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Studio Album, released in 1974

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Re di Speranza (4:29)
2. Il tempo che Verrą (3:17)
3. Eppure Chiedilo agli Uccelli (1:54)
4. Per Creare i Suoi Occhi (3:48)
5. Ch'Io Sia la Fascia (2:04)
6. Lentamente (3:08)
7. Storia di Mio Figlio (6:08)
8. E Domani Arriverą (11:10)
9. Il Regno Millenario (3:12)

Total Time: 39:14

Line-up / Musicians

- Angelo Branduardi / acoustic guitar, 6 and 12 strings guitars, flute, flexaton
- Paul Buckmaster / electric piano, pianoforte, gibson bass, cello and woods
- Ciro Cicco / drums (7), percussions
- Enzo Restuccia / drums (except 7), percussions
- Silvano Chimenti / electric guitar
- Giovanni Tommaso / contrabass
- Marcello Fanesch / electric piano
- Joel Vandroogenbroeck / flute
- Alfio Galigani / flute
- Marcello Faneschi / piano
- Giorgio Rosciglione / bass guitar (4)

Releases information

RCA (TPL1-1004)
Polydor (2448 103) 1980 vynil reissue
Cd EMI 090 7801022

Produced by Paul Buckmaster who also wrote music for "Eppure Chiedilo agli Uccelli".

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Review by Andrea Cortese
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3 stars This is the first official album of the interesting italian artist Angelo Branduardi. He had already recorded another one in the previous year but it remained unreleased.

In his career Branduardi never left his peculiar mix of folk, medieval, classical and baroque inspiration. For this reasons he is still very appreciated in the motherland and also well known in foreigner countries as France and Germany where he published different versions of his studio albums (as it happened with his official debut which was released with english lyrics).

The debut was thought as a concept: a man passes through different conditions, from solitude to love for a woman, to his child's birth and, finally, to the mystic contemplation of his descent ("Il Regno Millenario").

Sometimes Branduardi seems to build up his work on a madrigal scheme, as it became clearer in his next production.

The album was produced by Paul Buckmaster who had already worked for David Bowie and Elton John. It's not completely prog - strictu sensu - but it features many interesting things, above all in the second side where music becomes more aggressive with the use of electric guitar and serious drumming. As for example in the long track E Domani Arriverą (11:10). Music is tinged generally by acoustic instruments, flute, contrabass and strings but you will hear also soft keys and electric piano with some gentle reference to jazz-rock than strictly folk. Anyway folk is the main theme here and lovers of the genre could find it a very good addition especially if combined with the most famous albums of the seventies, above all Alla Fiera dell'Est (1976). You have to consider that Branduardi combined his eclectic style using the canzone formula so less proggy prima facie. By the way, it was quite common in Italy in that period when beyond bands were active many solo artists (I recommend also the first record of Riccardo Cocciante titled MU - 1972 - which is still not included in this site).

All in all, this is a quite good debut, especially for the second side of it. An interesting artist to re-discover.

P.S. He collaborated with Banco in their Come in un Ultima Cena 1976 album (he was also the translator for the english version of it) and had Nocenzi as guest in his Alla Fiera dell'Est.

Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Now,that is a kind of sound that I really love even this album isn't 100% progressive or if you mind 100% rock...This is the first release of Angelo Branduardi, a very popular artist in Italy, and this album's musicianship and vocals are full of emotions,landscapes,fantasy and mixed feelings...Not that much folky but very ethnic influenced for sure with extremely inspired violin,flute and contrabass themes that bring the medditerenean tradition to mind along with and the very nice voice the great acoustic guitar work of Angelo Branduardi...Surprisingly the shorter tracks are the better ones,since in my opinion the 11-minute track ''E domani rivera'' has a jazzy,almost avant-garde feeling,that is a little bit unrelated to the rest of the disc's sound,without being a bad track...Maybe it sounds a little bit strange but I every time I listen to this release I find myself dreaming of endless drives on a bicycle throught the streets of Rome!...I cannot rate this one less than 4 stars due to the amazing emotions that grows in me during the listening even if it isn't an album that defines the italian progressive rock movement although most of its elements are part of Angelo Branduardi's music...Enjoy it as much as I did!...
Review by octopus-4
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams
4 stars It was so much time ago that I discovered the first three albums of Branduardi, learning to play each song on classical guitar (where possible for my poor skill), so I'm now often confused about which sings are on which album.

I didn't know anything, actually, of Pentangle and Malicorne, except that many people was saying that Angelo was "copying" them. I don't think that arranging and playing the same traditional British song of another band can be called "copying", specially if the arrangements are different. In addition Angelo didn't make many "covers". At least his musics are mainly original while sometimes the lyrics are translations of poetry like on "Confessioni Di Un Malandrino".

This first album is a bit immature, but in the same time it's very fresh. There were no other artists in Italy playing or creating music of this kind. Angelo has been the very first.

Some of the songs can appear a bit pop.oriented, like the opener "Re Di Speranza" or "Lentamente" or the closer "Il Regno Millenario". In the sense of the artsy pop of that time. There's also an "eclectic" filler like "Eppure Chiedilo Agli Uccelli" that will remain an episode. Angelo won't make anything similar later and effectively this is the only song whose music is not written by him.

For who doesn't know this artist, this is mainly an acoustic artist, skilled in violin and classical guitar and a particular whispered high-pitched voice. He has been defined "a modern minstrel" because his songs are often stories or fairy tales or legends. The music has a medieval flavor also because of the use of medieval instruments like the dulcimer, but his middle age is dreamy and legendary. Be prepared to travel into a magic land of fairies and dreams even if you don't speak Italian.

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3 stars I was wondering to find Angelo Branduardi here on "Progarchives". In my ears he is rather a "re-constructor" of historical music, sometimes experimenting with sounds of "our time" and taking his branch of classical- and folk-influenced music into pop, but mainly staying true to old values of ecle ... (read more)

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