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3.61 | 61 ratings | 8 reviews | 21% 5 stars

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Live, released in 1974

Songs / Tracks Listing

Side 1
1. Truck of Fire (Part 1) (17:30)
2. Truck of Fire (Part 2) (4:45)

Side 2
3. Sguardo verso il cielo (4:15)
4. Preludio a era inverno (5:15)
5. Era inverno (6:45)
6. Ritorno al nulla (4:25)
7. Collage (fragment) (1:00)
7. Collage (2:58)

Total Time: 46:53

Line-up / Musicians

- Aldo Tagliapietra / vocals, bass, guitar
- Toni Pagliuca / keyboards
- Michi Dei Rossi / drums

Releases information

LP: 1974 Philips (6323 028)
CD: 90's Philips/ Phonogram (846 412-2)

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LE ORME In Concerto ratings distribution

(61 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(21%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(41%)
Good, but non-essential (30%)
Collectors/fans only (8%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by ZowieZiggy
3 stars I can't really be overwhelming with this live album.

First part is dedicated to "Truck O f Fire, Part I". An experimental piece of music featuring an average drum solo and some great keys improvisation, but let's be honest : to extend it to over seventeen minutes was probably not the best thing to do.

The short second part of this number is by far superior to the long and dull "Part I". It features some pleasant vocals and a dark and scary mood fully reminiscent of Crimson. This one (just over five minutes) should have been sufficient and would have offered a better angle to appreciate the whole of this live work.

This live album has a very weird track list. Three songs come from their second album (released in 1971)." Sguardo Verso il Cielo " (very dynamic and emotional but poor sound), "Era Inverno" is brilliantly introduced with a lengthy instrumental part and the whole of the true song is just a wild and psychedelic effort. The best moment of this live record and "Collage" which again is excellent.

Sound quality is no better than an average boot record and therefore doesn't really justify to pay for this. The great "Ritorno Al Nulla" is of course brilliant (as it was on the studio album) but being too short to raise the average level of this "Le Orme In Concerto".

It is rather strange that only one track comes from their latest album "Felona & Sorona". Their magnificent "Uomo Di Pezza" is completely forgotten as well. No need to say that this album is not a great representation of the work of this good Italian band.

Three stars. But be aware that this rating is on the higher end.

Review by ProgShine
COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
2 stars I really wonder about all these high ratings on this first live album by the great Italian band Le Orme.

First of all 'Truck Of Fire' goes the whole first half of the album is really a lame piece, and I'm not talking about the bad sound of recording, I'm talking about a very good band like Le Orme record some really bad piece of music and put it as a full side of their live album.

The other thing is, if you're about to release a live album, why in the world record a full brand new composition on it? And if you do, usually you do it as a studio track... well.

I just really don't like it.

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Released in the same year as their studio album `Contrappunti', Le Orme's 1974 live album `In Concerto' is a bruised, rough but occasionally beautiful gem, a fascinating document of the band quite far away from their lush and dreamy studio works. Admittedly the actual recording quality borders on that of a somewhat murky bootleg, but it's not unlistenable, and in addition to a new side-long composition not to be found on any studio album from the band, it highlights a selection of favourite works from their first three progressive albums in slightly reworked arrangements that are well worth listening to, especially if those much-loved studio discs are over-familiar at this point.

