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GENERAZIONI (STORIA DI SEMPRE)

Edgar Allan Poe

Rock Progressivo Italiano


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loserboy
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3 stars Captivating Italian prog offering a high melodic and musically refined album somewhat reminiscent of the work of early PFM with a unique personality. Instrumentation and song writing ranges from slower acoustic/symphonic parts to faster more aggressive interludes. The main focus throughout remains the interplay between the guitar and keyboard work. As far as I know this was unfortunately the only work by these folks which is absolutely criminal.

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Posted Friday, March 19, 2004 | Review Permalink
Cesar Inca
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4 stars Somewhere between Murple's 'Io Sono Murple' and Apoteosi's self-titled album, lies 'Generazioni' by E. A. Poe. This mysterious band (it seems that any kind of information about the line-up is non-existent) displayed a somewhat gloomy kind of symph prog, with a moderately dark ambience to it, and yet, still melodic, refined and accesible: the instrumental arrangements follow the usual path of symphonic oriented standards, but keeping the complexity on a subtle level, without excessive ornaments or over-pretentious dramatic contrasts. Sometimes the rhythm section supports the melodies and textures with a jazzy mood, while some other times it rocks; meanwhile, the guitar and synth solos never get too loud or overplayed, yet they are carefully performed, even adding some healthy doses of dissonance. The grand piano is mostly used in a romantic way (a la Chopin or Lizst), while the rest of the keyboards are used for the benefit of colour, textures and orchestral layers, always keeping things at ease, very subtle. My fav tracks are 2, 4 and 5, since they comprise the best compositional ideas, and also incarnate the essence of E. A. Poe's music properly. There is also room for a couple of acoustic numbers (3 and 6), in which the band focuses on Mediterranean folk sounds. Though not a real stunning masterpiece, 'Generazioni' remains a special example of good Italian symphonic prog.

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Posted Friday, May 28, 2004 | Review Permalink
5 stars This group is actually not bad as many would make you believe, kinda sounds like an italian version of ELP, besides its nice to know music from other parts of the world. Good music and vocals goes well with the tune, it's a must have for prog fans.

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Posted Friday, June 18, 2004 | Review Permalink
silvertree
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4 stars Rather "dark" Italian Progressive rock. This one-album-band has similarities with Apoteosi. The music also has a jazzy feeling even though they sometimes abuse of the synth (I guess it was a brand new toy at the time). The singing is perhaps the weakest instrument but it doesn't dominate the music. You'll never believe me if I told you the band consists of young teenagers playing at the time (when they formed the band they were only 11-12 in 1967. They made the album in 1974 so they were 18-19)!! This is really remarkable. The album is considered as a classic in Prog Rock circles... Give it a try if you've already got the Italian classics.

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Posted Friday, May 06, 2005 | Review Permalink
erik neuteboom
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4 stars It's incredible how prolific the Italian progressive rock was in the Seventies, what a huge amount of interesting bands! Here is one shot band Edgar Allan Poe that delivered with "Generazioni" a very varied and a bit complex progrock album.

1. Prologo : After an ominous climate with scary sounding piano and spoken Italian words, an accellaration follows with fluent jazzy guitar runs, supported by a powerful bass and dynamic drums, very unique!

2. Considerazioni : This piece contains cascades of shifting moods, from a slow rhythm with organ an a Hawaii sounding guitar to a mid-tempo with tender piano, raw guitar and warm vocals. In the final part it becomes more bombastic and the tempo goes faster and faster featuring powerful interplay between the rhythm-section, organ and electric guitar.

3. Per un'anima : A wonderful track featuring twanging acoustic guitar, warm vocals (a bit sad undertone) and the beautiful, disctintive string-ensemble sound.

4. Alla ricerca..... : After the previous mellow song, the music turns into bombastic with a church organ sound and propulsive drums and bass, evoking early Le Orme.

