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VIETATO AI MINORI DI 18 ANNI

Jumbo

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.07 | 111 ratings

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friso
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3 stars Jumbo - Vietato ai minori di 18 anni (1973)

Besides the big RPI groups (Banco, PFM, Orme) the Italian prog scene hosts a long list of smaller groups that produced a lot of often semi-professional symphonic/eclectic progressive rock records with an extrovert style. Jumbo made two acclaimed records, this is the second of them. The low & raw vocals of Alvara Fello are often seen as a letdown - but at least the man is motivated and honest.

Jumbo has an eclectic mix of styles, with most noteworthy heavy psych, folk, symphonic, space and world-music. The music sometimes evokes the fanatic feel for which a band like VdGG is remembered, whilst the music is way more fragmentary and unfocused. Jumbo has lots of great ideas and most work quite good, but lacks the extended song-writing skills to create a very meaningful experience (though knowing the Italian language might have helped here). Having that said there's quite a lot to enjoy here! Almost every moment of the album has some prove of an inventive mindset and the band thrives in its quieter experiments. During bombastic movements the recording isn't up to the challenge, an element of RPI music the real lovers must learn to live with. I sometimes find myself trying to listen to 'what could have been'.

Conclusion. Another strong, but semi-professional, eclectic Italian prog record that will be liked by most of its fans - though one shouldn't expect subtle vocals. Three and halve stars.

friso | 3/5 |

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