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Raccomandata Ricevuta Ritorno

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Studio Album, released in 1972

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Nulla (1:04)
2. Su Una Rupe (5:13)
3. Il Mondo Cade (Su Di Me) (6:47)
4. Nel Mio Quartiere (3:52)
5. L'Ombra (3:37)
6. Un Palco Di Marionette (10:05)
7. Sogni Di Cristallo (6:33)

Total Time: 37:11



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Line-up / Musicians

- Luciano Regoli / vocals, guitar
- Nanni Civitenga / guitar
- Stefano Piermarioli / keyboards
- Francesco Froggio Francica / drums
- Manlio Zacchia / bass
- Damaso Grassi / Tenor saxophone, flute



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LP: Fonit Cetra / LPX15 (Italy)

CD re-releases:

Warner Fonit 3984 28186-2 Italy (1995)
Strange Days Records/ Warner Music (Japan) WAS-1004/WQCP-203 Japan (2004)
Vinyl Magic VM LP 117 Italy (2006)

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Review by loserboy
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3 stars Here is another great Italian gem that I would put on the same shelf as "IL BALLETTO DI BRONZO, AREA, OSANNA and others. RACCOMANDATA RICEVUTA RITORNO blend the musical escapades of KING CRIMSON with the early folk'ish appeal of PFM and the classic prowess of YES providing the listener with a highly original and highly detailed album for exploration. This 5 piece band blend swirling keyboards with classical and electric guitars hosted along some pretty intricate percussive elements. Overall this tasty little album combines solid vocals with flute, tenor sax, piano, hammond organ and contrabass. Songs are dark'ish and deep in color with a sharp edge to the overall tone. In many ways stylistically this album reminds me a bit of Italy's DELIRIUM with their flute, sax and jazz like free form approach to structure. If you love the 70's Ital-prog scene then this album is in the essential category IMHO... a real killer album.

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Posted Friday, March 19, 2004

Review by Cesar Inca
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4 stars RRR's one and only contribution to the Italian prog scene is a terrific, albeit not completely mature example of symph instilled with folkish acoustic sensibility, not too distant from what Delirium, Capitolo 6 and Blocco Mentale were doing, but in comparison, RRR is more solid than the aforementioned bands. 'Per.. Un Modo di Cristallo' is a concept album that revolves around a post-apocalyptic observation on human condition. This explains the somber mood that is present all along the record, but interestingly though, the somber factor is managed subtly via the predominance of acoustic guitar duets and flute solos. The keyboardist deals with his arsenal of organ, piano, mellotron and harpsichord with ease and an obvious reservation towards pyrotechnics: he lays some foundations while the lead guitarist and the saxophonist/flautist come to the fore. Piermaroli can also play some good jazzy stuff on piano, which makes him perfectly compatible with the rhythm section's recurrent jazz oriented leanings - his labour is crucial, since he incarnates the bridge between the drummer/bassist duo and the harmonics and soloing of his other two instrumentalist partners. The jazzy side of the band is properly incarnated in the instrumental 'Nel Mio Quartiere' and some of the most notable passages of the mini-epic 'Un Palco di Marionette': this side is mostly provided by Piermanoli, sax/flute player Grassi and drummer Francica. Even in the folkish passages Francica tends to use his drum kit with a jazzy vibe, in this way providing a peculiar cadence as a basis for the acoustic guitars. Now, Regoli's range and style remind me of that of Biglietto's singer, but due to the more restrained instrumentation of RRR, Regoli doesn't allow himself to excel fierily: he displays his vocal energy in a prper, moderate manner. My fave tracks are 3, Il Mondo Cade (Su di Me) and 6 (Un Palco di Marionette). The former is arguably the most articulated number in the album, which motif and mood changes that go shifting naturally across the clever use of empty spaces, that is, brief silent interludes. The latter, being the longest track, comprises the most passionate exposition of RRR's sound, including frantic acoustic moments and somber passages in which the organ, sax and lead guitar elaborate a psychedelic aura with cosmic allusions. Immediately after, 'Sogni de Cristallo' travels easily from folkish joy to hopeless melancholy. Well, in conclusion, this is a wonderful piece of Italian semi-acoustic oriented prog.