5. Ad un vecchio : Another varied and alternating track, from a bit hypnotizing atmosphere with slow Moog runs and fragile electric guitar to swinging with fiery electric guitar. It contains many musical surprises, very original!

6. La ballata del cane : This one delivers acoustic rhythm guitar, delicate mandoline runs and warm, a bit melancholical vocals. Again it reminds me of early Le Orme (one of my favorite Italian bands).

7. Generazioni : The titletrack features a Moog sound that is similar to the famous Moog solo in "Lucky man" from ELP. The intro with twanging acoustic guitar and the Moog is a great idea and sounds very pleasant. Then a bombastic church organ sound, followed by a mid- tempo with cheerful vocals, wonderful string-ensemble and sensitive electric guitar, what a tasteful and elaborated piece!

THIS IS GREAT BUT VERY VARIED ITALIAN PROGROCK! FORZA ITALIA!

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Posted Saturday, September 17, 2005 | Review Permalink
5 stars the qunitisenntial 'proto-prog' offering from italy - the band is 'e.a. poe', not 'edgar allen poe'.

these folks are another classic italian 'one-shot' of the early seventies - like apoteosi, semiramis, and the like.

they managed to bring together a harmonic/melodic early '70s sound with the early roots of prog experimentation. "per un'anima", "ad un vecchio", and particularly the title song, "generazioni (la storia di sempre)" are some of the most stunning early prog out of italy - wonderful organ, warm, somewhat haunting melodies, and a conclusive climax provide one of the very best exposures to italian proto. my very highest recommendations. 15/15.

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Posted Monday, October 03, 2005 | Review Permalink
4 stars The one and only album by lesser known Italian group E. A. Poe, and one more proof that sooner or later real value must come up to light of day. And that is the point, it makes sense to dig up dusty shelves where forgotten records rest in peace, it makes sense to use fact that now world is a global village where all information are accessible, all that is needed is to make effort to carefully read someone's words, and to have patience to listen to some records couple of times, to be rewarded. And that is my feeling about this album, being rewarded.

It is hard to make album that have nothing to do with other albums from that period. And that is the good thing with this one. It is good, more accurately very good, and at the same time doesn't look like any other that I have heard before or after. In this case, the term "progressive" is quite adequate. It is song oriented, but every song is crafted with care and carries its own stamp. It is melodic, while at the same time musicianship is absolutely of advanced level, that makes a difference between popular and this kind of music. And finally, it offers a pleasure to listenig to it.

First song, "Prologo", is somehow a little "misplaced" from other songs, with its spoken introduction and jazz-rock feel. But that is for beginning. The second, "Considerazioni", starts with bass driven melody and synthesizer effects, later supported by guitar, organ and piano, introducing vocal at 3.30 only for a minute, ending with nice bass, synthesizer, and guitar melody (there is a song "Jedina moja" from 1978 by ex-YU band "Divlje jagode" with start and end sounding very similar to this part). "Per un' anima" ("For a soul") is fine ballad with acoustic guitar, as a passage to next song, "Alla ricerca di una dimensione" ("Searching for dimension"), with nice opening riff, then organ and guitar leading into another nice sung melody, followed with same riff and melody several times (and with sound effect often used in movies when UFO lands on Earth). "Ad un vecchio" (something with "old") starts with a la Bo Hansson synthesizer playing, continued with jazz-rock elements, emotional vocals and organ, piano and bass. Another acoustic guitar and mandolin song, "La ballata del cane infelice" ("A ballad of unhappy dog"), uses sad melody at the beginning, continues with marry tones, but ends with melancholy. Last song, used to name the whole album, "Generazioni", starts with synthesizers and acoustic guitar, whispers and another sad melody, building louder and louder parts leading to its synthesizer and organ end. Drumming is absolutely functional, following the developing of songs. Although I really don't like to "retell" the songs, this time I did it to show album's physiognomy.

