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FRUTTI PER KAGUA

Capitolo 6

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.42 | 61 ratings

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progbaby
4 stars 3.7 rounded up to 4 :-) I'm rounding up to 4 in hopes of increasing the rating a little bit for this album.

Ever have one of those albums you bought and listened to only a few times and sold because you did not like it *only* to try it again years later and give it many listens and then end up liking it?

Along with Crimson's "Larks' Tongues in Aspic" (which I initially hated/sold and rebought years later and loved), this is such an album.

About 15 years ago (at the time I was getting into RPI), I loved the soft pastoral sounding RPI bands like Orme/PFM/QVL/etc.. I started exploring more of the 2nd/3rd tier RPI bands back in 98 after getting all the "50+ essential ones". I got this one and did not like it because it sounded too harsh and raw as if a garage band jam. I put it on my "for sale list" and sold it. Years later as I became more open minded (I was closed minded), I tried this again. Only this time, I decided to play it about 5 times in a row. Now I like it because it sounds harsh :-)

Although I cannot see credit to Jumbo's lead singer, he sounds like he makes an appearance towards the end of the 18 minute album side track as it does not sound like the singer you hear for the majority of the album. I don't see the Jumbo guys' name here nor do I see his name mentioned on the italian prog web site for this album. But I swear it's him. Can someone confirm?

By the album cover, I'd guess that this album has something to do with the politics of US treatment to the native American's either in the 19th century or since? Maybe I'm wrong.

Musically, this album sounds like the musicians jammed and cranked out 4 tunes in 1 take amidst mediocre sound equipment. There's a certain raw-sound/recorded-live-in-the-studio-with-no- overdubbing feel to this album. But I like it quite a bit. Most of the time the album is hard rocking with some prog and some psychadelic tendencies. Sounds more like proto-prog with the rawness of the "Indian Summer" (another pretty cool album) album if anyone has heard that album? Throw in a flute that tends to be more rhythmic than melodic (this is not a bad thing) along with some italian beat vocal harmonies (the kind you hear from about 1970), heavy deep purple-ish guitar leads and a lead vocalist who can be harsh at times. On a few occassions, the vocal harmonies tend to even remind me of that on Jesus Christ Superstar. All the while being a heavy-hard-rock melodic album with prog and psych leanings.

If you like your music primarily heavy with heavy guitars and the RPI vocal harmonies/melodies (along with some harsh lead vocals at times) that you're familiar with along with the token Jethro-Tull sounding flute along with a raw-ness about this album that indicates that it could have been recorded in one take in a high school gymnasium, this album is definitely an album to check out.

If you're just getting into RPI, I'd check out the usual suspects that tend to rate the top 50 RPI albums to get. If you can't get enough of those first tier albums and want more (like I did) of RPI and want to start checking into the non-first-tiers (in which there are a lot of great gems like Ricordi Di Infanzia, etc..), please check into this Capitolo 6 album and give it at least 5-10 listens before you decide whether or not you like it.

Not essential but definitely a good RPI album to have in your collection if you're exploring the non-first tier albums.

progbaby | 4/5 |

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