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3.02 | 16 ratings | 3 reviews | 7% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1978

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Time Control (16:19)
2. Saffo's Gardens (7:27)
3. Take Off (8:40)

Total Time: 32:36

Line-up / Musicians

- Antonio Sangiuliano / keyboards
- Elisabetta Delicato / soprano voice
- Derek Wilson / drums, timpani (1 & 2)
- Enzo Restuccia / drums (3)

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SANGIULIANO Take Off ratings distribution

(16 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(7%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(27%)
Good, but non-essential (47%)
Collectors/fans only (13%)
Poor. Only for completionists (7%)

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Review by Finnforest
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3 stars Italian keyboardist Tony Sangiuliano (from Turin) released this unique album in '78, it was produced by Adriano Monteduro. This is one of those albums to make the vintage keyboard enthusiast go crazy with delight. Sangiuliano plays everything under the sun, specifically listing Polymoog, Omni-Arp, Steelphone, Eminent, Mini-Moog, Arp 2600, Hammond L22 & X77, Mellotrons, Piano, Clavinet, Harpsichord, Xylophone, and Tubular Bells. Three lengthy pieces add up to a rather short 32 minute album all based around keyboards, with some occasional drumming and vocals. No guitars in sight.

The music reminds me of Klaus Schulze albums I have heard but with more of the "Italian flair" shall we say. Rather than getting lost in spacey soundscapes with little human emotional connection, his employment of piano melody, drums, or the distinct operatic vocals of Elisabetta Delicato appear at just the right moments to provide something more satisfy and interesting. The music itself is nearly impossible for me to describe because I don't have enough knowledge of the hardware to tell you what is making the sounds at a given moment. I certainly relish the piano and mellotron I hear and they are mixed with lots of other keys in arrangements that are sometimes serene and other times very feisty. There is enough drama and beauty on display along with the keyboard pyrotechnics to make this album a satisfying spin even for those of us who are not hardware junkies. I did find a few helpful comments at Planet Mellotron to describe the sound for you, they note "it constantly surprises with its adventurousness and melodic invention, particularly during the superbly-orchestrated 'string' arrangement on the title track... His 'Tron use concentrates entirely on different choirs; I suspect he uses male, female and 8-voice, though it's not always easy to tell. There's an awful lot of it, anyway; the male voices are one of the first sounds you hear on the side-long Time Control, and can be heard across all three tracks, supplying the requisite 'epic' quality that his music required, with the Wagnerian stabs on Take Off itself being particularly noteworthy." [portion in quotations from Planet Mellotron review]

I believe "Take Off" to be a good album although one with rather limited appeal. I recommend the album to two groups of people: Italian fans working towards the deep collection, especially fans of female soprano operatic vocals (though she sings only occasionally) and keyboard fans wanting to hear yet another celebration of vintage keys played with great enthusiasm and talent. For the rest of the readers I think 3 stars is appropriate; good, challenging, but probably not essential. I can almost guarantee that most of you do not have an album in your collection that sounds quite like this one, and perhaps for that reason alone it is worth investigation.

Review by Warthur
2 stars A rather show-offy keyboard album from Sangiuliano here. The focus is very much on the man and his keyboard skills. Here's the Tangerine Dream/Klaus Schulze bit to kick off with. Now let's hit them with some Keith Emerson and Rick Wakeman to prove that our hero can pull that off. Now let's get a little Vangelis about the place. Some of the passages are reasonably pleasant, but overall the album is marred by the main performer's failure to establish an identity for himself distinct from his influences. Sure, he can play a keyboard or two and he's willing to take his shirt off for the album cover, but who is Sangiuliano? What is his personal musical vision? What does Sangiuliano sound like when he isn't trying to sound like anyone else? The album offers no clues.

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5 stars Interesting is what we have here. There are two collaborators' completely different views about this album's originality. Unique or faceless? I would definitely adhere with former view. True, timeless synthesizer music masterpieces have been recorded before, but Sangiuliano, in his sole album ... (read more)

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