Sorry if translation from Italian to English is not quite correct, neither one nor other is my mother tongue ("storia di sempre" is something like "everlasting story" or "forever story", "generazioni" is "generation", "considerazioni" is "consideration", and "prologo" is "prologue").

Not dull or boring at any moment, unique and diverse, with various ideas and moods, this old times' artifact rated "excellent" is recommended.

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Posted Thursday, June 22, 2006 | Review Permalink
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4 stars Yeah, another excellent work!

And i can be sit front of my computer reviewing and suggesting Italian bands with it`s great albums. This time i return again to the symphonic side of the Italian scene (i know, the most of the Italian scene rests in the symphonic side (ISP) but after having finished a review of an Italian jazzy album, i had tu point that.

Back again in that beautiful 1974, when so memorable albums were released and so many Italian bands gave light to their best works, Edgar Allan Poe (you can imagine why the name and who was an inspiration) released their only effort, sadly so many gread and promising (at that time) Italian bands released only one album and dissapear, or desintegrated i dont know, this was also the case od E.A.P.

Generazioni is an album that gathers elements of classical music, of folk music, with it`s italian roots, and jazz elements as some references, the album was made with 7 tracks, the same number of tracks that you might probably enjoy.

"Prologo" as the name says, is an introduction to the album, not as short as a usual intro, it contains spoken words and a dark atmosphere, with a noticeable bass sound, not outstanding, though.

"Considerazioni" is without a doubt one of the best songs of the album, starst again with a dark atmosphere witth great bass lines, and then reminds me a bit of Goblin tones, not that scary or horror tones, but it could suite in a soundtrack, the piano work is very delcated and good, also the vocals are excelellent, Giorgio Foti is the man that gives the voice to the record and also has to charge with the responsibility of keys, and believe me, he does it great. This song is excellent, everyone could enjoy it.

"Per un Anima" is an acoustic song, a short one that offers only melancholic vocals and an acoustic guitar, imagine a short New Trolls song with the acoustic sound, that`s all, it`s good anyway.

"Alla Ricerca di una Dimensione" returns again to a harder sound of symph prog, this is not acoustic and has again that noticeable bass sound, but with the addition of a great organ making a extraordinary piece, (believe me, it has the classic sound of Italian bands) so if you like them, right now i could tell you that you may like this one. Some litlle changes through the song, suddenly slow and mellow, but then harder and more challenging.

"Ad un Vecchio", besides being the logest song here (almost 7 minutes) is my favorite song, not for much because i like the other ones as well, but if i have to take one as my favorite, i would take this. Starting with the sound of keyboards but giving us a different atmosphere, not that different from the basic statements of the album, but with a bit more variety through it, the vocals are great as usual, maybe the thing that i like the most here is the sound of the bass, this song could be divided into little pieces, going slowly to a sudden crescendo with great keys sound, imagine New Trolls meet Alphataurus, it was just an example, great song anyway with a sympathic end.

"La Batalla del Carne Infelice" is another nice piece with a classical tone, acoustic and beautiful passages which could sound as a folkish song, also notice the mandolin here, doing a nice work, this kind of mellow songs are always good in an album, the majority of the Italian albums i`ve heard has one of those.

"Generazioni" the title track, the last song, and actually i think it continues La Batalla because the begginning is pretty similar but this time with keyboards and the same acoustic guitar, it`s a nice closer song, not the best but a bit emotive when vocals appear, pure symphonic sound here.

Since i love symphonic prog and obviously RPI (rock progressivo italiano) it`s hard to me to give a grade less than 4 stars, i have done it before, and i could do it with so many albums that i have in mind, but i always suffer because i think this Italian scene is so prolific (and was in the 70`s) and i dont want to give less than 4, this time is not different, i like this album a lot, and i think it could be a nice addition to any prog fan, enjoy it!

