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3.28 | 11 ratings

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4 stars This is the group's 4th album and it consists of new songs, old tribute songs from different tribute compilations and live tracks from 2002.

The album is divided into three different parts:

Il mai sentito ****

The first four tracks are all new. Two of the songs, "Di Nuovo a Casa" and "Gatto Rosso", have a new female singer Sara Nannipieri. Also the rhythm section seems to have changed: the new bassist is Sebastiano Sacchetti and drummer is Mario Cuffaro. The other two tracks are instrumentals. The music seems to be like a mix of their 2nd and 3rd albums, two albums that were quite different from each other. The best out of these four tracks is perhaps the 4th "Gatto Rosso". Excellent.

Il gia sentito, forse ***

The next four tracks are tribute songs. These are from tribute compilations in which the band had participated earlier in their career. The 5th track "The Knife" is from a Genesis tribute from 1994 so it is a very early track from the band's career. The 6th track is from a Jethro Tull tribute and the track they contributed is "Wond'ring Aloud". The track is from the year 2000. The 7th track "Dr. Diamond" is a song originally by King Crimson. The eight track "La Battaglia per il Sampo" is a song that they contributed to the Finnish Kalevala project and is from 2002. This is their own track and also the best out of these four tracks.

...ed altro ancora (live 2002) ****

The seven remaining tracks are all performed live and are recorded in 2002. In this gig the line-up is the old one but with a different flautist Elisa Azzara. Two of the live tracks are from the self-titled debut album, three tracks are from ...e il suo respiro ancora agita le onde... and two tracks are from Cielo & Terra. The recording quality is very good and I don't really have much to criticize about this live effort. They seem to be very good live as well. Excellent stuff!

After these tracks there is also a short track from the band's early career.

Conclusion: A very good album by this great contemporary Italian band!

geezer | 4/5 |


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