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Angelo Branduardi - Alla Fiera dell'Est CD (album) cover


Angelo Branduardi


Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.18 | 21 ratings

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Andrea Cortese
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3 stars This is the third Branduardi's record to date and contains the most famous song of all his productions: the title track. A folk-based-evergreen carol with increasingly faster rythms which is about the action-reaction theory (based on a hebrew poem): a mouse was eaten by a cat that was bited by a dog that was beated by a stick that was burnt by a fire that was extinguished by the water that was drunk by an ox that was killed by a butcher who was overwhelmed by the Angel of Death who was defeated by The Lord. A fascinating number.

Branduardi is helped by many valuable musicians: among others Maurizio Fabrizio (who later recorded the wonderful prog album "Movimenti nel Cielo" - 1979) on lute and guitars, Gianni Nocenzi (BMS) on clarinet and piano, Gigi Cappeollotto on bass guitar and Andy Surdi on drums.

The whole album is built upon soft traditional folk songs, very well arranged, never aggressive with even orchestral parts (as in "Canzone del Rimpianto"). The more rythmic tracks are (th opener apart): "Il Vecchio e la Farfalla", "La Serie dei Numeri" (my favourite, a hymn to numbers and the power of death above all things that grow) and "Il Dono del Cervo" (a spectacular and sad story about a deer that gives in to the hunter).

The only strange, dark, and proggy track is "Il Funerale" (8 mns): excellent (long) intro with disarmonic acoustic guitar arpeggios and violin. Then clarinet and flutes. Not exaclty a reassuring mood; very melancholic, only sung in the second half. It can take some time to appreciate the first part, but it is a jewel.

Andrea Cortese | 3/5 |


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