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Posted Friday, May 21, 2004

Review by micky
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4 stars Another of the one shot Italian groups that while only putting out one album, they do leave us with a gem. Raccomandata Ricevuta Ritorno, Italian for Registered Letter with Notice of Receipt (thanks Raffaella!) mixed jazz, folk, and classical in an album that like many Italian classics like Palepoli and Dedicato A Frazz, was all over the place musically. If you like you prog complex and twisting this is an album you probably will enjoy. Unlike Osanna and Palepoli the accoustic guitar is featured here more than the electric guitar. Raccomandata Ricevuta Ritorno (RRR for short) put out a single album in 1972. The album did not live up to expectations sales-wise and Luciano Regoli and Stefano Piermarioli left to form Samadhi which also did one album before disappearing. Francesco Froggio Francica left to show up later with the groups Procession and Kaleidon. Several attempts to reform the group failed and RRR were left with this album, Per...Un Mondo Di Cristallo as their legacy.

As far as the album itself. Fans of Semiramis, Osanna, and Delirium should find the album to be very interesting. Musical twist and turns abound with great accoustic work, classy and flighty flute work, nice tasty heavy guitar, and a vocalist whose voice I really like though some have made it a point to say it is a weakness on the album. The first song, Nulla, for example gives an indication right from the start of what to expect. A dark minute long organ intro is followed by a short but beautiful flute and accoustic guitar melody before the manic drumming of Francica heralds a complete shift in mood and tempo and we go right into Su Una Rupe. Some inspired flute follows the drummerwith some accoustic piano pounding away .. then suddenly an accoustic guitar heralds the powerful voice of Luciano Regoli. I love his voice, able to project powerfully and yet handle soft quiet moments. The next song, Il Mondo Cade (Su Di Me), starts with a great accoustic guitar to start, and end the song with some cello and strings giving the song a rather dark feel. Nel Mio Quartiere has a great jazzy feel to it, with some nice saxophone in it. L'ombra is a real showcase for Regoli as he belts out some inspired lyrics against a manic rhythm. Un Palco di Marionett is the real gem on this album. With a gorgeous flute and accoustic guitar intro, when the drums, piano, and voice enter you find yourself taken away. Such wonderful and melodic prog as only the Italians could do it. Some piano ushers in a stylistic change as the tempo picks up with some guitar and a flighty flute. Some tasty e-guitar licks are thrown into the mix and you have another great example of what makes Italian prog so tasty. Lots of musical ideas that are put together with the attention to detail an artist would be proud.

This has been a great addiction to my Italian collection and would strongly recommend it to anyone who is exploring Italian prog past the big groups and '1st tier' of Italian albums. Why this album isn't in that tier... repeated listens have not answered that question. Definitely not essential but 4 stars is not a reflection of what I think of the album. A great album all the way through.

Michael (aka micky

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Posted Sunday, June 25, 2006

Review by Finnforest
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4 stars Impressive Italian work with nods to VDGG and KC.

RRR's single delectable morsel from 1972 is one to be reckoned with and just as impressive to these ears as some of the English heavy hitters.

Deeply layered, good vocals, stunning arrangements, complexity, varied and interesting songs, and extremely talented musicians displaying their chops. I can definitely understand the comparisons of this group to King Crimson and VDGG but RRR are not copycats, they have their own individual sound. This band just never sits still or wastes a minute coasting..we have constant movement and many convergent ideas coming and going. This is music for people who like chaotic prog, "hard" prog, music that is not necessarily easy to listen to but rewards after many spins. In fact it took a long time for me to "get" this album but I now love it.

"Nulla" is just a one minute classic organ intro but nicely sets the mood for the wavey ride that is coming, dark and rather unsettling.

"Su Una Rupe" begins with sweet acoustic guitar and flute, then dives headlong into frenzy as the vocals begin all in the first minute. The vocals are expressive but not as harsh as some other Italian groups. The electric guitar makes its first appearance butting heads with the flute/acoustic team.

