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3.91 | 30 ratings | 3 reviews | 43% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1970

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Laudate Dominum (0:21)
2. L'infanzia di Maria (5:02)
3. Il ritorno di Giuseppe (4:08)
4. Il sogno di Maria (4:10)
5. Ave Maria (1:23)
6. Maria nella bottega d'un falegname (3:14)
7. Via della Croce (4:33)
8. Tre Madri (2:55)
9. Il testamento di Tito (6:50)
10. Laudate Hominem (3:34)

Total time 35:30

Line-up / Musicians

- Fabrizio De André / vocals, guitars (?), composer

- Gian Piero Reverberi / arrangements, choral & orchestral conductor
- Franco Mussida / guitar
- Andrea Sacchi / guitar
- Flavio Premoli / organ
- Mauro Pagani / flute
- Giorgio Piazza / bass
- Franz Di Cioccio / drums
- Angelo Branduardi / violin (not confirmed)
- Maurizio Fabrizio / Classical guitar (not confirmed)

Releases information

Artwork: Greguoli

LP Produttori Associati - PA/LPS 34 (1970, Italy) 2nd pressing has different cover
LP Ricordi - ORL 8918 (1983, Italy) 3rd different cover
LP RCA ‎- 88985442381 (2017, Italy) Remastered 192 KHZ with the 2nd cover version

CD Ricordi - CDMRL 6230 (1987, Italy) With the 2nd cover version
CD Ricordi - CDMRL 6498 (1995, Italy) As above
CD BMG ‎- 74321 974452 (2002, Italy) 24-bit remaster with original cover art
CD Sony Music ‎- 88697454682 (2009, Italy) As above

Note: In 2010, PFM released a remake of the album, titled "A.D. 2010 - La Buona Novella"

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FABRIZIO DE ANDRÉ La Buona Novella ratings distribution

(30 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(43%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(33%)
Good, but non-essential (17%)
Collectors/fans only (3%)
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)

FABRIZIO DE ANDRÉ La Buona Novella reviews

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Review by octopus-4
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams
4 stars I have seen that this album has 2 reviews only, so I might be able to add something. This is one of the first Italian concept albums, but the reason why I suggest it to proggers is in the use of gregorian-style choirs and orchestral parts that make it a prog album of a non-prog singer-songwriter. The concept is based on the apocryphal medieval gospels, from the Announcement to Christ's death (no resurrection). When it was released, the Vatican condemned it as anti-catholic, giving this album the same fate of Jethro Tull's Aqualung: banned from Italian radio.

The start is Laudate dominem (latin: Bless God), that's counterbalanced by the final Laudate Hominem (Bless Man), that gives Christ a human nature instead of divine. Both are like gregorian choirs.

The real start is L'infanzia di Maria (Mary's childhood). This Brassens-like song, with a base of classic guitar and the strong baritonal voice of Fabrizio tells what was probably the true story, basing on hystorical knowledges of the rites in 1st century. It's highly dramatic, but it's where the problems start. If you are not Italian speaking, or you don't have a translation of the very poetic lyrics, you are missing the 75% of the album. It's the same for all the other pieces.

The story proceeds and Ave Maria (track 4) is a very religiuosly inspired song, very unusual for an atheistic and anti-catholic writer. The following track Maria nella bottega del falegname is a song about war, murder and death penalty.

The story progresses quickly to the crucifixion, and Il testamento di Tito (Titus' willings), is an invective about the hypocrisy of every church, catholic and not. Each of the Moses' commandements is criticised by a thief while he's dying on the cross. The sound is a bit country-western, but Bob Dylan has been one of the most influent artists for Fabrizio, as well as the French. This angry song finishes with an unexpected positive message.

To be noticed, all the characters tell about the story, but Christ is never speaking and barely mentioned.

From a musical point of view, the songs are very well arranged, and the influence of traditional and medieval music are what in my opinion make it a prog album. Get a translation before giving it a spin.

Review by Ivan_Melgar_M
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars A few days ago I wrote a 5 stars review about "AD 2010 - La Buona Novella" by PFM, so decided to review the album by FABRIZIO DE ANDRÉ (La Buona Novella) that originated this masterpiece and honestly after years of not listening this release, found it dated and a bit disappointing in comparison with the 2010 release.

Lets start with the fact that FABRIZIO DE ANDRÉ is a "cantautori" (singer songwriter) more than a Prog performer and composer, so whoever expects a Progressive Rock masterpiece, will find instead some sort of revolutionary troubadour with a fantastic voice that reminds me of the Russian bard "Vladimir Vysotsky".

One of the reasons I bought this album back in the late 70's was because I found PFM performed it, but their role is secondary, because the album is written by and for FABRIZIO DE ANDRÃ?'S glory, and that's a shame, being that the concept is brilliant but sadly the band is underused and most of the songs except "Il Sogno di Maria" are undeveloped.

The atmosphere is a nice blend of Medieval and Folk music with an incredibly poetic lyrics, but seems empty because the voice and guitar of "De André" are not enough to get the brilliance this conceptual album deserved.

Still enjoyed " from start to end, specially "Maria nella Bottega del Falegname" (Mary at a Carpenter's Workshop) a song that has everything a Prog fanatic will expect, from beautiful melodies top nice orchestration and chorals.

Probably if "2010 AD - La Buona Novella" wasn't so fresh in my head, would had rated "La Buona Novella" with 4 stars, but my opinion is that PFM took an extremely beautiful album and turned into an almost perfect masterpiece, so I will give 3 stars to "FABRIZIO DE ANDRE" release, that should be 3.5.

Latest members reviews

5 stars Although I am a long standing fan of Fabrizio de Andre', I gained knowledge of this album thirty years after, just during his last concert, dated on 1999 at the Brancaccio theatre. Fabrizio is not a proper prog artist, his roots are strongly deep inside the traditional Italian singer-songwri ... (read more)

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