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Claudio Rocchi

Rock Progressivo Italiano

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2 stars The first Ariston single

Oh my, if only the whole thing was like the first 40 seconds! It sounds like Claudio was briefly 3 years ahead of his time with an ominous, dense RPI buildup introduction, but then tragically he stops and slips into the folky/Italian-song single. This single was recorded in the period after he left Stormy Six but before he had released his debut album "Viaggio." As mentioned, the track begins with an exciting proggy buildup of swirling voice and keyboards, but after 40 seconds it becomes a romantic, pleasant pop song with some nice piano and strings for accompaniment. The B-side was called "Indiscutibilmente" and this was an interesting, atypical song. The music sounds inspired by old American tv westerns, as in parts it bops along like the old "Rawhide" song. Both songs are really more Battisti-like than resembling the kind of experimental-folk stuff Claudio would soon be into. I like these tracks quite a bit but the single is primarily of interest to RPI fans, first because the tracks were not album cuts, and second because of the interesting introduction on the A-side. These tracks were reissued in 1995 on a Vinyl Magic CD (VM-058) compilation called "Progressive Rock." This would be a good alternative than trying to find the rare original vinyl.

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