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Formula 3

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3 stars Formula 3 is a band that has always been associated with Lucio Battisti. Indeed ... It would be better to say that Formula 3 was Lucio Battisti's band. They weren't simply the backing band of Lucio Battisti (especially in two tours in 1970 and 1971), when they had to express themselves through the bloodiest Rock but they signed for "Numero 1", the label of Lucio Battisti and Mogol (the lyricist of Battisti) , were produced by Lucio Battisti and Battisti himself wrote many songs for them (some he also recorded later). Also, at some point (1973), they turned into Il Volo when Lucio Battisti asked them to expand the line-up.

The style of the band is, as I read it, a great Hard Rock on the first album which then evolves towards a Progressive Rock that never manages to become immortal (but almost all the songs are great). This compilation proves it very well. Tony Cicco, Alberto Radius and Gabriele Lorenzi are among the best musicians we could boast in Italy at the time and, of course, they can interpret the songs really well. Their skill in how they play and interpret is evident, managing to involve us totally, in very different songs like "Dies Irae" (Proto Metal, for me), "Eppur mi son scordato di te" (POP / melodic Hard Rock), "Io ritorno solo" (Epic Progressive Hard Rock) or "Cara Giovanna" (POP with Progressive structures). And all this succeeding immensely to please the public who, in truth, was not so competent to distinguish these musical differences.

Concluding "Superissimi, Gli Eroi Del Juke Box" is a compilation that is part of a compilation series. Therefore its value is not very high. But the quality is, however, excellent. When I saw it I did not hesitate to buy it and, I must say, I did not regret it. But if you have all of this band (or all of these songs) you can very well avoid it.

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