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3.08 | 15 ratings | 2 reviews | 13% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1991

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner
2. Patagonia suite Part 1: Near The Pole
3. Patagonia suite Part 2: Under An Iron Sky
4. Kubla Khan
5. Inside The Great Mastaba
6. American Dream
7. Zombie
8. Dance Of The New Land
9. Ageless Traveler

Line-up / Musicians

- Mike Abate / acoustic & electric guitars, oboe, vocals
- Marco Cimino / keyboards, mouth harp, cello, flute, vocals
- Giann Cremonai / on 1-5 acoustic & electric bass, acoustic guitar, vocals
- Guido Giovine / on 1-5 drums, vocals
- Giorgio Diaferia / on 6-9 drums
- Paolo Franchini / in 6-9 bass
- Arturo Vitale / on 6-9 vocals, sax

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CD: Mellow Records MMP 117

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(13%)
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Review by tszirmay
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars I was sort of surprised that no one had yet reviewed this sophomore release as it seems to be a hard find. Well, I got this a while back (1996) , together with the debut and have been enthralled by the smooth gentleness ever since. The 1976 debut remains a perennial favorite while this one sort of got lost in the shuffle. Errata Corrige caters to the softer side of RPI that features such notable monuments as Celeste, Loccanda delle Fate and Le Orme. The classic 9 minute + "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" kicks this one off rather pleasantly with inspired flute, accordion, acoustic guitar and crystalline Italian tongued vocals. The electric leads played by Mike Abate are heavenly, the moody piano celestial and the vocal work stupendous, while the rhythm section propulses along effusively (Gianni Cremona on bass and Guido Giovine on drums). The overall keyboard work is stellar courtesy of Marco Cimino and gives the whole album a dreamy symphonic veneer that is pure aural candy. The surprising 2 part "Patagonia Suite" craftily swings into scat-like vocalizations that recall prime Canterbury la Northettes (but male voices), the percussion emitting Argentine influences, quite jazzy and evoking galloping gauchos on the Pampas while the breezy flute carves out some imaginary Andean landscapes. The second instrumental section dabbles into more somber territory, the groaning cello front and center waiting for the chic piano and the rolling bass to kick into gear, slowly erecting a laid-back symphonic structure. Extraordinary ! "Kubla Khan" resumes the vocal presence, recalling the story of the feared Mongol ruler who savaged and ravaged with little remorse. The grandiose mood has a slight Eastern tinge, Abate playing a plaintive oboe within a barrage of string synth washes, then shoving his lead guitar into the mix with appropriate passion and flair. A charming synth solo only adds some fury to the pleasure. The short "Inside the Great Mastaba" gets really gloomy (a Mastaba in Egyptian architecture is a sepulchral structure built aboveground). Unfortunately, the next 4 tracks feature the sax and vocals of Arti + Mestieri's Arturo Vitale as well as a new rhythm section and veer the disc into completely diverging soundscapes like the slightly corny "American Dream" that does little for me, a way too breezy ditty that should have stayed off the recording. "Zombie" is another disappointment, eschewing the serene symphonics for more sax-laden tunes (all in the 4- 5 minute range) that are simply too straightforward and contain little fantasy or adventure. The blustery "Dance of the New Land" and diaphanous "Ageless Traveller" are in the same translucent format that does really little to restore the earlier bliss. The last 4 tracks are pedestrian pieces that essentially clash with the previous 5, so one is left with a tinge of confusion. Not as delicious as their debut but a worthy investigation nevertheless. 3.5 Atlases
Review by apps79
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3 stars After the 76' debut Errata Corrige's line-up took a shake with Cremona and Giovine leaving the band, replaced by Arti & Mestieri's Arturo Vitale on sax, Paolo Franchini on bass and Esagono's Giorgio Diaferia on drums.However their sound would take a downfall compared to their progressive roots, ending up being far too commercial.A compilation of tracks recorded in 1977 by this second line-up along with the very first compositions of the group were offered in 1992 by Mellow Records.

The five opening compositions belong to the early tapes recorded by Errata Corrige prior to their debut album.These are soft, elaborated and highly melodic Symphonic Rock compositions with little space for vocals and plenty of instrumental themes, though the constant use of synths sounds a bit annoying at moments.The long opening piece ''The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner'' is actually great with some full-blown guitar melodies blended with careful keyboard work and sensitive Italian vocals.The rest of these pieces are even softer and completely instrumental with constant use of piano and synthesizers, less dominant guitar parts and even some pre-New Age themes with an almost Electronic taste.Decent music that lacks energy, but what really impresses the listener is that this sound would perfectly fit in an 80's/90's album than a mid-70's one.

The rest of the album belongs to cuts recorded by the second Errata Corrige line-up and has nothing to do with the aforementioned sound.These four pieces show strong Jazz, Funk and Melodic Pop influences with strong use of Vitale's saxes, plenty of warm Italian vocals with great vocal arrangements at times and heavy presence of brass sections, like being recorded by a totally different group.Pretty enjoyable stuff for what it is, but far from trully interesting.

Errata Corrige disbanded in late-70's and the only member strongly linked with Italian Prog after their demise was multi-instrumentalist Marco Cimino, who played with Arti & Mestieri, Esagono and Venegoni & Co. among others, while he was also a founding member of the Jazz-related label Mu.

This second Errata Corrige offering by Mellow Records shows the group's limits regarding the style, delivering pieces from dreamy Symphonic Rock to fairly commercial Melodic Jazz/Pop.All are pretty cool, but far from special.Still this documentary release has good moments to offer as a whole.Recommended.

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