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5 stars Add Maxophone to your list of must-have Italian prog albums to buy. Except for a stumble or two, its one of the best around and is just a tad under masterpiece status. The album starts out with wonderful piano, then cranks out some killer guitar. It has a definate ELP vibe about it, with excellent vocals by Alberto Ravasini and some pretty horn work for coloring. An awesome opening. Track two is cut from a bluesy prog cloth, then slides into a carnival style keyboard interlude, then into some sax work. ELP keyboards vie with the horns all about the instrumental. A very good prog number. Then comes my two favorite songs: 'Al Mancato Compleano Di Un Farfalla' and 'Elzeviro'. The first has a beautiful acoustic guitar intro leading to some tasty flutes ala PFM, especially with the harmonal singing. You'd swear it was PFM, like a lost song. Absolutely wonderful! The next track starts ominously, with Alberto's throaty singing over a cathedral organ playing in the background, then whammo! some early King Crimson prog blasts of hornwork and guitar circa 'Lizard', 'Island'. Phenomenal! One of the best Italian prog tracks ever! Must be heard. The next track goes back to the PFM style, with great singing. 'Antiche Conclusioni Negre' is very horn dominated, like Chicago, but in no way is it a copycat. Very bouncy track. The last two tracks seem like singles, with 'Il Fischio Del Vapore' being the better of the two. It's actually a beautiful track with nice guitars. Put it all together and you have an album that rivals the best Itailian symphonic prog. Other than the last track which I'm not fond of, it's practically perfect in ever way! 4.5 stars with no reservations!!
NJprogfan | 5/5 |


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