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New Trolls

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2 stars This album is an heterogeneous collection of singles released between 1967 and 1970. Some tracks are quite good, though very far from the progressive mood of "Concerto grosso", "Searching for a Land" and "Ut".

"Una miniera" (A mine) is one of the best known New Trolls' songs. Lyrics are about an accident in a coalmine. Great harmony vocals and a style close to early Bee Gees... Good also the psychedelic "Sensazioni" and "Corro da te" with Jimi Hendrix reminiscences in the guitar parts. Not so bad "Lei mi diceva" and "Davanti agli occhi miei", beat ballads with psychedelic tints. But in my opinion the other songs are weak if not rather bleak (like "Una nuvola Bianca").

In the whole an album good only for die hard fans and collectors.

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Posted Saturday, May 20, 2006 | Review Permalink
3 stars As any other band leading the way out of beat-rock and into psychedelic-progressive rock in Italy back in the end of the 1960s (just think about early Le Orme and Formula 3), also the New Trolls - by far the most famous one in those years - had to satisfy their label by releasing catchy singles, which later would be collected in sort of "best of" album (maybe in order to be played at teenage parties without the struggle to change the record every two or three minutes). From this standpoint, "New Trolls 70" may seem a die-hard collector item; actually, it is much more, also considering that the band were at its creativity peak then. The songs here collected may sound, so, quite different from each other, and not so progressive, of course, but the high quality songwriting and the maturity the New Trolls can display in their performance are often astounding, even in the poppiest tunes. This is not the case of all songs: "Quella musica" is very badly produced and uninterestingly cheesy, "Un'ora" would figure better in their late 1970s production (by the way, these songs were not penned by the band), while the uneven mix of heavy rock and mellifluous Italian melodies makes "Una nuvola bianca" a quite irritating track. There's also the gentle "Io che ho te", an enjoyable song, indeed, with a fine performance by Nico di Palo at the vocals, but showing too heavily that it was meant for the Sanremo festival (the most important melodic music show in Italy; if you don't know it... consider yourself quite lucky). However, the other numbers are quite interesting. "Una Miniera" is a very epic song, with a solid verse on a descending chord pattern and a moving, very intense chorus (and impressive lyrics about the Marcinelle mining disaster) where Di Palo's voice sounds as if it wanted to tear the darkness of grief. On the contrary, "Cosa ne pensiamo dell'amore" is a light hard rocker, featuring a good riff and giving each member of the band room for a short solo. Despite being a classical love ballad, "Lei mi diceva" has got a hard rock approach, with an impressive performance by the rythm section and stunning guitars solos by Di Palo running through the whole song. Di Palo's love for Jimy Hendrix is evident also in "Corro da Te", which may remind you of the Deep Purple. "Sensazioni", their debut single (dating back to 1967), has always represented a turning point for Italian rock, the first Italian rock piece totally composed by the performing band and showing a hard-edge psychedelic approach (an obstinate riff for distorted guitars, Di Palo's high-pitched voice, that beautiful break for vocal harmonies in the middle). Going further (and skipping the above mentioned "bad" tracks) "Annalisa" and "Visioni" tipically witness how the early New Trolls were strongly influenced by Vanilla Fudge: melodic vocal lines, the band suddenly bursting into heavy passages, massive use of overdriven hammond organ and guitars. And then you get the final candy: "Davanti agli occhi miei" may sound like a quite light summer hit, but this very song features the band at its best; just listen to the incredible Di Palo's guitar introduction, the good harmonic structure, the beautiful vocal harmonies and you'll realise that this happy pop song is a small gem indeed. Don't be afraid to put your ear to this album: it could be a good way to rediscover the quality and importance of New Troll's early days.
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Posted Friday, November 30, 2007 | Review Permalink
Avant/Cross/Neo/Post Teams
3 stars Can feel so easy. Not progressive, but at the same time not bad.

Sadly, the CD released by Warner Fonit, that I purchased, has no review or commentary in a sleeve. From what I have heard, the album is made up with previously released singles of New Trolls. Hum, surely, there's old flavour all around, and the songs are indeed pop and catchy, not as I have expected... (RA RA RA of the last song Davanti agli occhi miei should catch my heart strictly. :P ) But, please don't misunderstand, these songs have incomplete and pre-matured but really promising progressive seeds. I consider we can understand this sound could get the next progressive step and style.

Please get relaxed for your tired prog brain with this album. I can recommend to you.

