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Il Balletto Di Bronzo

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3 stars Well this album is not bad and quite well produced by Mauro Moroni (Mellow Records, former producer of my band LETHE); and moreover the purpose is noble, despite of this album adding a few symphonic breaks through in comparison to the original work, because now Gianni Leone is using a couple of digital synthezisers. Well the main defect is such a lack of a true sound combination and utilization as well of the whole color range, as you expect from him. Neither the original opera was characterized by an important choice of the presets or any program regarding the keyboards sound (A true Mini-Moog or a Prophet should have enriched the sound a lot, instead...).

Ok make your choice, anyway if you're found of the original album you can't do without this new one, otherwise stay away from it!!

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Posted Thursday, April 1, 2004 | Review Permalink
erik neuteboom
3 stars In 1996 Il Balletto Di Bronzo performed on a progressive rock festival in Rome, only singer/keyboardist Gianni Leone was from the original line-up. If you compare the music on this CD (running time 70 minutes) with the music from their acclaimed album "Ys" from 1972 the vintage keyboard sound has disappeared and is in fact very modern. The 11 compositions sound pleasant featuring some spectacular work (with hints from Keith Emerson) but they don't evoke the intricate atmosphere from the early Seventies. The song "Technoage" has even a house climate delivering a tight and propulsive beat (along flashy synth runs)! This is a decent keyboard-oriented progrock CD but if you are longing for more like "Ys", it will turn out in a disappointment.
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Posted Wednesday, July 6, 2005 | Review Permalink
3 stars Album released in 1999 "Trys". The group was reorganized to participate in the rock festival, and this work was recorded. It is a content that added some plays to the sound source of live. It is a trio of Gianni Leone, Ugo Vantine, and Romolo Amice. Music was collected from the number of "YS" and the solo album of Gianni Leone. I want to send applauding to Mr. Gianni Leone who shines in the figure, the performance, charisma, and all. If you wanted to listen to any of the solo of Gianni Leone, I recommend album "Vero" released in 1978. It is a work that his variegated talent is shown without reserve.
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Posted Thursday, April 27, 2006 | Review Permalink
1 stars I've debated for a while whether one-star reviews serve any purpose and if I should even bother writing them; well, this came on the iPod shuffle the other day and I decided that someone needs to know how truly awful it is. Maybe awful is too strong a word, but it is definitely below average and just poor enough to not even warrant a two-star rating. Unnecessary is the first word that comes to mind. Trys is marginally unlistenable and only of interest to Il Balletto di Bronzo completists or concert collectors.

Trys is a live album recorded in 1996 and released in 1999. Keyboardist and singer Gianni Leone used the Il Balletto di Bronzo moniker for what is essentially a solo album - he is the only original member of the group in participation. Obviously the main draw here is going to be the live rendering of that group's seminal 1972 album, Ys. Unfortunately, there is about twenty minutes of filler to sit through while waiting for it. The only track of interest is "Donna Vittoria," b- side to the "La Tua Casa Comoda" single released shortly after Ys. This version however is an industrial-tinged creepfest - any redeeming qualities of the original are completely obliterated and replaced with a cheap facsimile. This seriously sounds like music played by robots.

Once the Ys suite begins we see that Gianni Leone's voice has not aged that well but he has managed to amass an amazing collection of throwaway digital synthesizers and effects pedals, all of which will be used ad nauseam. The sound is a lot like like what Yes was doing circa Keys to Ascension, which permeated most of the mid-nineties and is the main reason I try to avoid that period of progressive music. If you like that sound then this may be your cup of tea, but it assuredly isn't mine. My main complaint is the utter ruination of a masterpiece such as Ys, and the decision to record and release it. The only positives I can find are the sound quality (which is quite good), and the competent drumming of Ugo Vantini. Other than that, Trys should be avoided at all costs.

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Posted Thursday, November 8, 2012 | Review Permalink

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