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Posted Thursday, December 14, 2006 | Review Permalink
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4 stars Italy has one hell of a deep bench

EA Poe was a group who for many years was a mystery, the band's identity not widely known. No information was given on the CD reissue. They originated in the late '60s under a different name and emerged as EA Poe around 1970 when they a local live band playing Zep and Purple covers as youngsters. Indeed this is another amazing story of Italian musicians maturing early, these friends starting playing together as children literally and recorded this music around the ages of 17 or 18. "Generazioni" was another obscure release even by Italian standards with an initial pressing of 500 and they would fold by '76 as a group for lack of interest and promotion. And yet incredibly, they are another example of how potent the Italian genre classic period was. When you can find such accomplished music by the most obscure of your second or third tier popular groups it goes to show that "the bench" of the Italian scene competes with anyone.

Like others from this bench such as Errata Corrige, Apoteosi, or Procession, Poe's music is accomplished if not as outwardly stunning as PFM or QVL. Their sound is a bit rawer, more psych-bluesy and muscular than groups like Errata Corrige but places the same great care on mood, detail, texture. Vocals again are bashed unnecessarily, for some reason people scrutinize Italian vocals more than English counterparts. The vocals are fine, it's just that they are average as opposed to the exceptional lead vocalists some bands possess. "Prologo" begins with spoken verse with tense piano, synth, and cymbal rides behind creating a creepy vibe. There is a brief heartbeat effect before the band jumps in with some brisk bluesy jamming. The bass is fat and well represented in the mix, the drums are a bit soft, the guitar is clear and cuts through nicely. At times this is a bit like the Doors with Krieger-like guitar and psych-blues sound. "Considerazioni" starts with synth squeals sounding like bird calls almost, but trippy, and another bluesy bass line ushering in more psych sounding guitar, then organ. Often these kinds of descriptions would not arouse my interest much but here the music is not boring. Indeed when the piano and vocal come in the track sounds decently well-rounded. "Per Un'Anima" is a melancholic acoustic folk piece with plaintive vocals and light mellotron background, very nice. "Alla Ricerca" crashes to life with heavy organ, bass and drum roll. The keys and guitar then tear into a brief foot race until it clears into a vocal meadow. The vocal sections swim in background organ with light guitar leads, the off-vocal sections feature the heavy beginning section giving a dramatic heaviness, as well as the guitar/keys run sections which connect the other parts. "Ad Un Vecchio" is the longest track at 7 minutes, starting with a very cool synth sound backed by sad piano. The piano takes over as the rhythm section arrives with guitar leads in the background. The bass becomes a co-lead here and mood is very brooding. After some nice vocals the mood gets more uplifting and rocking towards the end before laying down an interesting nicely planned close. "La Ballata Del Cane Infelice" plays the softer side again with dual acoustic guitars and a Yes "Your Move" vibe. The bass is present to give some depth but there is no drumming. Even the mandolin makes an appearance providing yet another variation in sound. The title track is a well rounded piece of melodic prog on the poppier side but with nice, lush keyboards and a balance of light and heavy sections. A respectable closer.

This is again a tough rating because I'm torn between 3 and 4. If you're not necessarily big on Italian you could pass. But if you swoon for the likes of Apoteosi, Blocco Mentale and Errate Corrige, you may wish to add E.A. Poe to your list. They are a worthy addition for those want to go beyond the well known Italian first tier. You can expect good sound from the VM CD reissue but nothing more, virtually no information, photos, lyrics, or bonus tracks.

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Posted Saturday, March 22, 2008 | Review Permalink
Mellotron Storm
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4 stars I heard this album described as a darker sounding LE ORME, which made me smile because I thought of LE ORME a couple of times during the spacey sections on this disc. I think that's why I like this record so much, because there is this dark, melancholic mood throughout.

