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Sensitiva Immagine

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5 stars Another Italian gem. The only SI album, originally released in 1976, is a lost treasure that demonstrate, once more, why Italian Symphonic Rock deserves a special cathegory among progressive sub-genres.

Since first track to last, listeners will enjoy the melodic line, elegance, esthetic sense, energy and creativity, great instrumentation and playing and, of course, lots of keyboards.

There are some influences from GENESIS (specially "Ai Confini del Mondo" -where acoustic guitar reminds "Trespass" moments- and the majestic and emotive "La Favola di Narcisio ed Eco" -reminding some soundscapes from "A Trick Of The Tail"-). It's easy to recognize some PFM influences too, but SENSITIVA IMMAGINE sounds fresh and very original. Another highlights are "E Tutto Comicio Cosi" and "La Giornata" (both instrumental tracks), "Overture" (plenty of variations), the beautiful "Storia Di..." and, essentially, "Harlem". But, really, this album is conformed only by incredible moments.

Wonderful and highly recommended; a masterpiece.

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Posted Monday, August 2, 2004 | Review Permalink
5 stars Really an amazing album out of nowhere. I used to get about any Italian prog albums I could some time ago, usually listening once or more and then never listening back again. .. But this album is special; it's a bit psychedelic prog sometimes, with a Genesis-sounding guitar, but the melodies are awesome. Well, this is as much progressive as symphonic music. The best way to describe it would be: Locanda delle Fate playing on acid with Steve Hackett. A really really good album!

My rating: 4.7/5.0

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Posted Friday, March 18, 2005 | Review Permalink
5 stars Well, I don't hesitate one moment...this is a lost treasure...pure and golden. It resembles Locanda della Fate (surely), it has elements of early Genenis (allright), but it stands on its own with its romantic touches: lush melodies, good guitar and keyboards, excellent vocal work... 'Al confine del monde' after five minutes is progheaven...
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Posted Sunday, March 27, 2005 | Review Permalink
erik neuteboom
4 stars Almost every inch of this CD has the spirit of the early GENESIS, only the Italian vocals let you realise that this album is not a kind of 'lost "Selling England By The Pound" tapes'! Even a live picture on the inside of this digipack (I own the Japanese Melos label version) looks like the early GENESIS. The six compositions (the Musea re-release has three bonus tracks) sound pleasant and melodic featuring warm vocals, great sensitive electric guitar work and lush keyboards. They don't have the elaborate compositional skills of the other famous GENESIS-inspired band NEUSCHWANSTEIN but I'm sure SENSITIVA IMMAGINE will not be a disappointment if you want to enjoy the 70-77 GENESIS-era.
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Posted Thursday, April 21, 2005 | Review Permalink
4 stars Very good proto-MARILLION and GENESIS-inspired Italian band.Closer to the end music gets a bit boring and repetitive,but the highlights of the album ("Overture","Harlem",Ai Confini del Mondo") are the Musts for every GENESIS fan!Highly recommended despite some lacks,this is worthy CD.Enjoy!!!
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Posted Thursday, October 12, 2006 | Review Permalink
Prog-Folk Team
3 stars Like Locanda Della Fate, Sensitiva Immagine's sole effort highlights considerable passages of soul stirring beauty but also too many moments of indifference. They worked best when delivering a romanticism that German and British prog bands can't touch, and failed to impress when they got overly verbose and raucous.

The best of Sensitiva Immagine is represented by the memorable melodies of "Overture", "La Favola Di Narcisio", and the title track, which will have you humming its main theme all day, while "Harlem" and "Storia Di" seem unfocused and never really deliver on their promise. The obvious centrepiece "Al Confini del Mondo" is nice but not more. The bonus tracks are a mixed bag as well, the best being "Quel Che Resta" and, of course, the live reprise of "E Tutto".

While not quite a classic, this is still a worthwhile addition to your Italian collection, at least if you are someone with even the slightest amount of unimagined sensitivity.

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Posted Sunday, October 14, 2007 | Review Permalink
4 stars It is amazing to see how many Italian bands released one great album and then disappeared. It must have been a contagious disease, unfortunately.

This one fully belongs to the description as well. One little piece back in late mid-seventies, and gone was "Sensitiva Immagine". The music proposed here fully shares the bill of the usual suspects from the genre. There are of course some fine and melodic parts, but mixed with more upbeat (even wild) passages like during the impressive "Overture".

The mood is softer during the long "Ai Confini Del Mundo". Peaceful vocals and very soft keyboard play provides a lot of delicacy to this tune which also features an almost classical part before the sweet finale. The second highlight from this album.

"La Favola?" which sounds very much like the early "Genesis" shows moving instrumental sections and as usual with most good Italian bands, the melody catches all of your senses. Very good track again.

The original album closed on the instrumental title track. The mood is a bit darker but still very much oriented to the symphonic scene ("Genesis" again, and to a lesser extent "Camel" or even "Fruupp"). The band was also using masks during their live sets (don't look no further for their filiation).

The bonus tracks are not too bad: "Intro" which opens the re-edition is another good piece of music (but there was already "Overture" as opening of the original recording), "Quel Que Resta" is a tranquil rock ballad, the additional version of "Harlem" is supposedly the first one recorded by the band. But to have reduced the live version of the title track to a meagre two minutes is something I can't cope with. The less enjoyable is the instrumental "La Giornata" which features a drum solo

In all, each Italian symphonic prog lover should enjoy this very pleasant album.

Four stars.

