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CAMPO DI MARTE

Campo di Marte

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.79 | 130 ratings

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coasterzombie
3 stars This minor gem from 1973 has all the ingredients for a prog classic, but never really comes to fruition. Perhaps it was the band's lack of interest or heavy-handy involvement from the record label (United Artists), but for whatever reason the album never reaches its full potential. But it is still pretty good, if a little overrated. There are two different CD releases of Campo Di Marte, each with a different track sequence; the 1994 Mellow CD which replicates the original LP running order, and the 2006 BTF/AMS CD in which the "sides" are reversed. I have tried listening to the album both ways, and honestly it doesn't make a huge difference to me, as perhaps I am too accustomed to the Mellow CD. Guitarist and composer Enrico Rosa had originally visioned the album begin softly and sweetly, but I guess United Artists had other plans. I actually like the hard open, as it grabs your attention and sets the tone for what will be an interesting, if somewhat uneven, listen.

As mentioned, "Primo Tempo" begins with a hard rock sound, the electric guitar reminiscent of Black Sabbath. Once the rest of the band comes in, you'll notice something quite interesting and unique to the world of Italian Prog - there are two drummers! But this is no Grateful Dead stuff; think more like Larks' Tongues in Aspic era King Crimson. However, in this band of multi-instrumentalists, drummer Mauro Sarti will switch out to flute early and often...which he does in "Secondo Tempo." This softer side of the group is the better of the two, and is executed no better than on this track. "Terzo Tempo" features some interesting guitar experimentation/improvisation, before giving way to a haunting piano motif. This theme will continue into "Quarto Tempo" which is even more intense. There is some really nice organ work here, courtesy of Alfredo Barducci.

The outstanding keyboard skill will continue on "Quinto Tempo," but this time from Enrico Rosa and his Mellotron. For me this is probably the high point of the album, and the last two tracks somewhat pale in comparison. Overall though, a solid effort well worth seeking out. Especially recommended for those with deep collections already or fans of Maxophone and Alusa Fallax.

coasterzombie | 3/5 |

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