Il Rovescio Della Medaglia

Rock Progressivo Italiano

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2.80 | 37 ratings | 9 reviews | 5% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1972

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Io (6:36)
2. Fenomeno (9:04)
a) Proiezione
b) Rappresen tazione
3. Non Io (6:12)
4. Io come Io (7:03)
a) Divenire
b) Logica

Total Time: 28:56



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Line-up / Musicians

- Enzo Vita / guitars
- Pino Ballarini / vocals, flute
- Stefano Urso / bass
- Gino Campoli / drums

Releases information

CD BMG "Speciale Rock Progressive", paper sleeve limited edition (2004)

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IL ROVESCIO DELLA MEDAGLIA Io come Io ratings distribution

(37 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(5%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(22%)
Good, but non-essential (46%)
Collectors/fans only (19%)
Poor. Only for completionists (8%)


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Review by clarke2001
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1 stars My first huge disappointment with Italian Symphonic progressive rock.

And this is not some of the seminal bands from the seventies doing bad material in the late 80's. No. This is the band in their prime. Even if they had the best musical ideas/melodies in the world, they wouldn't reach me, because of representation, arrangements and production: they're all horrible.

But the reality is cruel: good ideas are few, and they're not good ideas that will manifest themselves and provide a pleasant feeling to a listener (me), they're there just theoretically: I squeezed them by analysis, not by actual listening of the album.

Sounds bad, doesn't it? Well, it is.

There ARE some catchy melodies here and there: they are few and far between, and they're often repeating themselves in some uninspiring and slightly derivative way, they might be even characterised as slightly symphonic (not classical). Major and minor scales are more present then blues scales. But nothing special. A voice is an acquired taste, personally I think it's not bad but the delivery is not the happiest one. There are also a few nice trick with delay on voice.

But unfortunately, there are much more cons. The sound is horrible: fuzzing guitars playing the melody, bass (the same fuzzing tone one octave deeper) repeating the same damn melody deeper (sometimes in octaves + thirds), on the bottom of all that uninspired drumming. The buss and drums are not following each other at all, but not because this is some free-form music. The songs are not just hollow, they're empty. At the moments this band sounds like a bunch of kids playing punk for the first time on stage. If you were ever playing in the band, you probably experienced one of those moments when everybody's tired of playing, and one is playing an instrument without heart or inspiration, just to make some noise, making an amateurish at best, cacophonic directionless at worse, "Io Come Io" at worst case.

Please, do the human kind a favour and avoid this album that shouldn't have been ever released. Maybe in some other arrangement, on the some other, less bad hair day. Or probably, in some parallel universe. Poor universe.


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Review by Tarcisio Moura
2 stars Unfortunatly I have to agree too much to Clarke2001´s review. I know not all italian groups in the 70´s were great, but that´s in theory. Because the high quality of that period is evident. Everything I hear from Italy at that period was from very good to brilliant, even if you don´t like the style you had to agree they´re good somehow. So I was taken aback by the very bad sound of this album. Production, arrangements, playing and songwriting all seems to conspire against the final work. The bass sound is specially annoying, terrible.

There are some hints of good ideas here and there, and the general notion that the musicians might be good at their instruments. The main problem is that of the production: it is so bad is hard to tell what´s realy wrong here. I heard this CD as many times I could stand, just to believe it was even released with such a poor sound. Hard to tell if they would come up with something really interesting had they got a better studio or producer or both, but certainly it could not be worse.

I´ll give it two stars because I still want to belive that the production ruined it all. Well, they DID release a couple of follow ups so they might have their qualities after all. whcih, by the way is not shown here at all. My first major italian prog rock disappointment, specially considering it was released in prog´s prime time. Avoid this one.


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Review by ZowieZiggy
3 stars The second album from this Italian band (not playing Italian music), is not very different from their debut one). It holds less than twenty-nine minutes of music which even in terms of an Italian band of the early seventies is pretty short.

Production is better (but this was easy) and compositions are less improvised. Still, the music is in the pure heavy-rock vein with little fiorittura. There are hardly one symphonic track to be heard on Io Come Io.

So, if you are keen on this type of music (basic heavy prog music), there is nothing wrong with this album. I prefer it when compared to their debut one.

The music is mostly instrumental and I would have wished Fenomeno to be more melodic. The structure is more complex than usual and the combination between harder parts and more smoother ones offers a good result and shows the potential of the band.

There are no masterpiece stuff of course available on this album, but a track as Non Lo is somewhat of a different style: very quiet instrumental part to start with (flute), peaceful vocals as well. This song shows an evolution in their style, which will be more marked during their next release Contaminazione. It is the highlight here.

The closing number is more chaotic and more difficult to access. In this type of songs, the noticeable influence of KC can't be ignored.

In all, this album is not too bad. I would even increase the rating from average (five out of ten) to three stars.


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1 stars Time sometimes serves as an argument for excuse or even a convenient field to build a myth. Many people consider "Io Come Io" as a classic example of great Italian 70's prog rock. The main reason of my disagreement is basically the fact that this album does not remind the sound of Italian pro ... (read more)

Report this review (#299591) | Posted by DeKay | Saturday, September 18, 2010 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Inspired by Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel this album (eng title sound as 'I as I'... terrible in all languages) is the 2nd album by RDM. And, in my humble opinion, 'Io Come Io' is one of the first Heavy Metal album of history. If the words are inspired by Hegel, the music is clearly a mix be ... (read more)

Report this review (#236549) | Posted by 1967/ 1976 | Wednesday, September 02, 2009 | Review Permanlink

3 stars RDM's heavy story would go on... First I was surprised at the sleeve. It is a Japanese paper-sleeved album WITH A GOLD (No, maybe Copper! :P) MEDAL...and this work is as heavy as, and more avantgarde (rather than progressive) than the previous one. The sound in itself gets clearer, but their ... (read more)

Report this review (#197612) | Posted by DamoXt7942 | Tuesday, January 06, 2009 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I feared to listen to this album. Now i must admit that it sounds like a sophisticated italian art rock band. The compositions are well conceived and have different textures and dynamics. There is definetely some free rock tendencies in the rythm section, this is probably due to the use of effec ... (read more)

Report this review (#168595) | Posted by pwawrzyn | Thursday, April 24, 2008 | Review Permanlink

4 stars In the year of 1972 the Italian Progressive rock was developing almost all the slopes that existed in this context, as it shows are the works of Banco del Mutuo Soccorso, Premiata Forneria Marconi and Le Orme, among other very many groups, but remarcable it is the quick maturity of many of the ... (read more)

Report this review (#166905) | Posted by Alberto Muñoz | Monday, April 14, 2008 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Sometimes I've wondered when and how a real distinction between Hard Rock and Heavy Metal could be made. I still don't know when, but I'm getting more and more convinced that the real distinction between these two genres lies in the fact that Heavy Metal tends to leave the bluesy influence behin ... (read more)

Report this review (#147690) | Posted by paolo.beenees | Saturday, October 27, 2007 | Review Permanlink

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