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E TUTTO COMINCIO COSI '76

Sensitiva Immagine

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

4.12 | 35 ratings

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coasterzombie
4 stars What a diamond in the rough this is. The only document of Sensitiva Immagine is a cassette produced sometime in the late seventies that was issued on CD in 1991 and again in 1998. E Tutto Comincio Cosi has sadly been out of print since. Like Il Giro Strano and Buon Vecchio Charlie, Sensitiva Immagine never had the opportunity to release a proper LP during their lifespan, and now in the 21st century risk fading into obscurity again. Fortunately we now have the internet and sites such as Progarchives to promote awareness of these titles, but it would be nice if BTF/AMS or another similar label would take a chance on some of these lesser-known albums and get some inventory going. E Tutto Comincio Cosi is a symphonic fan's dream, echoing the best work of early Genesis combined with the competent vocal and musical skill of Locanda Delle Fate. Listeners of either group will take to the album immediately and revel in its artistry.

The mediocre album cover does nothing to reveal the craftmanship inside...Sensitiva Immagine weave a complex yet conventional progressive rock sequence on their only production. "Intro (inedito)" commences the festivities with a chorus of analogue synthesizers, singing guitar lines and calculated piano. The song segues seamlessly to "Overture" which is a good representation of the album as a whole; dynamic drumming, imaginative guitar playing, and a wealth of keyboard sounds are in abundance on E Tutto Comincio Cosi. After an initial blitz of instrumental achievement, the song breaks with a softly strummed acoustic guitar. Vocals finally enter and are rendered in a very tasteful and pleasant way. A long fade-in opens "Harlem," which continues the symphonic execution and ups the ante with some skillful organ work. "Harlem" takes many twists and turns during its relatively brief exposition, while the lengthy "Al Confini Del Mondo" allows ideas more time to fully develop.

Another "Intro (inedito)" piece acts as an interlude before "Storia Di..." and a more crowd- friendly sound appears. The song is not really commercial, but much more succinct and jovial than its predecessors. "La Favola Di Narcisio Ed Eco" impresses with a balladic approach at first, and transforms into a Genesis-circa-Nursery-Cryme exercise by its end. The more original "E Tutto Comincio Cosi" closes the original album running order; the sensational instrumental may well be my favorite on the disc. Though the Kaliphonia CD offers some bonus tracks, do not hesitate to snatch up the Melos CD instead, should one become available on the second-hand market. Though this now-collectible fetches high prices on the auction circuit, it is worth every penny for hardcore RPI collectors and even general Symphonic Prog completists; E Tutto Comincio Cosi is that good.

coasterzombie | 4/5 |

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