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4.23 | 27 ratings | 3 reviews | 30% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1977

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Nu Gatto Come nu Lione (9:21)
2. Glorias (10:14)
3. Zandamela (Timbilas) (3:10)
4. Poeta (Borgata Camion) (7:00)
5. Mogadishu (8:15)

Total Time 38:00

Line-up / Musicians

- Carla Murtas / vocals
- Carlo Siliotto / vocals, violin, piano, percussion
- Pasquale Minieri / guitar, bass
- Maurizio Gianmarco / tenor & soprano saxes, flute, piano
- Marcello Vento / drums, percussion, vocals
- Giorgio Vivaldi / percussion

Releases information

LP Cramps Records ‎- CRSLP 5351 (1977, Italy)

CD Cramps Records ‎- 522 568-2 (1994, Italy)

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CANZONIERE DEL LAZIO Miradas ratings distribution

(27 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(30%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(52%)
Good, but non-essential (7%)
Collectors/fans only (11%)
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Review by Sean Trane
4 stars With Miradas (look/glance in Spanish) is easily CDL's best achievement, but they were asisted by one of Italy's best group, Area. With former Area guitarist Paolo Tonati at the production helm, Miradas was released on the Cramps label (another area link), with another bronze age artwork on the outer gatefold and engaged left-wing newspaper articles on the inner gatefold in a typical Italian fashion.

Fast drumming, delicate electric guitar wailings, demented violin, light flutetwirls, strange yelled vocals in the backgrond are the main ingredients on Nu Gatto Come Nu Lionne (neither cat nor lion) while the other 10-min compagnion piece Glorias boasts is fairly similar folk rock, but with an added clarinet and a slight Gypsy twist. Both pieces are still very folk, but if not avant garde, they're sufficiently adventurous to be called rogressive and much worthy the progheads' attentions.

Once the flipside up, African drums greet you in the short Zandamela, percussions that segue without interuption into Poeta, an evolving 7 minutes track that brings you to an enchanting middle section where Giammerco's tenor sax mixed with the almost polyphonic vocals make it a real success. A percussion passage then a crazy demonstrative bass guitar, flamenco handclapping, than a soprano sax take over, with the piano's interventions keeping everything very tense, before triumphant trumpets and singing drives you to shake them shivers running down your spine. Yes, the closing Mogadishu track is easily CDL's crowning jewel.and it has nothing to do with their first folklore album.

Hopefully one dau, we'll see a Cd reissue for both Spirito Bono and Miradas, because both lbums are very much worth it. Most likely by now the vinyls have become rare, but don't hasiate if you see Miragas.

Review by Guldbamsen
5 stars Imagine the wedding scene in Godfather where Michael Corleone marries a young beautiful girl in Sicily. Add some drumming from a speed-freak with nervous twitches, a violinist playing strange circus themes whilst semi-drunk mixed with wild monkey-like cries in the background and you are close to the opening song of "Miradas".

The folk tag these guys got hanging from their shoulders should definitely be taken loosely, as some of the music found here is downright avant-gart-ish, and other times approaching extremely weird psychedelic territory. Then again, you can really hear the folkish melodies, the, at times, soft woodwinds and the violin bringing with them, that special feeling of sitting on a mustard yellow rock in Corleone eating oranges right from the tree, whilst people in traditional festive clothes are twirling - ferociously dancing around yelling: Yeah Yeah to the saxophone player! I am deeply addicted to this record, and it gives me some of the same vibes and wild energy, that I get from Area, which should come as little surprise, when you see that Area guitarist Paolo Tonati is listed here as producer.

This music makes you jump around like a mad frog in nikes while you´re juggling kiwis and hot potatoes - spewing large quantities of chocolate milk all over your cat - who actually seems to like it (your dancing). One thing that is recurring during most of the album in some form, is the appearance of strange and exotic percussions, - in particular Zandamela. This track is a gentle piece of what could be marimbas and other stuff you can hit, but we are no way near a drum feast extraordinaire. It rather sounds meditative like a Japanese stone garden. At some point you loose sight of the drumming patterns, and it shifts into something like rain hitting a tin roof.

However this is not all funny beards and liquorice. This album manages to be completely crazy, and still have its fair share of bone chillingly beautiful sections, that will curl up your toes like pork rinds meeting sizzling hot oil. The final track "Mogadishu" implodes into some beautiful violin playing, that sounds so fragile, it would take a mere sneeze to instantly wipe it clear off the face of the planet. I simply love it! Or like the understated sax of "Poeta" that seems to oooze out of your speakers together with the vocals. The thing is, that all these different musical ideas are very well knitted together by CdL. Such a unique melting together of instruments and alternating tempers. A thing which their Italian brethren too was brilliant at, although this is quite a step from say Le Orme or even the more folkish Delirium. Miles away.

There are no weak songs, no dull moments and about a million different reasons, why this album should be in your collection. If you are into folk music with a twist, and a soul mad as marbles - you should pour this wonderful music into your ear like the finest sauce.

Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars A couple of key members ( Minieri & Vivaldi) from this band would later form CARNASCIALIA after this band disolved, and that one album they released in 1979 is incredible ! Like this particular album it is maybe more Avant than Folk but hey they could be called either or both I suppose. AREA's guitarist is the producer here and I should mention that Demetrio from AREA sang on that CARNASCIALIA record, so yes there is a connection there.

"Nu Gatto Come Nu Lione" has this repetitive beat as the violin, sax and more come and go. Vocals before 2 1/2 minutes and he's really yelling the words but they are brief. The beat settles back 4 minutes in as sounds come and go. Distant sounding vocals can be heard as well. It kicks in with vocals after 6 minutes. Catchy stuff. The vocals are again brief and it does settle back again. "Glorias" has a beat with violin and more. it kicks in before a minute with vocals as he yells the lyrics. Again like the last song they are brief but they do come and go here. Sax leads after 4 minutes as the vocals are again yelled as the beat continues. Violin too and then the violin starts to lead. The vocals are insane late (haha).

"Zandamela (Timbilas)" is experimental with lots of intricate sounds throughout. It blends into "Poeta (Borgata Camion)" where it settles some and the piano joins in. Sax after 5 minutes as it builds. Vocals 6 minutes in. Man he has a different sounding voice. "Mogadishu" is fairly uptempo with different sounds helping out. Vocals before a minute. This is catchy but crazy. Percussion leads 3 minutes in. Cool sound. It leads right through to 5 1/2 minutes then some insane sax? takes over with piano and a beat. Vocals are back 9 minutes in. Oh my ! The violin starts to rip it up when the vocals stop.

Another adventerous and challenging album. I've been digesting a lot of these lately. This one took a while to appreciate.

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