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Formula 3


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.04 | 54 ratings

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Andrea Cortese
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3 stars ".the street is mud-spattered, I keep my hands upon the wheel, the great house has been just builded up."

Formula Tre is one of the most popular bands in Italy at the beginning of the 70's because of their long collaboration with greatest song-writer Lucio Battisti who took them to the Numero Uno label producing their first album and writing many songs of their repertoire. They represented his rock face.

Fourth and last album of the seventies was La Grande Casa (The Great House). I think it is an important album due to the fact of the group's split from Lucio Battisti's production and compositions. The album was in fact produced by lyric-writer Mogol (the lyric-writer of Battisti) with original music by Alberto Radius. There's a large use of acoustic guitar here with a very interesting mix with the keyboard sounds.

Alberto Radius (guitar, vocals), Gabriele Lorenzi (keyboards, vocals) and Tony Cicco (drums, vocals) are good musicians but here they seem to imitate Battisti's songwriting, in particular in the song La Ciliegia Non Ŕ di Plastica (Cherry is not plastic made of), a good and humoresque song with good combination of rusty doors' noises.

The album is not completely progressive, only being a couple of GREAT songs and with varied arrengements: Rapsodia di Radius (Radius' Rhapsody) and La Grande Casa. Also LibertÓ Per Quest'Uomo (Freedom For This Man) is remarkable and very well played and composed.

Without any doubt, I feel that that 1973 album deserves a three stars rating! What a pity that total time is only about 30 mns...

Andrea Cortese | 3/5 |


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