"Prologo" opens with piano and spoken words. A dark atmosphere then comes in, and then it turns jazzy before 2 minutes. I just like to listen carefully to the intricate sounds that come and go during this section. Great track. "Considerazioni" is dark and spacey to open as we get a bass line. Organ after 1 1/2 minutes changes that mood. The tempo picks up. Guitar 2 1/2 minutes in makes some brief noise. It's dark again as bass and piano lead the way. It's building as drums and organ come in. Nice. Guitar is back ! Vocals 3 1/2 minutes in. Guitar then lays down some raw melodies. Another calm with bass, but it builds again 5 minutes in. "Per Un Anima" features acoustic guitar and fragile vocals throughout with some synths 1 1/2 minutes in. Good tune.

"Alla Ricerda Di Una Dimensione" features some killer organ runs. Reserved vocals before 1 1/2 minutes with spacey organ. The next couple of minutes are great. Spacey 4 minutes in before it kicks back in to end it. "Ad Un Vecchio" opens with synths, but piano and drums then lead the way. Bass and some faint guitar can be heard. Vocals 2 1/2 minutes in. Organ comes in. Nice bass. It's darker after 4 minutes and later before 6 minutes. Excellent song. "La Ballata Del Cane Infelice" features acoustic guitars with gentle vocals before a minute. This continues throughout with the odd tempo shift. "Generizioni" opens with synths before whispered vocals come in. Passionate vocals with drums are uplifting 2 1/2 minutes in. Organ comes and goes. Emotional vocals 3 1/2 minutes followed by a bombastic sound. Nice. What a moving track to end it. Great drumming and synth work 4 1/2 minutes in.

I highly recommend this record, and it really is an excellent addition to your Italian collection.

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Posted Friday, September 05, 2008 | Review Permalink
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3 stars 01. Prologo The progressive Italian if initial, soon the dircussos begin. The Italian is a lovely language even. The strangers keyed to the bottom of the speech are sensational, an eternal arpegio of piano and a 'sound' of the synthesizer, giving a tremendously apocalyptic atmosphere, while the bumbo of the battery marks the beat of heart. When the music in you begins the almost acoustic bass of Marco Maggi it takes the band, while the guitar jazz and cleaning of Beppe Ronco goes flat almost without stopping. Practically an instrumental and very well arranged subject.

02. Considerazioni Low, the sounds of the synthesizer enter, the battery of Lello Foti gradually is fitted in the music, the guitar also gradually and discreetly is appearing also. Here the power is of the organ Hammond de Giorgio Foti who also is responsible for the vocal ones of the band. Several brusque changes in the song, riffs strangers, me them completed. When the vocal ones enter more arpegios of piano, next the stranger riff counts seizure of the song again until the vocal ones enter again. Sensational the pártes of keyboard of the final session, including also the bass duplicated soon after, are still these things, not very common, what leave me glad, more if tratanto of music.

03. Per Un'anima When it 'bleated' to the guitar, of those sentimental ones and of it cut heart what only the progressive Italian could do. Unfortunately that also was lost by the time. The keyboards 'orchestrated' to the bottom value and much to short song.

04. Alla Ricerca Di Una Dimensioni Devastating this track it begins already with strength. The keyboard dominates, but the guitar wha doing the melody joined is sensational also. The vocal thing enters in somewhat mystic way. In what it would be the second part of the song to thing it is more 'glad, with a more constant beat, one would slam almost funk. But do not be left enganr, soon the subject returns to put on the house down. Which keyboards are this almost in the end? Fabulous!

05. Ad Un Vecchio Did you imagine a video game when you bind that one began? Because I yes (laughters). The pulled rhythm of the battery half broken jazz, already leaves quite clearly the intention of the somewhat improvised song. The vocal ones enter under a broken melody and strange melody. The melodic parts are all somewhat strange ones and full ones of breaks, of round trips. The following instrumental thing has a worthy riff of the King Crimson. In the sequence more keyboards taken away straightly of the plays of video game (laughters, all are known by us, that in 1974 that 'almost' was not existing, and than all the soundtracks of plays finished going out from the synthesizers in the beginning of everything).