The first three minutes of the two part `Truck of Fire' deceptively opens with slightly malevolent pounding gothic classical piano, just a hint of tension, but no sign at all of the outright violence to come! When the tornado of noise hits, it's like a snarling, dirty gnashing and smashing punch to the face as you run head-first into a brick wall. This is the most cacophonous explosion we've ever heard from the band, a vile and addictive free-form jazz tsunami, a frantic race of Tony Pagliuca's deranged infernal Hammond violation, apocalyptic whip-storm powerhouse drumming from Michi Dei Rossi and sludgy wet bass from Aldo Tagliapietra. Witness whirling dancing nubile native Moogs, virgin-sacrificing ritualistic maddening cult-like drum soloing and loopy ambient electronic weirdness that suggests R2-D2 is recording the whole thing! There's even little traces of the early psychedelic days of Pink Floyd and the Soft Machine here, and I love how the piece plays with expectations of what is probably expected of the band, in other words the more lovely and soothing passages found on their studio albums. The second half starts as a more dreamy vocal section, curiously sung in English (although the band had released an English language version of `Felona e Sorona' by this point), but it's not worth complaining about the language choice because the voice passages are only very short and definitely not the focus here. Alternatively floating then imperialistic synths with repetitive punchy bass lines and confident outbursts, the whole piece quickly dissolves back into wild unhinged noise before finally imploding.

The band then runs through a selection of tracks from their previous studio albums, and all have a wonderful ragged and more loose quality that is quite thrilling to hear in comparison. There's the beautiful humming Hammond, electric piano and bouncy bass on `Sguardo Verso Il Cielo', and in particular it's nice to hear Aldo a little rougher around the edges, not being able to take the time to carefully perfect his voice as usual in the studio. `Preludio a Era Inverno' is a nightmarish and suspenseful thick electronic interlude with tiny glistening raindrops of organ and sharp percussion, with an atmospheric and doomy outro. Aldo's vocals are again coarse and commanding on `Era Inverno', given a more powerful interpretation with a wonderfully urgent and deranged drum and Hammond sprint in the middle. Then there's a thrilling pulse-quickening rendition of the closing number from the `Felona...' album, `Ritorno Al Nulla', and a snappy run-through of the addictive and pompous church organ instrumental `Collage' that opened the album of the same name to finish on.

It has to be said that `In Concerto' is probably not a good representation of the kind of works usually associated with Le Orme, but like only the best live albums, this one stands apart from the studio discs and takes on a character all it's own. Many listeners will have extreme issues with the sound quality (that's why I'm marking the disc down a little more than it probably deserves), but especially for the `Trucks of Fire' first side, it adds a darker energy to the performance and creates an intense atmosphere. This is definitely one live album worth investigating after you've made your way through their classic studio albums from the same period.

Three stars.

Latest members reviews

4 stars This is the first live album in the Italian Progressive of the Seventies. I think its quality recording isn't so good, almost amateurish sometimes, but the level of the tracks is surely very interesting. Album include some old hits, like "Sguardo verso il cielo" and "Collage", but the long "Tru ... (read more)

Report this review (#118868) | Posted by armapo | Wednesday, April 18, 2007 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This one receives five stars, not because is a " masterpiece", but because is the best Le Orme record! No pretentions and excellent songs put together making a nice lot. There's a bit of ELP here on songs like Truck Of Fire. But the band has its own identity and the album runs nicely. Grea ... (read more)

Report this review (#111008) | Posted by Sunhillow_ | Thursday, February 8, 2007 | Review Permanlink

5 stars I dont know what are labbels waiting for making a reMaster of this incredible piece of art here, one of the greatest records ever made and a live one for a change, incredible composition of the non released tracks and virtuous impresive performances of the albums material, all raw, all from instr ... (read more)

Report this review (#35461) | Posted by | Tuesday, June 7, 2005 | Review Permanlink

5 stars My 1st album heard of this band from Venice when i was a child, at a my uncle's friend home. Opened by an instrumental never printed in studio, all along side a on vynil, it presents a great polyphonic stuff between hammond and keys with drums played like hell. It is an incredible and rare psy ... (read more)

Report this review (#17893) | Posted by | Wednesday, June 23, 2004 | Review Permanlink

4 stars After having read some average or even bad reviews about this album, never expected to have such a wonderful suprise listening for the first time to it! In my opinion itīs a really very good live album: - the sound is vivid and strong - has different renditions to the tracks, even an unreleased ... (read more)

Report this review (#17891) | Posted by elpprogster | Wednesday, February 18, 2004 | Review Permanlink

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