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Posted Wednesday, December 24, 2008 | Review Permalink
Tom Ozric
3 stars Here we have an album by one of Italy's most beloved Pop-groups, New Trolls. This album is actually a compilation of early 7 inch singles, much in the same way as Le Orme's 'L'Aurora Delle Orme' was prepared for the market-place. Not so much Prog-rock, but some well-crafted melodies and Proto-prog ideas abound, as demonstrated in quite a few songs. Opening tune 'Una Miniera' is a well performed and constructed song with a lovely melody and guitarist Nico Di Palo's (or is it Vittorio De Scalzi's ?) distinctive vocals, which shows-off at being a fine 'Hard-Rock' oriented voice. Backed by a somewhat syrupy string arrangement, it's understandable how it became a popular hit in their homeland. 'Cosa Pensiamo Dell'Amore', is firmly in the Psychedelic vein with it's bouncy 10/8 rhythm, cool organ play and blistering guitaring - this is such a great piece of music. 'Lei Mi Diceva' is rocking as anything, energetic rhythms with the fiesty guitar play actually steers this song towards the heavier end of late 60's Pop/Rock. 'Quella Musica' is a melancholic ballad, pleasant, but not really distinguishable from the many other bands churning out songs of this nature, where-ever they were from. 'Corro Da Te' starts off with some fuzzy guitar, and kicks in with an 'underground' sounding rhythm, rumbling bass and startling lead guitar breaks. Another fine track. 'Sensazioni' finishes up the first side with a song that reminds me of 'Gloria', although the mid-section features some shimmering organ and clever multi-part vocalising. 'Una Nuvola Bianca' is a surprisingly dazzling track, alternating between harder sounding verses awash with acid-guitars, to a catchy chorus. The introduction to 'Annalisa' has some strange organ and guitar sounds leading briefly into a heavier section, and simmers down into a fine pop-tune - again it's the organ and guitars providing the interesting musical colour here. 'Un'Ora' is a bit dull, though contains some Spanish guitar touches. 'Io Che Ho Te' is a rather generic late 60's pop song which just passes by. The 'beat' oriented 'Visioni' reminds me of something the Mamas and Pappas came up with in the West-Coast Psychedelic boom. I can't say I'm a big fan of this. 'Davanti Agli Occhi Miei' is up-tempo pop, with a cheerful melody and some tastefully played organ. Overall, from a Progressive viewpoint, this is by no means a guitar or organ driven music, the emphasis is really on the vocals, with the music providing the melody for the vocal lines. Of course, this was common practice for many groups at the time, although in some cases here, New Trolls offers up some inspired moments and creativity, making it a decent purchase, though perhaps for those wishing to trace back the band's humble beginnings.
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Posted Friday, January 9, 2009 | Review Permalink
2 stars This album from the "New Trolls" should sit better under the compilation umbrella since it is mostly (if not exclusively) made of earlier singles from the band. Very little prog to find here (like their debut) but a succession of some very good pop and melodic songs of which "Una Minera" is my favourite.

A deep psychedelic feel is also noticeable, but it is all but normal in these remote years: everyone (or almost) released psyche tunes. It also applies to "New Trolls" in their early days. A serious early Floyd feel is therefore present during all these parts of which "Corro Da Te" is the most obvious (but "Cosa Pensiamo?" and "Lei mi Diceva" are no others).

Italian psychedelia. Why not? Several songs are quite good actually: combining fine vocal melodies with an indescribable Italian touch. I feel so while listening to "Una Nuvola Bianca" and the fine "Annalisa" which features excellent keyboards.

Blunders are as well to be encountered, like "Un' Ora" or "Quella Musica" and "Io che Ho Te" which are just pure Italian pop songs from another age and of very little interest ("Davanti...").

This compilation offers a good angle on the early years of the band but at the same time, weak numbers are too many to rate it higher than two stars. Let's be aware though that several songs do deserve your attention and easily reach the four star rating (the psychedelic oriented ones).

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Posted Sunday, November 1, 2009 | Review Permalink
2 stars A collection of euro-pop tunes, then.......

This is a compilation of singles.......... and it show New Trolls from a totally different perspective than I expected. No symphonies, then. Just some tears and handkerchiefs ballads. Well, mostly ballads. One of the songs are about a coalmine disaster so respect when respect is due.

Music wise, all the songs here is pop music with some local flavor. Most of it could had been suitable for the European Melody Festival, an annual festival of camp pop music and bad dresses. That's not a compliment, btw. The music here has nothing to do with progressive music. The opening song is OK. The rest is pretty bad pop. This album is a stain on New Trolls reputation and not worthy a purchase. Avoid.

2 stars

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Posted Monday, May 24, 2010 | Review Permalink

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