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3 stars I was quite surprised when saw this band on PA. But why not?

It's always funny to play this album, because it never stays unnoticed by my wife. ''Is it Riccardo Fogli record? I didn't know you are a fan of him,'' - she asked when I was listening to ''Parsifal'' for the first time. ''You almost guessed, - I answered, - he played with this band for some time, though not on this album''. Today, when I listened to ''Parsifal'' CD, she said that some tracks sound like Pupo.

If seriously, ''Parsifal'' has its moments. The album starts promisingly with almost 7-minute ''L'Anno, Il Posto, L'Ora'' - delicate song with good vocal harmonies and interesting orchestrations. But then things get worse - tracks 2 - 8 are songs, rather typical for San Remo festivals, pleasant but forgettable. No doubt, I POOH are good singers, their voices are sweet. Sometimes too sweet - too much sugar and no spice.

Fortunately the title track, ''Parsifal'', saves the whole album. It is 10-minute long epic, beautifully composed, orchestrated and sung.

I think ''Parsifal'' represents well the sound of I POOH and is a good starting point if you never heard the band. I don't recommend this album to those who prefer complex forms of prog. But fans of softer side of rock (for example, early BEE GEES) can give this album a try.

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Posted Sunday, July 20, 2008 | Review Permalink
3 stars The Pooh: 43 years (really too many!) of uninterrupted presence in the Italian music scene: years of light, very light pop songs, and some slight glimmer of good symphonic music. Nothing to say about the value of musicians, Dody Battaglia is a great guitarist, but their musical proposal in all these years has always been tied to the great commercial success. Parsifal is the only decent band's album, made after the departure of Riccardo Fogli (another guru of Italian pop music), and contains perhaps the two greatest songs ever written by Pooh: "L'Anno, Il Posto, L'Ora", with poignant atmosphere, and "Parsifal (part 1 / part 2)", their absolute masterpiece, a great symphonic piece, well played and with a remarkable orchestral arrangement. Everything else is boredom.
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Posted Friday, October 10, 2008 | Review Permalink
Andrea Cortese
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3 stars And so here I am with this memorable italian record dedicated to the wagneriam knight Parsifal.

Riccardo Fogli out and Red Canzian in (former member of Capsicum Red): the classic line up started off.

First of all, I have to warn you: this is not a true prog rock work since the Pooh are not a prog rock band. They simply were child of their time and used some of the prog elements then in vogue to build up more "serious" songs.

Their canons still remain soft pop music but this time we have more: at least, an excellent opener and a superb closer. We have symphonic pop not far from what Barclay James Harvest were doing at the time.

L'ANNO, IL POSTO, L'ORA (6:47) is about the moment when a plane pilot realizes an upcoming crashing to the ground. Full orchestration, delicate vocals, shady symphonic atmosphere and mid-paced time.

PARSIFAL (the closer) is probably (indeed certainly) the most proggy track of the band and is divided in two parts: the first one sung and the second completely instrumental and fully symphonic arranged (the total leght is about 10 minutes).

There is wonderful electric guitar's playing (and vocals) by Dodi, moog by Roby, low choruses, harp, violins, flutes, cellos, brass... the second part is so rich that every time I listen to it I always think of Verdi's Aida as the proper comparison! A must! For me a 5 stars rating song.

Of the remaining tracks, none reaches these levels. Many listeners tell the other songs are pure pop songs based on melody and nothing memorable.

I think they're wrong 'cause there's still another classic: INFINITI NOI, a symphonic crescendo based on piano and strings that starts off as languid romantic song. The main problem is that many of you don't understand italian lyrics but I really ... I feel shivers on my spine...

To be mentioned also LA LOCANDA and LEI E LEI which is about sapphic love (very good melody). All in all, each song became a classic in Italy but there's a low prog quotient.

Probably the album won't be everybody's cup of tea; probably it would appeal only to fans of softer side of prog; probably it is not Pooh's best and more proggy effort (UN PO' DEL NOSTRO TEMPO MIGLIORE should be the choice then - ask the Mick...).

Sure that the closer deserves its own special place on this site. It's a monument for any good RPI lover.

3.5 stars as a final rating (but the album contains some memorable stuff).

I hope to read more comments and reviews.

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