"Il Mondo Cade" again begins with acoustic guitar. Then a nice groove begins with bongos, flute, and bass. We get some interludes of calm mixed with manic bombast almost like Gentle Giant, then strange wordless female vocals drifting in and out as the drummer is going totally wild. (The drummer is especially good in this band.) We return to the groovy acoustic jam at the end.

"Nel Mio Quartiere" is a jazzy number with some piano and sax at first, later adding some guitar as the pace picks up. Again the drummer is really something here with the fills.WOW!

"L'Ombra" intros with some spooky organ before a fast paced vocal section. A strange interlude near the end features some creepy female laughter out of nowhere.

"Un Palco di Marionette" at 10 minutes is the anchor track. The first minute is a very nice flute/acoustic portion before the band takes advantage of the time to stretch out and explore some different terrains, some rock, some psych, keeping you guessing.

"Sogni Di Cristallo" is the closer and is just bizarre. Folky and upbeat one minute, weird psych madness the next, and then to a finish that is like a musical setting sun. By the end you'll be both exhausted from and excited by this band.

The sound of the Japanese mini-lp CD is outstanding as is the production value. The gatefold inner artwork is classic early 70s fantasy depicting a barren, destroyed world. The musicianship is absolutely first rate across the board. I agree with Micky that this album deserves to be in the top tier of Italian bands for its power and exploratory prowess.

If you like classic Italian you must own this title. And I think a good portion of any early 70s proggers will appreciate this, perhaps not on the first few spins, but eventually. Really pretty solid.

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Posted Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Review by Andrea Cortese
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4 stars This is a hell of an album, a classic. I know of a certain proghead who would surely confirm it. "Per ... un Mondo di Cristallo" is the only record ever released by this band under the name of Raccomandata Ricevuta di Ritorno (RRR for short). As usual in RPI, it's a wonderful debut album. Not clearly a symphonic prog effort in the pure sense, since the evident jazzy vein, as in the instrumental track "Nel Mio Quartiere" (In My District, 3,58 mns) and the omnipresent folky and pastoral touches, faithfully to the purest italian tradition. This interesting mix of genres is what many other italian bands of the seventies have created, each one in its peculiar way. Just think to Delirium, for instance who went mixing jazz, folk and Crimson's early symphonic experience. Just think to Procession who were more lucky than RRR and managed to record a pair of convincing records. Just think to Osanna and their unique musical madness from Neaples. To name but a few.

As some of you already know, "Per ... un Mondo di Cristallo" is a concept album based on the return to earth of a solitary astronaut. After the landing of his spacecraft he realizes that human kind has suddenly and mysteriously disappeared while he was away in the outer space. What an anguishing situation. Anguish is what this beautiful music is based on and you can hear it clearly all through the record and, in particular in "Il Mondo Cade su di Me" (World Falls on Me, 6,48 mns) and the short bu extraordinary "L'Ombra" (Shadow, 3,38 mns).

What makes RRR so unique and spectacular isn't the pompous production. It's the dramatic pattern, the theatrical and impressive development of the eight composition, the anguishing alternation of classic piano, organ, flute, sax, contrabass, guitars and orchestra! It's a musical journey into solitude of man, into his deepest daily desperation. For these reasons there are not comfortable moments. Each track smells of End and is perfectly executed as it was the most perfect closer. Obviously this may not be agreed by someone, but evidently the creativity's level is very high and impressive. This is what we call the proof that RPI is a more suitable acronym than ISP.

4,5 stars for sure.

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Posted Monday, June 25, 2007

Review by andrea
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4 stars Raccomandata Ricevuta Ritorno was a band of the Italian prog scene of the early seventies. The line up featured Luciano Regoli (vocals, acoustic guitar), Nanni Civitenga (guitar), Stefano Piermarioli (keyboards), Damaso Grassi (flute, sax), Manlio Zacchia (bass) and Francesco Froggio Francica (drums, percussion). They were from Rome and they released only one album. Anyway, the musicians where involved also in other projects, for instance singer Luciano Regoli had a previous experience in a band called Il Ritratto di Dorian Gray (that never released any album) with future Goblin's leader Claudio Simonetti and, after RRR disbanded, he and guitarist Nanni Civitenga played in another band called Samadhi...

