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AL VOLO

Stormy Six

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3.05 | 12 ratings | 5 reviews | 33% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1982

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Non si sa dove stare (4:55)
2. Reparto Novitą (4:35)
3. Piazza degli Affari (3:57)
4. Ragionamenti (5:17)
5. Panorama (4:38)
6. Roma (4:44)
7. Parole grosse (4:08)
8. Denti (2:12)
9. Cosa danno (3:34)

Total Time: 38:01

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Line-up / Musicians

- Franco Fabbri / guitars (electric, synthesizer, acoustic), vibraphone, rhythm box, rings
- Salvatore Garau / drums
- Umberto Fiori / vocals
- Tommaso Leddi / organs, synthesizers, piano, clavinet, electric guitar
- Pino Martini / bass, acoustic guitar

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STORMY SIX Al Volo ratings distribution


3.05
(12 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(33%)
33%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(8%)
8%
Good, but non-essential (33%)
33%
Collectors/fans only (25%)
25%
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Review by Prog-jester
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2 stars yep, first review ;)

My God, didn't know they're Avant. For me this one sounded pretty melodical and even poppy - look at the release's year. Besides it has nothing Italian in it except for wonderful vocals and lyrics - I mean musically it is NOT Italian. To give you a chance to imagine, take late 70s GENTLE GIANT, mix it with RUSH 81-87 and force them to play something 80s CRIMSO-related. Weird you say? Hell no! Melodic and sometimes even cheesy despite all this signatures and Frippique sound (the songs are pretty short, by the way). I liked the opening tracks here, and even thought of giving it a 3-star rating, but the further we go the more "samey" music goes. Boring and repetitive, nothing completely interesting. I wonder what did they play in 1975 (highly acclaimed album) and maybe I'll try to get that one. "Al Volo" is not recommended, only if you want to hear an Italian band playing non-Italian music. Not the best example though.

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Posted Thursday, January 18, 2007

Review by laplace
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2 stars Two stars in terms of progressiveness; this reviewer greatly enjoys Al Volo and would personally rate it over three.

The preceding reviewer mentioned King Crimson's third era and that does seem to be a major touchstone, although there are non-guitar instruments brooding behind the grungy distortion and the loud bass, mostly in the form of '80s style synthesizer play.

Unlike the aforementioned band's "Discipline", "Al Volo" has a wider scope and is not always so claustrophobic, nor so neurotic. Generally speaking, the tracks alternate between a powerful number and a more relaxed, contemplative piece. Of the oddly numbered songs, "Piazza degli Affari" in particular leaves me wishing I had studied italian as it is propulsive and immediate, like a song with a definite agenda, while the subsequent "Ragionamenti" calms down to the point where the song is carried by a vocal ensemble, reminding me of a prog christmas carol - possibly what Prog-Jester has in mind when he references Gentle Giant.

The three albums that come before this one are more important to progressive rock, especially "L'Apprendista" which surely helped them become one of the original RIO members. It's safe to forego investigation into "Al Volo" as it is not an important work, just an enjoyable one.

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Posted Friday, February 02, 2007

Review by octopus-4
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3 stars Even a RIO artist sometimes must go to the supermarket to buy food, soaps and this kind of things. If you are already in the 80s when having a vibraphone instead of a fairlight is considered excessively experimental you can have an idea of why Stormy Six made an album like this.

The style is still Avant, IMO, the lyrics have completely lost the political connotations and even if still clearly left-winged they are more concentrated on "society" and "individuals". A sort of Italian Roger Waters, but there's an evident change in the musical direction: no more violin or clarinet. It's like in the 80s only keyboards are allowed.

There's a lot of melody even inside unusual passages. The choir in "alpine" style on "Ragionamenti" is very original, but this album seems to be a turn back to the more classical RPI and this is maybe one of the reasons of their disbanding. You can't produce pure art and eat steaks at the same time. Even one sixth of the Stormies may have a family at home...

So being them true innovative artists they have probably taken the right decision in disbanding after this release that I think they may have disliked.

I don't dislike it anyway. The fact that it's less avant or more approachable than the two previous releases doesn't mean that it's bad. There are unusual passages and sounds as well as melodic moments of RPI flavor. Don't forget that they're Italians.

Of course if you expect to be eating chocolate and find marmite you will be disappointed, but you can realize that marmite is not too bad in its own.

The bad with this album is that remains in the middle, not completely RIO and not completely RPI but the musicians are the same high skilled guys of Macchina Maccheronica.

Don't treat them too badly.

3 stars.

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5 stars I just can't believe how low rating this album has. First of all, IMHO I don't think you should compare music on this records to other RIO compositions (from bands like HC). This is NOT genuine RIO, and for 99% of time. Year is 1982 and music is appropriate. 80's in the best way it can be, I s ... (read more)

Report this review (#294507) | Posted by alionida | Saturday, August 14, 2010 | Review Permanlink

5 stars I can appreciate others saying this isn't as progressive, and in the strictest of terms it isn't compared to Stormy Six's other releases previous to Al Volo. (which I think our rating things progressive has held back the genre a bit - just IMHO) But! it is a marvelous album. Yes, in the Crimso ... (read more)

Report this review (#172313) | Posted by tmay102436 | Tuesday, May 27, 2008 | Review Permanlink

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