06. There Batalla Del Cane Infelice The mandolin appears here for the first time, fantastically! He doing the melody and the guitar when there is giving base so much for the ground all that for the vocal thing (what was very pretty), the bass accompanies everything in the distance and quite seriously. A sensational, worthy folk of being in the disc and also one of the distinctions of the same thing!

07. Generazioni It binds other one more acoustic and also fantastic. The guitar giving supports to the ground of synthesizer. A gloomy sequęncio with the vocal sussurado. But what follows is the most pure and fantastic progressive Italian, of those tracks that it comes in a crescendo, I risk already saying that to the best of the album. It is a song that gives name to the disc that is printed by one of the capes more legal than I already saw. The second part of the song is sensational, the vocal ones on the surface of the skin, the keyboards 'warning', and the completely sensational band. End more excellent what!

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Posted Thursday, December 18, 2008 | Review Permalink
andrea
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4 stars E.A. Poe are one of the many one-shot bands of Italianprog scene of the early seventies. They came out from the surroundings of Milan and the line up featured Giorgio Foti (keyboards, vocals), Beppe Ronco (guitar, mandolin), Lello Foti (dreums) and Marco Maggi (bass). "Generazioni (Storia di sempre)", a concept album about the generational gap, is the only album they had the chance to release before disappear from the scenes. It's a real pity because this album proves that they were a very promising band blending classical influences with jazz and rock in the same vein of Le Orme, BMS and PFM.

The opener "Prologo" begins with recitative vocals on a suggestive piano background... "Now we say stop to the kings, to the warlocks, to our artificial paradises / We want to believe in what we feel / Throw into the face of the past the sin of an apple / Imposed or, like you use to say, inherited / All we want is nothing but to live / Be it right or wrong...". Lyrics are committed and the passionate words sound like a statement of their purposes, then bass lines start to pulse and to pump tension in while the electric guitar set off on a jazzy path backed by piano...

"Considerazioni" starts with a catchy bass line, then the other instruments come in adding tasteful sounds and colours while evocative lyrics depict the metaphorical wall that divides the youth from older people, the awareness and the happiness to break down that wall, even committing errors...

On the next track "Per un'anima" (For a soul) the tension fades in a bittersweet acoustic ballad... "How many hopes into your white face / That melts into the mist of the past / How many souvenirs into your blind eyes / That have seen so many things in such a hurry, you know / Perhaps you were running after what you were feeling inside / Without knowing the price to pay / I don't know why you are running away from life / Life is gone away to be replaced by remembrance...".

"Alla ricerca di una dimensione" (Looking for a dimension) remind of some works of Le Orme and features excellent classical inspired organ passages. The atmosphere is tense and solemn while lyrics try to depict the reasons of the fight against an oppressive reality that can't be accepted... "I look at new born baby... He grows up in hurry and with him grows the wish to kill us all / He doesn't respect the authority / Because of his instinct and because of his love for freedom / Rebellion, what absurdity / He dies along with us and there's nothing left by now / He looks at the other people as if he was reading inside himself an unknown story / Perhaps he can't believe it / He can't accept it as if it was just nostalgia... We say to him just wait that time runs over you / And you will understand...".

"Ad un vecchio" (To an old person) is a wonderful symphonic track that seems coming out from "Felona e Sorona". Lyrics are about the errors committed by older people and the impossibility to believe in politicians that are the expression of a generation that pushed the people into the madness of war.

"La ballata del cane felice" (The ballad of the happy dog) is more relaxed. It's a ballad featuring strummed acoustic guitars and mandolin. Lyrics are about love as a traditional value... "Happy dog running after its tail / Close the ancient circle of a game / And when you'll reach it / That's love...".

The final track "Generazioni" is another symphonic track featuring beautiful organ and piano passages and melodic soaring vocals... "Generation, the never ending story / Strange lost meetings / That you can't find again..."...

On the whole an excellent album, even if the sound quality is not flawless.