"Per... Un mondo di cristallo" is a concept album based on a story by Marina Comin, who wrote the lyrics. Music and words try to describe the feelings of an astronaut who comes back to the Earth and finds only desolation and ruins... The planet where he had lived before his space journey does not exist anymore, around him there's nothing ("Nulla"). The first track is a short introduction dominated by a church-like organ then, on the second track, acoustic guitar and flute greet the astronaut wake-up. The protagonist climbs on a rock ("Su una rupe") and realizes that he's living a kind of nightmare because everything around him is dead by now... The music is complex with shifting tempos... "Men, if you could climb on this rock and see what you have done... You would have thought more about what you were doing...". Then anguish and fear, it's like if the world was falling down and the protagonist remembers the happy days of his past "like a tree that is using its roots". Here the music is uneasy and it reminds me of Il Balletto di Bronzo's "Ys" ("Il mondo cade su di me"), then turns into a "jazz mood" ("Nel mio quartiere").

The second part of the album begins with a dramatic atmosphere, a threatening shadow without a smile is rising on the horizon. When the protagonist realizes that the merciless shadow is the "humankind" the rhythm turns into tarantella... The lost world was nothing but a puppet show, a stage where men were acting like marionettes ("Un palco di marionette"). The music here describes the madness of the humankind perfectly mixing a wide range of moods and rhythms. The final track is dreamy, with acoustic guitar and flute in the forefront... Now the protagonist has nothing in his mind but crystal dreams ("Sogni di cristallo") that melt back into the mist...

On the whole a very good album, with a beautiful art cover. Perhaps it's not flawless (lyrics are a little bit naf and vocal parts are not "impeccable") but it's really worth to listen to... If you like bands like BMS, Le Orme or Il Balletto di Bronzo this album will be an excellent addition to your collection!

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Posted Thursday, April 10, 2008

Review by DamoXt7942
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4 stars Exploded Italian power, I'm amazed and beaten.

RACCOMANDATA RICEVUTA RITORNO (RRR)'s power is suddenly changing states, I consider. Trust me not be deceived by the romantic pipe organ and flute sound in the beginning. Suddenly it will get to be rampant, and typical Italian progressive sound will be exploded. What is typical? RRR could have many sources of sound...rock (of course), jazz (on 4th track Nel Mio Quartiere is really rough and improvisational jazzy sound), classic, and Orient-like sound. All of sounds are well mixed and well matured, and the lump of sounds can knock us strongly and massively. Moreover, I wonder this sound concrete would be one of the origin of Italian progressive power.

Palepoli by Osanna, or Darwin! by Banco, etc. may belong to same group as Per... Un Mondo Di Cristallo. Strangely, these three albums were born in the same year 1972. Whoa...I can't help sayin' 1972 was the most powerful year of RPI. Do I overevaluate? :P

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Posted Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Review by Mellotron Storm
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3 stars This band released one album back in 1972, a concept album about an astronaut who returns to earth only to find it destroyed. Vocals are in Italian so that's all I can tell you. Besides the traditional instruments we get flute and sax although the flute is by far more prominant.

"Nulia" is a short organ led intro track. "Su Una Rupe" opens with acoustic guitar and flute before it kicks in rather quickly. Nice bass as piano and drums help out. Vocals before a minute as it settles. Themes are repeated. "Il Mondo Cade (Su Di Me)" feature flute, acoustic guitar and percussion before a minute. Solo cello after 1 1/2 minutes then vocals come bursting in as the contrast continues. Piano and drums after 3 1/2 minutes. Solo acoustic guitar 5 1/2 minutes in as percussion and flute join in just like the intro. "Nel Mio Quartiere" opens with piano and drums as sax joins in. The tempo picks up 1 1/2 minutes in with prominant bass. "L'Ombra" opens with piano and organ, vocals before a minute as the tempo picks up with flute. It calms right down after 2 minutes with acoustic guitar and some laughing.

