which is in Antarctica. In this journey he encounters the evil man. The music includes very good guitar and keyboard parts. I think there is a great balance between aggressiveness and melody. Like with the majority of Italian groups the emphasis is on interplay, not soloing. Sadly this was the group's only album although there were preparations for a second one.

There are twelve tracks in the track list but actually this album consists only of two sidelong tracks both clocking around seventeen minutes. There first half is slightly better of the two but the second half is excellent as well. Some of the highlights include the ending of the first half, known as "Murple Rock". The second half starts with a wonderful piano piece "Preludio e Scherzo" showing the classical piano talents of the keyboardist Pier Carlo Zanco. Again, in this latter suite the ending is truly fantastic.

Conclusion: This is an excellent album and nearly essential.

geezer | 4/5 |


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