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Le Orme - Collage CD (album) cover


Le Orme


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.83 | 274 ratings

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Andrea Cortese
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4 stars ".like clear water from the spring flowing to the sea, so run away in that pale morning your hour last and brief."

This album is imprinted in my DNA, been born and grow up always listening to Le Orme (and Pink Floyd).the ancestral prog/sounds of my infancy! Not only by radio but also by my father's keyboards and guitars. When I think to prog it's absolutely natural having in my mind the image of Collage's cover, Miki de Rossi in front, Pagliuca and Tagliapietra ("Cutstone" in English) respectively on his right and his left. They're painted with white colour like classical statues standing under a marble old capital. Classicism influences so much any Italian education as we can see in all Orme's works! The band was formed in 1967 in an industrial town near Venice, few kms from my home.

Collage is an instrumental piece with great Hammond organ, part with an electric piano sounding like harpsichord. Classical orchestral structure, delightful! People always like it! It's a Le Orme's classic!

Faithfully to their classical forma mentis, the lyrics are poetic and delicate, painting fresh images of nature and love.

Era Inverno (Was Winter) is about the narrator's falling in love with a woman who works each night for money.

Cemento Armato (Ferroconcrete cement) is a longer composition with, as always great work on drums by Miki, and is about the sad living in modern big cities where the sirens' noises covers all the birds' chirping.

Sguardo Verso Il Cielo (A Look To The Sky) is another classic one here! It's now part of the traditional and most influencing works in all the Italian progressive scene! The song is about the joy of singing and playing, expression of the sad need to reach what it's impossible to reach!

Evasione Totale (Total Evasion) is the other 7 mns long composition in Collage, great bass guitar's work. The lyrics are more seems about the narrator's sad journey to nowhere: ".reality will escape, I know I will always see the darkness.".

Immagini (Images) is the nature's sad contemplation of whom is no more love- corresponded by his woman even if they continue their life together.

Morte Di Un Fiore (Death Of A Flower) is the delicate description of the discovery of the body of a young woman died in the grass, near the clear waters of a brook: ".only the wind kissed you and stood by.".

This is truly a masterpiece in my life. It is beauty and soft painted poetry. Highly recommended!!!!

Andrea Cortese | 4/5 |


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