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3.98 | 54 ratings | 8 reviews | 24% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1993

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Il Mercante (9:06)
2. In Un Vecchio Castello (13:13)
3. Arnaldo Da Chatillon Crociato (7:44)
4. Vivendo Un Giorno...Solo Di Niente (11:01)
5. Traccia... Ora Lo (4:50)

Total time 45:54

Line-up / Musicians

- Paul Rosette / vocals
- Massimo Gorlezza / acoustic & electric guitars
- Riccardo Roattino / acoustic & electric guitars
- Romolo Bollea / Roland P330/D50/U20, Alfa Juno 2, Korg M3
- Maurizio Venegoni / Hammond, Elka Rapshody, MiniMoog
- Alessandro "Pippo" Avondo / Roland & Simmons drum synths

Releases information

Artwork: Massimo Gorlezza

CD Kaliphonia ‎- KRC 003 (1993, Italy)

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CONSORZIO ACQUA POTABILE Nei Gorghi Del Tempo ratings distribution

(54 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(24%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(54%)
Good, but non-essential (15%)
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CONSORZIO ACQUA POTABILE Nei Gorghi Del Tempo reviews

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Review by Marcelo
4 stars CAP is a band evidently influenced by the legendary BANCO (altough more melodic), being one of the few bands at this times -beside IL CASTELLO DI ATLANTE- sounding really close to the golden Italian era. The singer's voice reminds a little bit the semi-operatic style of Francesco Di Giacomo (BANCO's singer) and gives to the music a special and dramatic feeling. The long compositions have a magnificent instrumentation (standing out the beautiful keyboards), adding sometimes an epic and medieval flavour. Highly recommended album, specially to all Italian progressive fans.
Review by erik neuteboom
4 stars Well, two previous reviewers with 4 stars, I can feel the pressure! CAP is an Italian sextet featuring two keyboard - and two guitarplayers. Most of the five tracks have a running time from more than 7 minutes and sound interesting: lots of shifting moods, breaks, soli on guitar and keyboards, a strong Italian voice and a very decent level of compositional skills. It's obvious that fellow Italians Banco are a source of inspiration: the intro from the wonderful "Vivendo" contains great keyboards and beautiful acoustic guitar, the vocals are a bit similar to Banco and CAP delivers a great, slightly changed version from the Banco song "Traccia" entitled "Traccia...Ora O E". This CD is a fine discovery from 1992, I rate it with 4 stars because I had promised to add an extra star when singing in the wonderful Italian language!
Review by ZowieZiggy
4 stars At times, there are modern bands that play seventies music. They are often called as regressive. What about an old band playing seventies the nineties? Well, I guess that it is a good definition of CAP (let's call them this way for the purposes of my reviews from this Italian band).

If you have ever dreamed of the delicacy of Italian prog music which goes along here with refined vocals, bombastic ELP-ish moments and some beautiful melodies; let me tell you that you don't need to search further on. You have reached the Holy Graal.

The good thing with this album, is that all these elements are nicely combined to ensure that one doesn't get an indigestion of bombastic and regressive passages and too many long and quiet parts. I couldn't find a better example than ''Vivendo Un Giorno.'' to highlight this comment. It is a perfect digest of their work.

Each of the tracks has lots of things to offer.

The opener (''Il Mercante'') starts awkwardly, but after this weird intro, the most beautiful sound is going to reach your prog ears. Melody and emotion. Some Spanish flavours (acoustic guitar and even trumpets), before the entry of the incredible vocals which are so passionate!

Some scary mood with ''In Un Vecchio Castello'': oppressive and dark at start, it turns into some sweet and light theme. A pastoral voyage in the world of the early ''Genesis'' for a while: do you get on board? It is true to say that the second part of the song has a more neo side; but this doesn't prevent the song to be an excellent moment. Those three songs were already featured on a live album recorded in '77 but only released in .'93.

The most poignant track IMO, is the wonderful ''Arnaldo Da Chatillon Crociato''. So much beauty should be forbidden! I have made this comment often so far, but here it is again: such passion and emotion are only to be found in this marvellous musical genre. Another highlight (but there are almost nothing else than highlights here).

The least interesting IMO, is the short (to their standards) ''Traccia.''. It is an old ''Banco'' cover.

This is an excellent album that would deserve some more exposure here. Four stars.

