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3.62 | 51 ratings | 3 reviews | 25% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2009

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Tema (1:14)
2. Animale Senza Respiro (5:33)
3. Mirror Train (7:14)
4. L'uomo (3:53)
5. 'A Zingara (5:37)
6. Ce Vulesse Ce Vulesse (5:52)
7. Fuje 'a Chistu Paese (6:37)
8. Il Castello Dell'Es (7:06)
- Formentera Medley :
9. Oro Caldo (2:34)
10. My Mind Flies (1:26)
11. L'amore Vincerą Di Nuovo (1:47)
12. Everybody's Gonna See You Die (4:23)
- Blue Sky Medley:
13. In Un Vecchio Cieco (1:56)
14. Vado Verso Una Meta (3:07)
15. Solo Uniti (3:31)
16. Theme One (3:58)
17. There Will Be Time (3:55)

Total time 69:43

Line-up / Musicians

- David Jackson / saxophones, flute

- Lino Vairetti / lead vocals, guitar, blues harp, producer
- Fabrizio Fedele / electric & acoustic guitars
- Sasą Priore / keyboards (piano, organ, synth), vocals
- Irvin Vairetti / synth, programming, pad, Mellotron, vocals
- Nello D'Anna / bass
- Gennaro Barba / drums

- Sophya Baccini / vocals
- Roberto Petrella / acoustic guitar
- Gianni Leone / piano, vocals
- Oderigi Lusi / Fender Rhodes, synth
- Alfonso La Verghetta / Hammond organ
- Gianluca Falasca / violin
- David Cross / electric violin
- Lello Brandi / bass
- Tim Stevens / bass
- Mariano Barba / drums
- Gabry Borrelli / percussion

Releases information

Old compositons with new arrangements

2xLP Afraką - LD332 (2009, Italy) (gatefold)

CD AMS - AMS 150 CD (2009, Italy) (limited edition digipak)

Thanks to andrea for the addition
and to Quinino for the last updates
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OSANNA Osanna & David Jackson: Prog Family ratings distribution

(51 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(25%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(41%)
Good, but non-essential (27%)
Collectors/fans only (2%)
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Review by andrea
4 stars The present incarnation of Osanna took off on the initiative of founder member Lino Vairetti, who gathered around him a bunch skilful young musicians like Gennaro Barba (drums), Fabrizio Fedele (guitar), Nello D'Anna (bass), Sasą Priore keyboards) and Lino's son Irvin Vairetti (synth). In 2008 they were in tour, with David Jackson as an additional member, performing new versions of their best pieces. I had the chance to attend one of their shows and I was struck by the vitality and the enthusiasm of all the musicians on stage. Osanna could have tried to capture the energy of their performances in a live album, instead...

They chose to record the new versions in studio looking for the best sound quality available and the precious help of friends such as David Cross, Tim Stevens, Gianni Leone, Oderigi Lusi, Sophya Baccini and others... Well, this album is not a simple collection of old stuff and the result is absolutely good (far better than their previous work "Uomini e miti"). Osanna's family tree has got deep roots and the "hot gold" of their music still glitters, although melted and reshaped with a modern taste. All the tracks are linked as in a long suite and every track merge imperceptibly into something else...

The opener and classical inspired "Tema", from the OST of "Milano Calibro 9", melts into a fiery "Animale senza respiro" (from Palepoli) that ends into a nervous "Mirror Train" from the debut album "L'uomo"... Osanna and David Jackson perfectly work together giving new life to pieces of music that are part of the history of Italian progressive rock, the music flows for more than seventy minutes without weak moments and the sound is perfect. Less known episodes like "'A zingara" and "Ce vulesse ce vulesse" from the album "Suddance" or "Il castello dell'Es" from "Landscapes Of Life" here are brilliant and convincing like the tracks coming out from "Palepoli" or "L'uomo". There are many changes of atmosphere and rhythm, from classical to traditional "canzone napoletana" (you can even find quotes of "Funicolģ Funicolą" and "O sole mio"), from the bluesy and Mediterranean "Neapolitan Power" to the British prog of VDGG's "Theme One" it's like a long run "without a breath" from the start to the finish line, where you won't stop!

The packaging is very good as well, featuring a funny art cover design by Lino Vairetti and a booklet with many pictures and all the lyrics. I'm sure that this album will be an excellent addition for every Italianprog lover collection!

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
3 stars Themes

Like most I know David Jackson as one of the members of the classic line-up of Van Der Graaf Generator, but I recently "re-discovered" him through his participation in The Rome Pro(g)ject - a progressive Rock project led by Italian musician Vincenzo Ricca and in which Jackson (or "Jaxon" as he is sometimes known) appears alongside Steve Hackett and several other Prog luminaries. I found Jackson's contributions to The Rome Pro(g)ject impressive - particularly his flute playing - much more so than his role in Van Der Graaf Generator (a band I like, but don't love).

My renewed interest in Jackson led me to investigate what else he has been doing outside of Van Der Graaf Generator and it was in this way that I came across the present release credited to David Jackson and the Italian band Osanna. The album is nicknamed "Prog family" and features also a number of other musicians including ex-King Crimson violinist David Cross (who, like Jackson, also contributed to The Rome Pro(g)ject).

I was previously unfamiliar with Osanna, but as far as I understand the material on this album consists mainly of re-recorded and re-arranged versions of songs that originally appeared on that band's albums from the 1970's. Whilst I cannot say how these new versions compare to the old, I can say that this is a good and enjoyable album in its own right. Also included is a version of George Martin's Theme One, a number also performed by Van Der Graaf Generator.

The music is eclectic with elements of Jazz, Blues, Folk, etc. within a heavy Rock framework. The vocals are predominantly in Italian language but some parts are sung in English. Perhaps it would have been better to choose one language or the other rather than alternating between Italian and English, but the main attraction at least for me is the instrumental aspects.

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3 stars Osanna is surely one of the best progressive italian bands, but not lucky like PFM or Banco. I've seen them many years ago and they were great! Now this is a Lino Vairetti formation (without Danilo Rustici - great guitar) playing the past of Osanna with a large partecipation of neapolitan frie ... (read more)

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