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Posted Sunday, November 15, 2009 | Review Permalink
apps79
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3 stars E.A.POE is another band from the mass of those 70's Italian bands, who recorded just one album in their career and disappeared soon after due to the lack of promotion.They started in 1967 from the town of Ornago under the name ''Angelo e gli spacemen'',but soon Angelo would quit and the rest of the members adapted E.A.POE as their name.The good live activity of the band around the area led them to a release of an album called ''Generazioni'' in 1974 on Kansas Label (in 1991 re-issued by Vinyl Magic on CD).

The album contains elements both of Symphonic Rock and Classic Progressive Rock,making their style quite abstract and undefienable.Some cuts in ''Generazioni'' are very well-crafted, dominated by the dark organ sounds,light classical piano,soft vocals and pastoral acoustic guitars (and even some mandolin), resembling to a Symphonic Rock band,close to the sound of PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI.In some others it's the star of guitarist Beppe Ronco,who really signs.Leaving his pastoral mood apart,he fills the musicianship with fast guitar chords and jazzy passages, which battle with Giorgio Foti's organ all the time.Speaking of Foti,this album contains some of the most obscure keyboard works I've ever heard,being trully memorable yet haunting and complicated at the same time!E.A.POE would soon disband,releasing just a couple of singles after ''Generiazioni'',however this album can be regarded as one of the respectable and solid efforts of 70's Italian Progressive Rock...3.5 stars and strongly recommended!

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Posted Friday, December 04, 2009 | Review Permalink
seventhsojourn
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3 stars E. A. Poe was a group of young Italian musicians that released this their only album in 1974. My apologies to the band for previously suggesting that they didn't write their own songs; all tracks were in fact composed by the band and the lyrics were supplied by one of their friends. I hope that clears that up, but it was a genuine mistake on my part. Once again, sorry. Nonetheless, this is a nice album by one of the lesser-known RPI bands.

As its name suggests, opening track Prologo acts as an introduction to the album as a whole. It begins in a sinister-sounding key with spoken words and piano arpeggios. After a couple of minutes this gives way to an up-tempo section featuring jazzy electric guitar and rhythm section; there's also some synth effects and piano in the background. Considerazioni reinforces the mysterious mood due to its sparse opening with only bass and more electronic effects. Thereafter it mainly features raw bluesy guitar and Hammond organ, although there are also a few mellow moments and some brief vocals. This is one of the most interesting tracks as it is in a state of continual flux. Track 3, Per Un'Anima, is a short acoustic ballad with heartfelt vocals and pleasant string synth. This song provides a nice contrast to the previous track. Next up is my favourite on the album, Alla Ricerca Di Una Dimensione. This song features superb contrasts; from the bombastic eruptions of Hammond, bass and drums, to the melodious vocal parts. Unfortunately this song is only 4.23 in length; it really could have been developed further, but that's a minor quibble.

Ad Un Vecchio is the longest track and almost tips the 7 minute mark. It has a moody opening with synth and piano, followed by spacey guitar and bass. Vocals and Hammond introduce the main song and it continues in fairly slow-paced psych style. La Ballata Del Cane Infelice is another delicate acoustic ballad featuring the wonderful tones of Beppe Ronco's mandolin. The album then concludes with the title track. This one begins with acoustic guitar and synth. We then hear some whispered vocals that remind us of the dark atmosphere earlier in the album. Some nice piano brightens the mood and when the song gets into full flow it features joyous vocals with Hammond, synth and electric guitar.

Although this young band were influenced by Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple, their sound is really classic RPI if a little raw in places. The album has some excellent moments but overall I would rate it as good i.e. 3 stars.

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3 stars E.A. Poe was not a bad RPI band but in my opinion not personal. PFM, Banco but also (obviously) Genesis, ELP, Colosseum and (but not with evidence) Atomic Rooster are the band that inspired "Generazioni (Storia Di Sempre)", a normal RPI album. Not for this fact "Generazioni (Storia Di Sempre)" is a bad album. Ok, the voice of Giorgio Foti is few inespressive and the keyboars of the same Giorgio Foti had a normal sound and writing in general but some songs are great. In first plan I love "Generazioni", a great Rock with good vocals, "Per un'anima", interesting ballad, similar to "Lucky Man" (ELP) and "Alla ricerca di una dimensione", powerful Rock.

