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Jumbo - Vietato Ai Minori Di 18 Anni ? CD (album) cover




Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.11 | 137 ratings

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Andrea Cortese
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4 stars ".I was then ten years old when I dirtied the school's desk. Nun whipped me four long I cried."

I'm very happy that, finally, I've found this great and underrated 1973 album in the new 2004 Japanese elegant papersleeve remaster reissue!

Vietato ai Minori di 18 Anni? (Forbidden to Minors of 18 Years?) is the last of the three Jumbo's albums of the seventies. It closes the short but intense career of this band who released three albums in only 24 months. Very good album, with lots of ideas and made with the help of Franco Battiato.

The reason of such an album's title like that depends on the fact of the cruelty of the lyrics' themes speaking about drugs, alienation, alcohol's abuses, repressed sexual behaviours (mainly masturbation), prostitution.all mixed with the strong and rough vocals provided by the leader Alvaro Fella: anger at the purest state! Sadly all those "extreme" themes the band used to build up their albums, were an obstacle for their radio airplay and DJs' support.

The opener Specchio (Mirror) is a stunning and immediate "wake up"! Some flute's interludes, acoustic guitars, piano and violin never manage to sweeten that ferocious atmosphere!

Come Vorrei Essere Uguale a Te (How I Wish to Be the Same As You) is the most important and excellent tracks of the album, the second, in particular, starting with a very long and calm intro that suddenly breaks into a real burst of anger with all those heavy brass additions still in the heavy prog-rock field!

The other tracks are all very good but not at the level of these first two which are really amazing! Undoubtedly "Vietato ai Minori di 18 Anni?" is one of the records that had the biggest problems with the mass-media's chensorship, alongside with other famous tracks such as "La Fabbricante di Angeli" or "Era Inverno" by Le Orme (songs about abortion).

Highly recommended!

Andrea Cortese | 4/5 |


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