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FLEURS 3

Franco Battiato

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

2.61 | 9 ratings

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2 stars There may be a reason to release "Fleurs 3" before "Fleurs 2", even though I don't see a reason to insist on this topic after "Fleurs"which is probably the Battiato's album I like less.

As "Fleurs" this is an album of covers of famous Italian songs of Battiato's youthness, apart of PFM's "Impressioni Di Settembre" which is relatively recent respect to the many songs coming from the early 60s.

"Perduto Amor" (Lost Love) was written by an Italian-belgian singer-songwriter, some "Salvatore Adamo". Nothing of prog interest in this song, but he must like it a lot as this was the title of his first movie as director which has a soundtrack full of songs of this period and kind. Not skippingthis song is quite hard.

"Impressioni di Settembre" is a great song regardless who sings it. The arrangement is not bad but the original version is still unbeatable. At least he has left the synth as in the original.

"Se Mai" is a very famous hollywoodian song written by Charlie Chaplin now translated into Italian. It's from the soundtrack of "Modern Times". Nothing to say, it's a great song with nothing to do with prog.

"Ritornerai" is a song by "Bruno Lauzi", one of the biggest Italian pop songwriters of 60s and 70s. Pop, exactly.

Something French now: "Col Tempo, Sai" (With Time, You Know..) is another less than a hit from the 60s. Let's skip..

Caterina Caselli was my favourite singer when I was 4 or 5 years old and I'm quite happy to have the opportunity to spend few words about her. She had a brilliant but short pop career as singer then she became a producer running her own label and launching (or trying to launch) many artists. She was also a bassist and I remember to have seen her playing a solo with a 6-string bass in a TV show at the end of the 60s. I like this song because it was part of my childhood, but you don't have to. The song is "Insieme A Te Non Ci Sto Piu" (I don't stay with you anymore).

Another classic of Italian pop: "Il Cielo in Una Stanza"(The Sky In a Room) by the singer- songwriter Gino Paoli. A big hit from the 60s....where it should have remained.

Now a surprise: a song by Alan Sorrenti, but I have never heard it before. I'm not sure that it has been released on any Sorrenti's album. Not a masterpiece in any case but it's one of the less boring songs of this album.

Another Bruno Lauzi's song, one of his most well-known melodic love songs...let's skip it as well. I feel a lot of respect for Lauzi who would deserve some words but I have never liked his songs.

"Sigillata Con Un Bacio" (Sealed With a Kiss) is a song that I've never heard before from an unknown author. It sounds very 60s as well and is not the worst track here. There are some good passages but I wouldn't suggest anybody to buy this album for this song.

A song written by Battiato and sung with Alice (one of the singers he launched in the 80s). I'm sorry but even this song is forgettable.

The album is closed by Strauss. "Beim Schlafengehen" (Going To Sleep) sung by Battiato doesn't sound as if sung by a tenor. Why disturbing Strauss, I don't know.

This is nothing more than a collector's item.

octopus-4 | 2/5 |

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