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Posted Thursday, August 6, 2009 | Review Permalink
Tarcisio Moura
4 stars Once in a while you stumble upon an album done by a band that simply disappeared from the music scene all too early. And you feel quite sorry those guys didn´t have a longer career, for their sole efford is just excellent in every aspect. I was a bit skeptical when I got this album since I had never heard of them, but when I put it on the CD player it was very clear that I found a lost gem. Their symphonic sound is very well done, with hints from early Genesis and italian popular music, but essentially their very own.

I have to congratulate whoever remastered these songs for CD because the sound is impeccable, very clear and balanced.Not only the band had terrific players, but also they could write great tunes. Alfredo Olivieri sings with passion and conviction and although he is not an outstanding singer, he fits perfectly into the group´s sound. Massimo Buriani deserves a special mention for his brilliant guitar playing (very much influenced by Steve Hackett) with some fantastic solos and tasteful acoustic interventions. Production is also very good for the time. The bonus tracks are a nice addition too.

Conclusion: one hell of a good CD! A great find and a pleasure to hear from start to finish. If you´re into italian prog of the 70´s this is surely a must have. If like prog music in genral you should listen to this obscure, but great one shot band. Final rating: 4,5 stars. Highly recommended!

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Posted Saturday, October 10, 2009 | Review Permalink
Honorary Collaborator
4 stars A very talented but rather unlycky group,Sensitiva Immagine were formed in 1975 in Bologna,played some great Symphonic Prog,but only released a tape entitled ''E Tutto Comincio Cosi'' before fading into obscurity.The date of its release is uncertain with the most approved one to be 1976,but there are also possibilities that this was recorded in 1978 or 1980.Anyway,the album was re-issued on CD by Japanese label Melos and an even better release followed in 1998 by Kaliphonia with six bonus tracks,four of them previously unreleased and two live cuts.

What we are talking about here is some first class Symphonic Rock with an adventurous and rich sound and heavy GENESIS influences.So heavy that guitarist Massimo Buriani uses STEVE HACKETT trembling techniques and even more keyboardist Stefano Bertonazzi almost plagiarizes TONY BANKS' moog synth solos.But this ends up to be the only negative point of this re-issue.The band performs in the Classic Symphonic Prog style of their heros with extreme energy, inspiration and talent plus the intricate romanticism the Italian vocals add.Impressive symphonic interludes, haunting melodies, plenty of warm acoustic passages, magnificent moog synthesizers and guitar solos, dominant organs when needed and excellent composition skills characterizes this lost-in-time album.There are also strong similarities with Italian fellow progsters NUOVA ERA,especially on the Classical-inspired harsichord/piano parts and the intense vocal parts of Alfredo Olivieri.The production and possible re-mastered work on the CD is pretty good and finally presents a band with a massive sound all over the place and its overall very tight delivery.

If you are a GENESIS-freak of ''Selling England by the pound'' era,I cant have words to describe tour happiness if listening to this work.''E Tutto Comincio Cosi'' plus the bonus material recorded by the band back in the second half of the 70's is one of the better examples of beautiful and dramatic Symphonic Rock,yet far from original.Still the band deseves a very high recommendation.

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Posted Thursday, November 3, 2011 | Review Permalink
4 stars What a diamond in the rough this is. The only document of Sensitiva Immagine is a cassette produced sometime in the late seventies that was issued on CD in 1991 and again in 1998. E Tutto Comincio Cosi has sadly been out of print since. Like Il Giro Strano and Buon Vecchio Charlie, Sensitiva Immagine never had the opportunity to release a proper LP during their lifespan, and now in the 21st century risk fading into obscurity again. Fortunately we now have the internet and sites such as Progarchives to promote awareness of these titles, but it would be nice if BTF/AMS or another similar label would take a chance on some of these lesser-known albums and get some inventory going. E Tutto Comincio Cosi is a symphonic fan's dream, echoing the best work of early Genesis combined with the competent vocal and musical skill of Locanda Delle Fate. Listeners of either group will take to the album immediately and revel in its artistry.

The mediocre album cover does nothing to reveal the craftmanship inside...Sensitiva Immagine weave a complex yet conventional progressive rock sequence on their only production. "Intro (inedito)" commences the festivities with a chorus of analogue synthesizers, singing guitar lines and calculated piano. The song segues seamlessly to "Overture" which is a good representation of the album as a whole; dynamic drumming, imaginative guitar playing, and a wealth of keyboard sounds are in abundance on E Tutto Comincio Cosi. After an initial blitz of instrumental achievement, the song breaks with a softly strummed acoustic guitar. Vocals finally enter and are rendered in a very tasteful and pleasant way. A long fade-in opens "Harlem," which continues the symphonic execution and ups the ante with some skillful organ work. "Harlem" takes many twists and turns during its relatively brief exposition, while the lengthy "Al Confini Del Mondo" allows ideas more time to fully develop.

Another "Intro (inedito)" piece acts as an interlude before "Storia Di..." and a more crowd- friendly sound appears. The song is not really commercial, but much more succinct and jovial than its predecessors. "La Favola Di Narcisio Ed Eco" impresses with a balladic approach at first, and transforms into a Genesis-circa-Nursery-Cryme exercise by its end. The more original "E Tutto Comincio Cosi" closes the original album running order; the sensational instrumental may well be my favorite on the disc. Though the Kaliphonia CD offers some bonus tracks, do not hesitate to snatch up the Melos CD instead, should one become available on the second-hand market. Though this now-collectible fetches high prices on the auction circuit, it is worth every penny for hardcore RPI collectors and even general Symphonic Prog completists; E Tutto Comincio Cosi is that good.

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Posted Wednesday, February 20, 2013 | Review Permalink

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