"Un Palco Di Marionette" opens with flute and acoustic guitar before we get a fuller sound after 1 1/2 minutes and vocals come in. This is probably my favourite part of the album. A calm after 4 minutes with some spoken words which are kind of creepy. The tempo picks up a minute later. It gets fairly powerful 9 minutes in and the sax joins in. "Sogni Di Cristallo" opens with acoustic guitar and flute (are you spotting a theme here) then vocals. This song is brighter although it changes after 2 minutes to a darker mood with cello. Another change after 4 minutes to strummed guitar, piano and flute which creates an uplifting mood as vocals return 5 minutes in.

I know this is a popular album among many reviewers, and I can appreciate the playing and arrangements. The bottom line is that I just don't enjoy it. Nothing really stands out for me in a positive way even though I appreciate what they've done here.

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Posted Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Review by ProgShine
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4 stars One more Italian band with just one album and a weird and long name, this is Raccomandata Con Ricevuta Di Ritorno. Not quite accurate, cause the band returned with an album some years ago called Ill Pittore Volante (2010).

Well, Per? Un Mondo Di Cristallo (1972) was their debut and swan song. And like many other albums of its time it's a mix of classic Italian sub-genre with a strong Jazz Rosk Fusion and Frank Zappa feeling.

I would say that the most 'Prog' song of the album is 'L'Ombra/Um Palco Di Marionette'. The album ends with 'Sogni Di Cristallo/Nulla' and it seems as if it was an unfinished piece of work. Indeed, many Italian bands have this kind of feel when you listening to their albums.

A 3.5 really

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Posted Saturday, June 26, 2010

Review by friso
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4 stars RRR - Per... Un Mondo Di Cristallo (1972)

I bought this vinyl reprint because of the things I read about it on PA, I had never heard a song of the band. This Italian progressive group from the seventies has had some renewed attention after publishing their second album in 2010. Their sole album of the seventies is however my point of interest. The concept of the album got me interested; 'man comes back to earth in his spaceship to find his planet destroyed'.

The music of RRR really turned out to be a very pleasant eclectic mix of prog(related) elements. A bit Led Zeppelin rock-guitar and temperament, classical music, world-music influences, Crimsonian harmonic structures, VdGG power-strikes, some sypho and an original use of be- bop-jazz. The use of these elements is actually quite psychedelic, going from one style to another without warning. One could attack this album on it's lack of cohesiveness, but I actually like this, perhaps naive, approach on progressive rock. Though the band keeps on throwing new things at you, it does it at equal speed and intensiveness throughout the album! It's the STYLE of this band haha.

In the meanwhile I'm fully entertained whilst listening to RRR. The recording of the album is good and the experiments are great. The frantic opening section (you're planet's destroyed..), the nice be-bop track on the end of side one, the world-music influences with nice flutes and of course the fierce Italian vocals! This energetic eclectic RPI album is quickly becoming one of my favorites.

Conclusion. If you're interested in RPI or eclectic prog this is your cookie. Not only does it taste good, it has some bite which will keep you listening to it for a while. If you want classical inspired sympho-prog you might look somewhere else. For me this is a big four star recording and one of finest examples of innovative Italian prog that really is something different than the English progressive tradition that once inspired the Italian musicians.

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Posted Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Review by Warthur
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4 stars "For a Crystal World" - to translate the title - is one of the better of the second-tier Italian prog albums from the great RPI boom of 1972. With Luciano Regoli's gentle voice being a particular highlight, the album is also worth listening to for the skillful keyboard stylings of Stefano Piermarioli. The concept seems to be something about an astronaut who returns from a mission to find that life on Earth has been destroyed - perhaps a nod to "The Crystal World" by J.G. Ballard? - but there's not much very spacey about this release - instead, it's the typical RPI fare of early Genesis blended with other progressive influences. A strong effort, though not quite enough to put the band in the front rank of RPI bands.

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