Review by apps79
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4 stars Not unlike ''Il Castello di Atlante'',CONSORZIO ACQUA POTABILE (simply C.A.P.) were active during the 70's without releasing anything before the 90's.They were formed in 1971 in Boffalora Ticino in 1971 and their early lives included a prog-opera called ''Gerbrand'' (part of it is included in the compilation ''Fanfir'' of the Kaliphonia Label).The band split up at the end of the 70's but C.A.P. reunited in the 90's,after Kaliphonia Label published a 1977 live recording entitled ''Sala Borsa Live '77''.With great lust C.A.P. started rehearsing and this would led them to their first ever official recording ''Nei gorghi del tempo'' in 1992.

From the first listen it is obvious that the band's sound is still rooted in the 70's Italian prog tradition,though they often use modern keyboards.''Nei gorghi del tempo'''s sound is certainly centered around the dual keyboard work of Romolo Bollea and Maurizio Venegoni,which starts from energetic symphonic grandiose parts and synth flyers and ends up in numerous soft piano passages accompanied by dramatic/emotional vocals.Comparisons with the golden era of BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO are undenieable,as the album contains also some very strong and inspired guitar work both in electric and acoustic version,ranging from melodic stuff to folkish-tinged acoustic parts.Any lover of dramatic/operatic-like vocals combined with the best of Italy's prog tradition should search for this fantastic release.My highest recommendations for a band,which unfairly could have been lost in time.

Review by tszirmay
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5 stars This is one review I have been deliberately holding back, mainly out of some perverse strategy of always firing reviews on all cylinders (ah, quality control!). I got a tape from a pen-pal and I fell in love with this masterpiece immediately. I scoured high and low to find a copy anywhere, all doors shut in deleted regret. How did I get my CD, especially since I already owned the delightful "Robin Delle Stelle", you ask? I went straight to CAP leader Maurizio Venegoni's e-mail address via the good old Ethernet. In a pleadingly elegant letter, I implored him to burn me copy and a month later I get this package from Italy, not only with his personal copy of "Nei Gorghi del Tempo" but also a yet unreleased new album "Il Bianco Regno di Dooah"!!!!! I was simply put, blown away! Not a year went by when I met Mau and guitarist Massimo Gorlezza in one of the most momentous prog nights ever! In 2003 Milan, in scorching hot and humid weather, I dissected all three albums, all my notes in hand, track by track with various comments and clucks of delight much to their utter astonishment! To these prog-loving businessmen (Mau owns a salami factory and Massimo is an architect!), that a total stranger from Canada is grooving to their musical craft , knowing each inch of sound was hard to grasp, so deep was the bewilderment. What a night of fine dining, vino rosso, limoncello and coffee on a floating restaurant on a canal, singing "Lontana Lucia" from Robin, playing full-blast from the open-aired Volvo, racing down the autostrada. Mind blast time! So why do I consider this timeless marvel so precious? Even though I still can't wipe the grin off my face from that night in Milan, the music within is spellbinding at a time when prog was still budding, waiting for the Marillioned white knight to revive the spirit of Prog! First a disclaimer: this is not the best produced recording known to man, far from it. Rather grainy (which only adds to the charm) is closer to the truth. That being said and stamped, the joyride begins with "Il Mercante", a symphonic stew chock full of criss-crossing slashes weaving guitars, keys that morph into a senselessly gorgeous main theme , a melody of aching beauty that explodes with a Spanish guitar motif adorned by some fabulous trumpet , slowly growing in intensity as all instruments unite in divine fanfare. The drop-dead operatic voice of Paul Rosette only adds further drama to the proceedings as the tortured lead guitar combines with the various synth flights. The main vocal aria is chillingly gorgeous, slithering into the deepest recesses of the pleasuredome, amid the swirling arrangements, driving eagerly towards the checkered flag. "In Un Vecchio Castello" is an epic excursion into initially quirky expanses, with subtle almost classical orchestrations that eventually bloom into a vast symphonic chasm where the background strings rule supreme and a sizzling guitar conspire to create quite a complex tapestry of sound, closer to Gentle Giant than Yes, chugging along nicely until the main polyrhythmic theme reveals itself in all its hypnotic splendor. The ornate piano of Romeo Bolla decorates with unabashed passion and sound technique, pounding home the exultation of a musical piece that needs only an exuberant synthesizer lead to take this into the bejeweled prog galaxy. This is about the most complex symph prog you will ever hear, laced with some softer passages where the vocal parts are one of sheer beauty, Paul Rosette singing his heart out with a masterful bellow, alternating power and subtlety , one of the finest prog vocal performances ever recorded. Things actually get even more intense with the phenomenal "Arnaldo da Chatillon Crociato", a supple crescendo of unmitigated medieval-tinged majesty, with massive sweeping orchestrations and a lead air that is overflowing with ardor and an immense vocal lead that chills the spine and adds goose bumps to the deal ("O signore"). When the gentle clouds finally part, the mood shifts into high gear with a propulsive theme that shatters everything in its wake, zooming towards some mythical zone where music becomes pure bliss, alternating contrasts, a smart section with tubular bells signaling a return to that glorious aria and then abruptly back to the pulsating synth-led theme, swaths of mellotron only adding to the conspiracy. "Vivendo un giorno.." is another clear display of their incredible talent in composing suave and inspired symphonic prog , zipping synth lines dueling with gruff guitar slashes, rolling organ tossed into the melee , each jousting fiercely for dominance. The elegant piano returns with avid confidence veering the proceedings toward a gentle mid-section that then decides to give way to the fury once again. The rhythm section does its best to keep apace in such a luxuriant musical environment, constantly on the alert and prepared for the next sideway loop. Exhilarating and awe- inspiring this is, with another superb vocal part that scorches the outer core and releasing another synthesized tangent of prog adventure, complete with storm effects and a final section that relies on savvy acoustic guitar to totally alter the mood . This is the essence of symphonic prog, always churning, forever creating and incredibly lush with leafy ideas at every corner. A sad spoken part shuts the gate on this timeless jewel. "Traccia" closes the deal with a Banco-penned excursion that highlights all the bands characteristics, an up-front piano that guides the way towards some imaginary island of unreal infatuation, a main melody that is so achingly catchy it will remain locked deep in your mind for evermore. The trumpet MIDI patches are simply astounding, elevating the relentless theme to epic fanfare-like proportions, an absolute classic RPI showcase that begs to be heard and adulated by us fans. The huge impression this album leaves is hard to describe, becoming a must. My personal Mau copy has a bonus track that features female operatic vocals that merge nicely with the male voice. Having met two of the members on that summer day in Milan only idolizes further the utter joy I experience each time I think of this record, let alone listen to it. I return to this CD every time I need some inspiration. Certainly among my top 10 albums all time. Any prog collection worthy of its weight needs this phenomenally precious and original RPI masterpiece. 5 water jugs
Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars CAP are an Italian band who formed in 1971 yet didn't release an album until 1977. And even then it was a self-released live record which was re-released properly in 1993. So this debut is from 1992 and it's a tough one to track down since it's out of print. Thankyou Tszirmay for allowing me to finally here this gem.They are a six piece band with two keyboardists. Excellent vocals too, in fact I wish there was more of them.