Certainly E.A. Poe was a band with a great potential but the label's policy have panned the band. So "Generazioni (storia di sempre)" is a good album because with no successor. As in other cases (too cases).

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4 stars Edgar Allan Poe are yet another one album wonder from the Italian prog scene, but Generazioni is one album which did not deserve to be overlooked in the inundated market it was released into. Rather than chasing the spirit of Trespass-era Genesis as many other Italian prog bands were the band pursue a heavier, psych-tinged, guitar-led sound and a dark, sinister atmosphere (appropriately enough, given the band name). Fans of the psych- influenced end of heavy prog may find that they have more patience for this album than many of the pastoral, acoustic guitar-dominated albums that came out of the Italian scene. Four stars.

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4 stars `Generazioni - Storia Di Sempre' is another in a long line of obscure Italian classics by a `one and done' Italian prog band Edgar Alan Poe that gave us a sole lonely release that is full of typical trademark RPI sophistication, talented playing and wonderful songwriting. The album has quite an adventurous sound and constantly changes direction throughout, jumping between thoughtful acoustic moments, gloomy heavy diversions, warmer reflective ballads and jazzy arrangements often in the space of one single piece, yet it never sounds disorganized or messy.

Singer/keyboard player Giorgio Foti has a lovely weary voice that occasionally falls a little flat, yet sounds very genuine and heartfelt - a voice with real character. He covers the album in a huge variety of keyboards as well, especially favouring thick slabs of organ for dramatic effect. The bass is always mixed loud and prominent, the drumming a blur of energy and technicality, and the guitar work has a hard acid-rock psych tone to it.

After a slightly gothic and dramatic narrated intro with heartbeat like percussion and lurking piano, Side A's `Prologo' erupts with prominent driving fluid bass, frantic drumming and gorgeous tasteful jazzy electric guitar licks. Swirling keyboard effects buzzing all around, they carry on into the next track `Considerizioi' with stoned hazy organ and early 70's-like Pink Floyd guitar. The lovely creeping bass-lines, dark piano eerie harpsichord middle section sound a little like Goblin, while some of the edgier guitar riffs resemble Black Sabbath. `Per Un'Anima' is a lovely acoustic guitar ballad with frail vocals and somber synths in the background yet it contrasts unhappier and upbeat feelings perfectly. `Alla Ricerca...' has plenty of booming organ and dirty funky hard driving bouncing guitar/bass riffs. Passionate and full vocals power through much of the piece, which alternates between acoustic passages and driving harder electric moments. One of the best tracks on the album!

Side B's `Ad un Vecchio' opens with an odd electronic intro before a dark jazz atmosphere sets in with murky bass, urgent drumming, thoughtful piano and loose floating guitar fills. Lots of dramatic tension on this one, which switches from quiet pondering vocal sections to bombastic organ snaps washing all over the top. It has a sinister second half with heavy dank guitar riffs and wild jamming acid-rock lead guitar that reminds me a lot of Jefferson Airplane! The rough around the edges `La Batalla del Carne Infelice' is a psychedelic classical acoustic ballad featuring the mandolin, with echoing production that gives the piece a slightly bent and unusual sound to compliment it's uplifting melody. The title track `Generazione' has a big symphonic sound with positive confident vocals, whirling keyboard solos and driving melodic guitar runs. There's some booming harder moments and nice group harmonies that end the album in a suitably grand manner.

Add this one alongside sole albums by fleeting Italian progressive acts such as Triade, Panna Fredda and one of my favourites Corte Dei Miracoli that blessed with a single album of incredibly striking and powerful music to treasure and appreciate forever.

Four stars.

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