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Museo Rosenbach - Zarathustra CD (album) cover


Museo Rosenbach


Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.29 | 743 ratings

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Andrea Cortese
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5 stars ".clear Divine Essence is hiding in whom is living time's game and waiting for a different dawn."

Another precious gem, another unique thunder in all the stormy and rich Italian prog scenario of the seventies! This time we have to discuss about a philosophical concept album based on the famous figure of Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900). All his themes are musically arranged: the denunciation of the millenary lies of the human society and the ideal of a SuperMan, someone who can go beyond all the current myths, founding a new himself on new true discovered values. Absolute moral freedom which is not, as the nazi reconstruction tried to make think of, the proclamation of superiority of a race on all the others! Paradoxally nietzschean SuperMan is not someone a-moral, but someone with great sense of True Morality, someone who manages to distinguish between good and evil without any conditioning!

Did Museo Rosenbach reach the goal to explain musically the complex thought of this german philosopher? Listening to such an album the answer is very simple: Zarathustra is an exceptional album, very complex and well done.

This is one of those albums you all must listen to, a heavy, melodic, intelligent and atmospheric Masterpiece: drums, timpani and bells played by Giancarlo Golzi, bass guitar and piano played by Alberto Moreno, mellotron, Hammond organ, Farfisa keyboard and vibraphone played by the master hands of Pit Corradi, very distinctive and touching vocals by Stefano "Lupo" (id est Wolf) Galifi.

The long Zarathustra suite: L'Ultimo Uomo (the Last Man), Il Re Di Ieri (Yesterday's King), Al Di Lą del Bene e del Male (Beyond Good and Evil), Superuomo (Superman), Il Tempio delle Clessidre (Hourglass' Temple) on side one is probably the best effort, with strong classical influences and powerful keyboards in evidence as in the Best italian prog tradition!

Side two also, with three shorter tracks (Degli Uomini - About Men, Della Natura - About Nature, Dell'Eterno Ritorno - About Eternal Return) has some great moments. Della Natura is my favourite track of the side two! Yet the band was not so successful at the time the album was released (1973). They had problems for their supposed right-wing inclinations coming from the all-black cover, the Mussolini image in LP collage. Radios simply did not transmit their album!! What a pity!! Yet the lyrics have Nothing of political, only the explanation of the thought of Nietzsche!! That's incredible but true. So what was the problem with a band that was no left orientated, like the most part?

Neither the band expressed their thought in the lyrics! Italy loses one of the best examples of the progressive rock genre to come from outside England!

Andrea Cortese | 5/5 |


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