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3.01 | 55 ratings | 5 reviews | 9% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1970

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Prologo (8:09)
2. Incubi (8:23)
3. Visioni dell'aldilą (8:50)
4. Riflessioni (5:46)
5. Una Pietra Colorata (2:26)

Total Time 33:34

Line-up / Musicians

- Billy Gray / guitar, vocals
- Joe Vescovi / organ, vocals, arrangements
- Arvid "Wegg" Andersen / bass, vocals
- Pino Sinnone / drums & percussion

Releases information

Artwork: Up & Down Studio

LP RCA Italiana ‎- PSL 10460 (1970, Italy)

CD RCA ‎- ND 74111 (1989, Italy)
CD RCA ‎- 82876630312 (2004, Italy) Remastered (?)
CD RCA ‎- 88697976972 (2011, Italy) Remastered (?)

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THE TRIP The Trip ratings distribution

(55 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(9%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(31%)
Good, but non-essential (36%)
Collectors/fans only (18%)
Poor. Only for completionists (5%)

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Review by lor68
2 stars Well honestly I don't like this stuff very much, except on a few breaks through in the vein of bands such as ELP and Le ORME. However they will do a bit better in the future, thanks to the following 2nd issue "Caronte", a concept album. Not essential!
Review by ZowieZiggy
3 stars With such a name and such a title, you can easily imagine which type of music this Italian band is playing. Pure psychedelic glory of course!

And I have to say that it is quite enjoyable to the ears of yours faithfully. Totally early Floyd oriented, this album is sung in English (when vocals apply) and can't be really be considered to belong to the Italian genre IMHHO.

The opening number, which is an instrumental, is a highlight of this album. More ASOS oriented I would say: it is demoniac psychedelia from the good old days. With "Incubi", the band gets back a bit more in time, and the sound is more "Piper" oriented. Instrumental passages are quite well performed but the vocal parts are not that great (but this is general remark as far as I'm concerned).

"Visioni dell'Aldilą" is a weird track in its early stages (but Roger said about ASOS that it couldn't be called a "song"; so?). Vocals are better than usual; but there is no structure in this song. Themes are changing all the time: so be prepared for quite an experience! What a ride!

At a certain moment ("Rifflessioni"), the band doesn't seem to know in which direction they want to go. This song is a pitiful melting pot of several influences (mainly pop, boogie, AND decadent music).

The closing number is a childish pop/psyche song which sounds quite outdated (but hey! This was released in 70). All in all, I quite like this album. Three stars is accurate for this work.

I am looking forward to discover more from this band.

Review by andrea
3 stars Based in Savona and born in 1969 from the ashes of an English band coming to Italy looking for fortune (Riki Maiocchi & The Trips), The Trip released their first eponymous album (sometimes referred to as Musica Impressionistica) in 1970 on the RCA label with a line up featuring along with founder members Arvid "Wegg" Andersen (bass, vocals) and Billy Gray (guitar, vocals) the Italians Joe Vescovi (organ, vocals) and Pino Sinnone (drums) who stepped in after vocalist Riki Maiocchi, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and drummer Ian Broad left the original nucleus. As you can guess from the art cover by Up & Down Studio, this is a psychedelic work with influences ranging from Vanilla Fudge to blues-rock...

The opener "Prologo" (Prologue) is an interesting instrumental track that starts by a dark organ solo passage and then goes through the doors of perception turning into something different when the rhythm rises going from bolero to blues. After more than eight minutes this piece gives way to the following "Incubi" (Nightmares), another long psychedelic track with many sparse echoes of classical music and jazzy organ passages that tells of a nightmarish, restless night haunted by crawling visions in a mad flight through the unconscious, waiting for the morning sun...

The long, apocalyptic "Visioni dell'aldilą" (Visions from the afterlife) opens the second side of the LP and, like the previous track, despite the Italian title is sung in English. According to an interview with Pino Sinnone, this piece was inspired by some Hieronymus Bosch's tableaux and combines dark organ passages, soaring harmony vocals and the fiery instrumental flights of a wild and free soul with coloured, impressionistic lyrics...

"Riflessioni" (Reflections) is another piece sung in English mixing rock, blues and gospel and dealing with religion, time passing by and the mystery of life. The surreal, lively closer "Una pietra colorata" (A coloured stone) is the only track sung in Italian. Here the music and lyrics conjure up the image of a lonely, talking coloured stone at the bottom of the sea that eventually falls in love with another stone put nearby...

On the whole, a good album that marks the transition from beat and psychedelia to progressive rock in Italy.

Latest members reviews

4 stars THE TRIP (1970) is a Progressive album that crosses in the acid psychedelic rock or an album of psychedelic acid band that travels in the progressive rock. I believe that the truth lies somewhere in between. Definitely is a very original album and full of stylistic surprises. Also the Itali ... (read more)

Report this review (#1399366) | Posted by RisingForce | Thursday, April 16, 2015 | Review Permanlink

3 stars The first work released in 1970 "The Trip". Organ rock with psychedelic sound of chorus and guitar. The group that made an original album several years later release a psychedelic work in around 1970,was so many. This group is also so. It is a collage album that composes again by daring to div ... (read more)

Report this review (#75105) | Posted by braindamage | Sunday, April 16, 2006 | Review Permanlink

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