"Il Mercante" kicks in right away then settles right down before 2 minutes with relaxed guitar and more. Reserved vocals arrive at 4 1/2 minutes.The tempo picks up after 6 minutes when the vocals stop. It settles again with vocals before 7 1/2 minutes before picking up one more time to end it.

"In Un Vecchio Castello" changes after 1 1/2 minutes then the guitar starts to soar a minute later before the tempo picks up.The tempo will continue to shift. It settles right down with piano before 8 minutes.Vocals after 10 minutes and this is so good. In fact I haven't been totally impressed until here but my appreciation will continue the rest of the way.Spacey synths 11 1/2 minutes in then it's heavy after 12 minutes.

"Arnaldo Di Chatillon Crociato" has more spacey synths to start then the guitar cries out before a minute. Vocals a minute later and man he can sing. It starts to pick up after 3 minutes then we get a spacey calm a minute later. Some brief vocals follow then it picks up before 7 1/2 minutes again. Great tune.

"Vivendo Un Giorno...Solo Di Niente" starts off sounding a lot like BANCO. Very uptempo with lots of keys.Vocals come in before 6 minutes as it settles. It kicks back in quickly minus the vocals.Thunder and rain take over before 7 1/2 minutes as acoustic guitar joins in. Birds are singing before 9 1/2 minutes then spoken words join in. Killer track. "Tracca...Ora Lo" ends it with a good uptempo instrumental.

There's everything here that a fan of Italian Prog could hope for.

Review by Warthur
3 stars Consorzio Acqua Potabile were actually veterans of the first wave of RPI, but it was only in the prog revival of the 1990s that they had a chance to make their first studio album. Though they have interesting compositions and they deliver decent performances - keyboardist Maurizio Venegoni breaks out some particularly nice solos - the group are let down a little by the production standards on the album - some of the keyboard and guitar sounds seem rather cheap or underproduced, and the mix of the album sounds a little "off" to me. It's still a good listen, but it could have been a great listen had the band had the benefit of production values sufficient to do their music justice.

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4 stars CAP's first album is a good album. I have heard every record by this band, and I consider this one the band's best record. The other records are also good, but this one the most successful one in my opinion. The band offers a fair share of keyboards, and the vocals are really cool. For those w ... (read more)

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